Shift Engineer

Date: 22 May 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.


A great opportunity has arisen at Hovis for a Shift Engineer to join our team at our site in Bradford and to be the driving force behind the best quality brand in bakery. The role will be responsible for continually improving the availability and reliability of equipment and working collaboratively with the rest of the Engineering team and the wider site.


Key Responsibilities include:


  • Carry out planned routine and reactive maintenance repair work on all plants and equipment at the bakery site.
  • Complete written reports on maintenance work carried out and identify future work. 
  • Plan and implement improvement ideas to increase the throughput and efficiency of the operating plants.
  • To ensure the best possible resolution to those issues experienced, to meet the reliability requirements of the Bakery production schedules.
  • To be part of a team providing essential maintenance operations, whilst maintaining 
  • Health & Safety and Food Safety Standards, abiding by GMP and food handling hygiene standards to provide maximum manufacturing efficiency.


Ideal experiences / Qualifications / capabilities:

  • Recognised Engineering degree or apprenticeship minimum NVQ 3

  • Bakery or food industry experience or FMCG

  • The ability to work with others effectively as well as alone

  • Display confidence and initiative in daily duties

  • Have an understanding of the Production aspect of our business and the impact of Engineering services

  • Ability to manage daily workload in accordance with tight production timelines

  • Must display excellent communication skills

  • Multi-skilled Engineer

  • Experience of welding and machining



  • Strong engineering competence in Bakery production plant 
  • Experience with Permit to Work systems
  • Experience with COSHH regulations
  • Experience of continuous improvement
  • Basic Food Hygiene
  • Able to self-manage and prioritise own workload to satisfy commitments and meet agreed deadlines


 This is a full time, permanent position working shifts, 4 on (2 days & 2 nights) 4 off, based at our Bradford site.


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.