Food Manufacturing Inspector Jobs

Food manufacturing inspector jobs… did you know?

Similar jobs: Food quality inspector, food safety officer

With Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things on the rise, many factories are getting increasingly Willy Wonka with marvellous technology being used to prepare the food we eat. But what is that food really like? Is it safe?

We all remember how in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Violet Beauregarde chewed gum that contained an entire meal before food inspectors had officially said it was ready for the public and inflated into a giant blueberry.

As a food manufacturing inspector, it’s your job to make sure people never inflate into a giant blueberry. You check that any companies producing food meet hygiene and safety standards, and that the food is safe to eat.

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How much money can you make as Food manufacturing inspector?

£15,000 – £30,000 (UK average)

Recent labour market information says you can earn on average between £15,000 and £30,000 a year as a food manufacturing inspector in the UK.

What entry qualifications and training do you need for this job?

School, college and training

You’ll usually need at least five GCSEs or their equivalents at grades 9-4 (A* to C) including English, science and maths to do this job.

GCSEs are enough to get you started in a role checking food as a QA inspector (short for Quality Assurance). From there, you can learn on the job and explore part-time further education as you work to build your food science and food safety qualifications and knowledge.

After GCSEs, you’ll find it useful to do an A-level, BTEC or the equivalent and then apply for a foundation degree, degree or HND in a subject like food science, food studies or food technology. This food science background will impress employers and help you get a food safety inspection job at a higher salary with more responsibility.

What employers might ask for:

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs or the equivalent
  • Food production experience
  • Understanding of food laws
  • Food hygiene certificates

Career progression and further qualifications

If you want to work towards a higher salary and quicker opportunities for responsibility and promotion, because you’ve proved you know what it takes, you can aim to get the following:

  • Qualifications in food technology, science or chemistry
  • Qualified environmental health officer experience

With time and experience you could become a food safety manager and lead a team of inspectors.

You could also move into the world of food science or environmental health once you’ve done more training.

What experience do you need for food manufacturing inspector jobs?

Work experience

Work experience in food production will help you get ahead and build your career.

  • Look for part-time, full-time or seasonal work in a food production establishment – it could be a restaurant or a food factory. This will give you CV experience and a good grounding in health and safety regulations involved in the production of food.
  • Snap up any opportunity to get work experience as part of a course in food science or a similar subject.

What skills do you need for food manufacturing inspector jobs?

Useful skills to highlight to your employer when applying for food manufacturing inspector jobs include::

  • Great communication skills – sometimes you’ll make discoveries that people don’t want to hear about where their food production standards need improving. But you need to stay strong and state your case.
  • IT skills – you could be analysing samples or facts and data. Either way, you’ll need to work with equipment and computers to log, test and present your findings.
  • A great eye for detail – from testing samples to checking labels and packaging, you’ll care about the little things.

Vocational qualifications and work experience will help you build these skills over time.

What do food manufacturing inspectors do?

Depending on your level of experience, your responsibilities could include:

  • Inspecting working conditions (be warned – this could include slaughterhouses)
  • Doing quality control checks
  • Testing food samples – this could include ingredients or final products
  • Analysing results and presenting your findings
  • Training up staff who make the food so they understand all about food hygiene and safety
  • Checking labels and packaging for hygiene and accuracy
  • Giving advice to companies on how they can improve their food safety, and giving them warning notices when they’re not up to scratch.

Your first steps into food manufacturing inspector jobs

Jobs like these are advertised under different job titles. When you’re looking on job boards, look for the following types of job:

  • Food safety inspector
  • Food hygiene inspector
  • QA Inspector (food)
  • Food quality assurance assistant
  • Food safety environmental health officer
  • Food quality control inspector

All these types of job can be a good match for your skills.

You can look for jobs in trade magazines like Caterer and Hotelkeeper, and also search online for catering and hospitality recruitment agencies like and get on their books.

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