Could a career in food and drink be for you?

Product Development Chef

A Product Development Chef develops new recipes and comes up with ideas for new food and drink products. They also work to enhance and improve existing product ranges to make them more appealing to consumers.

Typical work activities:

  • Working in a development kitchen to come up with new product ideas and recipes.
  • Managing projects to develop new products, improve existing ones and reduce costs.
  • Works as part of a team to ensure the delivery and success of new products and product improvements.
  • Liaising with retailers to create new products and to improve existing ranges.
  • Sourcing, testing and specifying the use of new ingredients such as flavourings, to deliver new recipes.
  • Keeping an eye on industry trends, consumer requirements and developments in food ingredients.

Entry requirements:

  • Knowledge of cuisines from across the world.
  • Experience of working within a restaurant or other culinary environment.

Salary: Salaries in this role start at £25,000 - £40,000 depending on experience.

Other routes: Apprenticeships and Graduate schemes are also available for this role.

Multi-Skilled Engineers

Multi Skilled engineers are responsible for ensuring all site production machinery runs at maximum efficiency to deliver food and drink products that are both safe and of a high standard. They usually work across a wide range of areas including strategic maintenance management, technology deployment and practical skills.

Typical work activities:

  • Ensuring all site production machinery runs at maximum efficiency and safety.
  • Ensuring all work orders and planned maintenance tasks are completed.
  • Being actively involved in maintenance projects including commission and installation of new equipment.
  • Improving equipment and processes.
  • Finding ways to reduce energy and waste within operations.
  • Installing new automation & process control systems.
  • Managing projects such as designing the electrical supply network, automating high-speed lines, controlling robots and developing information systems.

Entry requirements:

  • Experience of working in an Engineering/Maintenance role in food manufacturing.
  • PLC fault finding/diagnostic abilities and experience with SCADA systems highly advantageous.

Salary: Salaries in this role start at £25,000 - £27,000 depending on experience.

Other routes: Apprenticeships and graduate schemes are also available for this role.

Food Technologist

Food technologists work to develop the manufacturing processes and recipes of food and drink products. They work on existing and new ingredients and technologies to invent new recipes and concepts.

Typical work activities

  • Investigating and managing improvement projects.
  • Working in teams to introduce new products or manufacturing lines.
  • Product tastings to ensure quality.
  • Devising and establishing quality procedures, standards and specifications.
  • Reviewing customer requirements and ensuring that they are met.
  • Working with purchasing staff to establish quality requirements from external suppliers.
  • Setting standards for quality as well as health and safety
  • Making sure that manufacturing or production processes meet international and national standards.
  • Defining quality procedures in conjunction with operating staff.
  • Setting up and maintaining controls and documentation procedures.

Entry requirements:

  • A degree in a science-based discipline.
  • A Higher National Diploma in a relevant subject such as engineering, production, manufacturing, food science and food technology.

Salary: Salaries in this role start at £25,000 - £27,000 depending on experience.

Other routes:Apprenticeships and graduate schemes are also available for this role.

Quality Assurance Technician

Quality Assurance Technicians ensure that food products are safe to eat, comply with legal requirements and are consistently of good quality.

Typical work activities:

  • Modifying existing products and processes and developing new ones.
  • Checking and improving quality control procedures in your own and suppliers' factories.
  • Researching current consumer markets and latest technologies to develop new product concepts.
  • Addressing issues of safety and quality.
  • Carrying out process support and development, new product development, and quality control.
  • Developing the ability to repeat processes to ensure consistency and safety.
  • Liaising and cooperating with technical and commercial colleagues in procurement, sales and technical services, and marketing and distribution, and also with official food inspection and hygiene agencies.

Entry requirements:

  • A degree in a food related subject.
  • A degree in a related food related discipline such as nutrition, microbiology and applied chemistry may also be accepted.
  • A Higher National Diploma in one of the subjects noted above may also be accepted

Salary: Salaries in this role start at £20,000 - £30,000 depending on experience.

Other routes: University degrees also available for this role.

More information