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Date: 23-Nov-2021

Location: Erith, 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.



To ensure site is compliant with procedures and processes to meet food safety legal requirements and customer standards.



  • Delivers site hygiene standards through structured, disciplined and proactive planning, team and system development and effective mentoring and supervision

  • Manages the overall hygiene infrastructure including relevant systems, equipment and documentation

  • Develop robust hygiene policies, schedules, operating procedures and deliver in full legal, statutory and effective training

  • Plan and schedule hygiene activities/projects based on food risk

  • Carries out detailed audits and effective hygiene quality activities/monitoring

  • Maintain and deliver fully key hygiene aspects of the sites HACCP system

  • People management – responsible for embedding a hygiene focussed culture and role model behaviours throughout the hygiene team and influencing effectively across all levels (from shop floor to senior management)

  • Budgetary control – financial management and cost benefit release related to hygiene specific projects and expenditure (including PPE, chemicals, hygiene equipment and supplies)

  • Management reporting – relating to achievements, non-conformances, corrective actions and future strategy

  • Drive hygiene awareness and improvements across the site via focussed best utilisation and direction of hygiene and non hygiene resource

  • Involvement in audit non-conformance issues and action plans to close out

  • Support and deliver highest standards in relation to pest control and ongoing improvements





  • Knowledge and experience of HACCP

  • Knowledge and experience of BRC Standards

  • Strong background and knowledge of Health & Safety policy and standards

  • Demonstrable experience of managing hygiene based functions within a food manufacturing environment

  • Relevant hygiene qualifications and training

  • Ability to lead and influence at all levels (shop floor to senior management) across all site departments

  • Knowledge and experience of pest control standards and requirements 

  • Strong management skills



  • Advance level HACCP

  • Advance Food Hygiene( level 4)

  • BRC or similar standard trained

  • Strong IT skills

  • Customer interface experience

  • Experience of training delivery

  • Advanced Auditing

  • Customer Standard  Awareness


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 are 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 enhanced annual leave and maternity/paternity leave, 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.