My Food Job is The Grocer’s new online series profiling young people aged 25 and under in the UK food & drink industry. We want to shine a light on the fantastic talent coming through the ranks – and inspire others to consider a career in this exciting industry. Want to put yourself or a colleague forward? Please contact managing editor Julia Glotz

My Food Job

orla weir ugly drinks

My food & drink job: Orla Weir, UK Brand & E-Commerce Manager, Ugly Drinks

Orla explains why you need to be driven, resilient and ambitious when working for a startup like Ugly.

Kelsey McKechnie the balvenie apprentice malt master

My food & drink job: Kelsey McKechnie, The Balvenie apprentice malt master

Kelsey talks us through the passion and excitement involved in working for a family-owned company

calum walker vit hit

My food & drink job, Calum Walker, commercial manager, VIT HIT

Calum believes being resilient and educating yourself on the industry are key to success in food & drink

geetika obhrai nix & kix

My food & drink job: Geetika Obhrai, sales and operations executive, Nix & Kix

Geetika tells us why showing your personality and asking questions will help you to land the right role

catherine burrows gousto

My food & drink job: Catherine Burrows, data scientist, Gousto

Catherine explains how people with different skills and backgrounds can find a role to suit them in the industry

Jack Flower_Tenzing

My food & drink job: Jack Flower, national account manager, Tenzing

Networking is key if you want to build your career in food & drink, says Jack

Chris Eyitayo of Young Foodies

My food & drink job: Chris Eyitayo, Young Foodies

Chris explains why you need to be ready to tap into your inner entrepreneur if you want to make it in the competitive world of food startups

Anna Maitland, KIND Snacks

My food & drink job: Anna Maitland, national account manager, KIND Snacks

Don’t shy away from field sales, says Anna. It gives you a really good grounding and understanding of how fmcg works

Lizzie Staiano, Real Handful

My food & drink job: Lizzie Staiano, marketing manager, Real Handful

Buying the likes of Innocent and Oatly introduced me to this weird idea that brands can talk and have something worthwhile and often funny to say, says Lizzie

Rose Finney_Hippeas

My food & drink job: Rose Finney, wholesale account manager, Hippeas

Working for a startup means you’re thrust into the unknown - but that’s what makes it so exciting, says Rose

Grace loves working for an organisation that helps connect consumers with producers

My food & drink job: Grace Niblock, buying admin assistant, Farmdrop

Grace talks about why she loves working for an organisation that helps connect consumers with producers

Craig Chambers, Rock Rose Gin

My food & drink job: Craig Chambers, tour guide & general helper, Rock Rose Gin

Craig’s interest in the drinks industry was sparked by the craft beer boom, which led to a discovery (and love of) craft spirits

Anna Frost, operations manager at Doisy and Dam

My food & drink job: Anna Frost, operations manager, Doisy & Dam

As operations manager of a fast-growing startup, Anna is required to keep lots of plates spinning at the same time.

Hugh Duffle of Sandows

My food & drink job: Hugh Duffie, co-founder, Sandows

Developing products that drive positive change is part of what makes a career in food & drink so rewarding, says Hugh

Stevie Grieves_Lovely Fodder

My food & drink job: Stevie Grieves, digital coordinator, Lovely Fodder

Stevie talks about why she chose a career in food & drink - and why working for a startup is so exciting

Samantha Lai, commercial officer at FareShare

My food & drink job: Samantha Lai, FareShare

One of the best things about working for FareShare is knowing you are making a real difference to people’s lives, says Samantha

Zack Nathan, founder of Ape Snacks

My food & drink job: Zack Nathan, founder, Ape Snacks

A stint at university in America was the spark that got Zack thinking about healthy, natural snacks. Now he runs his own snacks business and thrives on working in an industry that can make an impact on the lives of millions of people

Leyla Page_Longmead Herbs

My food & drink job: Leyla Page, Langmead Herbs

Unless they come from an agricultural background or have industry experience, people often have little concept of the sheer variety of roles there are within food, says Leyla, who is on an MDS management training course and currently doing a placement with Langmead Herbs

Sam Smitheringale, process engineer at Quorn

My food & drink job: Sam Smitheringale, process engineer, Quorn Foods

Chemical engineering grad Sam talks about why he loves working for a fast-growing company like Quorn - and the crucial role of process engineering in food & drink production

James Barwick_Wyke Farms

My food & drink job: James Barwick, renewable energy tech manager, Wyke Farms

In his role at Wyke Farms, James is right at the heart of driving sustainable change and ensuring the dairy supplier meets its 100% Green agenda

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HG Stephensons Ltd  Territory Manager – Birmingham South

Territory Manager – Birmingham South - HG Stephensons Ltd

Basic Salary c£30,000 + OTE Commission/ Bonus Circ plus company car, phone and laptop
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