Food & Drink

Our approach to recruiting a Quality Director for a global Alcoholic Drinks business

"Drayton absolutely delivered the brief. Our new Quality Director has brought a enormous breadth of industry knowledge coupled with the perfect cultural fit. They have proven to be an outstanding hire"

One of the leading global alcoholic drinks businesses with instantly recognisable brands that are loved around the world.

The Brief

As number 1 or 2 in their main sales channels and with a large UK manufacturing operation the business wanted to recruit a high calibre Quality Director who could support their commercial activities whilst offering a step-change in their technical function. Drayton Partners were asked to target individuals both from their industry sector, and crucially, those from outside. They believed that this could be an opportunity to bring external best-practice and knowledge in to their business.

Drayton Partners Approach

The search was directly managed by one of the Drayton Partners' senior team. The first stage was a complete map of the market, encompassing both UK and internationally based individuals. Candidates were sourced from personal recommendations, trade journals, social media and the Drayton Partners' database. Following an intensive screening process the client was presented with a shortlist of five individuals.


The Quality Director project was completed inside 13 weeks. The successful candidate came from outside the drinks sector and brought a wealth of best-in-class UK manufacturing experience. This competence has enabled the business to transform it's technical function whilst also providing the candidate with a unique opportunity to provide influence across a truly global organisation.

Operations Director, commented:

"Drayton Partners worked closely with us to successfully secure the new Quality Director. Their knowledge of the market and the manufacturing environment delivered exactle what we needed. I would recommend them strongly".