FOUR jobs have been cut from Canon’s local team as it moves the marketing for its consumer products to Australia.
Canon’s Australian subsidiary will now provide strategic marketing direction to the consumer imaging products group in New Zealand.
The company says the restructure is designed to draw on the marketing capabilities and resources of Canon Australia and to create greater alignment between the two countries.
The positions to be made redundant include the national marketing manager and national sales manager roles held by Gary Walker.
Instead of these overarching roles, Canon is creating a new position of sales and marketing manager for its consumer products group and adding marketing responsibilities to the manager of its business division, Craig Manson. Three other positions in the marketing team have also been made redundant.
The roles affected are those of marketing coordinator Sarah Slawson, marketing administrative assistant Kim Ace and the creative services role of Mark Peddie.
Canon New Zealand managing director Tony Wills says while making changes involving redundancies is difficult, they are necessary to ensure Canon remains a market leader in a very competitive environment.
He states using the strengths of the Australian consumer imaging products group team will enable local product managers to devote more time to on-the-ground marketing initiatives.
This will strengthen Canon’s ability to provide the right products in the right quantity and at the right time to its sales teams and customers, he says.
The company is also looking to employ a new inventory manager.
Walker has worked for Canon New Zealand for nearly eight years and spent as long at the company’s South African subsidiary. He says the restructure makes sense as Canon looks to cut costs due to lower hardware prices. He has not yet finalised his future plans.
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