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Job Seekers: April 2024’s F&B vacancy round-up

By Bethan Grylls

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Job hunting? Here's the latest round-up of vacanices in food and drink. Credit: Getty/Aree Sarak
Job hunting? Here's the latest round-up of vacanices in food and drink. Credit: Getty/Aree Sarak

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Here’s five of the latest jobs available on the food and drink market for those seeking pastures new.

Apetito hiring senior product developer

Leading food producer Apetito is on the hunt for a new recruit to lead and support product development projects from ideation through to launch and manage them through its stage-gate development process.

You will join a development team of chefs, technologists and dietitians based in the Wiltshire-Trowbridge site.

Responsibilities will not only encompass new product development, but also the opportunity to proactively identify new opportunities and pitch these to the business teams. You will also organise and manage production trials and liaise with stakeholders to ensure effective communications and optimise outcomes, alongside identifying and assisting in the delivery of cost-reduction opportunities whilst ensuring high quality is maintained.

Essential to this role is a proven track record in food product development, an ability to multitask and lead projects, as well as good presentation skills and an ability to collaborate.

Experience in frozen or chilled foods manufacturing and/or within prepared meals is desirable.

Apetito is the parent company of Wiltshire Farm Foods, the UK’s premier home-delivery service for ready-made meals.

For further details and to apply for this position at Apetito, click here.

Closing date: ​2 May 2024

Bart Ingredients needs product developer

Herb and spice supplier Bart Ingredients is after an interim product developer to cover maternity leave.

Based in Severn Beach in Bristol, this role offers the successful candidate a 12-month fixed term contract to support the NPD manager in the delivery of key projects.

You will also be required to manage product development for Bart brands and other customers; acting as an ambassador for the innovation process within the wider NPD team, supporting the development of a foodie culture and driving consumer focused development by seeking out insights, trends, new competitor products and promoting product knowledge.

Ideally, you will have a minimum of two years commercial food development background, preferably in an FMCG environment. You will need to possess a relevant food qualification or degree in food science or food technology, and be passionate about flavour, food and innovation.

The hours for this role are 37.5 hours per week Monday – Friday, with a salary of up to £33,990.

Bart Ingredients offers flexible working, the core working hours are between 9.30am-3.30pm with the remainder of working hours being worked between 7am-6pm.

This role is applicable for remote working, which enables you to work up to 2 days a week from home.

The Bart Ingredients company has been sourcing and selling herbs & spices for over 60 years. In that time the business has grown from being a husband-and-wife team selling spice racks locally, to an organisation with more than 200 employees.

You can find out further information on the interim product developer role and apply here.

Closing date:​ 3 May 2024

Prince seeks technical operator to join its team in Bradford

The Bradford site is the Princes’ largest drinks manufacturing facility in the UK, producing 26m cases of dilute and carbonate drinks per year from own label retail sale and well-known brands alike.

Recently, the brand established a partnership with Capri-Sun and resulting in a significant expansion that requires several new technical operators.

Capri-Sun will commence initial production (2 lines) from October this year at the Bradford plant. Production will be in full swing by March 2025, with four lines, with an output of 8,000 pouches per hour and operating 365 days per year from a bespoke unit.

Working on a shift-based, flexible 24/7 days and night’s pattern, the organisation is looking to create a self-contained team.

To apply for this role, you’ll need to possess machine operating, setting, adjustment, and maintenance skills, a GCSE in maths and English (or equivalent) as well as basic PC skills. Good IT skills will also be needed, as this is a paperless factory so the ability to work with the IT systems is essential.

Previous experience of working within a FMCG and quality control environment, and to have worked within a shift-based role in a manufacturing environment would be beneficial.

Formal technical qualifications are desirable but not essential, as training will be given to an accredited apprenticeship level. Successful completion of this will be essential.

The technical operator is the first point of call for any line issues, so good problem-solving skills and a ‘can-do’ mentality are a must, alongside excellent teamwork and communication skills.

This is a permanent role with a competitive salary, flexible benefits and a pension plan.

For more details and to apply, for the role at Princes Bradford please click here.

Closing date: ​10 May 2024

Campells on look-out for technical officer

This is an interim role at Campbells Prime Meat Ltd based in Linlithgow, West Lothian.

The interim vacancy at the Scottish fish, meat and delicatessen supplier is suitable for a recent graduate or someone with some experience in a technical food role.

Ideally, you will have a degree in food science, with good communication and IT skills.

In this position, you will be responsible for organising and logging samples for micro and chemical analysis, co-ordinating and managing the results and closing off any micro and chemical non-conformances, and creating trend analyses on micro results for management meetings, among other duties.

This is a role that could last between 12 and 15 months, with an immediate start available.  Salary ranges between £25-£30k and is negotiable, depending on experience, and hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Please note that own transport is required, due to the site’s location.

You can read more about this role at Campbells Prime Meat Ltd and apply here.

Closing date: ​10 May 2024

Gingerbread baker wanted

An opportunity has arisen for a baker to join the team at third gen family business, Grasmere Gingerbread.

The successful baker will have a minimum of two years’ experience working with a bakery environment  and must have a formal qualification in baking, patisserie or confectionery. You’ll also need a Level 2 or higher Food Safety Certificate.

The new recruit will be working in the idyllic setting of the UNESCO Lake District National Park based in Ambleside.

This a permanent role that requires the individual to work between the hours of 5am-2pm, four or five days a week, with one day being a weekend. It pays £14 -£16 an hour, dependent on qualifications and experience, with an annual bonus (T&Cs apply).

Among your responsibilities as a baker, you’ll need to open the bakery, prepare the ovens and other equipment, oversee the baking process, monitor ingredients quality and deal with special requests as they arise, including chocolate decorating.

You can read more about the baker role at Grasmere Gingerbread and apply here.

Closing date: ​13 May 2024

Disclaimer:​ Please note that these jobs were live at time of article publication and may expire before stated end date.

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