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Boeing will outsource more corporate jobs to India

Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times on

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Boeing told nonunion corporate staff in an all-hands virtual meeting this month that it will begin outsourcing finance and accounting jobs to Tata Consultancy Services of India.

Boeing said Tuesday that about 150 jobs nationwide will be cut in the first batch of layoffs, with more to come next year and thereafter. The first layoff notices will go out in October.

“The Finance team is planning for lower staffing levels as it simplifies processes, improves efficiency and shares select work with an outside partner,” Boeing said in a statement, adding that it “will assess future impacts as the process continues in the coming years.”

“It was kind of a shock the way they rolled it out,” said one senior Boeing finance employee, who asked for anonymity to retain his job. “They had the all-hands enterprise meeting and then four days later everyone was moved into new organizations with new managers.”

Boeing’s finance group pre-pandemic consisted of about 6,000 employees companywide, according to the company. At least 1,000 are in the Puget Sound region, the finance employee said.

The announcement has left many people hanging, wondering if their jobs will be among those cut but not knowing for sure.

 

“We’re trying to strike a balance, being as transparent as we can without getting ahead of the work that we still have to do,” a Boeing spokesman said. “We’ve been frank with employees that we do expect lower staffing levels within finance. As soon as we know the details, we’ll share those.”

This week, Tata managers began directly consulting with Boeing finance and accounting managers to identify the precise work statement the Indian company will take over. Once that’s pinned down, Boeing will notify the individuals who are to be laid off, including some management employees.

Before their departure, those employees will be asked to train the Tata personnel in Boeing procedures to smooth the handover of the work.

Transformation = downsizing

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