Supply Chain and Purchasing 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 Supply Chain and Purchasing segment of the industry. Our F&B recruiters place top candidates in a variety of key supply chain and purchasing 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:

  • Education in Supply Chain, Economics, or a related field
  • Experience in purchasing or supply chain management
  • Knowledge of supply chain policies, procedures, and objectives
  • Experience in project management and vendor negotiations
  • Results-driven leader with strong analytical skills

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 Supply Chain and Purchasing Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back

Vice President of Supply Chain

This VP of Supply Chain search we conducted was for a growing manufacturer. The role is accountable for the financial, service, and quality metrics related to their supply chain and purchasing. Our placed candidate has impacted established operations by aggressively improving total cost, lead times, and inventory levels. They also are responsible for leading the development and implementation of strategic and operational supply chain processes and strategies, ensuring there are resources to support forecasted business and projected growth. Additionally, they have developed initiatives to support supply chain performance over a multi-year horizon and developed manufacturing and distribution models to determine and validate business strategies.

Director of Logistics and Supply Chain

We placed the Director of Logistics and Supply Chain for a major international manufacturer of premium sauces and dressings. Our placed candidate is responsible for overseeing all warehousing and transportation operations, streamlining Supply Chain Management Systems, and successfully managing six plants encompassing 2mm sq ft of total warehouse space.

Purchasing and Planning Manager

Our client is a long-established, highly regarded category leader located in Southern California. The Purchasing and Planning Manager works with the executive management team to implement new and improved processes. Our placed candidate is now responsible for developing and implementing ways to make the planning process of the organization more effective.

We Can Fill Your Supply Chain and Purchasing Roles in the Food and Beverage Industry

  • Corporate Purchasing Manager
  • Director of Logistics and Supply Chain
  • Director of Manufacturing and Supply Chain
  • Director of Procurement
  • Director of Supply Chain
  • Director of Supply Chain and Logistics
  • Director of Supply Planning
  • Director of Warehouse Operations
  • Inventory Control and Purchasing Manager
  • Procurement Manager
  • Purchasing Director
  • Purchasing Manager
  • Regional Supply Chain Manager
  • Senior Buyer
  • Senior Director of Supply Chain
  • Supply Chain Manager
  • Vice President of Supply Chain
  • Vice President of Supply Chain and Logistics