Rolls-Royce to cut up to 2,500 jobs in streamlining plan

Exterior of Rolls-Royce complex.
Photo Credit: Rolls-Royce

In a strategic move towards a more efficient and agile future, Rolls-Royce [LON:RR] has recently unveiled plans for a significant organizational transformation.

This multi-year initiative is set to create a leaner, more responsive company, poised to better serve its customers while upholding its longstanding reputation for world-class products.

Here we look into the details of this transformation, highlighting its key elements and potential implications.

Reimagining the Future

The cornerstone of Rolls-Royce’s new phase is a simplified organizational structure. This reconfiguration aims to enhance the company’s capabilities in critical areas such as procurement and supply chain management.

While considering these changes, it’s essential to understand that a streamlined Rolls-Royce is not just about reducing costs but rather about building a stronger, more agile business.

This strategic overhaul is meticulously designed to elevate the company’s competitive edge in the global market.


The Rolls-Royce Ultrafan engine in the factory.
Photo Credit: Rolls-Royce

Eliminating Redundancies

One of the primary objectives of this transformation is the elimination of redundancies. Rolls-Royce’s prudent management of costs and headcount in 2023 has effectively minimized the overall reduction in staff.

Although an estimated 2000-2500 positions will be removed globally, this move ensures the company remains a dynamic and efficient entity while staying true to its commitment to its 42,000 employees worldwide.

A Unified Approach

A significant shift in focus involves consolidating core business capabilities under a single umbrella. Engineering Technology & Safety will be restructured as a unified team, encompassing product safety, engineering standards, processes, methods, and tools.

This consolidation enables the company to utilize its engineering talent and technology more effectively across all facets of the business.

Simon Burr, currently the Director of Product Development and Technology in Civil Aerospace, will lead this new approach, marking a strategic addition to the Executive Team. In the wake of this change, Grazia Vittadini, Chief Technology Officer, will be leaving the company in April 2024, and her contributions are acknowledged and appreciated.

A Rolls-Royce F130 engine on a testbed.
Photo Credit: Rolls-Royce

Procurement and Supplier Management

The transformation’s proposals also entail the creation of a comprehensive procurement and supplier management organization.

This will facilitate the consolidation of group spend, leverage economies of scale, and establish best-in-class standards across the organization.

Beyond the financial benefits of this move, it will foster improvements in customer service and a reduction in supply chain delays.

Synergy and Efficiency

Finally, enabling functions, including Finance, General Counsel, and People, will be brought together to standardize their activities and provide shared support across Rolls-Royce.

This strategic integration will enable the capture of synergies and scale, ultimately achieving greater effectiveness.

This holistic approach ensures that the company’s entire infrastructure aligns with its overarching goals of efficiency and excellence.

A Vision for the Future

Tufan Erginbilgic, Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce, underscores the significance of these changes: “We are building a Rolls-Royce that is fit for the future. That means a more streamlined and efficient organization that will deliver for our customers, partners, and shareholders.”

“Our business is full of committed, talented people, and I believe these changes will enable them to build greater capability in areas that are key to our long-term success.”

“This is another step on our multi-year transformation journey to build a high-performing, competitive, resilient, and growing Rolls-Royce.”

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