In a memo to staff on Monday, the chief executive, Jim Hackett, said the restructuring plan would start on Tuesday, with the majority of cuts being finished by 24 May.
The first wave of layoffs will begin Tuesday and include 500 salaried workers in the US this week. Those are layoffs by the company.
The company said Monday the plan will save about $600 million United States per year by eliminating bureaucracy and increasing the number of workers reporting to each manager.
The cuts come as many global automakers are struggling to cope with consumers' preference for crossovers and SUVs over sedans, slumping sales and the cost of electrifying their lineups to meet stiffer emissions restrictions in markets including China and Europe.
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The cuts brought withering criticism of GM from President Donald Trump and Congress, especially the closing of a small-car factory in Lordstown, Ohio.
Ford plans to eliminate about 7 000 salaried jobs - about 10% of its global white-collar workforce - as pressures mount on automakers to keep pace with massive technological shifts amid signs global vehicle demand has peaked. Many have been upset that it took so long for the company to make decisions. Most of the cuts are expected to impact workers at its headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan. This work has resulted in some separations of salaried employees and the reassignment of others. Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas predicted 25,000 white-collar job cuts late past year, a number that Ford would not deny. In the past, laid-off workers would have had to pack up and leave immediately.
Hackett said it would give those affected by the job cuts a few days to wrap up and say goodbye, emphasising Ford's position as a family company. Hackett told employees that managers would have more direct reports to cut down bureaucracy. That reduces management bureaucracy by one-third from before the "Smart Redesign" began.
As part of the restructuring, for example, Hackett said the product development team created a new vehicle architecture and testing team, a new systems engineering and design assurance group, and expanded future investments for in-vehicle infotainment, software, electrification and other areas.