You would buy the best quality equipment, goods and services for your company or organisation at the most competitive rates.
It would be your aim to save money for your company or organisation.
You would need to analyse information from suppliers to check the quality of their goods or services and the cost. You could negotiate with the suppliers to try and get a lower price.
There are lots of different industries or areas you could work in, so what you would buy would depend on your employer.
For example, you could buy:
In larger organisations you might run a purchasing department and lead a team of buyers and administrators.
In smaller companies, you might combine purchasing responsibilities with other management duties.
You would establish a safe workplace according to legal standards and foster a culture of attention to health and safety.
Your work will be largely focused on prevention so you need to be conscientious and ready to act in emergencies.
You would also record and investigate incidents to determine causes and handle worker’s compensation claims and prepare reports on occurrences and provide statistical information to management
You would design and test components and machines like wind turbines, pumps for clean water and medical prosthetics to help people who have mobility difficulties.
You would oversee the set-up of the machines and check that they work properly.
You could work on different projects in many industries including:
For example, you could work in renewable energy to install off-shore wind turbines. You could design the pumps and valves that deliver clean water to homes and businesses or you could design and test improvements to prosthetic implants to help people with limited mobility.
Depending on the job you would:
You would support the contract team in your company when they bid for new projects.
You would manage and lead a project team of technicians, designers and craftspeople who carry out installation and maintenance work.
Engineering construction technicians install, service and repair machines and equipment in buildings, factories and industrial plants.
Your day-to-day duties may include:
You would put products together on a production line and assemble everything from cartons and boxes to toys and furniture.
Your day-to-day duties could include:
You would work in a factory so the production line in many types of manufacturing, for example:
You would need prepare orders, meet quality standards and timescales.
Having a good knowledge of health and safety regulations would be very important. You would also need to keep up to date with quality standards for manufacturing.
You will write code to create software programs. Programmers turn the program designs created by software developers and engineers into instructions that a computer can follow. Programmers must debug the programs—that is, test them to ensure that they produce the expected results. If a program does not work correctly, they check the code for mistakes and fix them.
Computer programmers typically do the following:
Programmers work closely with software developers, and in some businesses, their duties overlap. When this happens, programmers can do work that is typical of developers, such as designing the program. This entails initially planning the software, creating models and flowcharts detailing how the code is to be written, writing and debugging code, and designing an application or systems interface.
Some programs are relatively simple and usually take a few days to write, such as creating mobile applications for cell phones. Other programs, like computer operating systems, are more complex and can take a year or more to complete.
You would test food for safety and quality and find ways to keep food fresh for longer or you would invent new processes and products, such as fat-free food.
You would help to develop a wide range of products in the food and drink industry and make sure they are safe for consumers.
As a food scientist, you would use scientific techniques to:
As a food technologist, you would plan the production of food and drink products.
For example, you would:
Some jobs, such as doing research for a supermarket chain, may involve quality control as well as product development.
You would need to explain your ideas to other scientists and factory staff, and be confident in reporting any problems with processes. You need to meet strict health and hygiene rules and food production regulations.
You would also gain knowledge and experience of areas like chemical engineering, production planning, market and consumer research, and financial management.
You would handle the goods and products in warehouse or stockroom. It would be your job to to keep them safe and make sure they are delivered to customers on time.
Your role would be important in making sure customers are not disappointed by damaged items or late deliveries.
You could be based in a warehouse, retail store or factory.
Wherever you work, you would:
Understanding and following health and safety rules would be essential in this job.
Meat process operator
You would produce meat for people to buy in shops and supermarkets and cook at home. You would also produce meat for food made by caterers and served in cafes and restaurants.
There are several places you could work.
In an abattoir, you would handle animals and birds. You would ensure that they are slaughtered humanely and with as little distress as possible.
A wholesale meat factory is where meat is prepared. Working here, you would cut, de-bone and prepare the carcasses before they are sold to retailers.
You could work as a butcher to prepare meat specifically for caterers.
You could produce and package meat products for shops and caterers in a meat or poultry processing plant.
Depending on where you work, you might use knives and other cutting equipment, such as a band saw, to cut up and prepare carcasses. You might also do deliveries.
Personal hygiene is extremely important in this job. You would also need to understand the importance of food hygiene and follow health and safety regulations.
You would help turn designs into clothes that people want to buy and wear.
You would select and source different fabrics for a designer to use. You would explain to a designer how clothes can be made in the most efficient way.
You would have specialist knowledge of:
The design and buying teams will rely on your expertise through all stages of product development from design to testing and then manufacturing the clothes for the shops.
You would work closely with other staff such as designers, pattern cutters and graders, and buyers.
You would make beer for people to enjoy in pubs and restaurants or buy in shops.
Some large breweries make huge quantities of beer. Small microbreweries make limited quantities of specialist and craft beers, often experimenting with different flavours and methods of brewing.
Depending on where you work you could concentrate on certain parts of the brewing process or work on all the stages.
When the brewing process is complete you would fill the clean kegs, casks, bottles or cans and label them correctly.
You might load the beer on to lorries for distribution. At some smaller breweries you may also deliver to local customers.
Large breweries use computerised machinery and so increasingly only certain work, like weighing and measuring, is done by hand.
You would often be supervised by a technical brewer who would be responsible for the entire brewing process.
You would need to have a reliable and responsible approach to hygiene, and health and safety issues.
food packaging operative
You would help to prepare food and drink for sale in the shops by keeping production lines running smoothly.
You would work on the machines and production lines that put finished food and drink products into containers, cans or packets.
You could be packaging:
You would work quickly and accurately to meet production targets. You would need to have good observational skills and patience to do repetitive tasks.
You might also move the packaged items around the warehouse using pallet trollies or a forklift truck.
It’s important to follow strict health and safety guidelines, and have good standards of personal hygiene.
You would pack products safely in boxes or other containers, ready to be sent to shops, homes or businesses.
You might pack products by hand, operate a packing machine or look after packaging materials and labels.
In the case of heavy goods, such as washing machines or vehicle parts, you would use loading and lifting gear. You might also use a forklift truck to move goods to storage areas.
You would need to be able to carry out repetitive tasks quickly and carefully. This would mean following health and safety rules closely, particularly when working with dangerous materials.
quality control analyst
You would check that products meet quality standards and are safe for customers to buy.
You would also help to set up and manage quality control systems.
You would also have specialised tasks depending on where you work.
For example, if you worked in food and drink production, you would:
If you work in manufacturing engineering, you would:
You would need technical knowledge of your industry. You would also need good knowledge of quality control standards and legislation.
You will protect people by making sure that risks in the workplace are properly controlled. You will ensure employers comply with all aspects of health and safety laws and that workplaces are not the cause of ill health, injury or death.
You will do this by inspecting business premises, advising employers and investigating accidents, and through enforcement of the law.
Health and safety inspectors work mainly for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), although you might find employment in local authorities and large organisations. You will work either for a general team or specialise in a particular area, such as construction, forestry or hazardous goods.
Your work could include:
You would prepare meat and poultry so it’s safe to eat and sell it in shops, supermarkets or at local markets.
You might also make and sell your own specialist sausages, burgers and pies.
You would use your in-depth knowledge to advise customers on how to prepare and cook meat and poultry safely. You would also help them with getting the right type and cut of meat for the meal they want to cook.
You might deliver products to markets, wholesalers and customers’ premises.
You could specialise in halal, kosher or organic foods, depending on the demands of the local community.
You would need to meet hygiene, and health and safety standards, and have a high standard of personal cleanliness.
heat treatment operator
You would use various methods to clean, strengthen or soften metals, so they can be used for components in manufacturing products like aircraft and cars.
You would work with a variety of metals including iron, steel and alloys. You would apply treatments to clean, harden, temper (strengthen) and anneal (soften) them.
You would use a range of equipment including:
Some jobs are done with computer-controlled equipment so you would also be responsible for programming instructions into the machines.
It is important to have a basic knowledge of metallurgy and how materials react. You will also need to be aware of safety and quality standards.
You would use a fashion designer’s drawings to create pattern templates, which would be used to make up sample clothing or other items.
You would act as a link between the design and production stages.
Your finished pattern would be passed to the pattern grader to resize as required before production begins.
You would need high concentration levels, an eye for detail, and good IT and traditional drawing skills to translate designs into patterns.
You would stitch pieces of material together to make products such as clothes and furniture.
You would need to be good at following plans.
You could specialise on one machine such as a flatbed, or use a number of machines to produce different finishes. You might also use computerised sewing machines that read from a digital design pattern.
You may work with a variety of fabrics, such as cotton, synthetics, wool and leather, and on a number of different product lines. You may stitch industrial textiles, for example those used in making sails or car mats.
distribution centre operative
You would organise the storage and distribution of goods ensuring that the right products are delivered to the right location on time and at a good cost. You may also be involved in transportation, stock control, warehousing and monitoring the flow of goods.
Understanding the whole supply chain is important so that you can coordinate it effectively and liaise with suppliers of raw materials, manufacturers, retailers and consumers.
You may also be required to: