Technical Manager

Date: 19 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 are currently looking for an experienced Technical Manager to join our team at our Bradford Bakery.  The role will be responsible for supporting Hovis to deliver its vision of the best quality products every day, enabling growth in a sustainable way and creating superior value for its stakeholders.


Key Responsibilities will include: -


  • To manage all aspects of Quality, Food Safety & Legality on site.
  • To lead the site Hygiene Team with the Hygiene Manager.
  • To drive continuously for improvement in site standards by advising site Operations and Engineering teams in technical matters, identify issues, problem solve and ensure root cause is identified and corrective and preventative actions are taken.
  • Facilitate step-change thinking to sustain the Quality agenda, ensuring the continued delivery of in specification products as monitored by BQED.
  • Governance of the site quality plan – ensuring timely delivery of quality improvement projects.
  • Supporting the overarching complaint reduction program – providing technical governance of the complaints system and proactively supporting manufacturing.
  • Providing governance of the HACCP plan and pre-requisite control programs.
  • To effectively communicate emerging issues or issues that may influence product safety from wider markets.
  • Coaching and mentoring of site teams to ensure that audit standards are applied consistently and appropriately.
  • Ensuring timely close-out of incidents of non-conformance or appropriate vertical escalation.
  • Ensure the site routine cleaning schedule is maintained, reviewed and audited in line with requirements.
  • Ensure the regular plant cleans are resourced and delivered to the appropriate standards.
  • To manage the segregation, storage and timely removal of all waste in line with budget.
  • Oversee the hygiene and waste budgets to ensure annual forecasts are achieved. 
  • Instrumental in setting the annual budget – supporting the financial team to accurately deliver costs against budget , ensuring appropriate resources are made available to the technical function.
  • Overarching management of the department budget.

The successful candidate will have: -

  • Experience in a senior technical role in food manufacturing, retail or service
  • People leadership and management experience
  • HACCP Qualification (Level 4) and Pest Control experience
  • Experience or previous responsibility for Hygiene and/or Compliance.
  • Budget management
  • Systematic problem solving and decision making
  •  Influencing and challenging
  • Ability to manage customers and enforcement authorities

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.