Production and Operations 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 Production and Operations segment of the industry. Our F&B recruiters place top candidates in a variety of key production and operations 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:

  • Experience in capacity planning and control, supply chain management, lean manufacturing, and continuous improvement
  • Manages technology, projects, and quality of operations
  • Experience with operational strategy, planning, scheduling, and quality control
  • Has implemented plant locations, design, and layout
  • Enhances relationships with suppliers and customers alike
  • Proven awareness and progress towards sustainability

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.

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Our Successful Food and Beverage Production and Operations Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back

Plant Manager

A frozen-foods processor was our client for this Plant Manager search. Our placed candidate is responsible for the daily production schedule, manufacturing standards, yields, and efficiencies, safety, good manufacturing practices, standard operating procedures, HACCP, and SQF requirements.

Warehouse Manager

We were selected by a fast-growing company and highly regarded category leader to complete their Warehouse Manager search. Our placed candidate is responsible for hiring, counseling, and managing the warehouse staff, as well as controlling finished goods storage, managing freight and shipments, maintaining and shipping FG inventory, and managing and maintaining warehouse assets.

Assistant Product Plant Manager

We placed the Assistant Product Plant Manager for a fast-growing manufacturer of fresh, healthy meals. The position is responsible for managing plant operations, including kitchen, assembly lines, warehouse, coolers, walk-ins, maintenance, and facilities, and supervises the staging, cooking, chilling, storing, and assembly of all products according to required specifications. They ensure that all manufacturing equipment is in proper working condition and that compliance with facility and department safety rules, Health Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP), and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Policies are met. They also manage production activities across multiple shifts and departments to meet quality, food safety, sanitation, and cost metrics consistent with established policies. Our placed candidate implements manufacturing processes and acts as the process authority in all areas of the plant.

We Can Fill Your Production and Operations Roles in the Food and Beverage Industry

  • Assistant Production Plant Manager
  • Chief of Staff
  • Director of Continuous Improvement
  • Director of Farm Production Operations
  • Director of Food Operations
  • Director of Live Production
  • Director of Manufacturing Operations
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of People Operations
  • Director of Production Operations
  • Director of Sales Operations
  • General Production
  • Plant Manager
  • Production Manager
  • Production Superintendent
  • Vice President of Manufacturing
  • Vice President of Operations
  • Vice President of Operations Strategy