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  • Creating rapport in an interview

    25 Jan 2011

    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.

  • Negotiating the best starting salary

    25 Jan 2011

    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.

  • Do's and don'ts for developing a CV

    25 Jan 2011

    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.

  • Procurement

    14 Jan 2010

    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 mo...

  • Engineering

    14 Jan 2010

    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,...

  • Supply Chain

    14 Jan 2010

    Good connections   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 th...

  • Supply Chain

    23 Dec 2009

    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.

  • Production

    23 Dec 2009

    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.”  

  • Operations

    23 Dec 2009

    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.

  • Development

    23 Dec 2009

    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.”

  • Technical

    23 Dec 2009

    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.”

  • Site Management

    23 Dec 2009

    ANDREW PEARSON - LAKE DISTRICT CHEESE COMPANY SITE MANAGER   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.   “Historically t...

  • Quality Assurance

    23 Dec 2009

    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.