Meet Richard

Richard Jones MB. Inst. M.

Butchery Academy Training Manager

Here at Dunbia, we are an industry leader in developing and nurturing skilled individuals in the age-old craft of butchery. We are proud to have four Master Butchers in our midst at Dunbia, Richard Jones MB. Inst. M. is one of them.

Meet Richard 1
How did your career as a butcher begin?
My love of butchery began in my family’s butcher’s shop which led me to study Meat Technology at Smithfield College in London. I then honed my skills working in butchers’ shops before moving onto Dunbia where I have stayed for over 25 years.
What does your role involve?
I began my time at Dunbia working as a Butcher and then progressed to Production Manager. I am now the Butchery Academy Training Manager at Dunbia Llanybydder and I take great pleasure in mentoring and working with the next generation of butchers.
What do you enjoy about being a butcher?
I enjoy working as a team and I take pride in the work being done to a high standard.
What do you think are the main skills needed to be a butcher?
To be a butcher you need to take pride in your work in order to ensure the finished product is made to the correct customer specifications. A good understanding of the bone and muscle structures of the carcasses is also needed as well as excellent attention to detail to keep equipment clean and knives sharp.
Favourite cut of meat?
Rolled brisket of beef – delicious!
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Working across key areas such as supply chain, animal welfare, and sustainable agriculture, you will get involved in all aspects of the agriculture and research and development areas within the business.


This varied role will provide you with an opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the Environmental department and participate in continuous improvement projects within a fast-paced food manufacturing environment.

Human Resources

As your skills and knowledge develop over time, you will get involved in all aspects of HR within a fast-paced food manufacturing environment and your responsibility will increase.

Retail National Account Management

This exciting role will see you gain a wide range of business experience skills, providing support to major UK retail supermarket customer accounts. 

Operations & Commercial

Work in a fast-paced food manufacturing environment gaining a hands-on experience across all aspects of operations, production and commercial with a focus on continuous improvement. 

New Product Development

You will be involved in supporting and managing the NPD process to ensure new and re-developed products are launched successfully. 

Livestock procurement

An exciting opportunity to learn about all areas of livestock procurement within the business, gaining a full understanding of production and operations.

Food Safety & Quality

A hands-on opportunity to understand and impact on food safety, quality and animal welfare across a fast-paced food manufacturing environment. Ensuring legislative compliance, customer excellence and continuous improvement.

Mechanical Engineering

As an engineering graduate you will be hands on and, on the go, working in a fast paced, busy environment overseeing electrical, mechanical and automation projects in a food manufacturing business.

Accounting & Finance

Gain a robust understanding in all aspects of the Finance Function with support at every step of the way to attain the professional qualifications needed to become a finance leader of the future.