Engineering Team Leader

Date: 21 Jun 2024

Location: Forest Gate, 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 Multiskilled Engineering Team Leader to join our team at our Forest Gate site and to be the driving force behind the best quality brand in bakery. You will have an opportunity to be responsible for leading a team of engineers in generating improvements across our bakery sites and working collaboratively with the rest of the Engineering team and wider site.


Purpose of role

To provide leadership to a team of shift engineers, managing the focus of the allocated engineering team on the agreed priorities.
To ensure the best possible resolve is achieved to those issues experienced, in order 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, in order to provide maximum manufacturing efficiency at the Forest Gate site.
Liaise with duty Manufacturing FLM throughout the duty shift to agree the priorities & support RCA’s
First line of contact for manufacturing and despatch, reallocating engineering resource to suit changing priorities
Supervise visiting contractors where engineering Coordinators are off site, adhering to the approved contractor process to include possible intermediate inductions
Communicate shared work load progress or resource requests with engineering day team
Conduct effective, recorded shift handover at start and end of duty shift
Lead and support engineering shift team to encourage best practice applied throughout scope of engineering activities
Work with Engineering Coordinators to satisfy Planned Preventive Maintenance schedules
Identify Critical spares to best enable rapid breakdown response

Ideal experiences / Qualifications / capabilities:


5+ years Proven Multi-skilled engineering experience within the Food Manufacturing Industry - Essential
3 years engineering leadership experience - Essential
Experience on PLC process equipment & plant
GCSE Grade C or above in English & Maths or equivalent.          
Have a recognised Engineering qualification
17th Edition IEE wiring regulation pass
Experience of continuous improvement
Experience with Permit to Work systems
Experience with COSHH regulations
Able to self-manage and prioritise own workload to satisfy commitments and meet agreed deadlines.


Candidates must have the right to work within the UK without the need for visa sponsorship.

The role is a shift based role - working a rotating 4 on 4 off shift of days and nights.



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.