Engineering Specialists for Food and Beverage

Founded in 1967, we are a boutique firm with over 55 years of executive search experience. The retained recruitment service Bristol offers includes sourcing, screening, submitting qualified candidates, scheduling interviews, and negotiating employment and compensation packages of selected finalists. 

Bristol Associates’ Food and Beverage practice recruits within the Engineering segment of the industry. Our F&B recruiters place top candidates in a variety of key engineering functions. We specialize in senior, executive, and management positions.

Simply put, placing top executives is what we do, and we know what makes a great leader. Below are just some of the qualities and skill sets in this discipline that we look for:

  • Analytical aptitude and meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to translate complex technical terms into plain English and communicate verbally with clients and colleagues
  • Experience innovating new ways of developing systems and making existing processes more efficient
  • Excellent math and technical skills, including complex calculations and comprehension of a multitude of computer programs

Are you looking to hire exceptional talent with the skills listed above? Submit an employer inquiry and one of our consultants will be in touch with you soon!

Do these qualities describe you? Submit your resume today to be considered for our current openings.

Join the Many Food and Beverage Companies That Have Filled Their Roles with Bristol Associates

Our Satisfied Clients Love to Share Their Experiences Working with Bristol Associates

“Bristol Associates is my go-to firm for all manager level and higher recruiting needs in the food / bev space. The food and beverage team takes the time to learn about my company and the position as well as the subtleties that determine fit within the culture. I am grateful for their patience, as we have a stringent recruiting process, and that has led to more protracted searches than either of us would prefer. But the investment in the relationship has yielded some outstanding candidates. Most recently, we took months to look for a planning / purchasing manager, and they nailed it with the perfect person that brought skill, experience, worth ethic, and cultural fit all within our budget for the position.”

David Choe

Chief Executive Officer, Jo's Candies

“I’ve found Bristol Associates to be incredibly helpful in working with COR strategically to identify how our organization needs to change as we grow. Bristol Associates has been adept at helping us find great employees in multiple sales channels and at multiple levels of the organization.”

Mike Forbes

Vice President of Sales and Marketing, California Olive Ranch

“I have partnered with the Bristol team both as a candidate and as a hiring agent over the past 20 years. Bristol Associates has been a pleasure to work with and does a great job of matching both skills and culture between candidates and companies. This is so important in today’s competitive job market to ensure good career alignment and retention.”

Dave Nicholson

Chief Executive Officer, GFF, Inc. / Girard's Haco Swiss

“Bristol Associates was wonderful to work with. Their team was responsive, proactive, and professional from start to finish. We would definitely consider using Bristol again.”

Barb Stuckey

President and Chief Innovation Officer, Mattson: We Make Food Happen

Why Work with Bristol Associates?

Over 55 Years in Business

We have specialized in executive search since 1967, and are now in our 3rd generation of family ownership.


We have unrivaled industry knowledge in the areas in which we focus.

Individualized Service

We provide consultative, individualized service to our client companies. We pride ourselves in conducting our processes confidentially when necessary.

Network of Candidates

With over 1M+ relevant candidates in our private database, and growing every day, we have a strong network of senior-level talent across the board.


Our recruiters value a communicative relationship with our select client companies and candidates, providing updates throughout the search.


Our exceptional lead recruiters each have at least 15 years’ of experience in executive search.

Partner with Bristol Associates

Our Successful Food and Beverage Engineering Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back

Project Engineer

Our firm made a Project Engineer placement for a specialty baked goods and snacks company. The position directs, schedules, and controls all plant engineering and maintenance functions. Our placed candidate is responsible for evaluating the engineering projects and has created a three-year capital plan for the organization.

Maintenance Manager

We placed the Maintenance Manager for a highly regarded and established family-owned company. The position is responsible for maintaining processing and packaging equipment, plant utilities, and boilers. Our placed candidate had over five years of experience as a maintenance manager in a meat plant at the time of hire.

Engineering Manager

We were selected by a high-speed bottling operation to complete their Engineering Manager search. The position is responsible for directing the maintenance of buildings, grounds, and industrial plant utility systems. Our placed candidate also manages the installation, maintenance, and repair of machines, tools, and equipment.

We Can Fill Your Engineering Roles in the Food and Beverage Industry

  • Automation Engineer
  • Chief Engineer
  • Continuous Improvement Engineer
  • Director of Engineering
  • Director of Maintenance
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Maintenance Engineer
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Manufacturing Engineering Manager
  • Plant Engineer
  • Process Engineer
  • Process Engineering Director
  • Product Developer
  • Project Engineer
  • Senior Bioprocess Engineer
  • Senior Engineer
  • Senior Facility Engineer