The proposed restructuring follows an announcement in January that the firm wanted to simplify the group into three customer-focused business units.

Rolls-Royce said on Thursday that over the next 24 months, it expects the proposed restructuring will lead to the reduction of around 4,600 roles, predominantly in the UK where the majority of its corporate and support functions are based.

Around a third of these roles are expected to leave by the end of 2018.

The programme is expected to gain further momentum through 2019, with full implementation of headcount reductions and structural changes by mid-2020.

The firm added that the proposed move follows a comprehensive structure, culture, processes and people review, with a view to creating a much simpler, healthier and dynamic organisation with clearer accountabilities, greater productivity and quicker decision-making.

Chief Executive Warren East said: “Our world-leading technology gives Rolls-Royce the potential to generate significant profitable growth. The creation of a more streamlined organisation with pace and simplicity at its heart will enable us to deliver on that promise, generating higher returns while being able to invest for the future.

“We have made progress in improving our day-to-day operations and strengthening our leadership, and are now turning to reduce the complexity that often slows us down and leads to duplication of effort. It is never an easy decision to reduce our workforce, but we must create a commercial organisation that is as world-leading as our technologies. To do this we are fundamentally changing how we work.

“These changes will help us deliver over the mid and longer-term a level of free cash flow well beyond our near-term ambition of around £1bn by around 2020. After a decade of significant investment, we are committed to delivering improved returns while continuing to invest in the innovation needed to realise our long-term aspiration to be the world’s leading industrial technology company.”

The firm added that it does not anticipate that the restructuring will lead to any reduction in the skills and capabilities required to support current programmes.

More information can be found on the Rolls-Royce website.

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