(Frequently Asked Questions)
Job Hunting as a
Graduate Food Scientist
1. Who employs food scientists/
technologists? Recruitment Agencies are worth trying. For a
web listing see the Recruitment Employment
Food manufacturers employ most food Confederation site at www.rec.uk.com/home or
scientists/technologists. Smaller numbers are Agency Central at www.agencycentral.co.uk.
recruited by food retailers, research associations Again these jobs will often need experience.
(e.g. Leatherhead Food RA), public analyst Larger agencies on the web include
laboratories and government. www.foodmanjobs.co.uk and
www.just-food.com. Blue Spark is an agency
2. Where can I ﬁnd information about who has visited LSBU in recent years
employers to approach? (www.blue-spark.org.uk)
Only the larger companies will advertise
graduate opportunities through annual paper Three public sector organisations are The Food
based directories. The two main ones, GET and Standards Agency
Prospects Directory, are both normally available (www.foodstandards.gov.uk), The Department
from Jobshop and Careers. of Food and Drink, Environment and Rural Affairs
(www.defra.gov.uk) and The Health Protection
The Prospects web site (www.prospects.ac.uk) Agency (www.hpa.org.uk)
is a must for all graduate job seekers as is the
Target jobs site at www.targetjobs.co.uk Leatherhead Food
(www.leatherheadfood.com) is an example of a
The CIFAD Directory (ref. copy in Jobshop and Research Association based just outside London
Careers & see also the excellent website at
www.careersinfoodanddrink.co.uk) is a source Public Analyst laboratories are listed in The
for speculative applications. Municipal Yearbook (Ref copy in Perry Library)
or the Association of Public Analysts site at
Companies with immediate vacancies may www.publicanalyst.com
advertise in the National or Local press. They
may also use Technical Journals e.g. Food The Institute of Food Science and Technology
Manufacturer (www.foodmanjobs.co.uk) and (IFST) is your professional body –
The Grocer (www.thegrocer.co.uk). These jobs www.ifst.org and membership may provide
usually require experience. networking opportunities
Jobshop & Careers
Centre for Learning Support & development
Keep in touch with academic staff. 5. What are my options?
Most jobs are outside London. For a list in Options within the food industry include product
London go to www.yell.com and search for “Food development, technical roles (e.g. quality control)
Manufacturers & Suppliers.” Contact with a good, and production management. Around 40% of
targeted C.V. graduate vacancies are open to graduates of any
discipline. If you want to investigate these we
3. What are employers looking for? would recommend early contact with Jobshop
Application forms, C.V.’s and covering letters and Careers
should in part emphasise technical knowledge
and skills acquired during your degree. Additional 1. What help can I get from jobshop
skills required will largely depend on the position and careers?
being advertised but might include some or all of
the following: The Jobshop and Careers centre is located in
room G9 Caxton House and is open on Monday
Interpersonal skills and aptitudes to Friday from 9:00 am to 5.00 pm and on
Wednesdays during term-time until 7.00 pm.
• Teamwork and ability to co-operate with
others To contact us telephone 020 7815 6710/6431 for
• Directing others the reception.. We are also on the web at:
• Questioning others www.lsbu.ac.uk/clsd/jobshopandcareers.
Services provided by Jobshop and Careers
Other skills and aptitudes include:
• Numeracy • Information regarding careers, employers,
• Dexterity vacancies, postgraduate study, etc.
• Problem solving • Advice and assistance with C.V. preparation,
• Spatial sense application forms, psychometric tests,
• Creativity interview techniques and assessment centres
• Verbal comprehension • Careers guidance and counselling
• Oral communication
You can use us now and up to two years after
4. When do I need to start job-hunting? you graduate.
Large companies may have closing dates
from around Christmas each year. Smaller
employers usually recruit on an “ad hoc” basis.
Try speculative applications to smaller employers
from Easter of your ﬁnal year.
Updated by JD Oct 2009