With over 500,000 people and around 13% of the UK manufacturing workforce employed within food and drink, the competition for jobs is incredibly tough.
ANNEKA QUINCEY - JO SIMMS
QUALITY ASSURANCE SUPERVISOR
The helping hand qualifications can give you when climbing the career ladder is well demonstrated by Anneka Quincey of fruit supplier JO Sims in Spalding Lincolnshire. Quincey has just completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Food Manufacture at the University of Lincoln and was recently promoted to quality assurance supervisor at JO Sims.
Top marks in the search to find a college to offer the nation’s first dedicated food and drink engineering degree have gone to Sheffield Hallam University.
The university was selected to produce world-class engineers, said the Food and Drink Federation (FDF), which made the announcement today (July 7) in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink (NSAFD).
If you don’t buck your ideas up and work harder at school, son, you’ll end up in that god-awful food
factory down the road.” It’s a phrase I’ve heard in various guises over the years and expresses the views held by many parents about the food manufacturing sector.
Hence the Food and Drink Federation’s
Employers often use psychometric testing to vet potential employees and help them understand a little more about your personality and ability to fit into the role they are offering – and this type of testing is becoming increasing popular.
The main aim of a covering letter is to encourage recruiters to read your CV. However, it needs to do a lot more than say, 'here is my CV!'. In short, it is the biggest chance you have to sell yourself.
Rapport is the connection between two people; the spoken and unspoken words that say ‘we are on the same page’. In an interview situation you can employ numerous techniques to maximize the rapport between yourself and your interviewer.
Understandably, many people find discussing salaries uncomfortable and embarrassing during an interview. However, most interviewers expect some bartering and, if it motivates you to put more into the job, it is worthwhile for both the applicant and the employer.
A Curriculum Vitae is a self-marketing tool and getting an interview can depend on how good your CV is. You will need to consider what to include, how much detail is needed and how to make your CV stand out from all the others.
Ambition, realism and flexibility are just
a few of the qualities of good logistics
managers. Gail Hunt reports
Building a truly responsive supply chain should be the Holy Grail for every company and anyone who works in this area plays a pivotal part in a company’s success, especially in today’s business climate. So says Hugh Williams, md of supply chain specialist Hughenden Consultancy, who believes the supply chain role can change a company at its very core but that
The real dealers
Good procurement people are worth their weight in gold and are key to keeping a company in profit. Gail Hunt reports
The 2009 Purchasing & Supply Rewards research from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) and Croner Reward shows that purchasing professionals trump salaries for equivalent roles in sectors including marketing, finance, IT and HR. Indeed, a 3.3% average increase across the board has been reported, with senior and middle-ranking managers more
Technical knowledge isn’t enough to be a successful operations manager,
you need great interpersonal skills too. Michelle Knott reports
Operations is a job of two halves, according to Graham Clark, senior lecturer in operations management at Cranfield University’s business school. On the one hand, for middle managers at least, there’s an expectation that they should demonstrate a high level of technical competence in the process they’re managing. On the other, they should
Men of many parts
With the increased reliance on automation, today’s food manufacturing
engineers have to be multi-skilled multi-taskers. John Dunn reports
one of the fallacies about the food manufacturing industry is that it has never been very engineering orientated. Well, in many ways, perhaps it still isn’t. But away from lines of operators popping cherries on top of buns or sorting sausage rolls into boxes, there is often a lot of ‘plant’. And here it is pure engineering – mechanical, ch
NADENE SIMPSON-STILL - PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
FOX'S BISCUITS, PART OF NORTHERN FOOODS
“The fact that Fox’s product development is not in its own little silo, so you follow the product from concept to the supermarket shelf, makes the role both challenging and satisfying,” says Simpson-Still. “There’s a process development team working alongside us, but we’re involved all the way through.”
DARREN GEDGE - PINNEYS OF SCOTLAND, PART OF THE FINDUS GROUPTECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Being technical director can mean helping to source the best raw materials, says Gedge. “As a partner to Marks & Spencer, we have to work with the retailer’s approved list of suppliers. Because of weather-related problems in the Orkneys, I’m currently having to get another supplier approved – and approved at the highest level.”
ANDREW PEARSON - LAKE DISTRICT CHEESE COMPANY
Andrew Pearson, site manager at the Lake District Cheese Company, is finishing the third module of a Professional Certificate in Dairy Technology at Reaseheath College, Cheshire. Before joining First Milk, Pearson previously worked as operations manager for packaging company DS Smith and plant manager for plasterboard company British Gypsum, where he developed expertise in world class manufacturing techniques.
CHRIS FENTON -WINCANTONGENERAL MANAGER FOR THE HEINZ ACCOUNT
Chris Fenton took his last exam for his international transport degree at Cardiff University in the morning and joined supply chain specialist
Wincanton that afternoon.
DAVID SEECKTS - PREMIER FOODS
FACTORY GENERAL MANAGER
After starting out in engineering, David Seeckts switched careers and found his true vocation in operations thanks to a sideways move into shift management for Pedigree Petfoods. Twelve years on and he’s the factory general manager at Premier Foods Worksop, producing 96,000t a year of products such as Sharwood’s sauces, Bisto Gravy and OXO Cubes.
JOHN ORR - NESTLÉ PRODUCTION MANAGER
John Orr took a masters in manufacturing and electrical engineering with a diploma in business management at Strathclyde University. Now 32, he is production manager for the Nescafé packing department at Nestlé’s Hayes factory in Middlesex, responsible for a team of 40 people. “We get the coffee in bulk from manufacturing, put it into jars, label it, pack it, put it on a pallet and send it out to our distribution centre.”
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