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Why work in food production?

Why work in food production?

Working in the food and drink production industry can lead to a varied and rewarding career in a vibrant and innovative sector. Food Production is the largest manufacturing sector in the UK, contributing more to the economy than all other manufacturing sectors, including automotive and aerospace. According to the Food and Drink Federation, the food industry employs around 4.1 million people and contributes £120 billion to the UK economy. There are many routes into the industry, with roles including Bakery and Food Production Operatives specialising in areas such as cereal or dairy products, Warehouse Operatives, Order Pickers & Packers, Flower Packers, Stock Pickers and Fork Lift Drivers, product development, nutrition and wellbeing specialists, and a high demand for engineers. 

Find Your Next Job in Food Production

The food production sector provides great career prospects, with plenty of opportunity to learn new and transferrable skills, which will enable you to build a successful and rewarding career. With a range of vacancies in areas such as Stoke on Trent, Leicester, Coventry and Luton, Quest can help you find your perfect role, whether it be Warehouse, Packing Machine or Bakery Operative. Here at Quest, we’re proud to say that after more than 25 years in the industry, we have perfected the skills required to help you to find your perfect role, and offer a diverse selection of jobs across the food production sector.

Flexible roles to suit you

As a leading recruitment agency with branches across the Midlands, East Anglia and the Home Counties, Quest are able to offer a wide range of vacancies including temporary, permanent and temp to perm opportunities, and hundreds of day shift and night shift food production jobs, including roles with immediate starts. With entry level roles, which require little to no prior experience, through to mid-level or board/executive level vacancies, our team will use our expertise to match your skills, experience and requirements to an exciting new position. We are proud to offer a wide range of vacancies available at the UKs leading food manufacturers such as Pioneer Foods, Greencore, Masteroast and M&S.

What is a typical day like? 

Typical day-to-day responsibilities and tasks of someone working as a food production operative depends largely on the level of automation, however a typical role is factory based, and may include tasks such as controlling machinery that processes food, checking instruments such as temperature gauges and ensuring a constant supply of ingredients. Reporting problems with equipment and making sure machinery is kept clean and safe, and adhering to health and safety requirements is also an important aspect of the job. You may be working on a production line that produces wraps, salads and sandwiches for companies such as M&S, producing or packing meat products, processing cereal, dairy or bakery products, or packing, checking and labelling coffee products.

Building a successful and thriving career

Key skills for a successful and thriving career in the industry include being able to work as part of a team, the ability to follow written and spoken instruction and production schedules, an understanding of health and safety requirements, and good attention to detail even when tasks are repetitive. As with all roles within the Food and Drink industry, an active understanding of food safety issues is vital, and knowing how to react swiftly, should a problem arise, is key.

Make the change today and apply for our exciting range of available food production jobs


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