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Shift Maintenance Technician

Date: 05-Aug-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.



  • Input into the implementation of maintenance procedures, engineering standards / specifications, Risk assessments and method statements and other SHHEQ systems
  • Ensure own compliance with all relevant Hovis and Legislative Health & Safety requirements within the working environment
  • Support the Operator Maintainers in 1st line fault identification and rectification
  • Conduct 2nd line fault finding on Plant upsets and equipment malfunctions, implementing suitable corrective actions
  • Undertake corrective maintenance and bench overhaul activities as required
  • 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
  • Initiate dynamic risk assessments
  • Provide technical support and training to the Operator Maintainers on all aspects of maintenance
  • 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
  • Record / register stop information into the tracking system to assist loss deployment groups and reliability improvement initiatives
  • Ensure consumable spares and suitable lubricants are available to the Operator Maintainer teams
  • Define and standardise optimum changeover processes
  • Accountability for withdrawing stock from engineering stores






Knowledge & Experience

  • Recognised time served apprenticeship in an engineering discipline with HNC/HND
  • Demonstrable experience of maintenance within an automated FMCG / bakery environment
  • Successfully undertaken a skills conversion program


Behavioural competencies

  • Works with pace and urgency
  • Drives continuous improvement
  • Team working / building
  • Attention to detail
  • Reliability / takes ownership
  • Results orientation
  • Analysis of complex issues


Business Skills

  • IOSH accreditation
  • TPM methodology
  • Project Management and Cost Awareness
  • IT literacy
  • Knowledge of Business systems: Idhammer


Functional Skills

  • Condition based Monitoring
  • Route Cause Analysis
  • RCM




  • Experience of working in a bakery
  • Basic food hygiene qualification
  • Gas Training
  • 17th Edition Electrical regs
  • Risk Assessment & Method Statement Training


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.