IT jobs under threat at Durex condom maker

Fears of potential redundancy have been reported at SSL International as part of the company's takeover by consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser.

According...

Fears of potential redundancy have been reported at SSL International as part of the company's takeover by consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser.

According to press reports, SSL's new owner is planning to reduce headcount across the IT department as well as sales, marketing, human resources and finance as part of a drive to reduce £100m in annual savings by 2012. It has also been speculated that staff have been told to reapply for their jobs.

Healthcare business SSL International, the manufacturer of brands such as Durex and Scholl, was acquired by Reckitt Benckiser in July in a £2.5bn deal.

SSL's technology stack is heavily SAP-based. According to the LinkedIn profile of the company's chief information officer Peter Whitehurst, the company is "two-thirds through" the implementation of an SAP platform across all business units.

Whitehead also mentions that SSL was increasingly focusing on e-commerce sales for Scholl and Durex and was also "improving websites to improve brand affinity".

It is not known whether Whitehead will still have a role in the IT organisation going forward as the companies merge. Gareth Hill is senior vice president of information services and CIO of Reckitt Benckiser and has been with the company since 2006.

A spokesperson for Reckitt Benckiser refused to comment on the job losses.

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