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Description: A food processor sees the production of raw ingredients into a finished meal, usually in a factory environment. You may be freezing, canning, baking, drying, cooking, chilling or pasteurising ingredients and products.
Salary: £13000.00 to £20000.00 average per year
Hours: 38-40 hours per week, sometimes on a shift system.
Description: You will be advising food processors on the safe presentation, preparation and storage of food. You will investigate food related illnesses and inspect food producing premises.
Salary: £20000.00 to £60000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 per week but sometimes evening and weekends work may be required.
Description: Food Technologists work mainly in food and drink production. They might oversee the content of a product, analyse its nutritional value, source its ingredients, oversee its production methods and labelling. They will also ensure safety standards, safe storing methods and hygiene in the production process.
Salary: £18000.00 to £65000.00 average per year
Hours: 40 hour week with some shift work
Description: You will be planning and selecting fresh food from producers to sell in retail outlets. You will take into account market trends and quality of the product. You will visit your suppliers regularly to ensure standards are maintained and the product remains competitive.
Salary: £18000.00 to £60000.00 average per year
Hours: Normally 9.00- 5.00 Monday – Friday but may have extended hours due to the need to travel to suppliers.

Fresh Food Buyer

Description: You will be planning and selecting fresh food from producers to sell in retail outlets. You will take into account market trends and quality of the product. You will visit your suppliers regularly to ensure standards are maintained and the product remains competitive.
Salary: £18000.00 to £60000.00 average per year
Hours: Normally 9.00- 5.00 Monday – Friday but may have extended hours due to the need to travel to suppliers.

Entry Requirements

A HND or degree in an appropriate subject is the usual qualification. An appropriate subject could include agriculture, horticulture, food technology. Plus experience in a buying capacity.

Skills Required

  • Numeracy
  • Communication,
  • Multi-tasking
  • Commercial awareness

Typical Day

  • Maintain purchase orders
  • Visit a supplier, check the produce and safety and health standards.  
  • Check stock levels and re-order if necessary.
  • Team meetings to discuss products
  • Negotiate supply costs
  • Check produce on display       

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

Mainly in an office with visits to suppliers.

Career Path

Promotion ladder available from trainee buyer to senior buyer. Professional development courses usually available in big companies.

Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

“It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.”
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor