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Logistics Front Line Manager - Bradford

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Date: 20-Jun-2022

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.

An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Bradford Site. We're looking for a Logistics First Line Manager, to manage, develop and lead their team to effectively deliver an operationally excellent factory in line with Hovis supply chain business requirements.   Supplying finished goods and services to customers through the utilisation of network planning, supply chain procedures and transport management.


•    To manage, develop and lead the team
•    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
•    Line manage a team of Primary and Radial drivers (organise, motivate, communicate, set objectives, review performance etc)
•    Demonstrate visible leadership for the team
•    Develop the team to ensure a culture of continuous improvement becomes commonplace
•    Encourage teamwork and a supporting environment in order to improve business performance
•    Delivery of a training plan to budget to meet both individual and business needs
•    Maintain team headcount standards, input to succession plans and participate in recruitment if vacancies arise
Functional/Operational Excellence
•    Always comply with all applicable corporate and legal standards (personal safety, transport safety, food safety, quality, hygiene and environment)
•    Ensure the team delivers product quality in line with product improvement strategy
•    Measure and deliver the KPI’s to achieve the business plan (financial, quality, customer service)
•    Ensure continuous improvement to year on year improvements versus plans and targets
•    Ensure accurate performance reporting for all measures required (site targets, KPI’s, team performance etc)
•    Good working knowledge of Hovis HR Policies and processes (performance, conduct, disciplinary, grievance, attendance etc)
•    Be an active member of the site management team
•    Ability to cover for the Logistics Operations Manager in their absence
•    To contribute to the development and implementation of site plans
•    Work with other FLM’s on site to ensure shared responsibility for delivering all KPI’s and targets
•    Conduct regular briefings and communication sessions with the team
•    Relevant industry experience
•    Excellent systems knowledge of Tachograph, telematics & Vehicle Defect systems
•    Holder of CAT C/C+E license
•    Driver CPC
•    Ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to H&S
•    Excellent Leadership and people management and coaching skills
•    Ability to demonstrate values based behaviours and lead the cultural task of front line employee empowerment
•    Committed to continuously improving personal and team performance
•    IT literate
•    Good numeracy and literacy
•    Experience of working in a Trade Union environment
•    Good communication skills at all levels
Location: Based in Bradford
Type of role: Full Time, Permanent
Reporting to: Transport Manager
Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.

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.