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Date: 28-May-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.


A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced Technical Manager to join the team, to enable Hovis to deliver on its vision of being the best quality brand in bakery. We are looking for a Technical Manager to enable Hovis to deliver on its vision of delivering the best quality products every day, enabling growth in a sustainable way and creating superior value for its stakeholders.



Working with the Technical and operational teams, some of the key accountabilities include;


  • To manage all aspects of Quality, Food Safety & Legality on site.
  • To lead the site Hygiene Team with the Hygiene Manager.
  • To drive continuously for improvement in site standards by advising site Operations and Engineering teams in technical matters, identify issues, problem solve and ensure root cause is identified and corrective and preventative actions are taken.
  • Ensures team members are fully engaged in the pursuit of quality improvement in product and process.  Leading a Total Quality approach.
  • Facilitate step-change thinking to sustain the Quality agenda, ensuring the continued delivery of in specification products as monitored by BQED.
  • Supporting the TOPS H&S monitoring process and associated non-conformance closeouts (where applicable).
  • Ensures team members are fully trained and aware of legal requirements and internal / customer standards.
  • Lead the Hygiene function through the Hygiene Manager and their shift teams ensuring the site standards are maintained.



The ideal candidate will be one that is passionate not only about the work they do but the brand they work for, takes ownership of 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:



  • Experience in a senior technical role in food manufacturing, retail or service
  • People leadership and management experience
  • HACCP Qualification (Level 4) and Pest Control experience
  • Experience or previous responsibility for Hygiene and/or Compliance.
  • Budget management
  • Systematic problem solving and decision making
  •  Influencing and challenging
  • Ability to manage customers and enforcement authorities




  • Relevant qualification in Food Science
  • Change management
  • Project management
  • Product knowledge
  • Auditing 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

  • 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.