The new boss of Northcliffe Media has launched a bid to cut the number of tiers of management across the company to a maximum of five
Steve Auckland says he wants as few people as possible in the chain of command between him and a reporter or ad rep.
Since his arrival earlier this year, Steve has already dismantled the structure of regional managing directors and editors, leading to some high-profile departures from the company.
Now other management roles could be under threat as Steve seeks to introduce a flatter structure throughout the business.
Steve told HTFP: “The main aim is to see that the MDs and editors are as close to the frontline troops as possible.
“I’ve always liked flatter structures because you can get quicker decision-making. The aspiration we have is to get to five layers.”
He added: “I can’t say that’s always going to be a hard and fast rule, but we certainly don’t want one manager on one person situations.”
Types of role which could potentially be under threat include deputy advertising directors and deputy MDs.
Under the new structure, most Northcliffe daily editors now report to Rich Mead, one of two recently-appointed executive directors who together with Steve Auckland now make-up the group’s senior management team.
However the editors of the Nottingham Post, Leicester Mercury, Bristol Evening Post and Hull Daily Mail report to the newly-appointed publishers in those centres, each of whom reports directly to Steve.