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Date: 03-May-2022

Location: Regional, 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 Occupational Health Technician to join the team, to enable Hovis to deliver on its vision of being the best quality brand in bakery.


This is a 3 day a week, multi-site role covering Bradford, Nottingham, Wellingborough and Golborne. Based at either Nottingham or Bradford with travel to other sites.


The Occupational Health Technician is part of a multidisciplinary team and will conduct a range of health assessments and screening with colleagues to determine their current level of health in relation to their workplace exposures, ensuring compliance to legislation and company standards.


Working with Occupational Health, HR and Wider Supply Chain teams, some of the key accountabilities include;


  • Provide new starter screening for all colleagues and agency labour (12 weeks) to ensure compliance with statutory and company standards.
  • Conduct risk related health surveillance and health screening medicals in accordance with both legislation and Hovis OH and Wellbeing policies and procedures.
  • Provide the site(s) with health data analysis based on health surveillance to support compliance, trend risk, prioritise local prevention activities and contribute to company wide policy development.
  • Provide advice on individual health issues and promote health education within the workplace to maximise colleague understanding.
  • Conduct routine risk assessment e.g. DSE/Pregnancy, and reports in line with location requirements to monitor compliance to legislation and company standards.
  • Maintain accurate, comprehensive and up to date information in line with legal, professional and site requirements.
  •  Ensure the safekeeping of all confidential medical records, in accordance with the Company’s GDPR guidelines and ensure auditable information is in place.


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:


  • Good communication skills
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Confidence to make decisions and use initiative
  • Maintains confidentiality and has a good working knowledge of GDPR
  • IT literate – be proficient in the use of MS Office applications – Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Ability to drive to other locations within their region
  • A degree of flexibility to accommodate a range of shift patterns


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.