Former Netto UK chief Richard Lancaster has resurfaced at supermarket giant Morrisons just a week after quitting his post at the Danish-owned discounter.

Lancaster will join Morrisons next January as its new senior trading director with responsibility for ambient categories in the grocery, home and leisure and beers, wines and spirits departments.

Lancaster, a former trading director for Sainsbury’s convenience store business, quit Netto last week after just two years as UK managing director. His exit coincided with the news that the company was scaling back its plans for UK expansion, with up to a dozen staff face redundancy in its property and distribution arms.

“With his wealth of trading and retail experience, he will be a great addition to the senior trading team as we continue to drive forward our business performance through a sharp focus on fresh food and great value,” said Morrisons group trading director Martyn Jones.

In related moves, Morrisons has announced that trading director Andrew Pleasance will step up to become senior trading director for operations, while Grant Eastwood moves from licensed trades to a new role of trading projects and change director. Simon Harrison, meanwhile, becomes licensed trade and trade strategy director.