Industry Job Profiles

Accountant

Accountant

An accountant will have to perform several duties that will require a good understanding of mathematics, strong organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, and creative problem solving abilities.

Accounting is an important part of the food and beverage industry and there are many roles to choose from. An accountant will have to perform several duties that will require a good understanding of mathematics strong organizational and communication skills attention to detail, and creative problem solving abilities.

Successful accountants will also need to stay on top of new technologies within their line of work, as they will rely on tools such as accounting software to perform their tasks. There are several different accounting certifications available, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) among others.

Administration

Administrator

Within the food and beverage industry, an administrator deals with food safety and tracking after food and beverages have been shipped.

Within the food and beverage industry an administrator deals with food safety and tracking after food and beverages have been shipped. Administration may also involve performing product recalls and crisis management.

Any number of opportunities may be available within administration including receptionist, bookkeeper, database manager, technical support, and shipper/receiver.

Successful accountants will also need to stay on top of new technologies within their line of work, as they will rely on tools such as accounting software to perform their tasks. There are several different accounting certifications available, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) among others.

Baker

Baker

An average day for a baker may involve using a recipe to mix ingredients and prepare dough or batter with several machines and tools.

Bakers can be expected to handle any number of jobs as they work to prepare baked goods such as breads cakes and cookies. While some bakers prepare several types of baked goods others prefer to specialize in one particular kind—pastries for example.

An average day for a baker may involve using a recipe to mix ingredients and prepare dough or batter with several machines and tools. They will also have to use ovens, fryers, and other machines to complete the process. Baking happens every day of the week, and work times can vary from early mornings to late nights. All of this is expected to be done while maintaining a high standard of cleanliness and safety.

Brewer

Brewmaster

The life of a brewer can be interesting and challenging

The life of a brewer can be interesting and challenging—they may be responsible for any number of steps in the beer-making process and their job requires plenty of creativity and attention to detail. An average day may involve using beer ingredients such as barley, yeast, and hops, performing maintenance on brew tanks and filtering equipment, bottling the finished beer, and checking on its fermentation. Depending on the brewery’s size, a brewer may need to perform a few set tasks, or be comfortable with everything. Management skills are very important too, as is a good palette and inventive mind—developing new beer recipes is also an important and rewarding part of a brewer’s job.  
Butcher

Butcher

Butchery is a trade that rewards patience and attention to detail.

A butcher plays an important and respected role within the food industry. Their days often involve working in refrigerated areas where they butcher various animal carcasses into portions for customers and restaurants. While this often involves preparing steaks chops and other familiar cuts a butcher must also use machines to grind and saw meat, make sausages, and use other processing techniques.

The work of a butcher requires a lot of concentration and care, as many of the tools that they use can be sharp and dangerous in unskilled hands. Butchery is a trade that rewards patience and attention to detail.

Electrician

Electrician

An industrial or maintenance electrician can look forward to an interesting set of day-to-day tasks that include the installation, maintenance, testing, servicing, repairing, and troubleshooting of industrial equipment.

An industrial or maintenance electrician can look forward to an interesting set of day-to-day tasks that include the installation maintenance testing, servicing, repairing, and troubleshooting of industrial equipment. The role needs the electrician to work in different places such as confined spaces, and may be perfect for someone looking for a physically demanding opportunity.

A successful industrial or maintenance electrician will be really good with their hands, will have a talent for planning, organizing, and communication, and they’ll be great at solving problems when they come up. The role is ideal for someone who can stay on top of new developments and technologies within the industry.

Engineer

Engineer

Engineers who work within food processing can follow lots of different paths within their field.

Engineers who work within food processing can follow lots of different paths within their field. They may choose to be creative and develop new food products packaging or equipment—have you ever had a great idea for a new food product? They may also decide that laboratory or on-site work at a processing facility where they’ll assess equipment and processes, is a rewarding choice. If they choose to work within manufacturing and production, engineers can expect to solve problems, come up with ways to improve things, make reports, and review existing procedures.

Depending on their role and skills, a food process engineer may look forward to plenty of travel and outdoor opportunities.

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Food Processing Supervisor

A food processing supervisor can choose from several challenging and exciting career paths within the role.

A food processing supervisor can choose from several challenging and exciting career paths within the role. A typical day for them may involve overseeing food processing operations making sure that health, quality, and sanitation standards are met, as well as coordinating shifts, and making schedules for their employees.

If designing new machines sounds interesting, food processing supervisors may also work on improving assembly line and food processing equipment. Safety and proper techniques are at the core of this role, but there is also plenty of room for innovation and creative problem solving.

Research

Food Scientist

Public safety is at the heart of what a food scientist does every day.

Public safety is at the heart of what a food scientist does every day—from the study and research of food to creating or improving upon how it is made and processed as well quality control and following regulations, a food scientist may choose from several rewarding paths within the industry.

Certain areas of expertise like quality assurance will require a food scientist to monitor a food’s production and analyze its nutritional contents. Meanwhile, research will require someone who experiments with storage methods and additives. The industry also offers the chance to develop new products and processing techniques involving baking, canning, and evaporation—what new ideas could you come up with?

General labourer

General labourer

A successful general labourer will have a wide and useful skill set, and be willing to learn more on the job.

General labour may be a broad term for work but in reality it requires someone who is competent self-motivated, reliable, and willing to pursue certifications (such as First Aid and Food Safe) that will make them an ideal candidate.

Day-to-day activities for general labour may require someone to use their skills within quality control, ISO 9000, food safety and handling, merchandising, stock rotation, computers, assisting the public, and warehousing and shipping.

A successful general labourer will have a wide and useful skill set, and be willing to learn more on the job.

Designer

Graphic Design/Package Designer

Designers must have an understanding of what makes a customer interested in buying a particular item.

A package designer is responsible for designing the packaging for various food and beverage products. While one part of design is certainly to make the product attractive and recognizable to customers a designer must also understand how their work will help to protect the product and allow people to use it—all while creating a package that is cost-effective and within industry regulations. Designers must have an understanding of what makes a customer interested in buying a particular item. This is a position that requires a good amount of creativity and artistic strength.  
Human Resources

Human Resources

A human resources manager in the food and beverage industry will be involved in all things related to human resource and personnel activity.

A human resources manager in the food and beverage industry will be involved in all things related to human resource and personnel activity. This may include administration benefits and pay and management.

Human resource managers may be required to work with other members of senior management within a company in order to create plans and strategies. Within the profession, a human resource manager may pursue a role as a pay & benefits administrator, a recruiter, an employee relations manager, or an analyst. The job requires good interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.

Any number of opportunities may be available within administration including receptionist, bookkeeper, database manager, technical support, and shipper/receiver.

Successful accountants will also need to stay on top of new technologies within their line of work, as they will rely on tools such as accounting software to perform their tasks. There are several different accounting certifications available, including Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) among others.

Information Technology

Information Technology

Computer system and network monitoring and maintenance are at the core of an IT technical support officer’s job.

omputer system and network monitoring and maintenance are at the core of an IT technical support officer’s job. As most organizations within the food and beverage industry need software and computers to perform successfully IT technical support is a job that remains in demand.

An average day in IT technical support may involve the installation of computer systems, troubleshooting, diagnostics and much more. An effective IT officer will excel at communication, time management, and multitasking.

Machine operator

Machine Operator

A machine operator in the food and beverage industry may work in a variety of different settings including fruit and vegetable processing plants, dairies, bakeries, breweries, and meat plants among others.

A machine operator in the food and beverage industry may work in a variety of different settings including fruit and vegetable processing plants dairies, bakeries, breweries, and meat plants among others. Their jobs require them to operate several machines designed to grind, extract, blend, cook, or package food products and beverages.

An attention to detail and observant mind are beneficial skills to have, as a machine operator will also be required to read and understand computer printouts and information gauges on the machines.

Depending on their role and skills, a food process engineer may look forward to plenty of travel and outdoor opportunities.

Machinist

Machinist

A machinist working in the food and beverage industry is expected to operate various types of machinery in order to produce a variety of mechanical parts.

A machinist working in the food and beverage industry is expected to operate various types of machinery in order to produce a variety of mechanical parts. These parts will be used in various types of food production machines and other equipment.

A machinist must be very good with their hands be comfortable around heavy machinery, and have excellent concentration skills. An attention to detail and an interest in producing high quality work is also very important to the trade.

 

Marketing

Marketing Communications

Someone working in marketing and communications will be involved in raising awareness for a product, as well as focusing on brand identity, and generally trying to grow sales and brand recognition.

Someone working in marketing and communications will be involved in raising awareness for a product as well as focusing on brand identity, and generally trying to grow sales and brand recognition. A marketing and communications specialist will also be expected to work alongside a company’s product experts as they take a product’s technical information and translate it into messaging designed for customers, trade, media, and other members within their industry.
Millwright

Millwright

A mechanic may also need to work with conveyors, tanks, generators, pumps and fans.

An industrial mechanic’s job requires them to work with lots of different types on industrial equipment. A mechanic may also need to work with conveyors tanks generators pumps and fans.

An industrial mechanic’s day-to-day duties may involve using diagrams, manuals, and other schematics for the assembly, repairing, maintenance, and dismantling of machinery and equipment. Performing cleaning maintenance is also an important part of their work.

Additionally, their tasks may also include welding, rigging, and cutting. An industrial mechanic is expected to be good with their hands, should have strong problem-solving skills, and generally be comfortable working with machinery.

Quality Control Technician

Quality Control Technician

Because of increasingly high standards and government rules for food and beverage preparation, a quality assurance technician’s job is a very important one.

A quality assurance technician may work on any number of areas within the food and beverage industry including the manufacturing, commercial, and public sectors. Their workdays see them ensure that various products and processes meet quality standards (ISO 9000, for example). Elsewhere they may be responsible for creating and setting up new management systems to help them improve a certain product or service.

Because of increasingly high standards and government rules for food and beverage preparation, a quality assurance technician’s job is a very important one.

Research

Research and Development

A career within research and development will require that you help improve the technologies and systems that a company already uses.

A career within research and development will require that you help improve the technologies and systems that a company already uses—the goal being to improve marketplace performance.

Many professional benefits can come with working in research and development such as the chance to contribute to creative, interesting projects, be on top of new technologies, and enjoying many different work settings.

Sales

Sales/Customer Service

A sales and customer service representative within the food and beverage industry will be responsible for finding sales outlets for products.

A sales and customer service representative within the food and beverage industry will be responsible for finding sales outlets for products. Sales may mean the selling of a specific product or may refer to the selling of a service. A mind for details is beneficial for sales as is a desire to present oneself as sophisticated and professional. Additionally, strong communication skills and the ability to speak more than one language are also highly valued skills.
Sanition Worker

Sanitation

An average day for a sanitation worker may include the cleaning and sanitizing of specialized equipment and machines such as pipes, conveyors, tanks, and kettles.

A sanitation worker has an important role within the food and beverage industry as they must ensure that a very high standard of cleanliness is maintained every day.

An average day for a sanitation worker may include the cleaning and sanitizing of specialized equipment and machines such as pipes conveyors, tanks, and kettles. Additionally, they may be responsible for cleaning floors and moving materials with a truck.

A sanitation worker should be certified for the use of certain cleaning chemicals, and trained in the safe use of various pieces of equipment and related cleaning tools.

 

Shipper

Shipper/Receiver

A shipper/receiver must be well organized and detail-focused when they deal with incoming and outgoing food and beverage products.

A shipper/receiver must be well organized and detail-focused when they deal with incoming and outgoing food and beverage products. Working under a supervisor a typical day in shipping/receiving may include the packaging of items, tracking and organizing inventory, purchasing supplies, verifying shipments, and handling customer requests. A shipper/receiver must be good at multitasking and be self-motivated.

Winemaker

Rewarding and demanding, a winemaker’s work requires technical expertise, excellent planning and management skills, adaptability, and real dedication.

Using skills that have developed over thousands of years a winemaker’s job requires dedication passion and a thirst for quality. Also known as an enologist or vintner, a winemaker will take part in many different elements of the creation of wine, from grape growing, harvesting and crushing, to fermentation, ageing, bottling, and product marketing. A good nose and palette definitely helps too—a winemaker must use hands-on experience and science to determine the right amounts of acid, sugar, sulphur and sulphites within a wine. Rewarding and demanding, a winemaker’s work requires technical expertise, excellent planning and management skills, adaptability, and real dedication.