Heinz has confirmed it will make almost 250 staff across the UK and Ireland redundant, under plans that it says will ‘streamline’ the structure of the business.

The consultation for its proposals, which it announced in August, came to a close last week. Heinz confirmed that it will now press ahead with plans to “eliminate” 248 office positions.

UK head of convenience and impulse Simon Digby is understood to be one of the UK team to be made redundant. He will follow Heinz’s UK & Ireland finance director John Campbell and manufacturing director for quick-serve meals Gordon Maughan, both of whom left the company last month.

Heinz said the redundancies would enable it to be ‘better positioned for accelerated growth’, although it would not confirm from which departments the redundancies would be made or when the restructure would be completed.

The restructure follows the completion of the $28bn sale of the company to Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital in June this year. Some 600 jobs have also been axed across the US and Canada.

“As part of our transition to a private company, the senior leadership team has examined every part of our global business to better position Heinz for accelerated growth in a very competitive global market,” a spokesman said in August, when the plans were announced.

“The difficult actions we are proposing to take will better position the company to support and fund our next chapter of growth while further strengthening our world-leading brands.”

Heinz, which employs more than 3,000 people in the UK and Ireland, said in a statement this week that the new Heinz UK & Ireland structure would “strengthen and leverage the company’s European and global scale”.