To Fork Careers

Providing consumers with delicious, nutritious Scottish red meat can be done in many ways by retailers, butchers, public procurement and through hospitality. Each of these has a wide range of jobs ranging from procurement to chefs, and butchers to marketeers. Find out if a job at the ‘to fork’ end of the supply chain is for you…

1. Real Training. Real Craft

Butchery is more than just a job, it’s an innovative and evolving craft and apprenticeship allows you to gain a qualification and earn a real wage.

“After leaving school I was unsure what path I wanted to take when I was offered the opportunity to become an apprentice butcher. As I enjoy working with people, I decided that this is what I wanted to do, and I have never looked back. My confidence has greatly improved because of my apprenticeship and by being part of a team where my co-workers make me feel valued.” Nicky Presland, Hugh Black & Sons, Coatbridge.

2. Are you a natural storyteller?

Marketing and communications are important part of the red meat supply chain and with an ever-increasing portion of this being done digitally the sector is always on the lookout for those who are creative and good at communication to share the positive stories within the red meat industry and the delicious products created using Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork.

3. Do you want to work with world-renowned produce?

Do you enjoy cooking up a storm in the kitchen? After the efforts to get the food to the kitchen it is the job of chefs and restaurateurs to make sure it tastes as good as it possibly can. A job as a chef will allow you to work with world renowned Scotch Beef UK PI, Scotch Lamb PI and Specially Selected Pork.

4. Do you have an eye for business?

As in any business, a good business strategy is vital. The red meat industry is no different, in every aspect, dealing with accounts, projecting sales figures, managing stock and having industry insight and foresight are crucial to a successful business.

5. Are you a people-person?

The ‘to fork’ area of the food supply chain is the most consumer focused part. Are you good at speaking to people and providing a high level of customer service? Working in hospitality, retail and butchery often requires a high level of customer interaction and ensures there’s never a dull day!

Possible Job Roles

Butcher, Chef, Hospitality staff, Retailer, Supermarket buyer, Marketing & Communications staff, social media staff, Food influencers, Food Photographer, Brand Manager, Communications Co-ordinator, Category Manager, Marketing Executive, Account Manager, Business Development Manager, Sales Representative, Accountant, Economist,

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Video and links

  • Careers: Chef

    Hear how Heather’s job as a chef has taken her all over the world working with quality produce.

  • Meaty Careers - Erin Conroy (Verstegen)

    Erin talks about her journey in butchery and the opportunities she’s had to travel and compete in her trade.

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