Unilever's restructuring in Europe has continued with an overhaul of its back-office functions in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

The consumer goods giant has decided to combine its finance, logistics and sales operations for the three markets at its German HQ in Hamburg. Some 190 jobs will be lost.

The move is part of Unilever's plan to streamline to its businesses across Europe and worldwide. Restructuring efforts have already been announced in the UK, France and the Benelux.

Henning Rehder, who will become chairman of the company's "multi-cluster organisation" in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said the moves would make it more efficient.

"The development of the last few months has shown us that we are on the right track. The announced measures are necessary to ensure the costs to be competitive again," Rehder said.