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Front Line Manager Production (Belfast)

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Date: 06-May-2022

Location: Belfast, 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.



To manage, develop and lead their team to effectively deliver an operationally excellent factory in line with Hovis supply chain business requirements.



  • Line manage a team of production operatives (organise, motivate, communicate, set objectives, review performance, etc).
  • Demonstrate visible leadership for the team, be a role model for Hovis culture.
  • Develop the team using a coaching approach to ensure a culture of continuous improvement becomes commonplace.
  • Encourage teamwork and a supporting environment in order to improve business performance.
  • Manage team rota’s & holiday cover to ensure budgets are met.
  • Maintain team headcount standards, input to succession plans, and participate in recruitment if vacancies arise.
  • Ensure total compliance with all applicable corporate and legal standards (personal safety, food safety, quality, hygiene and environment).
  • Ensure the team delivers product quality in line with the product improvement strategy.
  • Ensure the team delivers their output targets versus base level information in OEE.
  • Measure and deliver the KPIs to achieve the business plan (financial, quality, customer service).
  • Ensure continuous improvement is in place to make year on year improvements via plans and targets.
  • Lead and implement improvement projects.
  • Ensure accurate performance reporting for all measures required (site targets, KPI’s, team performance, etc).
  • Work with other FLMs on site to ensure shared responsibility for delivering all KPIs and targets.
  • Ensure regular briefings and communications to the team are effective & timely
  • Ensure awareness of impact on others and strength of team.
  • Cover for Manufacturing Manager and other FLMs as required.
  • All other duties as required to ensure achievement of manufacturing KPIs.


Essential Criteria

  • Experience managing others
  • Experience working in a fast paced manufacturing environment.
  • Able to demonstrate exceptional communication skills 
  • Experience with using computer based manufacturing systems and MS Office


Desirable Criteria

  • Knowledge of basic baking techniques
  • Experience of Lean tools and techniques.
  • Food Hygiene Qualifications
  • NEBOSH or IOSH training
  • Food manufacturing experience
  • Train the trainer 
  • Experience working within a Trade Union environment



  • Knowledge of manufacturing  processes
  • Experience of manufacturing systems, processes, policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety within a manufacturing environment
  • Knowledge of Manufacturing environment including HACCAP, Food Safety and Health & Safety legislative requirements 
  • IOSH



  • Flexibility to adapt to changes in schedules.
  • Resource Planning.
  • Ability to implement and introduce new systems and practices.
  • Capability to motivate others.
  • Ability to complete tasks within schedules.
  • Excellent Financial & Budget Management skills.
  • Strong Communicator (verbal & written).
  • Excellent People Management, Coaching & Team Building skills.


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 are 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 enhanced annual leave and maternity/paternity leave, 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.