L&D Advisor

Date: 4 Apr 2024

Location: High Wycombe, GB

Company: Hovis


Welcome to Hovis.


Our brand is iconic and loved by many. We're all about baking, with over 130 years of experience under our belts. Every day, we're churning out around 1.3 million delicious loaves of bread and bakery products throughout the UK and Ireland.


We've got an amazing team of 2,800 people working in 8 bakeries, 1 flour mill, and 2 distribution centres across the UK. And let us tell you, their hard work is what makes us successful. Whether they're experts in baking, manufacturing, logistics, engineering, or any of the departments in our head office, without them, we’d be toast!


Read on, find out more, and hopefully experience the goodness of Hovis for yourself.


What’s the opportunity?


Due to internal development, we’ve got an exciting opportunity for an L&D Advisor to join Hovis. In this role, you'll be the go-to person for all things Learning & Development, supporting various initiatives business-wide. You'll be working closely with different teams, providing advice, and keeping things running smoothly when it comes to central L&D activities and Apprenticeships. Plus, you'll be lending a hand in creating and delivering top-notch training solutions.


What will you be doing?


  • You’ll be a key point of contact across the organisation for all things ‘Hovis Academy’ and other training solutions, working across functions to develop content and providing coaching on system use.
  • Tracking and maintaining a database of learner needs and supporting the evaluation of central training initiatives, providing recommendations for improvement.
  • Working with various 3rd parties and suppliers to source appropriate training solutions and coordinating review and evaluation of such initiatives.
  • Managing the training budget tracker and reporting monthly. Monitoring provider contracts and making recommendations on alternatives and renegotiations.
  • Owning and maintaining the calendar of training activities (internal and external).
  • Be the first point of contact for the business regarding Apprenticeships, taking ownership of this whole initiative and supporting with recruitment, induction, delivery, and development of Hovis Early Careers.


We're looking for someone who is genuinely passionate about Learning & Development within an organisation. You'll own what you do and have a knack for influencing different stakeholders in a positive way. Your positivity, encouragement, and consistency will help you guide individuals towards specific tasks and behaviours.


What are ‘must haves’ from you?


  • Enthusiasm and interest in developing self and others
  • Good organisational skills and strong attention to detail, happy to work to deadlines
  • Training delivery experience
  • Sound IT skills
  • A confident communicator that influences people and builds relationships


What would be ideal?


  • Part CIPD qualified
  • Experience of E - Learning as a development tool
  • Experience of working with a Learning Management System
  • Experience of working with competency frameworks and their application
  • Experience of working with psychological profiling tools
  • Insights accredited


Why work for Hovis? What’s in it for you?


At Hovis, we really get how crucial it is to take care of our colleagues. That's why, on top of your salary, we will provide you with a bunch of relevant benefits. Our benefits at Hovis are as varied as the people that receive them, and you can choose based on your needs. We’re all for adding that extra value, beyond just what’s on your payslip.


Some of the good stuff:


  • Enhanced annual leave and maternity / paternity leave (and flexibility where possible to suit your needs)
  • Three levels of pensions to choose from
  • A benefits platform (Hovis Choice) which offers:
  • A variety of savings and cashback offers on day-to-day living
  • Eyecare vouchers
  • A healthcare scheme that can be tailored to your needs
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • We reward loyalty with generous long-service and colleague recognition schemes
  • A focus on health and wellbeing, with various resources to support you


At Hovis, we believe in embracing diversity and creating a welcoming workplace for everyone. We're all about equal opportunities. Whether you're applying for a job or already part of our team, we promise to treat you with fairness, respect, and dignity. No matter your age, abilities, gender identity, relationship status, pregnancy or maternity, race, ethnicity, background, beliefs, union affiliation, political views, sexual orientation, or any other unique traits, you will be valued and included here at Hovis.


Does this sound like the role for you? Does Hovis seem like the kind of organisation you would like to work for? Do you have the relevant experience and skills? We would love to hear from you.


Location: High Wycombe (hybrid), with occasional travel to other sites.

Type of role: Full Time, permanent.

Reporting to: L&D Manager.

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK.