Sunoco may outsource office jobs

Sunoco told workers at its Center City headquarters last week that it has hired a consultant to consider whether it could save money by outsourcing finance, personnel and other office jobs.

The consultant is expected to report later this year on which office units could be profitably outsourced, spokesman Thomas Golembeski told me. If Sunoco decides to outsource these jobs, it could seek proposals from U.S. or foreign contractors.

The oil refining and sales company employs 10,000 nationwide, including 4,000 in the Philadelphia area, roughly half of whom work at Sunoco's South Philadelphia and Marcus Hook oil refineries and its Frankford chemical works, which won't be affected by this round of outsourcing.