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Talent Pool

Welcome to the Food Recruit – Search & Selection Talent Pool

Here you will find a selection of the very best senior leaders that we are representing as they search for their next exciting leadership role, many of them available immediately.

The Talent Pool enables us to market their expertise to the industry whilst ensuring confidentiality is maintained in a professional and transparent way.

If you are seeking to strengthen your leadership teams with the industries top talent, then please get in touch for more information

C-Suite

CEO

Hospitality/Retail/Technology

Seeking CEO/Director (Perm or Interim)

What excites him are companies that want to move into major growth/change or even start-ups. He thrives on problem solving and making a positive impact on business. Far East expert including the political landscape and internal infrastructure needed for business launches into the region.
  • Owned his own multi-site, multi-million-dollar successful hospitality chain, 200+ staff. (South East Asian Cuisine)
  • Decades of international retail experience
  • Co-founder of 2 IT firms specialising in e-commerce and producing marketing software (last product sold to IBM for £2m which is now used by eBAY, Baidu, Yandex and a majority of the world’s top marketing agencies)
  • Over 20 years of senior management experience for global companies working across hospitality, Retail and Technology
  • Award-winning restauranteur building a chain of six restaurants and other hospitality venues
  • Attracted multi-million-dollar investments for companies in a range of diverse business cultures
  • Location: West Midlands, but willing to relocate across the UK and Internationally.
  • Salary: £80,000 – £120,000 Permanent. £500 per day Interim
Directors

Managing Director

Grocery, Hospitality and Wholesale.

Seeking MD/Commercial Director (Perm or Interim)

Strategic and hands-on commercial/operational expertise gained in leading FMCG manufacturers ranging from £25M to £200M turnover with excellent operational and cultural understanding of customers in Grocery, Hospitality and Wholesale.
  • Successfully transformed a loss-making £40M business with declining sales and low morale into an energised, positive and results focused culture improving core sales, efficiency, productivity and margins.
  • Successful scaled a bakery and food to go business, growing it from £25M turnover in 2001 to a highly profitable and award winning £128M market leader within 7 years.
  • Personally involved in negotiating a 5% price increase with their No.1 customer (Morrisons) and was instrumental in extending an 18-month contract with their No.1 wholesaler (Booker), securing £4.7M of existing business and price increase.
  • Increased annual sales from £34M to £41M in 3 years, contributing to record profits
  • Reduced UK operating costs by £1M in 2019 by outsourcing loss-making distribution, centralising logistics while improving service levels.
  • A people-focused leader who has managed multi-functional teams up to 200, teamwork, collaboration and integrity are key pillars of my management values.
  • Location: Buckinghamshire
  • Salary:  £110,000 + Permanent. £600 per day Interim

Global Technical Director

Food retail, Manufacturing and Quick Service Restaurants

Seeking Group Technical Director (Perm)

A dynamic technical leader with extensive experience in food retail, manufacturing and quick service restaurants. A proven track record of strategic thinking coupled with a sound drive for continuous improvement across multi-countries and global regions. Always looking for challenging opportunities to lead quality in large, fast paced and forward-thinking companies striving for excellence in food.
  • Developed and implemented globally leading standards to manage allergens from supply to customer.
  • Leveraging resource to deliver cost savings and efficiency gains throughout the supply chain
  • Led the execution of Global Supplier QA on a global scale. Proactively collaborate with quality assurance, global supply chain, global procurement and management executives of regional businesses in the direction and planning of companywide Supply Chain Quality initiatives
  • Led large scale, global, cross-functional projects and initiatives that impact quality, sourcing/procurement, food safety, supplier quality management efficiency, R&D/product development and supply chain processes
  • Drove the development and implementation of a cross-business nutritional strategy including elimination of palm oil from the UK business
  • Set up global crisis management processes to enable robust business response to COVID
  • Location: Buckinghamshire
  • Salary:  £150,000 +

Operations Director

Desserts, Meat Protein

Seeking Site/Operations Director/GM (Perm)

The ability to relate to people at all levels, pivotal to success in driving required cultural and operational changes. Used to managing relationships with senior level representatives of leading Supermarket Chains, Restaurant Groups and Wholesalers. Adept at driving cost reductions whilst raising quality standards to meet customer specifications. A well respected manager, who motivates both self and others to achieve excellence within a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Has held the position of Managing Director and Group Supply Chain and Purchasing Director for a leading manufacturer with a turnover of £50m into the Foodservice market overseeing three production sites
  • Reported directly to the Managing Director overseeing a £250m red meat site for Tesco supply
  • Achieved four successive years of Green Audits including PIU, Red Tractor, MHS, BRC, Integra, RPA and Halal
  • Selection and implementation of on ERP system across 3 UK sites on time and budget
  • Regained BRC grade A and maintained for seven consecutive years
  • Planned production over UK and overseas sites to take advantage of local price and currency fluctuations
  • Location: Peterborough
  • Salary:  £80,000 +

European Sales Director

Food To Go, Fresh Produce, Pasta

Seeking European Sales Director (Perm)

An international Sales Director overseeing sales operations in EU, East EU, Russia, ME, Asia and in particular Japan. Also a strong knowledge of the US and Canadian markets where he has worked. Seeking an entrapraneurial business who are looking to grow or enter European markets.
  • Wide market knowledge with a specific focus on: EU, East EU, Russia, ME, Asia and in particular Japan. He also has a strong knowledge of the US and Canadian markets where he has worked
  • Responsible for all EU markets. Coordinating 4 subsidiaries: Paris, London, Dusseldorf, and Barcelona. In total 26 strong sales team.
  • Growth of Japanese market up to 10 Mil € Turnover
  • Responsible for a dedicated team, to develop the Food Service business in Germany, France, and UK.
  • Responsible for all sales activities: negotiation, market analysis, development and implementation of sales strategy under his direct control.
  • Development of international partnership with Tetra Pack group for the development of green packaging.
  • Location: Berlin, Germany. Willing to relocate for the right role
  • Salary:  Euros 160,000 +
General Management & Operations

General Manager

FMCGs, Canning, Spreads, Juices, Sweets, Chutney, Jams

Seeking General Manager/Senior Operations Manager

Returning to the UK after 25 years, are seeking a food manufacturing leadership position that will utilise his skill sets and lean on executive experience. Would be a great addition to manufacturers of Canning, Spreads, Juices, Sweets, Chutney, Jams. However, he would be more than comfortable in both low care and high care facilities in the wider industry
  • 20 years’ experience as an executive Manager/Director
  • Leadership of large management teams and up to 1,000 staff
  • Senior/Executive Management of Large Food Companies
  • General Manager, Managing Director, Ops Director & CEO for large food companies
  • In 2015 he was a key player in merging his company with a competitor, to become the largest spreads and preserve manufacturing company in Zimbabwe.
  • As the Chief Executive Officer, he was instrumental in the building, procurement, installation, commissioning, and recruitment of a new, state of the art Peanut Butter factory.
  • Location: Currently in the North West, however happy to relocate anywhere in the UK
  • Salary:  £80,000 +

General Manager

Fresh Produce, Chilled, Bakery, Soups & Sauces

Seeking General Manager Position

A driven, ambitious and confident General Manager with strong strategic skills and the ability to make that strategy come alive for others within the business. With a strong grounding in operational management, excellent commercial understanding and demonstrable success in management coaching and team building, she has a wide appreciation of business needs and the ability to direct senior teams and to manage change to achieve the best out of the team and for the business
  • Maintenance of customer service delivery levels of greater than 99.5% during an 8-month consultation / closure programme
  • Demonstrated the benefits to linking good HR practices and procedures into the wider business team in order to drive efficiency and provide performance improvements in all areas
  • Excellent change manager with 10 restructure / redundancy programmes, 2 site closures and one TUPE transfer completed without any tribunal outcomes
  • A clear and calm communicator. She portrays a positive view on almost all situations, influencing others, giving credence to their points of view, taking people along with her
  • Identified strategic changes in structure which delivered in excess of 15% overhead savings through improved practices and team restructures
  • Development of strong customer relationships – often being personally identified as a key reason for customer confidence in the business
  • Location: North East Lincolnshire
  • Salary:  £90,000 +