Quality Assurance 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 Quality Assurance segment of the industry. Our F&B recruiters place top candidates in a variety of key QA 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:

  • Communication and time management skills
  • Technical and analytical skills
  • Determines, negotiates, and implements quality procedures, standards, and specifications
  • Sets customer service standards and assesses customer requirements
  • Specifies quality requirements for raw materials with suppliers
  • Investigates and sets standards for health and safety protocols
  • Ensures compliance with manufacturing standards at national and international levels

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 Quality Assurance Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back

Vice President of Quality Control and Food Safety Compliance

We completed this search for a privately held, family-owned and operated company that has been in the bottled water business for over 60 years. The position is responsible for assisting in the training and management of the quality control department and overseeing the company’s food safety program across nine manufacturing facilities, as well as leading and managing internal and external audit teams to ensure quality control and food safety compliance and consistency. Our placed candidate leads and manages the design and maintenance of a comprehensive food safety compliance program, including formulation and program document updates, performance of regular audits, and continual department personnel training.

Senior Quality Assurance Manager

Our client is a large commercial bakery that has been in business for over 40 years. The Senior Quality Assurance Manager manages and coordinates specific Food Safety and Quality Programs, including internal audits, shelf-life studies, internal issues and holds, lab equipment and calibration, and mock recalls. Our placed candidate also works towards institutionalizing process control and predictive quality processes, and serves as a liaison between operations, purchasing, R&D, and sales to ensure all specifications are pertinent, current, accurate, and followed.

Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager

We placed the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager for a hemp enterprise. The position maintains and supports procedures to ensure the compliance of all products and packaging. Our placed candidate supervises all QC staff as well as performs and monitors product stability studies.

We Can Fill Your Quality Assurance Roles in the Food and Beverage Industry

  • Corporate Director of Quality Assurance
  • Corporate Director of Quality Control
  • Corporate Quality Assurance Manager
  • Corporate Quality Control Manager
  • Corporate Vice President of Quality Assurance
  • Director of Plant Quality Assurance
  • Food Safety and Quality Assurance Manager
  • Plant Quality Manager
  • Quality Assurance Director
  • Quality Assurance Internal Auditor
  • Quality Assurance Manager
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Quality Laboratory Manager
  • Quality Systems Manager
  • Quality Technologist
  • Vice President of Food Safety and Quality
  • Vice President of Plant Quality Assurance