Food and Beverage Executive Search in Production & Operations
Bristol Associates’ Food and Beverage Division is a leader in placing top candidates in production & operations management and executive positions in food industry jobs nationwide. Our practice recruits for Retail including consumer packaged foods within grocery, club, mass merchandise, drug and specialty channels. In addition, we also specialize in Foodservice and Industrial Ingredients. Our practice is lead by recruiter and Vice President Peter Stern.
We have completed searches for a wide array of industry clients across product categories including:
Examples of Completed Searches
Our Food and Beverage Division has placed successful candidates in a variety of Production & Operations positions including VP Operations, Operations Director, Plant Manager and Production Manager.
Vice President of Operations led team of 750 employees in a $145MM company to improve manufacturing, purchasing, inventory control, distribution, engineering, and research and development. The placed candidate also enhanced customer service functions to supply full range of premium-quality high-margin items in an emerging category
Operations Director for two manufacturing plants and five warehouses. The successful candidate is accountable for all manufacturing and warehousing operations. They direct eleven managers in a non-union environment with 800 employees. The placed candidate produced $150MM in sales during cycle of fast growth with annual double-digit top-line increases.
Plant Manager modified and documented processing procedures, resulting in substantially lowered costs. The placed candidate designed and installed processing equipment, as well as implemented direct purchasing of raw materials from newly selected suppliers that reduced labor costs. They also developed a safety program which reduced workers compensation claims to less than $1,000 over two years. Further, the successful candidate developed and implemented long, medium, and short -term manufacturing plans, created an annual operating budget, and established strategies to achieve business objectives.
Production Manager for a Frito-Lay co-packer operation. The placed candidate is accountable for day-to-day aspects of the operation including crewing, manufacturing, USDA compliance, strategic planning, freight negotiations, warehousing and distribution.
Qualities of a Great Plant Operations and Production Executive
With 45 years of experience placing food and beverage executives, we know what makes a great Plant Operations and Production executive. Below are some of the qualities and experience we look for:
- Experience in capacity planning and control, supply chain management, and new product and service design and/or development
- Ability to manage technology, projects, and quality for operations
- Demonstrated track record in human resource management in operations and managing technological and organizational change
- Experience with information and knowledge management
- Demonstrated track record in operations strategy, planning, scheduling and control
- Ability to successfully implement plant location, design and layout
- Successful track record with supplier and customer relationship management
- Ability to demonstrate attention to sustainability
Do these qualities describe you? Submit your resume today to be considered for our current searches.
Why Work With Us?
Bristol Associates has been a leader in executive search nationwide since 1967. Our boutique executive recruiting firm is a family-owned business in its third generation of leadership.
The average tenure of our professional staff at Bristol Associates exceeds 15 years. As experts in their targeted fields, our consultants are knowledgeable about trends in technology, hiring, and compensation in their industries. No one is better suited than our consultants to guide you through the hiring process.
Our firm utilizes a proprietary database with over 170,000 contacts and 100,000 companies, allowing us to find the most successful match for our client companies. Moreover, as experts in recruiting through social media, we have augmented our network of professionals through LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
Perhaps most importantly, we have developed a community of key personal contacts that go beyond online networks.
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Get in Touch
Vice President Peter Stern has specialized exclusively in the Food Industry since joining Bristol Associates in 1989. He has the expertise and resources to help your company hire exceptional talent.
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