Expert Operations Recruiters in Flavours, Colourants & Food Nutrition

We know the Operations space within Flavours, Colourants & Food Nutrition. Our expert recruiters are specialists at finding the needle in the haystack when it comes to Operations candidates.


Did you know?

Hiring the wrong candidate means money wasted on salary and training, and time lost when the right fit is out there. In fact, the Department of Labour estimates that the cost of a bad hire can be 30% of the employer’s potential first-year earnings.

Make the right hire

We find great hires the first time around.

Organisations are often reluctant to use external recruiters due the percieved cost. Think about it like this - what financial benefit could a top candidate bring to your business unit? You could make a 100x return on your investment.

  • 96% Placement Rate 1
  • 1.66:1 CVs Sent to Interviews 2
  • Avg. 30 Day Engagement to Placement 3

1. Based on all roles engaged on by a client on an exclusive basis from Jan 4 2021 - Dec 31 2021.

2. All CVs Sent from Jan 4 2021 - Dec 31 2021.

3. From Jan 4 2021 - Dec 31 2021.

A candidate-driven market.

A candidate-driven market has been firmly in place since the start of the pandemic. Candidates are in the driving seat, able to command more than just the best salary they can get. Finding the best talent is becoming increasingly tough, but we’re all about working within the current climate to find the best solutions.


We've created our own in-house solution.

We like to be different. Over the last 8 months we've built our own in-house candidate management & customer relationship management solution. This sets us light years ahead of the competition. We’re not about messy process management. We know our talent is exceptional, so we keep on top of it with our bespoke solution.

  • Advanced Candidate Pipelining
  • Client Feedback Interface
  • Artificial Intelligence (named Ava)
  • Futuristic Talent Pools

* We're confident in saying this is a one of a kind software. Our competitors rely on third party software made by software developers. Our solution was developed by our recruiters, for our recruiters.



Contacts across
20 industries


around the world

Understanding the problem, providing the solution.

We work in committed partnerships, applying logical and well-planned searches, executed to the highest standard, and considering every factor of recruitment.
Personal Brand

Does your organisation lack a personal brand? Do you struggle to attract candidates over competitors?

Challenging Location

Is the role based in a challenging location? Does the local talent pool lack the skills you're searching for?

Trends & Benchmarking

Are you up to date with market trends and salary benchmarking? Is something missing?


Are you offering the right progression opportunties? Is the candidate able to progress and develop?

Time Constraints

Do you have time constraints on making a placement? Did you need the candidate yesterday?

Job Criteria

Is the job criteria unrealistic? Is the person you're looking to hire simply non-existent?

Our search methodology

Evaluation & Research

To deliver the best executive search solution, we work closely with the hiring manager to better understand the organisation and it's culture.

Candidate Selection

We operate in a number of ways to source candidates for senior level positions. We thoroughly map out a market and identify all possible matches for the specific position then utilise our own network to find the best candidates avaliable.

Screening & Interviews

This stage consists of multiple rigirous interview processes in order to ensure the candidates presented meet all of the briefing requirements.

Assesment & Placement

At this stage, we begin to arrange interviews with candidates on the clients behalf, as well as assisting with reference gathering and package negotiations.


Meet the team of dedicated Operations recruiters who combine knowledge, passion and deep understanding to provide a tailored approach to executive search.


“Oliver is a General Manager of the London office, specialising in the Food ingredients industry. Recently he has diverted his focus to the Flavours, Colourants and Extracts space in which he has built an extensive global network, all of whom place their trust in him. Oliver primarily focuses on senior and executive placements across Commercial, Technical and Operation functions.

Our client portfolio is diversified; Oliver has built key relationships globally with industry-leading multinationals to innovative, high growth start-ups. The food ingredient space is ever changing, we are now seeing manufacturers combine ingredient technologies to diversify and expand their already existing portfolios. Dedicating Oliver's time every day networking within this industry has allowed him to identify exceptional talent needed to help business grow.

A self proclaimed 'foodie', Oliver is passionate about what he does and will work hands on with you to provide a premium service to ensure he is at the forefront of the industry.

If you are a professional in the Ingredients space looking for your next move, or are looking to hire exceptional talent, please reach out to Oliver for a confidential discussion, he would be more than happy to speak with you!”

Oliver Kiddy
General Manager

Trusted by companies across the Flavours, Colourants & Food Nutrition space globally.

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“Oliver was terrific. I have worked with a few headhunters and he was by far the best. He got the job done in an incredibly fast time. Great communication. Great follow up.”


United States

“Oliver is very good in matching skills of the candidates with the company’s requirements. I personally got benefits of his these skills set. He is polite and hardworking professional, who knows his job to the core. I wish him grand success.”


United States

“I had a great experience finding the next step in my career with the help of Oliver Kiddy and Irving Knight. Oliver was quick to reach out to discuss the opportunity and answered all my questions. He was present through the entire process from application to hire!”


United States

“Oliver stepped in when a lot of others wouldn't to help me achieve a job I actually wanted. He's knowledge of the industry and his relationship with his client made all the difference in the world. If you are ever in the market for a position, I would highly recommend working with Oliver and Irving Knight.”


United States

“I respect a timely response when working with recruiters. Oliver is exceptional in his follow up. He provides feedback and direction with details in a timely manner. It is a pleasure to work with Oliver. I would highly recommend working with Oliver, he is first class professional.”


United States

Get in touch

Get in touch with our expert Flavours, Colourants & Food Nutrition recruiters to learn how we can build your A-Team.



So why Irving Knight? What makes us different?

We believe we're the best in the game. We've combined 25 years of recruitment expertise to build a solution like no other. We work with our partners to deliver a bespoke search experience.

  • 360° Market Mapping
  • Industry Specialist Recruiters
  • Tailored Search Approach
  • One Point of Contact

When you retain Irving Knight, you are entering into an unparalleled partnership. We become an extension of your image and reputation, the eyes, and ears in the marketplace.

As the first point of contact in acquiring the perfect candidate for your business, we safeguard your good name, protect confidentiality and work continuously to provide the best service, guaranteeing the best placement first time round.

  • Priority Search Guaranteed
  • 360° Market Mapping
  • Attention To Detail

A contingent search with Irving Knight looks like a multitude of opportunities both from and for our wide range of candidates.

The breadth of our candidate type is built on the basis of our specialism, something very attractive to job-seekers who know that we can provide exciting opportunities in their specific line of work.

We cover a wide range of functions; Sales, Business Development, Operations, Manufacturing, Plant Management, Marketing, HR, IT, Finance, CXO and many more.

Our consultants are true experts within their fields, working with candidates across a range of functions on a daily basis.