Smith & Nephew confirm up to 16 job losses at its site in Hull

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 26 Apr 2018

Job losses have been announced at a major Hull company as services are moved to Poland.

Smith & Nephew confirmed up to 16 people are being made redundant as part of the move, with jobs to be lost by the end of October.

Staff are understood to have been told about the redundancies, which comes as the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Regional HR Services are moved from Hull to Poland.

A statement released by the business said: “Smith & Nephew, like all businesses, has to operate in as effective and efficient manner as possible. This means reviewing our resources regularly and making changes if necessary to ensure we remain competitive.

“In line with this we recently announced plans to move our Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Regional HR Services from Hull to Poland. Regrettably this will result in the reduction of up to 16 roles in Hull.

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“We are committed to working with the employees affected in a transparent and supportive manner. No further details will be made available until the process is completed, which is expected to be by the end of October.”

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One man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said: “Staff were told yesterday about the redundancies, which are happening because they are moving the services to Poland.

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“Someone has told me the jobs will be going later this year, around September or October time.”

Smith & Nephew is a British-based manufacturer of medical equipment.

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The company has an office in Hessle Road, along with a large site in Jackson Street, which greets visitors coming into the city on the A63.

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Smith & Nephew recently ended their six-month search for a new boss as they announced they had appointed a new CEO.

Namal Nawana, formerly CEO at American medical manufacturer Alere, will take the reins on May 7.

The firm also opened a £8m research and development centre at its Hessle Road site in May 2017.

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