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Date: 06-May-2019

Location: Forest Gate, GB

Company: Hovis

Hovis is one the UK’s leading food brands. In fact, it’s worth over £400m in retail sales. In a very competitive crowd, we’ve continued to demonstrate category leading product innovation & quality. Our brand heritage and most recent performance is testament to this. Unsurprisingly, we have bold ambitions for our business & brand . We’re now searching for a proactive and committed colleaguesto play a key role in the next chapter of our journey.


A great opportunity has arisen at Hovis we're looking for an Engineering Team Leader at our Forest Gate Site - please see full details of the role below:



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.





  • Efficient use of spares and stock items
  • Minimal production loss and waste generation through the actions of self and direct reportees



  • Provide daily support to the Engineering Team and provide effective communication routes
  • Evaluate and determine team skill requirements



  • Thorough completion of documentation.
  • All support documentation and software to be kept updated


Key Contacts

  • Production FLM’s.
  • Hygiene Team Leader
  • Engineering Manager
  • Engineering Administrator



  • Day to day supervision of the duty reactive engineering team ensuring self and team adhere to relevant legislative Regulations and Hovis policies, procedures and guidelines. Exercise accountability and responsibility through a duty of care for those activities undertaken by direct reportees
  • Provide support and direction to ensure all staff adhere to all Health and Safety policies and procedures
  • 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
  • Ensure self and team work to Current Good Manufacturing Practices at all times
  • 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
  • Identify and communicate realistic Engineering team training requirements to best suit the bakery needs
  • Actively engage in and instigate site improvement projects



  • Participate in the Personal Development Review process with line Manager
  • Conduct first stage disciplinary interviews to include return to work interviews
  • Manage  and adhere to planned diary appointments
  • Control of relevant files, including electronic storage and hard copy filing
  • Conduct and accompany cross departmental COP and TOP tours
  • Support the Generation of new Engineering documents – e.g. S.O.P (Standard Operating Procedures)
  • Deputise for similar functions within areas of knowledge and responsibility across the department
  • Support all other duties relevant to the role as deemed necessary by the Engineering Manager
  • May be required to carry out duties within the production area, where relevant training must be undertaken









  • Multi-skilled engineering background
  • Basic Food Hygiene
  • Knowledge of process equipment & plant
  • Able to self manage and prioritise own work load to satisfy commitments and meet agreed deadlines
  • Must be flexible with hours when required to meet the needs of the business
  • Have reasonable fitness
  • GSCE Grade C or above in English & Maths or equivalent
  • Flexible and able to manage a number of concurrent priorities
  • Basic computer literacy (system training will be given)
  • Proven Engineering experience & aptitude
  • Self motivated
  • Full driving licence
  • Effective verbal & written communication skills
  • Risk Assessments involvement
  • Site Permits to Work process
  • Basic Knowledge of RCA process
  • Pest Control Awareness







  • Previous Engineering supervisory experience
  • Previous engineering experience within a large bakery business
  • Knowledge of PLC control applications
  • Bakery experience
  • Btec diploma in relevant subject
  • Strong engineering competence on automated production plant and auxiliary equipment
  • Above basic level of computer literacy
  • Audit experience
  • Experienced in the use of RCA tools
  • Experienced in written ALARP Risk Assessments
  • Issue full range of Site Permit to Works
  • Trained & experienced in  ALARP Risk Assessment generation
  • Intermediate Food Hygiene
  • Experienced in Lean Manufacturing
  • Experience with CoSHH
  • Experience of continuous improvement




Location:  Based in Forest Gate

Type of role: Full Time, Permanent

Reporting to: Engineering Manager

Closing Date: Friday 24th May

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

Job Segment: Manager, Food Safety, Management, Quality

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