"I am Head of Legal for Hovis® and am therefore responsible for the company's legal and regulatory compliance. Having qualified as a commercial solicitor in private practice, I was keen to move in house, so that I could immerse myself within a business and provide practical, legally sound advice to contribute to a business' success. It is an honour, and also a huge responsibility, to be working for such an iconic British brand as Hovis®. The legal and regulatory team is small but our remit is extremely broad. We cover everything from drafting commercial contracts, approving all packaging/marketing communications and managing Hovis'® intellectual property portfolio to providing company secretarial support and advice on compliance with laws. Whilst this means we are always extremely busy, the breadth of work means no one day is ever the same which is something that I relish. The greatest thing about Hovis® (other than its bread - Seed Sensations® being my favourite) is the people and the collective passion that everyone has for the Hovis® brand. It is a great team to be a part of!"
“It’s an honour to be responsible for the Hovis® brand. When you have a product enjoyed by millions of UK customers, with this level of heritage, there’s a certain pressure to get it right! I joined Hovis® in December 2018 after many years working on consumer brands, and it’s exciting to see the possibilities for strengthening the Hovis® brand further and the impact it can have.
In terms of the Hovis® journey, it’s now time to look ahead and see how we can respond to our customers’ needs and lifestyles. What are we passionate about? What does our brand mean to customers now and in the future? These are all questions for myself and my team to answer and we are really enjoying the challenge.
Our brand values are woven into everything we do in Marketing. Quality is apparent not just in the product we deliver but in the service we provide for each other too. How do we bring that consistency and credibility of the product into our messaging and our brand? We have to ensure that the quality of our product translates into our customer communication at every touch point.
We are accountable to our customers at all times for the promises we make in everything we communicate, to deliver what we say we will. When assembling my team I have ensured they have the right attitude, including a strong sense of accountability for everything they create. We can therefore absolutely trust each other to get on with the task in hand; to be careful and considerate guardians of our hugely successful and iconic brand.
Favourite Hovis® product? It has to be Hovis® Seed Sensations® Sunflower & Pumpkin."
"As a customer facing Category Manager at Hovis®, I aim to build a strong relationship with key customers by analysing and interpreting information to deliver actionable insights that can help shape retailer plans.
I work with several key customers to represent the interest of the Shopper & Consumer: I make recommendations, grounded in insight, relating to Range, Distribution and Merchandising, to ensure Shopper’s needs are consistently met.
I was attracted to Hovis® because of the strength of the brand and the quality of the products. My favourite loaf is Hovis® Granary® Wholemeal because of the goodness, taste and texture."
“My Dad was an Engineer. Always taking things apart and fixing things, and I think that must have rubbed off on me. I was a Technician on the machines for two years and I saw the effect that even the smallest breakdown could have on production, which led me towards Engineering. I wanted to know exactly how the machines work, how to fix them when they go wrong and how to prevent them from going wrong in the first place. Obviously, there’s a lot of pressure to fix things as quickly as possible but there’s also the huge satisfaction of getting them working again. We’re learning all the time from the more experienced engineers, and because we work very much as a team, they’re only too happy to help.”
“I joined the business in April 2018. I always wanted to work for Hovis®, it was the number one business on my list when I was looking for a new role. They’d always made a good impression on me locally and I knew they had a great reputation as an employer.
My role is the Head of HR for Logistics which is a national role in the UK. I cover 7 sites in total, this includes 5 sites that have dual site capability of Logistics and Manufacturing and 2 sites dedicated to Logistics. I work closely with the General Manager for Logistics, we design the People Plan for each site within the network and consider the challenges they face and come up with site plans on how to tackle them. My work involves dealing with different people across a number of different sites. My main objective is to ensure we do the right thing for our business and our people, taking opportunities to work in a consistent way, where possible.
The best part of my role is the variety. I get to work with different sites every day – I don’t have a favourite, I love them all! There is a real appetite for change at Hovis®, the business has been on a growth journey and there’s an energy and pace here. It’s good to have a role where I can make an impact.
My favourite Hovis® product is the Seeded Batch – because it’s just a great, tasty product! I also have to call out the Scottish Plain loaf, I was brought up with this and is great toasted with lots of butter!"
“As Financial Controller, I’m all about the money. I have to ensure we follow all financial rules and regulations, that we pay all staff and suppliers correctly and on time, and that our customers do the same for us. I also have to make sure we have the right financial controls and processes in place to protect the Company's assets.
I worked for a large global company before Hovis® but I wanted to move to a job where I could play a more intrinsic role, involved in all areas and getting to know the business inside out. After 12 months here that’s exactly how I feel. It’s a very friendly place to work – people are engaged and committed. We do work hard but we also have fun.
In finance, we’re precise and supportive towards the whole business. When someone here takes on a task – any task - you can rely on them to do it properly.
Favourite Hovis® product? Unfortunately, I have a gluten intolerance so most bread is out of bounds for me. Though Wholemeal loaf is a big favourite with my family.”
“I’ve worked for Hovis® for six years. I’m now responsible for all aspects of logistics at Avonmouth. Our customers are all over the South West so we have to get Hovis® out to an awful lot of people.
I have a long affinity with the brand; my Grandad had a bakery in Swansea and used to buy his flour from Hovis®. My Dad was also a baker, so it just feels natural for me to be here. Avonmouth is a great place to work; people always do their best and we all take responsibility for what we do. Loyalty and happiness are massive, we have lots of people who’ve been very happy here for many years. As a manager, I know that if we all make our own areas the best they can be, we raise standards even higher.
Favourite Hovis® product? Seeded Batch. It was great before but now it’s even better. Though I am also partial to a bacon sandwich on Hovis® Soft White at the weekend.“
“I’ve worked for Hovis® for 14 years. I grew up in Glasgow near the Hovis® bakery, so I have a strong connection to the brand. I have overall responsibility for the HR shared service centre and HR systems for our business so I have a real passion and understanding for making sure our colleagues experience the best levels of service in their colleague life cycle with us whilst experiencing advanced and accessible HR systems available to all. Every day is different and I enjoy that diversity as well as interacting with colleagues throughout the business at all levels.
I place trust right at the heart of how I work with my team and this is essential to drive responsibility and performance; I lead by example and keep the business values in mind so I can help my team and our people in any way I can.
My favourite Hovis® product is the Mothers Pride Plain loaf; it is such a unique product! I’m proud of the quality and consistency that we are known for and I feel we reflect that quality in the work that we do every day. We are a strong unit at Hovis®; there is a real passion behind the brand and it has evolved so much, we are like a family that has grown together.”