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 have an exciting opportunity as a Multi Skilled Warehouse Operative based at our site in Avonmouth. Reporting to the Supply Chain FLM, the Multi Skilled Warehouse Operative will be responsible for the daily activities within the despatch department, including minimising waste, ensuring orderfill fulfilment of 100%, achieving set targets prior to cut off and achieving objectives set out by the Logistics function.
Encourage teamwork and a supporting environment in order to improve business performance.
Always comply with all applicable corporate and legal standards (personal safety, food safety, quality, hygiene and environment).
Ensure you deliver to target on a shift and weekly basis.
Understand the IT systems in use.
Work with the Supply Chain FLM to ensure continuous improvement to make year on year improvements versus plans and targets.
Work with the Supply Chain FLM to ensure accurate performance reporting for all measures required (site targets, KPI’s, team performance, etc).
Monitor staff progress, check flow of products and report any problems/issues to the Supply Chain FLM.
Inform the Supply Chain FLM of any adjustments, ensuring that any actions that needs to be taken is authorised by the Supply Chain FLM
Random spreading checks, investigate any spreading errors, ensuring standards of work are acceptable and that products are assembled in the baskets correctly using block picking.
Ensure proper housekeeping throughout the shift, ensuring that the areas are always left clean and tidy.
To be an active member of the despatch team.
Work with Pre-Despatchers and Supply Chain FLM’s on site to ensure shared responsibility for delivering all KPIs and targets.
Need to be able to work any shift within the warehouse at short notice.
Essential Skills and Experience
Must be flexible and able to change shifts at short notice
Basic numeracy and literacy essential to the job.
Ability to work as part of a team
A good sense of the importance of good customer service
Knowledge and experience of short shelf life products and daily delivery operation
Forklift Truck Licence
Desired Skills and Experience
Experience of a similar role
Relevant warehouse experience
As a Multi Skilled Warehouse Operative you will be called upon to support/cover various roles within the warehouse, as well as flexible support to all warehouse departments and roles, this includes order picking, decanting of products, trays & banks, loading/unloading of vehicles, the list is not exhaustive. Start and finish times for these roles may vary from your contractual role.
Location: Based in Avonmouth, Bristol
Type of role: Full Time, Permanent
Reporting to: Supply Chain FLM
Closing Date: several roles available, advert will be removed once positions have been filled.
Shift Work:- 4 on 4 off shift pattern, current shifts available are 14:00-01:00 and 17:00-04:00
Salary:- £24,895 per annum
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.
How this job measures up
Warehouse operatives are typically paid £8.70–12.19 an hour.
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What employees are saying about Hovis
Pay is okay.
60 hour weeks, no work/life balance, an generally unhappy atmosphere throughout, poor out/ equipment, no canteen/ car park/ anything, building is falling apart, manager thinks it is okay for drivers to have no life outside of work.
Employee, June 2021
Having to work outside in all types of weather
Primary driver, August 2020
Good pay, relatively easy work, new vehicles, good rota, other staff members.
Poor supply of wheel stock to move product on, very early start time of 0300.