Hygiene Manager

Date: 12 May 2024

Location: Erith, GB

Company: Hovis

Welcome to Hovis.


Our brand is iconic and loved by many. We're all about baking, with over 130 years of experience under our belts. Every day, we're churning out around 1.3 million delicious loaves of bread and bakery products throughout the UK and Ireland.


We've got an amazing team of 2,800 people working in 8 bakeries, 1 flour mill, and 2 distribution centres across the UK. And let us tell you, their hard work is what makes us successful. Whether they're experts in baking, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, or any of the departments in our head office, without them, we’d be toast!


Read on, find out more, and hopefully experience the goodness of Hovis for yourself.


What’s the opportunity?


An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Hygiene Manager at our Erith site, in which you would lead and develop an efficient hygiene operation in line with the site plan and KPIs. A big part of the role would be to create and deliver the hygiene strategy and plan to ensure continuous improvement activity is in place to drive year on year improvements.


What will you be doing?


  • Ensuring compliance with company and legal standards (food and personal safety, quality, hygiene, and environment)
  • Customer focused delivery of hygiene to Manufacturing and Technical standards, both internal and external (BRC / Customer Standards / Codes of Practice)
  • Managing, developing, and leading your team of operatives and demonstrating visible leadership for the team
  • Reviewing competency and ensuring appropriate training and development plans are in place to meet both individual and business needs
  • Creating an empowering culture and encouraging teamwork and a supporting environment to improve business performance
  • Have a good working knowledge of Hovis HR Policies and processes (performance, conduct, disciplinary, grievance, attendance etc)
  • Making an active and positive contribution to the site management team, and ensuring hygiene plans and activity dovetail into site supply strategy and plans
  • Ensuring continuous improvement and engagement are part of the site plans


We're looking for someone who has true leadership qualities and can take ownership of this function within Hovis. You'll own what you do and have a knack for influencing different stakeholders in a positive way. Your positivity, encouragement, and consistency will help you guide individuals towards specific tasks and behaviours.


What are ‘must haves’ from you?


  • Good understanding of working with cleaning chemicals
  •  A sound knowledge or qualification in HACCP, COSHH, cleaning chemicals, IT and current food safety regulations.
  • People management skills – experience of managing teams in an FMCG manufacturing environment
  • Experience of Pest control
  • Experience in delivering Food Hygiene training
  • Excellent verbal, IT and numerate skills
  • Experience of working effectively in a Trade Union environment
  • Good all-round understanding of compliance


What would be ideal?


  • Hygiene experience in a bakery
  • Knowledge of baking



Why work for Hovis? What’s in it for you? 


At Hovis, we really get how crucial it is to take care of our colleagues. That's why, on top of your salary, we will provide you with a bunch of relevant benefits. Our benefits at Hovis are as varied as the people that receive them, and you can choose based on your needs. We’re all for adding that extra value, beyond just what’s on your payslip.


Some of the good stuff:


  • Enhanced annual leave and maternity / paternity leave (and flexibility where possible to suit your needs)
  • Three levels of pensions to choose from
  • A benefits platform (Hovis Choice) which offers:
    • A variety of savings and cashback offers on day-to-day living
    • Eyecare vouchers
    • A healthcare scheme that can be tailored to your needs
    • Cycle to work scheme 
  • We reward loyalty with generous long-service and colleague recognition schemes
  • A focus on health and wellbeing, with various resources to support you

At Hovis, we believe in embracing diversity and creating a welcoming workplace for everyone. We're all about equal opportunities. Whether you're applying for a job or already part of our team, we promise to treat you with fairness, respect, and dignity. No matter your age, abilities, gender identity, relationship status, pregnancy or maternity, race, ethnicity, background, beliefs, union affiliation, political views, sexual orientation, or any other unique traits, you will be valued and included here at Hovis.


Does this sound like the role for you? Does Hovis seem like the kind of organisation you would like to work for? Do you have the relevant experience and skills? We would love to hear from you.


Location: Erith

Type of role: Full Time, permanent.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.