Grant Thornton to restructure IT department

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Grant Thornton, the national accounting firm with a Charlotte presence, has begun a weeks-long planning process to restructure its IT department, a spokeswoman confirmed this week.

Though the accounting firm says the impact on employees isn’t certain yet, it hasn’t ruled out layoffs. Part of the new model includes working with an outsourcing company that remotely manages a client’s IT needs.

Chicago-based Grant Thornton, which employs about 300 people in Charlotte, said the change is intended to provide value to clients and best position the firm for long-term success.

“As part of continuous evaluation of operational efficiency and after careful analysis, Grant Thornton has announced it is transitioning to a new IT services delivery model — a commonplace activity in today’s business environment,” the firm said in a statement.

A recent memo sent to employees indicated the firm has partnered with Capgemini, which will provide “technology capabilities that are more in line with industry best practices.” Spokeswoman Michele Mazur said Grant Thornton doesn’t disclose the names of vendors or suppliers as a matter of firm protocol, and Capgemini could not be reached for comment.

Mazur added that the planning process just began and it’s too early to say what the impact on Grant Thornton’s IT employees will be.

“It’s premature. We’re not that far in the process,” Mazur said.

The firm employs 130 IT professionals firm-wide and three in Charlotte, spokesman David Van de Walle told the Observer. He added that the firm will retain a undetermined number of IT professionals in-house.

Grant Thornton, the sixth-largest accounting firm in the U.S., recently announced a liberal new policy effective Nov. 1 that gives employees unlimited vacation.

The firm employs more than 6,900 nationwide. Grant Thornton Chief Executive Officer Mike McGuire is based in Charlotte.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta