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Trays and Banks Operative Avonmouth, Bristol

Job title: Trays and Banks Operative

Company: Hovis

Job description: 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.

A great opportunity to join our team at Avonmouth – Bristol. The Trays & Banks Operative plays a key role in getting our products to the right place at the right time. Our site has an enviable delivery record; one we work hard to maintain.

We are looking for candidates with the following:

  • Able to unload and reload baskets onto vehicles in line with arrival and departure schedules
  • To work with a team of highly motivated and experienced Trays and Banks and Traywash Operatives
  • Provide cover when on nights for traywash operatives during break times.

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities

  • To comply with Health and Safety regulations, as laid down by the bakery to ensure the safety of themselves and others
  • Offloading of baskets from vehicles using MHE
  • To operate the Traywash for the cleaning of bread baskets and ensure these are delivered to manufacturing
  • To safely operate equipment such as forklift trucks and isolate machinery
  • To ensure that cleaning chemicals are used and maintained
  • External working in adverse conditions
  • The movement of baskets using correct manual handling techniques
  • To report all faults of cleaning equipment to the supply chain FLM
  • To complete pre-start checks at the beginning of each working shift
  • To make an active and positive contribution to the site Logistics Team
  • To undertake any necessary training for the post
  • To comply with any reasonable request given by a member of the site management team

Desired Skills and Experience


  • Fork Lift Truck experience
  • Previous machine operation experience
  • Willingness to undertake and put into practise Health and Safety procedures to comply with legislation.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and efficiently.


  • Knowledge of basket wash operations
  • Relevant qualification to at least basic food hygiene
  • Food Allergen awareness
  • Knowledge of COSHH and safety essentials

Location: Based in Avonmouth

Type of role: Full Time, Permanent – Shift Work (days (6am-6pm) and nights 6pm-6am))

Reporting to: Supply Chain FLM

Closing Date: advert will be closed once the position is filled

Salary: £22,895

Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

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.

Expected salary: £22895 per year

Location: Avonmouth, Bristol

Job date: Sun, 21 Nov 2021 03:13:26 GMT

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