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Date: 10-May-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. We are a values-led business and expect our colleagues to live, breathe, and embed Quality, Accountability, and Trust into their ways of working. Family is also important to us, with many of our sites having multiple generations of the same family working in the team! 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.

A great opportunity has arisen at Hovis for a  Multiskilled Engineering Team Leader to join our team at Forest Gate and to be the driving force behind the best quality brand in bakery. You will have an opportunity to be responsible for generating improvements across our bakery site and working collaboratively with the rest of the Engineering team and wider site.


  • 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
  • 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
  • Effective verbal & written communication skills 
  • Risk Assessments involvement 
  • Site Permits to Work process
  • Basic Knowledge of RCA process
  • Pest Control 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 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.