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Date: 21-Jun-2022

Location: Sebon, 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.

Hovis currently has an exciting opportunity at our site in Mitcham for a Controls Engineer.


The Purpose of the role is to be the Site Electrical Duty Holder and provide expert electrical assistance in the Fault Diagnosis and breakdown repairs, continually upgrade and maintain site electrical systems and documentation.


  • Ability to work as part of a team

  • Ability to communicate with Senior site management and Control Systems Manager

  • Excellent knowledge of PLC’s, SCADA, and networking technologies and general Electrical Systems.

  • Good understanding of a structured approach to software design, Testing, Comment and Documentation.

  • Performance measurement of systems pre-work and post evaluation.

  • Knowledge of Modicon and Rockwell PLC’s, DeviceNet FieldBus Networks, iFix Scada packages,  SQL Server and reporting software.

  • Support for legacy systems such as DOS and Mitsi PLC’s.

  • Maintenance and upkeep of tools such as cables laptops and programmes.

  • Support to Site Engineers during Breakdown situations including out of hours support.

  • To ensure continued improvement in project engineering skills through a structured development programme

  • Ensure compliance with legislative, moral and European directive requirements at the site.

  • To manage the site’s electrical standards to ensure compliance with all Statutory Electrical Legislation, Company standards, specifications and ECOPS.

  • Control of contractors to ensure H&S standards are adhered to while carrying out their duties

  • Ensuring no electrical accidents occur by acting as a champion for electrical safety on site

  • Monitor & track project spend against pre-approved budget not to exceed the agreed project spend

  • Plant performance in regard to CI activities and projected improvements



  • Identifying and documenting procedures for recovery of plant and equipment after failures

  • Delivery of projects which support & ensure the business consistently meets correct specifications of all its products

  • Ensuring all projects meet relevant Engineering procedures within ISO, NTS and BRC standards

  • Ensure that downtime is limited by identifying plant, critical systems, and spares which are required to get plants up and running after an equipment failure. This will include making sure stock of parts and the correct equipment is available to minimize breakdown repair time.

  • Identification of any training needs for the electrical craftsmen in the department.

  • Briefings to all people affected (either directly or indirectly) by projects


The requirements for the role are:


  • Experience of working within Projects and Maintenance

  • Experience of working within a Production environment – preferably FMCG.

  • Project Management of major capital projects

  • Excellent knowledge of PLC’s, SCADA, and networking technologies and general Electrical Systems


In return, we offer a great team to work with; the opportunity to develop and further your career as well as the chance to work with one of the UK's best-known brands.

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.