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Production Operative Job Description

Are you looking for a varied role that will keep you active and make the very best use of your outstanding organisation and attention to detail? If so, a Production Operative role for Hovis® could be just what you are looking for.


Over 1.3 million Hovis® loaves are made and delivered across the UK, every day. Helping to make this happen are over 2,800 pairs of hands working in bakeries, distribution centres, flour mills and offices.


Hovis® is a values led business with an ethos of quality, trust and accountability, a standard to which all Hovis® staff and representatives are held. Every department throughout the Hovis® operation have their parts to play in meeting KPI’s for Safety, Quality, Service and Cost but Production Operatives can help make a difference environmentally too. On the front line of operations, Production Operatives are perfectly placed to proactively drive down waste through the ‘see it, flag it, fix it’ ethos, making them crucial to the Hovis® waste reduction mission.


Blue Arrow recruits Production 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 Production Operative opportunity near you.  


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


Your primary purpose is to contribute to an efficient, customer-focused, manufacturing process through the effective operation of plant, equipment and systems. This means ensuring Hovis® products are the best quality, supporting the packing function, operating machinery and providing general factory support. Your role is critical in ensuring the factory meets its delivery obligations.

  • Operation of plant, equipment and systems
  • Positively contribute to the Short Interval Control and to the broader Project Gold Standard
  • Being accountable for the production of high-quality products that are safe
  • Maintaining high standards of cleanliness
  • Complete robust daily plant start-up integrity check
  • Work across other departments as required

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 flexibility and a positive attitude towards going over and above will go a long way in a role like this.

Previous experience of baking within a plant will help you settle into the role quickly and an aptitude for basic mechanical and electrical tasks will give you an extra boost.

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 Production 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 Production 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 reach stores on time.

  • 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 Production Operative you will gain a vast cross-section of transferable skills such as machinery operation, manual handling, communication, multitasking, problem solving 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 Production Operative and be a part of something milled from history, kneaded from knowledge and baked in tradition.

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