That process continued under new management and will eliminate about 40 jobs at the new Kraft Heinz Co.'s Pittsburgh operation in June, according to a company spokesman.
"Over two years ago, Kraft began moving shared services jobs in accounts payable and other customer service functions to a third-party partner with roles based in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., or India," said Michael Mullen, senior vice president, corporate and government affairs, in response to a query about the shift.
Mullen said Kraft Heinz is now standardizing that model across the merged food company, which is co-headquartered in Chicago and Pittsburgh.
"As part of this transition, we've created a centralized master data function located in Pittsburgh," he said. "The result is a net impact of approximately 40 employees in Pittsburgh exiting the company in June."
He did not identify the third-party partner.
Operating efficiently and trimming jobs in the process has been a hallmark of the management of 3G Capital, the Brazilian private investment group that partnered with Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway to acquire Pittsburgh-based Heinz in 2013.
After the partnership merged Heinz with Kraft Foods in July, Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees moved into the role of chief executive of Kraft Heinz.
In its most recent quarterly filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the company indicated that restructuring activities begun prior to the merger — which included "workforce reduction and factory closure and consolidation" — had resulted in the elimination of 8,100 positions as of April 3.
An earlier SEC filing indicated Kraft Heinz had approximately 42,000 employees as of Jan. 3.
In results released last week, the company beat analysts expectations for first quarter earnings, in part crediting aggressive cost-cutting since the merger.
Mullen said Kraft Heinz has about 800 employees in Pittsburgh at this time. "There are no plans for any additional changes," he said.
Tribune News Service