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Richard Storey

Shift Manager

McDonald's

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  Richard Storey

The initial couple of days can be tough as you are in training and it can make people rethink about working here, but I would have to say persevere, as there are rewards at the end of the tunnel.

McDonald's put their people first and never leave them doing the same job all the time. To work in McDonald's you requires patience, a good personality with a willingness to learn something new everyday.

Showing an interest in other peoples interests would help as you have to work as a team so interpersonal skills are ESSENTIAL!!

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Dairy Industry Scientist

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At a Glance... header image

Works at various levels within the dairy industry including supervisory and management positions.


The Work header image

In the milk-processing plants, the main duties include the supervision of the processing of milk into various dairy products, maintenance of records and accounts, quality control, quality assurance, development of new products, sales and services, and development of advisory services for suppliers.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Check raw ingredients for maturity or stability for processing and finished products for safety, quality, and nutritional value.

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Inspect food processing areas to ensure compliance with government regulations and standards for sanitation, safety, quality, and waste management standards.

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Evaluate food processing and storage operations and assist in the development of quality assurance programs for such operations.

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Study methods to improve aspects of foods, such as chemical composition, flavor, color, texture, nutritional value, and convenience.

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Stay up-to-date on new regulations and current events regarding food science by reviewing scientific literature.

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Test new products for flavor, texture, color, nutritional content, and adherence to government and industry standards.

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Develop food standards and production specifications, safety and sanitary regulations, and waste management and water supply specifications.

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Develop new or improved ways of preserving, processing, packaging, storing, and delivering foods, using knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, and other sciences.

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Confer with process engineers, plant operators, flavor experts, and packaging and marketing specialists to resolve problems in product development.

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Study the structure and composition of food or the changes foods undergo in storage and processing.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:  Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Production and Processing:  Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Chemistry:  Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

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Food Production:  Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Judgment and Decision Making:   Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be able to solve problems, work in teams and communicate clearly with non-technical colleagues. You will need self-motivation to take responsibility for a dairy product.


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Organisation: Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
  Address: Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 607 2000 Lo Call 1890 200 510
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

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Organisation: Dairy Executives' Association
  Address: 33 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
  Tel: (01) 676 1989
  Email: Click here
  Url Click here

 

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