How To Hire A Food Production Worker
A food production worker is responsible for producing, manufacturing and packing food in a factory/warehouse environment. They use machinery to produce food in bulk, and usually work on a production line to assemble and package the products. The main objective of anyone in this role, is to ensure that anything that is created, packaged, and delivered from the workspace is safe to consume.
Health and safety codes must be at the forefront of any food production workers mind, and these guidelines must be followed at all times. They are responsible for ensuring that the machinery is working properly, to ensure that the food output is meeting product quality standards.
Day-to-day tasks of this role:
- Clean and sanitize all work stations, and machinery.
- Gather ingredients, mix, combine, and package products.
- Verify that each and every product meets the quality standards.
- Keep an eye on the machinery and make adjustments, or cease production if necessary.
- Ensure the raw materials, and packaging materials are constantly stocked.
UNDERSTAND THE ROLE
Skills profile for a Food Production Worker
In most cases, no tertiary qualifications are required to be employed as a food production worker, however a certificate indicating the completion of secondary school is often necessary. Relevant industry experience is also favourable.
There are some common skills required for this position. A food production worker must be comfortable with working shifts doing repetitive tasks, and also be able to work well in a team environment. They must completely understand the importance of following instructions meticulously, and adhere to health and safety practices.
One of the most essential skills required of a food production worker is the ability to meet healthy and safety, and importantly, food health and safety standards. They must have extensive knowledge of the standards and comply with them at all times. They are also required to report any near misses or incidents in the factory, and be a safety advocate whilst in the work environment.
A food production worker must be able to follow all instructions. They must have the ability to comprehend written instructions relating to recipes, and accurately follow directions and guides and ensure there are no errors in their work. They must be also able to give their full attention to supervisors and team leaders, and listen to their instructions and execute their directions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of production.
Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your position.
Food Production Worker Job Description
- Why is this role being filled?
- How does this role fit into the organization and the team?
- What makes your company unique?
- What would it be like to work for you?
- What technical skills are needed for this role?
- Which soft skills are applicable?
- What are the nice-to-have experiences of your ideal candidate?
- Include availability preferences in this section
- What are the key deliverables for this role?
- What does the day-to-day of this role look like?
- Compensation & bonuses
- Employee benefits & perks
- Ongoing training benefits
PRO TIP #1
As this role requires employees to be standing on their feet for long periods of time, and to carry and operate heavy machinery, it is important for employers to include this information in the job description. This will ensure applicants are aware of the physical requirements of the role, and so that employers can ensure they are hiring someone who is willing and capable of performing the physically demanding elements of the role.
PRO TIP #2
Ensure that the entire recruitment process from job description to assessment to interview reiterates your company vision and values. This will help you identify the right people for the role, and applicants will know whether your company is the right fit for them.
Sample skills assessment
Health and Safety
Question Type: Document
Have you had to report a health and safety or food safety incident before? Please list the kind of information you need to include in an incident report in the document below.
Food Production Worker
Question Type: Text
What mistakes have you made in a previous role and what did you learn from these?
Question Type: Video
Have you ever been in a situation where you did not agree with instructions you were asked to?
Interview guide for a Food Production Worker
Once your Vervoe skills assessment has surfaced the most qualified people for your open role, you can focus on interviewing these candidates. The PDF interview guide contains structured questions against each of the competencies for this role.
This interview guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the Vervoe skills assessment. Where a candidate has scored Low – Medium on a skill, focus on asking more questions from that skill to gain deeper insight into their level of competency.
PDF INTERVIEW GUIDE
Get your copy of the interview guide to complete the hiring process. Includes questions against each of the skill competencies for the role.