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Date: 31-Mar-2021

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.


The role:


A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced Transport Operations Manager to join the team, to enable Hovis to deliver on its vision of being the best quality brand in bakery. We are looking for a Transport Operations Manager to be responsible for the smooth, safe and efficient running of the transport department in order to maximise operational efficiency whilst maintaining the required standards of internal and external customer service.


Responsibilities Include:


  • Leading, managing and motivating the Transport team to deliver on its strategic and operational objectives.
  • Achieve best in class service levels through ‘on time’ and ‘in full’ delivery.
  • Ensure the Transport function is fully compliant with all O licence and compliance obligations.
  • Ensure the Company Health & Safety policy is consistently applied throughout the function.
  • Ensuring that safety is paramount and that unsafe behaviour is discouraged, promoting a zero accident and incident culture.
  • “Make Things Happen” by coaching, motivating, inspiring and developing others.
  • Analyse challenges by using different thinking skills and styles appropriate to the level of challenge faced and provide robust, clear and grounded proposals and effective business solutions.
  • Be highly proactive in driving through initiatives and activities with enthusiasm and energy.
  • Continually review “How Things Are Done” to ensure personal and business effectiveness.
  • Demonstrate enhanced interpersonal skills which build trusting business relationships in a suitable supportive and collaborative way.
  • Contribute to a successful and effective team environment. Implement and deliver KPI’s.
  • Facilitate and monitor completion of Performance Enhancement Reviews


Ideal Experiences / Qualifications / Capabilities:


  • Experience and knowledge of Transport Operations.
  • Successful completion of CPC for Transport Managers.
  • Management within a FMCG customer facing environment.
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety within the Transport department.
  • Successful improvements in KPI and Operational performance.
  • Route Planning, experience of managing outbase Operations, management of 3PL.




  • Sales driver management experience.
  • IOSH / Safety management qualification.
  • Food manufacturing experience.


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.