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Date: 05-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 enable Hovis to deliver on its vision of delivering the best quality product every day, enabling growth in a sustainable way and creating superior value for its stakeholders.

To effectively coordinate Health, Safety & Environmental activities for the site/company ensuring that all agreed targets and activities are achieved in a timely manner.

You will be responsible for providing an unbiased and transparent auditing function for the site/company. In addition, you will lead, develop and implement sustainable HS&E management programmes and provide the strategic architecture for HS&E that will ensure statutory accreditations are retained.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Good working knowledge of EHS Systems & maintain site EHS standards, including ISO 45001.
  • Develop EHS procedures and considers the impact of legislation upon the site.
  • Review risk assessment produced for the site to ensure quality and suitable and sufficient mitigation in place.
  • Investigates all accidents & incidents on sites and ensure suitable actions are implemented and tracked to completion.
  • Creates QMS/ procedures and policies and implements across all departments to ensure risk is low as reasonably practical.
  • Works with central functions to maintain and develop the existing EHS systems.
  • Maintains assurance of contractor management process to ensure legal requirements are met and safety for all is controlled.
  • Identifies training needs of the staff and trains their colleagues/ staff on legal compliance and Hovis policies, procedures and standards. 
  • To be subject matter expert on EHS areas to provide support to site managers and others.
  • Maintain the standard of ISO 45001 for the site.
  • Ensure the  site is audit-ready for unannounced group H&S audit.
  • Monitors compliance of EHS management through internal audits and manages corrective actions through direct contact with the departmental managers to ensure actions are implemented in a timely manner with the effective outcome.
  • Manages/hosts all audits to meet internal, HSE and EA requirements.
  • Manage the remote security for site and security audits to ensure Hovis is safe and secure.
  • Proactively ensures team/functions adhere to and are competent in the standards set and are site-compliant.
  • Ensures statutory and internal reporting eg EHS metrics meeting TOPS tours are completed within agreed timelines.
  • Manages non-compliance issues and closes within timeframes set.
  • Updates and monitors all EHS legislation information supplied through group or external bodies.
  • Examines safe systems of work and risk assessments to ensure all on-site tasks meet regulatory standards and implements changes necessary to ensure compliance.
  • Ensures all duty holders and others with EHS responsibility have received correct training to ensure competence.
  • Work with insurance to ensure civil claims arising from accidents are suitably investigated to minimise company liability.



  • Ability to influence effectively and present at all business levels.
  • Demonstrable track record of success/achievements.
  • Evidence of accident prevention programme implementation.
  • Proven experience in developing (& maintaining) leading metrics and driving associated culture change.
  • Proven ability to design and conduct H&S based training for groups of people.
  • Proven impartiality during investigations and/or deployment activity.
  • Proven experience of tactical deployment against company strategy.
  • Proven experience of positive engagement in HS&E arena / HS&E change management
  • NEBOSH general certificate in Occupational Health & Safety.
  • IOSH qualifications.
  • Experience of working with Duty Holder Register and specifically DSEAR; PUWER
  • Experience of ISO 14001/45001 / internal auditor.
  •  Exceptional verbal and numerate skills.
  • Proven competence with IT systems.



  • Experience of working in an unionised environment.
  • Lead Auditor.
  • IEMA Certification.
  • NEBOSH Environmental certificate.
  • NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Health & Safety.
  • Member of Site or Company Senior Leadership Team


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 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.