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Food and Beverage Executive Search in Quality Assurance
Bristol Associates’ Food & Beverage Manufacturing division is a leader in placing top candidates in quality assurance 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. Our practice is led by Director David Alford.
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 quality assurance positions including Vice President of Quality Assurance (Plant and/or Corporate), Director of Quality Assurance (Plant and/or Corporate), and Quality Assurance Manager.
Below is a sampling of positions placed.
Vice President of Quality Assurance
The placed candidate spearheaded a QA and compliance upgrade program for a multi-site nutrition bar company. They upgraded the microbiology laboratory and reorganized and developed staff to meet around the clock production needs, resulting in increased proficiency and productivity. They also led a cross functional team to obtain organic certification and achieve application submittal for new overseas facility. Additionally, they implemented HACCP.
Quality Assurance Manager
The placed candidate managed and coordinated Quality Control personnel, lab functions and QC schedules for a plant. They also developed, evaluated, and reviewed records in order to recommend disposition necessary to assure the proper quality of all finished and raw products, and were responsible for conducting sanitation audits and ensuring current good manufacturing practices are followed. Additionally, they interfaced with production, sales and other departments to maintain established policies and quality standards, and monitored accurate records for the HACCP program.
Qualities of a Great Quality Assurance Exective
With over 50 years of experience placing food and beverage executives, we know what makes a great Plant Operations and Production executive. Below are some of the qualities and experience we look for:
- Communication and time management skills
- Technical and analytical skills
- Ability to determine, negotiate, and implement in-house quality procedures, standards, and specifications
- Experience with setting customer service standards and assessing customer requirements
- Ability to specify quality requirement of raw materials with suppliers
- Ability to investigate and set standards for health and safety
- Demonstrated track record of ensuring compliance with manufacturing standards at both the national and international levels