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Date: 02-May-2022

Location: Mitcham, 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.


At Hovis Mitcham (Sebon) an exciting opportunity has recently arisen for an Engineering First Line Manager with extensive knowledge in line management and leading a team to join this hugely respected, household-name company. As one of two Engineering First Line Managers, you will be leading a team of electrical, mechanical and multi-skilled engineers and you will have the chance to manage the engineering function in which you will improve productivity and practices. This is a brilliant opportunity for an Engineering Leader who is looking to work for a great company that makes fantastic bread and rolls. You will be taking lead on interesting capacity and improvement projects along with the personal development of each team member. 


Role Purpose: 

Reporting to the Engineering Manager, effectively managing Engineering Resources to deliver on all maintenance, equipment repairs, site projects and continuous improvement.


Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience



  • Recognised Electrical/Mechanical Engineering qualification. City & Guilds minimum.
  • Proven track record of Front Line Management within an FMCG environment.
  • Thorough understanding of PPM techniques.
  • Strong desire to develop and coach team performance.
  • Working knowledge of Legislative standards within the FMCG environment.
  • High level of numeracy and ability to analyse and interpret data.
  • A proactive approach to problem-solving.
  • Ability to identify and implement process improvements.
  • Ability to produce detailed Engineering and Process Risk assessments




  • Manufacturing systems experience.
  • Project Management skills.
  • Management of financial budgets.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Idhammar programs.
  • Working knowledge of improvement techniques used to maximise and optimise bakery plant performance and equipment.
  • Ability to produce detailed Engineering and Process Risk assessments
  • Extensive PLC/Controls knowledge



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.