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HR Advisor (Mitcham, London)

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Date: 29-Apr-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.

The role:

A great opportunity has arisen at Hovis  for a HR Advisor to work with the site HRM to develop and deliver key HR objectives for the site.  The HR Advisor provides support to the site management team in relation to all aspects of HR such as Resourcing, Learning & Development, Employee Relations, Engagement, Reward and Recognition.


  • Work alongside the HR Manager to drive the alignment & execution of the People Strategies & Plans in order to develop, keep and enhance the contribution of employees to the short and long term business needs. 

  • Work with the HR Manager to act as a catalyst/supporter of change where appropriate specifically with initiatives such as shared services implementation.

  • Prepare training materials and arrange and deliver training/coaching for staff.  Responsible for the induction and on-boarding programme of new starters.

  • Responsible for managing high volume ER cases from dismissal through to appeal and work with the HRM on complex cases.  

  • Establish and maintain effective ‘win-win working relationships with associates and their representatives (where applicable e.g. union representative associates) through an environment that fosters communication and services delivery. 

  • Liaise with OH regarding long term sickness and ill health assessments.  Work alongside the site safety Manager to ensure safety and compliance on site

  • Work as part of cross-functional / HR team to develop HR practice and process developments that contribute to enhancing the total HR contribution


Ideal experiences / Qualifications / capabilities:

  • CIPD qualified or working towards

  • Minimum 2 years experience ideally within a site based environment

  • Strong knowledge of employment law

  • Experience of managing disciplinary and grievance processes, up to and including dismissal, within an unionised environment

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.