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Maintenance Planner

Date: 26-Jul-2022

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 Maintenance Planner to join our team at our site in Forest Gate and to be the driving force behind the best quality brand in bakery.



Role Purpose:


As the Site Maintenance Planner you’ll maximise plant reliability and performance to ensure our high standards of quality are achieved and to meet customers’ expectations. You will be responsible for coordinating the preventative maintenance system and ensure overall equipment efficiency reducing downtime and damage. As such, you will 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 Mitcham site.


Ideal Experiences / Qualifications / Capabilities:


  • Must be flexible with hours when required to meet the needs of the business
  • GSCE Grade C or above in English & Maths or equivalent
  • Flexible and able to manage a number of concurrent priorities
  • 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
  • Basic Food Hygiene
  • Knowledge of process equipment & plant
  • Able to self manage and prioritise own work load to satisfy commitments and meet agreed deadlines


  • 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


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.