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Date: 13-Jan-2022

Location: High Wycombe, 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 fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced HR Manager to join the team to enable Hovis to deliver on its vision of being the best quality brand in bakery, by delivering HR plans that support the delivery of business strategy through maximising the organisations capability and resource and ensuring quality is at the heart of everything we do.


Working with the central support and Supply Chain HR teams, some of the key accountabilities include;


  • Driving HR excellence and process efficiency 
  • Delivery of the people strategy, ensuring best practice HR excellence, supporting the delivery of business goals, and ensuring consistency and value added support in all areas of HR including Employee Relations.
  • Delivery of collaborative working practices that deliver continuous improvement in all areas of HR operations
  • Ensuring simplification and simplicity in approach, to enable effective focus and delivery of business objectives
  • Supporting all central and support programmes to deliver best in class performance
  • Identifying the key challenges that the business is facing and aligning HR to deliver solutions.
  • Management of the Hovis Apprenticeship programme


The ideal candidate will be one that is passionate not only about the work they do but the brand they work for, takes ownership for what they do and is able to influence multiple stakeholders in the right way. They will also be able to focus individuals on specific tasks and behaviours, by bringing a positive, encouraging and consistent behaviour and are able to create a compelling story for the future as well as role model the Hovis Leadership Standards.


Ideal experiences / Qualifications / capabilities:


  • Graduate / CIPD qualified
  • Experience in FMCG – ideally manufacturing and food
  • Test employee relations experience
  • Delivery of change management programmes 
  • Experience in TU negotiations – pay awards and T&C reviews
  • Strong knowledge of employment law
  • Performance management techniques 
  • Resourcing experience at all levels
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills – ability to influence and persuade
  • Results oriented, resilient and highly motivated


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.