Mechanical Shift Engineer

Date: 9 Apr 2024

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. 



Hovis has two new roles at our Avonmouth site for Mechanical or Multiskilled Maintenance Engineers. 


Working with the Engineering Manager and alongside other likeminded engineers and production team members, you will be responsible for the reactive and proactive maintenance of the equipment on the bakery site. 


About the role


  • You will be responsible for 1st line fault finding on Plant upsets and equipment malfunctions, implementing suitable corrective actions
  • You will undertake corrective maintenance and bench overhaul activities as required
  • You will review and technically validate all CILTs (Clean, Inspect, Lubricate, Test) generated by the autonomous maintenance team, escalating items that fall outside own skills base and experience, review and authorise Autonomous Maintenance counter measures
  • Raise Tags and undertake appropriate counter measure to eradicate issues
  • You will initiate RCA (Route Cause Analysis) investigations into Plant issues and equipment malfunctions
  • Implement condition based inspections of equipment in distress and determine corrective action plans
  • Participate in PPPM’s and line overhauls as requested by the Shift Manager / Engineering Lead



Knowledge & Experience



  • Recognised time served apprenticeship in an engineering discipline with HNC/HND, Engineer Degree or other relevant qualification - Essential 
  • At last 4 years demonstrable experience of maintenance within an automated FMCG / bakery environment - Essential 
  • Experience of welding - Essential 
  • Experience of working with Lathes and Milling machines. - Essential 




  • PLC knowledge
  • 18th Edition Electrical regs


This role is a shift role with a 4 on 4 off shift pattern. 2 days / 2 nights / 4 off - with a 6am / 6pm shift change time.


The salary for this role is starting at £49,000 with an increase of upto 5% once internal assessments completed and passed.


Candidate must have the right to work in the UK without the need for a sponsorship visa. 


** Please be aware that experience of welding and machining are essential skills for this role - if you do not have these skills your application will not be considered. ** 



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.