Food and Beverage Executive Search in Food Technology and Product Development

Bristol Associates’ Food & Beverage Manufacturing division is a leader in placing top candidates in food technology and product development 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.


Featured Clients

We have completed searches for a wide array of industry clients including:

  • Amy’s Kitchen
  • Odwalla Juices (Coca-Cola)
  • Ready Pac Produce
  • Monster Beverage Co.
  • POM Wonderful
  • Rich Foods
  • Natural Balance (Big Heart Pet Products)
  • Unilever–Best Foods

Examples of Positions Placed

Our Food and Beverage Division has placed successful candidates in a variety of Food Technology and Product Development positions including Director of Research & Development, Vice President of Research & Development, Manager of Research & Development, as well as Food Scientist, and Technologist.

Below is a sampling of positions placed.

Vice President & Director of Research and Development
The candidate is responsible for new product development and optimization for a company that focuses on fresh refrigerated entrees. They ensure consistency with the company’s nutrient content claims, organoleptic standards, quality, safety and regulatory compliance for all food, beverage and ingredient products. In addition, they are responsible for ideation, product development, sensory testing and commercialization. They direct the R&D team to develop and optimize new products and processes, and interact closely with customers, marketing & sales, production and supply chain leaders.
Manager of Research and Development
The placed candidate supervises product developers and technicians, manages the R&D budget, and reduced expenses for a fruit concentrates and bases focused company. Additionally, they established strong customer relationships with national brands and private label customers, plan and direct all facets of product development and improvement, and generate revenue with new products.
Food Scientist
The place candidate developed appetizers from bench top to scale-up production for branded, private labels, club and food service customers for a meat processor. They are responsible for daily product quality checks and conducting sensory evaluation for Quality Assurance and Quality Control, Corporate Chef and upper management. In addition, they generated specification sheets for raw and finished products, as well as created nutritional labels, ingredient statements and cooking instructions on new and existing products.

Qualities of a Great Food Technology and Product Development Executive

With over 50 years of experience placing food and beverage executives, we know what makes a great Food Technology and Product Development executive. Below are some of the qualities and experience we look for:

  • Systematic understanding and critical awareness of food science and technology topics relevant to their role
  • Proven record of awareness of new research and ideas in the discipline
  • Demonstrated knowledge of scientific discipline and market needs to indentify potential projects and opportunities
  • Experience with conducting appropriate research to enable the design and development of new products and processes
  • Ability to formulate problems in precise terms and identify key issues
  • Demonstrated track record with tackling open-ended and unfamiliar problems using appropriate methodology

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