Food Manufacturing Inspector

Job Description:

Food manufacturing inspectors make sure companies meet hygiene and safety standards, and that products are safe to eat.

Job Category:
Food & Drink

What you will do:

In this job, you will:

  • inspect conditions in slaughterhouses and processing plants
  • carry out quality control checks
  • test samples of raw ingredients and processed products
  • analyse and present test results
  • make sure production processes meet hygiene regulations
  • train production staff in the importance of safety standards
  • check labelling and packaging
  • write quality reports
  • advise companies about making improvements, and issue warning notices


You’ll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently

As well as:

  • the ability to analyse quality or performance
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with others (teamwork skills)
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • organisational skills
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Entry Requirements:

You’ll usually need:

  • English, science & maths school qualifications (in the UK a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) )
  • experience in food production
  • excellent knowledge of food laws

Some employers will also expect you to have qualifications in food technology, biological science or chemistry. Others may ask for experience as a qualified environmental health officer.

You’ll also need food hygiene certificates.


Restrictions and Requirements
You’ll usually need a driving licence to travel between sites.

Working Hours and Environment:

You could work at a manufacturing plant or in an office.

Your working environment may be noisy and you’ll travel often.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career Path & Progression:

With experience you could become a food safety manager, co-ordinating the work of a team of inspectors.

You could also move into environmental health or food science after training.