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Date: 16-Jun-2022

Location: Avonmouth, GB

Company: Hovis

Welcome to Hovis. We are the proud guardians of over 130 years of baking experience that make up our iconic and much-loved brand. We produce bread and bakery products created with Hovis goodness at the heart of each. We deliver around 1.3million loaves, every day of the week throughout the UK and Ireland, where we also make Mothers Pride and Ormo products. 


We are 2,800 people working within 8 bakeries, 1 flour mill, and 2 regional distribution centres across the UK. Our success is a result of the hard work of our people;  they are experts in their field whether it’s baking, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, or the many departments within the central functions team based in our head office in High Wycombe. We are a values-led business and expect our colleagues to live, breathe, and embed Quality, Accountability, and Trust into their ways of working.


Working in our Bakery in Avonmouth , the Bulk Depstach FLM is responsible for the effective and efficient control of procedures, processes and staff operating within the Finished Goods department and to ensure that the department and staff working therein uphold company and legal Health and Safety standards.  You must be able to organize a team in order to provide effective cover throughout the shift, for all key activities.  Being directly responsible for all colleagues in Despatch Operatives and our tray wash facility.  Ensuring the team performs effectively safely and comply with all Hovis standards and behaviours.


Main duties are:


  • The effective & efficient planning of all staffing within area of control
  • Ensure compliance to company & legal Health & Safety standards
  • To produce and maintain / amend the production schedules to ensure customer service deliverables are fully met on time and in full.
  • The accurate allocation of products to be sliced and wrapped within the slicing department to fulfil the daily requirements including any stock
  • Undertaking physical stock counts as and when required
  • The accurate and timely monitoring of the SAP demand table to ensure any order adjustments are met
  • The highlighting of any issues that could lead to a customer shortage and reacting to resolve
  • Attending the daily manufacturing conference call
  • To own the site adhoc procedure
  • Reduction of site over produced product
  • Build an effective and high performing team
  • Responsible for all Health & Safety, Risk assessments and  procedures within area
  • Ensure continuous improvement of own area
  • Participation on Health and Safety TOPS tours
  • Kaizen gap planning
  • Forward planning.


Essential experience:

  • Work experience as a scheduler
  • Experience within a production environment
  • People management experience



  • Experience of working in a food manufacturing destapch of finished goods
  • Production planning
  • Bakery experience


Why work for us and our benefits:

At Hovis, we understand the importance of looking after our colleagues, so we provide a variety of benefits in addition to their salaries. The benefits we provide at Hovis are as varied as the people who receive them but they are offered with the intention of creating value to them personally over and above their salaries

  • There is a range of colleague benefits available, which individuals can select based on their needs.

  • Our benefits scheme is called Hovis Choice, which offers a variety of savings and cashback offers on day to day living and much more including eyecare vouchers, and a healthcare scheme to suit everyone.  It also includes our Cycle to Work scheme where you can obtain a brand new bike at a significant saving

  • We offer competitive annual leave entitlement and flexibility where possible in order to create a healthy work-life balance

  • We celebrate loyalty with our generous long service and colleague recognition schemes

  • We offer three levels of pensions

Hovis values diversity and is committed to promoting equal opportunities in the workplace. Every job applicant, employee or worker will be treated fairly and equally with dignity and respect regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, social class, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religious belief, union membership, political opinion, sex, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic.