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Boeing will outsource more corporate jobs to India

Dominic Gates, The Seattle Times on

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The planned layoffs are part of a broad and concerted Boeing effort in recent years to cut nonunion corporate jobs.

“Several of our corporate functions, including Information Technology and Finance, have implemented changes to streamline their operations, resulting in lower staffing levels” in those areas, Boeing said Tuesday.

That push began with moves to get rid of IT work that could be done more cheaply elsewhere and was not seen as central to Boeing’s business.

In 2013, Boeing began cutting 1,500 IT positions in the Puget Sound region. Last year, it outsourced to Dell another batch of IT work, eliminating 600 jobs across the company.

Several years ago Boeing outsourced a range of low-level finance work to Genpact, a multinational company founded in India and with a large presence in that country.

According to the senior Boeing finance employee, Tata will take over some of the Genpact work, though Genpact will continue to do some other work for Boeing.

 

Boeing’s new Chief Financial Officer Brian West, who joined the company in August last year, has intensified the focus on cutting financial and accounting jobs.

In November, he appointed Amy Rodrigues to lead the finance and accounting team, with a telling extension to her title: vice president of finance and finance transformation.

Boeing corporate refers to the transformation as streamlining. To the affected employees, it’s simply downsizing.

The downsizing comes as Boeing is scrambling in a tight labor market to hire mechanics to build planes and engineers to design them after a severe round of front-line job cuts during the global pandemic.

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