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Hygiene Operative Job Description

Are you looking for a role that celebrates your exceptionally high standards and that makes the very best use of your outstanding attention to detail? If so, a Hygiene Operative role for Hovis® could be just what you are looking for.


From bakeries to distribution centres and from flour mills to office blocks, over 2,800 pairs of hands help to make and deliver over 1.3 million of the country’s best-loved loaves every day. Keeping up with such a high demand requires teamwork, trust and accountability.


Blue Arrow recruits Hygiene Operatives to work in 10 Hovis® locations across the UK including Kent, London, Bristol, Nottingham and Glasgow so wherever you live, there is a good chance there is a Hovis® site and a Hygiene Operative opportunity near you.


What are the main duties of a Hovis® Hygiene Operative?


Your primary purpose is to ensure the factory is kept to a high standard meets, if not exceeds, food hygiene standards. This means working as a multi skilled hygiene operative within an effective and efficient hygiene team, delivering high standards of cleaning throughout the site in accordance with company, customer and legal requirements.


  • High and low level general cleaning of site, plant and fabrication
  • Cleaning in place systems inc flour service bins, water tanks and yeast holding vessels
  • Maintain proper housekeeping
  • Issue of clean garments
  • Clean utensils and equipment
  • Maintain cleaning supply stocks
  • Remove and empty all waste receptacles
  • Accurately completing documentation


An environment like a Hovis® factory can be a hot and loud, bustling with activity so you must be able to work with and around lots of people who have equally important roles to fulfil. Teamwork and communication are vital components to ensure smooth and efficient operations so interpersonal skills will go a long way in a role like this.

Previous experience of cleaning within the food manufacturing industry will help you settle into the role quickly and good verbal and numeracy skills will help to ensure you can comfortably carry out your administrative duties.

Shift commitments


Finding a careful balance between home and work commitments is important in any role so it is always good to understand the shift commitments at the earliest opportunity. With a Hygiene Operative role the shifts can vary but you need to be open to working 12 hour shifts day or night.


Qualifications and development


To ensure your safety and ability to carry out your duties you will be required to complete an onsite induction for this role. While you don’t need any official qualifications or licenses to be a Hygiene Operative for Hovis® your professional development is important to us so we can support you to gain your Level 1 food hygiene qualification.


What’s in it for you?


You’ll be working as part of the UK’s leading bakery manufacturer in a critical role that helps to keep the outstanding Hovis® quality they have become synonymous with, while ensuring Hovis® products are safe to eat.


  • Full paid training
  • Overtime opportunities
  • Competitive pay rates / Pay progression
  • Instant access to Blue Arrow training portal
  • Auto enrolment in pension scheme

Essential requirements

  • Proof of Right to work - Passport, Biometric Card or Birth Certificate
  • Proof of Address dated in last 3 month - Utility Bill
  • Proof of National Insurance - NI Card, payslip or P60/P45
  • 2 Years referencing details (Blue Arrow will apply for these)

Throughout your career as a Hygiene Operative you will gain a vast cross-section of transferable skills such as communication, organisation, multitasking, diligence and attention-to-detail that can be utilised in many roles and industries.

If you are looking for your next exciting opportunity, join Hovis® as a Hygiene Operative and be a part of something milled from history, kneaded from knowledge and baked in tradition.

If a Hygiene Operative role is not for you, why not look at the other Hovis® roles we are recruiting for.