Operations Specialists for Restaurant and Foodservice

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’ Restaurant and Foodservice practice recruits within the Operations segment of the industry. Our recruiters in this division place top candidates in a variety of key 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 and expertise in specific operational disciplines
  • Track record of meeting or exceeding targets through planning and time management
  • Develops strategies that enhance revenue and control expense
  • Collaborates with business partners to identify, develop, and implement solutions for improved performance
  • Maintains positive relationships with all stakeholders, including owners, investors, managers, and employees
  • An unyielding commitment to customer service and attention to detail

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 Restaurant and Foodservice Companies That Have Filled Their Roles with Bristol Associates

Our Satisfied Clients Love to Share Their Experiences Working with Bristol Associates

“Bristol Associates helped us to fill over ten positions in a very short amount of time when our company moved corporate offices to its new location. Our Consultant was able to identify strong candidates for even the most hard-to-fill positions. The firm’s customized approach, responsiveness, and extensive network in the field made them an invaluable partner.”

Peter Watson

Executive Director, Talent Acquisition, Dine Equity, Inc. (IHOP and Applebee's)

“I highly recommend Bristol Associates recruiting services to elevate your career! The recruiters possess a people-centric approach that goes beyond just matching skills and experience to a job description. With their constant encouragement and guidance throughout the process I was able to land my dream job!”

Betty Hui

Sr. Purchasing Manager, Panda Restaurant Group

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 Restaurant and Foodservice Operations Searches Keep Our Clients Coming Back

Chief Operating Officer

We completed the COO search for a publicly owned, full service restaurant company. Our successful candidate is responsible for the overall operations of the company.

Vice President of Operations

One of the largest QSR (quick service restaurant) chains in the country is our client, and we filled their Vice President of Operations role. Our chosen candidate is responsible for all of the company’s operation-related activities.

Regional Director of Operations

We placed the Regional Director of Operations for an established QSR (quick service restaurant) chain. Our placed candidate is responsible for the daily operations of over 40+ locations across multiple states.

We Can Fill Your Operations Roles in the Restaurant and Foodservice Industry

  • Area Manager
  • Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO)
  • Corporate Director of Operations
  • Director of Operations
  • Director of People Operations
  • Director of Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) Operations
  • District Manager
  • Executive Vice President
  • Front of House Manager
  • Multi-Unit Manager
  • President
  • Regional Director of Operations
  • Regional Manager
  • Restaurant and Bar Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Restaurant Operations Manager
  • Vice President of Operations