Nottingham Bakery Operative, Job

Date: 11 Jul 2024

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 Nottingham we're looking for  Bakery Operatives to play a key role in supporting our Operations Team.


Reporting to the Production First Line Manager, the successful candidate will be required to work a shift pattern involving working 12-hour day shifts and night shifts, four on four off, including weekends.



What Might I Be Doing?

  • Accurately weighing out and preparing ingredients for mixing
  • Mixing, dividing and shaping dough prior to proving
  • Setting temperatures and cooking times for different products
  • Baking various types of bread
  • Wrapping, slicing, and packaging bread products
  • Cleaning machinery and workstation


What Will Be Expected Of Me?

  • You’ll need to be able to read and understand labels and instructions
  • You must have enough knowledge of IT systems to allow you to programme the machinery


What Can I Expect?

  • On the factory floor, you’ll have to wear protective clothing which will include ear protection, a hair net and a white coat
  • Although some of the work is now automated you may still be expected to do a degree of lifting


What about Further Training?

  • You will be trained up to become an expert at your trade and receive Health & Safety and Food Safety training during your induction period


Core responsibilities:


  • Operating the plant and process in a safe and compliant manner
  • Complete robust daily plant start-up integrity checks
  • Being accountable for the production of high-quality products that are safe
  • Completing documentation accurately and promptly
  • Maintaining high standards of cleanliness 
  • Effectively communicating and liaising with all other departments 


Ideal Experiences / Qualifications / Capabilities:

  • Basic numeracy and literacy skills
  • Basic verbal & written communication skills
  • Strong basic problem-solving skills working within defined parameters
  • Basic keyboard skills and IT aptitude to input and access data



  • Experience working in a bakery
  • A basic Food Hygiene & Food Safety qualification
  • Basic Health & Safety qualification
  • Aptitude for basic mechanical & electrical tasks



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 for 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 enhanced annual leave and maternity/paternity leave, 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.