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Drinks Industry Recruitment — Nigel Wright Group

We help to create and build the best careers within the drinks industry. We are Europe’s number one consumer sector & FMCG recruitment agency, with expertise across carbonated drinks, fruit juices, dilutables, still and juice drinks, bottled waters, tea, coffee and luxury goods. We also recruit globally in the alcoholic drinks categories for beer, wine and spirits.

We recruit senior professionals into drinks companies across the world in both permanent and interim roles in the following disciplines: executivesalesmarketingsupply chain & procurementengineering & manufacturingITHR and finance & accountancy.

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In the last 10 years, our drinks industry recruitment team have:

  • Made over 750 permanent placements across 150 drinks companies
  • Placed drink industry professionals in 24 different countries

Our FMCG market knowledge, database and connections ensure we find quality candidates from multiple markets. This depth of expertise ensures that the professional and unique service offered to our clients and candidates is second to none.

Our Consumer & FMCG recruitment team also work with clients across a number of additional sub-sectors within consumer goods, including fooddrinksfashion & lifestylehomewarebeautyhealthecommerce & retail and luxury.


Some of our drinks industry clients:

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Drinks industry client testimonials

“Since launching in 2015, Silent Pool has become a leading independent UK gin brand. For phase two of our journey, we required a global sales director to take our performance to the next level and grow our business outside of the UK. A proven track record in strategy, sales analysis and building successful sales teams were attributes we were keen to attract. 

“We selected Nigel Wright to lead this critical search assignment based on its drinks industry expertise and extensive consumer sector networks. Andy took the time to get to know our business and used this insight to deliver a successful process. He kept us informed of developments, provided weekly update reports and managed our expectations in an open and transparent way. 

“A few unexpected twists and turns were navigated in a professional manner. And all candidates engaged during the process were impressed with the high standard of customer service they experienced. Nigel Wright also created marketing literature to support the search, including a branded candidate pack which helped promote our story to the wider market. 

“The final shortlist included two strong but very different candidates. This was the ideal outcome as it challenged us to think about what we really wanted – a tough decision at the final stage of a recruitment process is a good problem to have.

“Our new sales director worked for a global spirits producer for several years. This included roles 'at the coal face' during their early career, before progressing into domestic and international sales leadership positions. Critically, their track record at building high performing sales teams is matched by expertise in strategy and sales analysis.

“Having also spent time with a smaller independent brand, it confirms that from a cultural perspective, they understand our specific challenges, making them an ideal hire for Silent Pool.

We’re delighted with the result and will happily use Nigel Wright again in the future.”

John Keeling, Director – Silent Pool Distillers


“We’re currently expanding our business, including moving into larger premises to accommodate our growing team.

I provided Nigel Wright’s consultant with, what I believed, was an impossible list of attributes. They included finding someone with experience of scaling up a distillery, who could operate effectively within our agile entrepreneurial culture. My expectation was that we’d attract candidates with some, but not all these traits.

The consultant (Andy Scott) met with me and worked hard to understand our business, our ambitions and culture. I was always impressed with their ability to digest feedback, suggest alternative places to seek out talent, and ultimately present highly relevant profiles.

The successful candidate is the perfect fit for 58 Gin, and I expect will be a real asset to our business. I’m delighted with the result and look forward to working with Nigel Wright again in the future.”

Managing Director, 58 Gin Ltd

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Contact our drinks industry recruitment team

To discuss your hiring needs or job search within the drinks industry please contact our drinks industry recruitment team based in Newcastle, Teesside, Leeds and London. Alternatively, you can view our drinks industry jobs and other consumer sector jobs.

Newcastle Office

Telephone: +44 (0)191 222 0770

Address: Lloyds Court, 78 Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6AF, United Kingdom

Teesside Office

Telephone: +44 (0)1740 6610

Address: Wynyard Park House, Wynyard Avenue, Billingham, TS22 5TB, United Kingdom

Leeds Office

Telephone: +44 113 524 1111

Address: 7 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5HD, United Kingdom

London Office

Telephone: 0204 551 9582

Address: 9 Appold Steet, London EC2A 2AP

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