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Date: 28-Sep-2021

Location: Wigan, 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 fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced HR Advisor (Part-Time 28 hours per week) to join the team at Golborne, to enable Hovis to deliver on its vision of being the best quality brand in bakery. We are looking for a HR Advisor to deliver HR plans that support the delivery of business strategy through maximising the organisation's capability and resource and ensuring quality is at the heart of everything we do.


The HR Advisor role works with the Site Manager and the Site HRM to develop and deliver key HR objectives for the site.  They provide support to the site management team in relation to all aspects of HR such as Resourcing, Learning & Development, Employee Relations, Engagement, Reward and Recognition.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities

  • Day to day responsibility for all site HR issues
  • Supports the Site Management team in the delivery of the site business plan
  • Plays a key role in delivering the site people plan
  • Consistent delivery of local HR performance indicators
  • Ensures that accurate, timely and relevant HR information is available to enable more effective decision making
  • Designs and delivers training to all line managers to ensure they are fully equipped to enable them to manage disciplinary, grievance, appeals and performance management processes
  • Interfaces with relevant HR colleagues to ensure delivery of Hovis processes and procedures where appropriate
  • Coaches and supports line managers in gaining maximum contribution and commitment from their teams
  • Confidently supports line managers with colleague underperformance and/or capability issues effectively utilising the Performance Management approach
  • Manages all administrative elements of colleague's employment ensuring that these are delivered effectively and in a timely manner.  In particular, high payroll accuracy is viewed as a key deliverable
  • Proactively manages relationships with shop stewards in order to drive a successful agenda for change
  • Fosters and ER climate that embraces change as business as usual
  • Actively champions Employee Engagement activities with the management team to ensure effective two way communication between employees and the business
  • Provides a cost effective resourcing service ensuring that quality selection decisions are made that add real value to business performance
  • Working in conduction with the site, ensuring training needs identified through Performance Enhancement Review are captured, addressed and delivered
  • Supports the HRM in identifying and implementing opportunities for improvement
  • Deputises for the HRM during periods of absence - e.g. SLT meetings, conference calls
  • Advises local site teams in key people decisions ensuring ethical and legal compliance


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  positive, encouraging and consistent behaviours and are able to create a compelling story for the future as well as role model the Hovis Leadership Standards.


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



  • Experience in a manufacturing environment 
  • SAP Time and attendance experience

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 are 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 enhanced annual leave and maternity/paternity leave, 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.