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Date: 01-May-2022

Location: Nationwide, 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.


The role:


A fantastic opportunity has arisen for Occupational Health Advisors to join the  Hovis team and enable us to deliver on its vision of being the best quality brand in bakery. 


We are looking NATIONWIDE for Occupational Health Advisors to support us on our journey, bringing this function in-house and giving effective and efficient occupational care service to our Bakery colleagues. 


We currently have 3 roles as per below: 


  • The North: This can be full time or part-time and we are flexible depending on candidate preferences. The role can either be one role full time or split into two roles part time. The role(s) will cover Bradford, Golborne, Nottingham & Wellingborough.


  • The South: This is a part-time role with potential flexibility on days of working for the right person. The role will be based at either our ForestGate or Dagenham site with travel to the other remaining site.


  • Belfast: This is a part time role and will cover our Belfast site 


Working with the wider occupational health, HR and HSE  teams, some of the key accountabilities include; 


  • Conduct risk related health surveillance and health screening medicals in accordance with both legislation and Hovis OH and Wellbeing policies and procedures. 
  • Conduct Case Management referrals by providing timely and clinically appropriate assessment of individual’s health with feedback and recommendations to Management, as appropriate, maximising attendance levels for colleagues where possible. 
  • Advise Managers on providing a safe workplace with minimum risk to health as far as reasonably practicable. 
  • Support the EHS Manager where relevant in the investigation of accidents to confirm severity of injury, agree preventative measures to avoid future accidents and document for future potential civil claims.
  • Advise Managers on the prevention and precautions against, and/or adequate control of, exposure to hazardous substances, noise, stress, environmental issues and manual handling risks to minimise negative health effects
  • Provide supervision, support and development of an Occupational Health Technician (if applicable).
  • In conjunction with the Occupational Health and Wellbeing Specialist, work with the site team to deploy health promotion schemes to maximise employee wellbeing and minimise absence rates. 
  • Actively encourage and support colleagues to participate in Health and Wellbeing initiatives to prevent the onset of long term conditions which could impact colleague absence and performance.

The ideal candidate will be one that is passionate not only about the work they do but the brand they work for, takes ownership of what they do, and is able to proactively support the business in all aspects of Occupational Health. 


They will also be able to build strong relationships with managers and staff alike, by bringing a positive, encouraging and consistent behaviour and are able to create a compelling story for promoting Health and Wellbeing for all of our employees.


This is a chance to join an established multi-site organisation to gain broad experience in a new internalised function. We are recruiting roles across the organisation and are looking for the right people to support in the North, Midlands, London, and Northern Ireland 


Ideal Experiences / Qualifications / Capabilities:

  • Registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and successfully revalidated every three years 
  • Diploma or degree in Occupational Health plus experience of working in Occupational Health preferably in a Manufacturing environment
  • Health surveillance/screening 
  • Clinical competence (diagnosis, treatment and first aid) 2 
  • Health assessment (pre-employment and post-sickness) 
  • Identification of the OH needs of the site 
  • Data collection and trend identification 
  • Time management 
  • Co-operation and team-working
  • Report-writing 
  • IT literate – be proficient in the use of MS Office applications – Word, Excel, Powerpoint.



  • Counselling and listening skills
  • Vaccination administration 
  • Presentation skills 


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.