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Date: 04-Oct-2021

Location: Nottingham, 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.


The role:


A great opportunity has arisen at Hovis we're looking for a Bakery Operative to join the Nottingham Team to play a key role in supporting our Operations Team.


Our bakery is committed to providing a high-quality product to our customers in line with the Life Long Customer Loyalty programme.


Reporting to the Production First Line Manager, the successful candidate will be required to work a shift pattern involving working day shifts, night shifts and weekends.


You will be required to contribute to an efficient, customer-focused, manufacturing process through the effective operation of plant, equipment and systems. You will be working alongside our permanently dedicated team to positively contribute to the Short Interval Control initiative and to the broader Project Gold Standard.


Full training will be provided for the role and you will have the opportunity to make an integral contribution to the life cycle of bread production.


Core responsibilities:


  • Operating the plant and process in a safe and compliant manner.
  • Completing documentation accurately and promptly.
  • Following instructions and procedures correctly.
  • Maintaining high standards of cleanliness in their immediate work area by adopting the “Clean as You Go” philosophy.
  • Supporting the delivery of the site’s KPI’s for Safety, Quality, Service and Cost.
  • Being accountable for the production of high-quality products that are safe.
  • Proactively drive down waste by implementing our “see it, flag it, fix it" ethos.
  • Complete robust daily plant start-up integrity checks.
  • Effectively communicating and liaising with all other departments within the site to achieve operational excellence.


Ideal Experiences / Qualifications / Capabilities:


  • Basic numeracy and literacy skills, educated to at least 4 GCSE’s / NVQ Level 2 or equivalent
  • Basic verbal & written communication skills to describe problems, causes and solutions
  • Experience of a process environment
  • Strong basic problem-solving skills working within defined parameters
  • Aptitude for basic mechanical & electrical tasks
  • Basic keyboard skills and IT aptitude to input and access data




  • Experience of working in a bakery and Plant baking qualifications
  • Basic health & safety qualification
  • Basic food hygiene qualification



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


  • We offer three levels of pensions, with an accretive contribution from the company


  • We offer enhanced annual leave and maternity/paternity leave, and flexibility where possible in order to create a healthy work-life balance


  • 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 celebrate loyalty with our generous long service and colleague recognition schemes


  • At the Nottingham site we have an onsite canteen and company shop


  • We also work very hard to support or local community and chosen charity, we run event days throughout the year to have fun and raise money for a good cause.


  • We also promote an employee to employee referral scheme, with a chance for big prizes to be won for the winner!


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.