Despatch Team Leader

Date: 13 Jul 2024

Location: Bradford, 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.


We have an exciting opportunity that has arisen at our Bradford Bakery for a Despatch Team Leader to join our team.  The successful candidate will be responsible for supporting the Front Line Managers with managing, developing and leading the team to effectively deliver an operationally excellent Despatch in line with Hovis supply chain business requirements.


Key responsibilities will include: 

  • Supervise team of shift based operatives on shift whilst giving clear direction (organise, motivate, communicate).
  • To develop an efficient operation in line with the site plan and key business performance indicators
  • Comply with company and legal standards (safety, hygiene and environment)
  • Lead and develop continuous improvement activity in the teams delivery of quality, value, safety, hygiene, environment and customer service
  • Ensure total compliance to all standard procedures and systems
  • Demonstrate visible leadership for the team
  • Ability to cover for the Despatch Front line Manager in their absence
  • To contribute to the development and implementation of site plans


The right candidate will have:

  • Working knowledge of business systems –SAP/PTL/ & T&T
  • Ability to create strong and effective cross functional relationships
  • Relevant industry experience
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to H&S
  • Excellent Leadership and people management and coaching skills
  • IT literate
  • Good numeracy and literacy
  • Good communication skills at all levels
  • Ability to work on own initiative
  • Be adaptable, flexible and demonstrate a willingness to accept changes in operational requirements at short notice
  • MHE/FLT Trained



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.