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 Food and Beverage Executive Search – Purchasing & Supply Chain

Bristol Associates’ Food & Beverage Manufacturing division is a leader in placing top candidates in purchasing and supply chain 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 Vice President David Alford.


Featured Clients

We have completed searches for a wide array of 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 Purchasing and Supply Chain positions including Director of Supply Chain, Director of Logistics and Supply Chain, and Vice President of Supply Chain.

Below is a sampling of positions placed.

Vice President of Supply Chain

The placed candidate has accountability for financial, service and quality metrics related to supply chain and purchasing. They successfully impacted established operations by aggressively improving total cost, lead-times, and inventory levels, and led the development and implementation of strategic and operational supply chain processes and strategies, ensuring appropriate resources to support forecasted business and projected growth. Additionally, they developed capabilities and 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

The successful 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 for a major international manufacturer of premium sauces and dressings.

Qualities of a Great Purchasing and Supply Chain Executive

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

  • Global orientation
  • Systems thinking
  • Inspiring and influential leadership
  • Superior business skills
  • Software, process, and technology expertise
  • Metrics-driven approach

Division Leader


David Alford

Vice President
David Alford has been in the staffing industry for 18 years and joined Bristol Associates in 2017. He has placed people across a broad spectrum of industries, including Food & Beverage Manufacturing, Restaurant, Hospital & Healthcare, and Nonprofit.


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