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Graduate Food Technologist

Silver Stone Search and Selection

A fantastic initial step in your food technical career and a chance to join a market leading business able to offer significant training and development opportunities. Your role will be key in understanding and keeping up to date with constantly evolving

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Graduate NPD Technologist

Zest

Would you like a Graduate NPD role with the cream of the crop of food manufacturing? You will be part of a much loved British manufacturer who are elite specialists within their field. They are a company who offer training, career development and the oppo

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Graduate NPD Technologist

The Flava People

Fancy a pizza of the action? We are looking for someone who is kind of a big dill The Flava People are raising the steaks (Sorry I’ll stop now). We have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate NPD Technologist who is looking for an innovative, fast paced a

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Graduate NPD Technologist

The Flava People

Fancy a pizza of the action? We are looking for someone who is kind of a big dill The Flava People are raising the steaks (Sorry I’ll stop now). We have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate NPD Technologist who is looking for an innovative, fast paced a

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NPD Technologist - Graduate Level

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Working as an NPD Technician for a leading FMCG manufacturing business in Frome earning up to £22,000. Your new company A UK leading FMCG business based in Frome are looking to add an NPD Technologist to their rapidly growing team. This role will be repor

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Graduate NPD Technologist

Zest Recruitment Solutions

Would you like a Graduate NPD role with the cream of the crop of food manufacturing? You will be part of a much loved British manufacturer who are elite specialists within their field. They are a company who offer training, career development and the oppo

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Graduate NPD Technologist

Zest

Are you a graduate with great passion for New Product Development? Looking for a tasty opportunity to kick start your career? This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual working with brilliant products and with a company that have great polic

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Graduate Food Technologist

Silver Stone Search and Selection

A fantastic initial step in your food technical career and a chance to join a market leading business able to offer significant training and development opportunities. Your role will be key in understanding and keeping up to date with constantly evolving

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Graduate NPD Technologist

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We’re working with a major food manufacturer who, as a result of ongoing growth, is looking for a graduate-level Development Technologists to join their NPD team. The business works with all of the major retailers and is always looking to bring new produc

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Graduate NPD Technologist

Zest Recruitment Solutions

Graduate NPD Technologist Career driven and eager to learn? This is a super opportunity to join a food manufacturer who are recognised for their training and development of graduates. As a Graduate Technologist you will be involved in process and NPD whil

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Graduate NPD Technologist

The Flava People

Fancy a pizza of the action? We are looking for someone who is kind of a big dill The Flava People are raising the steaks (Sorry I’ll stop now). We have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate NPD Technologist who is looking for an innovative, fast paced a

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NPD Technologist - Graduate Level

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Working as an NPD Technician for a leading FMCG manufacturing business in Frome earning up to £22,000. Your new company A UK leading FMCG business based in Frome are looking to add an NPD Technologist to their rapidly growing team. This role will be repor

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Graduate Food Technologist

The ONE Group

So here you are, you've recently finished your food-related studies at University and you're ready to step into the big wide world of food manufacturing. You're probably wondering, where do I start? How many companies will look at graduates who haven't ma

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Graduate NPD Technologist

Zest Recruitment Solutions

Are you a graduate with great passion for New Product Development? Looking for a tasty opportunity to kick start your career? This is an exciting opportunity for the right individual working with brilliant products and with a company that have great polic

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Graduate Food Technologist

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Graduate Food Technologist Job ref: 62214 | £18,000 - £22,000 | South East The company This is a fantastic opportunity to join a leading business which is dedicated to supplying their customers with the highest quality products. The business has strong et

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Graduate NPD Technologist

Zest Recruitment Solutions

Would you like a Graduate NPD role with the cream of the crop of food manufacturing? You will be part of a much loved British manufacturer who are elite specialists within their field. They are a company who offer training, career development and the oppo

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Graduate NPD Technologist

The Flava People

Fancy a pizza of the action? We are looking for someone who is kind of a big dill The Flava People are raising the steaks (Sorry I’ll stop now). We have an exciting opportunity for a Graduate NPD Technologist who is looking for an innovative, fast paced a

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£22,000 - £24,000 per annum

Graduate NPD Technologist

Zest Recruitment Solutions

No.1 UK Food Manufacturer requires a No.1 Food Graduate. You will be part of a much loved British manufacturer who are elite specialists within their field. They are a company who offer training, career development and the opportunity to learn from the be

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Graduate Food Technologist

Silver Stone Search and Selection

A fantastic initial step in your food technical career and a chance to join a market leading business able to offer significant training and development opportunities. Your role will be key in understanding and keeping up to date with constantly evolving

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Graduate Food Technologist

Silver Stone Search and Selection

A fantastic initial step in your food technical career and a chance to join a market leading business able to offer significant training and development opportunities. Your role will be key in understanding and keeping up to date with constantly evolving

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Helping you find a career in Food & drink

Got a chocolate on your desk? Pick it up for a second and have a look. Every bit of it has been put together by professionals in the food and drink industry, from the recipe, seasonings, size and shape to the packaging and machines that produced the finished product.

There are many more career options in the food and drink industry than you might think. Whether you're interested in the science side that creates the magic, delicious food we all love, the procurement side that obtains the materials needed at the best possible costs, the food manufacturing side that maintains machines and production lines, the design side that makes sure it looks appealing from casing to crumb, or the sales and marketing side that promotes the product to the rest of the country, you can use your skills to their best advantage in this sector.

This industry covers everything from science and manufacturing to marketing and HR – so whatever your interests, the food and drink sector is likely to have a role for you. Here are just some of the areas that you could work in:

  • Food tasting

  • Food science

  • Procurement

  • Manufacturing

  • Quality control

  • Sales

  • Marketing

  • HR

  • Finance

  • Buying

  • Management


Skills required for a career in the Food & drink industry
Most jobs in this industry require good teamwork and management skills, which will help you progress to higher roles. It’s also important to show a lot of motivation and self-discipline, particularly if you need to get further certificates and qualifications.

Some of the skills that are useful for a career in food and drink include:
- Attention to detail
- Commercial Awareness
- Communication
- Leadership
- Numeracy
- Self-motivation
- Teamwork
- Time Management
Typical Food & drink career progression routes
According to the Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB), 96% of the food and drink sector is made up of small and medium sized enterprises – so there is a lot of opportunity outside of the well-known, multinational food brands.

The GRB also points out that, in the supply chain area of the industry, progressing to manager level can be achieved in around nine years. In retail organisations, progression is even quicker – a graduate can be managing their own store in three to five years. There is a skills shortage within food and drink, meaning good graduates can move upwards quickly.

The food and drink industry is also great for entrepreneurs, so if you’ve got a great idea don’t be afraid to drive it forward yourself.
Typical Career Development for the Food & drink industry
Training as you move up in your career will vary across specific roles – for example if you work within HR you might go on coaching or legal courses. This training would of course not be relevant for buyers or those working in food science. The best thing to do is look at the training offered by various employers, and see if it matches up with the skills that are needed for the specific role you’re aiming for – this should determine whether the job is a good one.
How much do Food & drink professionals get paid?
Most head office roles in the food and drink sector, including graduate schemes, will start on around £20,000, more than doubling as you gain experience.

Average salaries* for certain roles within the sector are as follows:

Food sales executive - £28,000
Production manager - £40,000 - £60,000
Project manager - £34,000
Buyer - £25,000
Food manufacturing analyst - £30,000
Brand manager - £35,000 - £45,000
Business development manager - £30,000 - £35,000
Supply chain and operations manager - £40,000 - £44,000

*Source: The Grocer
How to get there
The essential nature of the food and drink business means there are always opportunities for graduates in this sector.

Areas within the food and drink industry that you could become involved in include:

  • Food processing

  • Product design

  • Manufacture

  • Sales

  • Transportation/ distribution

  • Marketing

  • Buying

  • Nutrition/ dietetics


There may also be the opportunity to get on a graduate scheme in the food and drink sector. Graduate programmes give you a structured pattern of work, set goals to reach, and often offer the chance of a permanent job after the completion of your scheme. Schemes are likely to last between 18 months and two years.

Schemes are likely to focus on one specific area of business, e.g. management, finance or marketing, or combine separate areas in order to give trainees a taste of all areas of work.
What qualifications do I need for a Food & drink career
For roles in food science a degree such as biology, chemistry, food science or nutrition would be suitable, whilst for more office-based roles you would ideally have a degree in business, management or any humanities subject.
If the area you want to requires specific skills, it’s likely that you’ll want to consider a postgraduate degree or diploma, or other relevant certification that can equip you with the knowledge you need.
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