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Bottler Bottling operative

Bottlers fill, pack and operate bottling machinery in food, drink and bottling factories.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £13,500 to £24,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37.5 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but some employers may ask for GCSEs.

You’ll need a reasonable level of physical fitness.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Improve Ltd has more information about opportunities in the food and drinks industry.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • good practical skills, with the ability to operate automated machinery
  • accuracy and good attention to detail
  • the ability to follow instructions
  • the ability to solve basic mechanical problems

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • setting up machines and starting the bottling process
  • sorting out any problems with the production line so bottling is not held up
  • reporting more serious machinery problems to your line manager or a technician
  • keeping machinery clean and sterile, to meet high standards of food safety
  • making sure bottles or jars are correctly filled and labelled

4. Salary

Starter: £13,500 to £15,000

Experienced: £15,000 to £21,000

Highly Experienced: £24,000 (senior and supervisory roles)

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work between 37.5 and 40 hours a week, which might include shifts and weekend work. Overtime may be available.

You’ll usually work in a factory environment, which could be noisy. You may do some heavy lifting.

6. Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to team supervisor or manager.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017