Job type

Food manufacturing inspector

£20k - £35k

Typical salary

40 – 42

Hours per week

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

More info

  • Inspect the premises of food producers to make sure they meet health and safety standards
  • You'll need good attention to detail and observational skills
  • You may need to inspect slaughterhouses so need to be comfortable with seeing unprocessed meat products

As a food manufacturing inspector, you'll be responsible for ensuring hygiene and safety standards are met in the food manufacturing process.


  • Inspecting conditions in slaughterhouses and processing plants
  • Carrying out quality control checks
  • Testing samples of raw ingredients and processed products
  • Analysing and presenting results
  • Making sure production processes meet hygiene regulations
  • Training production staff in the importance of safety standards
  • Checking labelling and packaging
  • Writing quality reports
  • Advising companies about making improvements
  • Issuing warning notices


Your working environment may be at a manufacturing plant, in a factory or in an office. Working days are typically Monday to Friday, although spot checks could be made at any time. You'll travel between food production premises, so you'll usually need a driving licence to travel easily between sites.

You'll need

For this role, you'll need thoroughness and attention to detail, the ability to work well with others, patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations, thinking and reasoning skills, the ability to analyse quality and performance, the ability to monitor your own performance and that of your colleagues, excellent verbal communication skills, and legal knowledge.

To apply directly, you may need a minimum of 5 GCSEs, including English, science and maths, experience in food production and good knowledge of food laws.

Some employers may expect you to have qualifications in food technology, biology or chemistry. Others may ask for experience as a qualified environmental health officer, and all employers will need you to have food hygiene certificates.

You can also get this job by doing a food and drink process operator advanced apprenticeship, or college courses such as the Level 3 Diploma in Food and Drink Operations.


With experience you could become a food safety manager, coordinating the work of a team of inspectors. You could also move into environmental health or food science after training.