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Date: 09-May-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.

Role Purpose: 

Contribute to an efficient, customer-focused, manufacturing process through the effective operation of plant, equipment and systems.

Responsibilities include:

  • Operating the plant and process in a safe and compliant manner.
  • Completing documentation accurately and promptly.
  • Following instructions and procedures correctly.
  • Maintaining high standards of cleanliness in their immediate work area by adopting “Clean as You Go” philosophy.
  • Supporting the delivery of the site’s KPI’s for Safety, Quality, Service and Cost.
  • Being accountable for the production of high-quality products that are safe.
  • Initially, this role will consist of working in the packing end of the plant however alternative opportunities/duties may arise to work throughout the entire manufacturing process.
  • Positively contribute to the Short Interval Control and to the broader Project Gold Standard.
  • Proactively drive down waste by implementing our “see it, flag it, fix it ethos”.
  • Complete robust daily plant start-up integrity check.

Effectively communicating and liaising with all other departments within the site to achieve operational excellence.


Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience



  • Basic numeracy and literacy skills, educated to at least 4 GCSE’s / NVQ Level 2 or equivalent
  • Basic verbal & written communication skills to describe problems, causes and solutions
  • Experience of working in a bakery
  • Experience of a process environment
  • Basic food hygiene qualification
  • Strong basic problem-solving skills working within defined parameters
  • Aptitude for basic mechanical & electrical tasks
  • Basic keyboard skills and IT aptitude to input and access data


  • Plant baking qualifications
  • Basic health & safety qualification

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.