Morrisons is putting its IT and supply chain under the spotlight with its first major restructuring of the department since it acquired the Safeway chain in 2004.

It is moving high profile IT functions in-house, ending select relationships with IT contractors Deloittes and IBM.

It is now recruiting for a number of strategic senior management roles to develop its IT architecture; its IT agenda and strategy across all business areas from retail and distribution to trading and corporate; its IT service centre; to head up day-to-day operational IT services; and to support and improve business unit strategies through the use of IT applications. It is also looking for a disaster recovery and business continuity manager to safeguard IT security so the business can continue to operate in case of an emergency.

A spokesman for Morrisons said the roles were all part of the supermarket's development and expansion of its IT department. "They relate to roles that have previously been covered on an interim basis by third-party contractors during the Safeway integration programme. We are now looking to bring these roles in-house."

Safeway's IT and supply chain had previously been heralded as the most advanced in the sector.?