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Kinsa Group – Hot Jobs – Director Technical Services – Microbiology Lab

October 7th, 2014

HOT JOBS are the open food and beverage jobs that Kinsa Group’s recruiters are actively seeking qualified candidates to interview right now!  You may be the ideal candidate, so apply TODAY!

Director Technical Services – Microbiology Lab – Springfield, Missouri 


Our client, a lab services company in Springfield, MO is currently looking for a Director of Technical Services to add to their staff.


Benefits and Features

  • Excellent Compensation / Bonus

  • Holiday / Vacation Pay

  • 401k / Retirement Benefits

  • Medical / Dental / Vision


Your role with the Company

  • Responsible for observing and evaluating microbiological procedures, managing laboratory workflows, and continuous evaluation and enforcement

  • Supports analytical laboratory processes

  • Responsible for creating and maintaining contact with the company client base

  • In charge of managing and coordinating all aspects of the companies special projects and research initiatives

  • Identify critical needs for special projects requested by clients

  • Design and implement proficiency programs within lab network

  • Prepare scientific reports and technical articles

  • Facilitates professional meetings and presentations

  • Responsible for developing budgets for special projects


Community Information

Springfield, MO


Background Profile

  • Master’s Degree in Microbiology, Food Science, or related field (PhD preferred)

  • 5+ of Sr. Leadership experience in a food and beverage laboratory environment

  • Management Experience

  • Prior use of molecular detection techniques and a working knowledge of PCR, ELISA and RNA technologies

  • LIMS experience

  • Knowledge of USDA, FDA, AOAC, ISO, CMMEF and IDF methodologies for food testing

  • Experience testing multiple food matrices

For more information on this hot job, contact Rob Navarro at

Kinsa Group – Top Talent – Vice President of Sales – Snack Foods – NY

July 24th, 2014

Top Talent is Kinsa Group’s listing of currently available food and beverage industry professionals that you as an employer may interview and hire at a reduced fee.  The following food and beverage industry professionals are experienced, motivated and ready to perform for your organization.

Vice President of Sales – Snack Foods – NY

Featuring a Retail Sales Director/Vice President:

– BA graduate with over 15 managing retail, club, c-store, and military accounts for Fortune 500 and smaller start-up food manufacturers.

– In less than a five-year period, developed Canadian territory from a base of just over $2 million to over $11 million in business. Penetrated accounts nationally as well as globally.

– Able to pioneer new sales while maintaining and growing existing business for a dynamic food manufacturer. Based in New York metro area and open to travel!
Contact me to schedule an interview with this candidate or learn about other talent that may match your current needs.

For more information on this top talent please contact Russ Lilly at

Kinsa Group – Hot Jobs – Packaging Engineer – Shelf-Stable Foods – WI

July 1st, 2014

HOT JOBS are the open food and beverage jobs that Kinsa Group’s recruiters are actively seeking qualified candidates to interview right now!  You may be the ideal candidate, so apply TODAY!


Packaging Engineer – Shelf-Stable Foods – Wisconsin. 


Growing and expanding food manufacturer based in Milwaukee, WI.


Identify and develop commercialization opportunities for new, improved, and cost-reduced packaging initiatives in addition to supporting cross-functional projects and tasks.


Responsible for the scheduling, testing, and evaluation of primary, secondary, and tertiary packaging components following established test methods.  Analyze test data to derive correlations between package performance and product protection/stability. Develop new package test methods, author test method qualification and transfer protocols, reports and related test methods.


Background Profile:


  • B.S. Degree in Packaging Science, Packaging Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or related discipline, Master’s degree preferred.

  • Minimum 3 years of experience with packaging materials/equipment in the food industry, aseptic background preferred.

  • Experience with packaging development with various materials including fiberboard, corrugated, plastics, and films.

  • Experience writing and execute validation protocols for packaging equipment and processes.

  • Proficiency in packaging design in 2D/3D CAD.

  • Experience with R&D teams’ design progress, qualification and production builds. Interface with tooling suppliers to design packaging tooling i.e. thermoforming molds, lid dies, display box and corrugated containers.

For more information on this hot job please contact Joe Sommerfeldt at


Kinsa Group – Top Talent – Plant Manager – Frozen & Refrigerated Foods

June 12th, 2014

Top Talent is Kinsa Group’s listing of currently available food and beverage industry professionals that you as an employer may interview and hire at a reduced fee.  The following food and beverage industry professionals are experienced, motivated and ready to perform for your organization.

Plant Manager – Frozen & Refrigerated Foods

Featuring a talented PLANT MANAGER candidate with a Masters of Management, Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Six Sigma Black Belt Certification, and HACCP Certification.

– 10+ years of manufacturing management experience in bakery, USDA meat, cookie and cracker, and pet food manufacturing. Additional 8+ years of military leadership and engineering experience in the United States Marine Corps.

–  Complete turnaround of current plant P&L from $2.3 Million loss per month to profitability in 9 months, achieved initial plant BRC certification with score of “A,” reduced conversion cost per unit by 77% in the first year, reduced variable labor headcount 35% and variable labor cost by 48%, increased daily production units by over 400% in 8 months, increased all critical Key Performance Indicators to world class levels (LTA’s, Recordables, FTQ, Consumer Complaints, Efficiency, and Waste)

–  Potential hiring organizations can expect superior leadership and mentoring, strategic direction setting and execution, measurable improvement of all business critical KPI’s, significant process improvement methodology implementation (Six Sigma, TPM, and Lean), and focus on implementation and/or sustainability of world class quality system(s) (ISO, BRC, SQF, etc).


For more information on this top talent please contact Nancy Furgason at

Kinsa Group – Top Talent – Senior Scientist – Bakery

June 5th, 2014

Top Talent is Kinsa Group’s listing of currently available food and beverage industry professionals that you as an employer may interview and hire at a reduced fee.  The following food and beverage industry professionals are experienced, motivated and ready to perform for your organization.

Senior Scientist – Bakery.

Food Scientist with broad experience in food chemistry and engineering involving cereal grains, oils, fats, ingredients, and baked goods.  Extensive background in extrusion, laboratory testing,, formulation, product development, pilot plant trial, and production.  Excellent project management experience in leading direct complex projects from concept through production.   Active team player to work with internal business units (Marketing, Sales, Production, Engineering, Sensory, QA, Regulatory) and external groups such as vendors, resources and customers. Contributor to strategic direction and implementation of global research and development.  Strong multi-tasking management skills, ability to adapt to fast-paced working environments, well-organized, hardworking and dedicated.


For more information on this top talent please contact Russ Lilly at

Kinsa Group Top Talent!

March 20th, 2014

Top Talent is Kinsa Group’s listing of currently available food and beverage industry professionals that you as an employer may interview and hire at a reduced fee. These food and beverage industry professionals are experienced, motivated and ready to perform for your organization. 

Director of Sales Professional.

Executive Sales professional with business versatility and a demonstrated performance background with Fortune 500 and privately held food companies. Experience encompasses cross-functional work and roles. Proven and consistent track record of delivering sustainable growth while increasing sales and profit. A strong leader recognized for developing customer relations, collaboration between departments, and process improvements while exhibiting financial control and ability to work with limited resources.

Sales Leadership:
•Successfully developed and deployed new product introductions while coordinating efforts with R&D, supply chain, manufacturing, sales, finance and customers.
•Ability to research and make sound business decisions based on the evolving trends that affect categories and consumers while analyzing competitive tends and performances.
•Skilled in motivating highly effective teams and developing a succession plan that cultivates a winning team environment.

•Negotiated customer specific programs that meet earnings expectations by managing both cost and revenues.
•Proven track record in developing new business relations through fact based selling and ability to identify opportunities.
•Worked with and trained customer service to develop a streamlined matrix that allows for changes in customer requests.

Other Specialties:
Brand management, cost reduction, developing presentations, excellent presentation skills, customer marketing, brand development, category management, distribution, supply chain, private label store brands – Familiar with IRI, Neilson data, Spectra, consumer insights, SAP

For more information about this candidate please contact Karen Engelmann:


Where’s All that “Greener Grass?” What to Do When Your Food & Beverage Job Isn’t What You Expected

November 11th, 2013

It’s your worst nightmare – and it’s come true.

You’ve recently accepted (what seemed to be) an amazing position. But after several weeks on the job, you start noticing problems. Big problems:

  • You were told that the position would be challenging, but you don’t have the responsibilities you expected.
  • Your boss promised lots of one-on-one time to train you, set measurable objectives and define your career progression. Honestly, however, none of that has happened.
  • Everyone seemed friendly when you interviewed. Now that you’re working there, though, you’re finding that the office culture is toxic – full of cliques and back-stabbers.

True, this scenario is a bit extreme. Just one of these problems could be enough to cause you to question the long-term viability of your new food & beverage job. But regardless of the reason, if you find that the grass really isn’t greener – that the job you recently accepted is not what it seemed to be during the recruiting process – what should you do?

First of all, take a deep breath. Realize that, while your circumstances may be far from ideal, you do have options. Here are a few tips from Kinsa to take control of the situation:

Take stock of the positives and negatives. In every career, you have to take the good with the bad. Make a list of what you like about the opportunity and what you simply can’t tolerate – and see which list is longer. If your dissatisfaction stems from just a few issues, you may be able to turn things around; but if the bad far outweighs the good, realize that you may need to take some immediate action. Possible options are outlined below, so keep reading.

Determine what needs to change in order for you to stay. Because you’ve already thoughtfully made the decision to join this company, create a list of specific requests. Do you need clearer objectives, so you know how your performance will be evaluated? Is there a troublesome work dynamic you need to improve in order to be happy? Do you simply need more challenging work? Once you define what you need, constructively frame your talking points to make sure that your requests contain positive solutions – and not merely complaints.

Talk to your recruiter. If you were placed by a recruiter (especially if Kinsa placed you), schedule a time to explain your situation. Lay out the positives and negatives of your new position, as well as misconceptions you may have had. Remember, a recruiter is as committed to your success as you are. As such, he can help you examine your circumstances, offer advice, act as a potential mediator and work through this difficult situation.

Talk with your boss. He may be completely unaware that you’re dissatisfied. If the job really isn’t what you expected, have a meeting to:

  • outline your current situation, including what is going well and what isn’t;
  • review why you’re dissatisfied, explaining the specific areas you’d like to see changed;
  • propose resolutions, focusing on concrete ways to make you more successful in and satisfied with your new role.

Calmly and clearly present your case, and then ask your boss for help. Give him an opportunity to work with you in making the position live up to your expectations.

Make your plan. If, things don’t improve and you’re certain that the job isn’t for you, don’t jump ship immediately. It’s easiest to find a job while you have a job, so create a plan to identify new opportunities and confidentially begin your job search. While you’re still on the job, continue to perform to the best of your ability, so you can ensure a good employment reference.

Augment your job search by registering with Kinsa Group. With more than 25 years building successful careers for food & beverage executives, Kinsa can present you with opportunities that provide the challenge, compensation and culture you desire. Best of all, we will confidentially search for positions on your behalf while you continue working. If you’re ready to make a career move, search executive and professional food & beverage jobs here or contact Kinsa today.

The Telephone Interview: Tips for Success

September 17th, 2013


Last week, we did a blog on “How to Answer the Interview Question Tell Me About Yourself”. In part two of this seven part interview tip series, we touch on tips for a successful phone interview. 

Follow these eight tips on your next telephone interview and remember to call your Kinsa Recruiter afterward:

1.Confirm with your Kinsa recruiter both your location and the location of the interviewer so that you have the correct time for the interview (Eastern, Central, Mountain, or Pacific).

2. Set up a suitable environment. Ensure that you are in a location where you will have a strong, clear phone connection. Make sure your phone is fully charged. Eliminate potentially noisy distractions.  Keep a glass of water nearby.

3. Before the call, dissect the job description.  Divide a sheet of paper into two columns. In the left column list what the job requires. On the right, describe how you fulfilled that requirement in previous positions.  Keep these notes handy, as well as your resume and information obtained about the company. Check off the points as you discuss them during the phone interview. If you’re invited for a face-to-face interview, these notes will help you to remember what you and the company contact discussed earlier.

  • Your first contact may be with Human Resources – Likely asking questions to confirm you have the qualifications for the position: appropriate degree, right amount of experience, willingness to relocate and so on.  But may also drift into a few qualitative areas: Are you sufficiently enthusiastic?  Do you sound intelligent?  Are you articulate?  Are you the type of person who would fit well within the department and the company?
  • If your phone interview is with the actual hiring manager, this person may be your next boss and this will be their first impression of you.  Realize the questions will be much more specific and more depth is needed in your answers.

4. Once you answer the phone: relax, be yourself, and answer the questions to the best of your ability.  Since they can’t see you, play up your verbal cues-smile as you speak, be animated, stand up if it keeps you more fully engaged.

5. Make sure you have a notepad and pen so you can jot down notes and any questions you would like to ask at the end of the interview.

6. Do not bring up salary during this first conversation, but if you are asked what compensation you are expecting: confirm your current salary (shared with Kinsa’s recruiter already) and let them know you are looking for the right career opportunity and hope that the compensation will match the position responsibilities and your expertise.

7. Finally, as you wrap up the call, ask the interviewer about the next step.

8. Remember to call your Kinsa recruiter immediately after the phone interview to discuss your feedback and next steps.

Typically, your Kinsa Recruiter will call you to set up a telephone interview.  However, if the company contacts you directly and wants to plow right into it as soon as you answer the phone, there’s nothing wrong with asking if they could call back at a mutually agreeable time.  This will give you an opportunity to prepare your surroundings for a successful interview and let Kinsa know of the upcoming interview.

The Secret Reasons Executive Food & Beverage Recruiters are Worth the Money

July 2nd, 2013

Never been one keen on using recruiters?

We understand.  Your food & beverage organization may have an exceptional screening process, sound selection strategies and a great team of employees to show for it.

So why would you need a recruiter?

Top food & beverage executives and professionals are getting harder (and harder) to find. Baby boomers are retiring at an unprecedented rate.  Talent gaps are growing within our industry.  The job search cycle is shortening, which means that the best candidates are on the market for a briefer period.  As a result, despite your best efforts, you may find that it takes you longer to find the right person for the job – if you can find him at all.

Top food & beverage job seekers understand the advantages executive recruiters provide.  A savvy job seeker knows that a recruiter can enhance his efforts, by making sure his resume “cuts through the clutter” – and gets seen by prime employers.  To boot, the best professional for your available position may be currently employed (and using a recruiter to conduct a confidential job search on his behalf).  Bottom line, an executive recruiter like Kinsa can connect you with exceptional candidates who may not respond to your job posting.

Hiring on your own can be more expensive than you think.  While you may be tempted to estimate your cost-per-hire based solely on advertising expenses, this figure is only a small part of your true costs (hiring costs for a senior executive can easily add-up to tens of thousands of dollars).

To more accurately appraise the cost of hiring, consider: HR’s time (developing job descriptions, preparing job postings, telephone screens, interviewing, conducting assessments and background checks, etc.); legal costs; management interview time; opportunity costs (time HR and hiring managers could be spending on other productive activities); costs of vacancy in the position; and the cost of making a bad hire.

Okay, so these reasons may not be super-secret – but they’re important to consider when deciding whether to hire on your own, or work with Kinsa Group.

When working with a recruiter makes the most sense for your organization, Kinsa is the ideal choice for your professional search and assessment needs. With over 25 years of experience, a dynamic, team-oriented staff and a focus on the food and beverage industry, we are uniquely qualified to deliver the A-level talent you need.

We’d love the opportunity to help you analyze your recruiting needs and determine if our services could help you hire more quickly, accurately and at a greater cost savings.  Please contact Kinsa today.

Have You Ever Experienced the Dreaded Panel Interview from a Potential Food & Beverage Employer?

June 3rd, 2013

The good news?  You’ve been called in for an interview.

The bad news?  It’s the dreaded panel interview.

Fielding questions from not one, but an entire team of interviewers is enough to put even the most stalwart candidate’s stomach in knots.  After all, whether or not you land the position will depend largely upon how you carry yourself in that interview.

So instead of letting the anxiety consume you, develop a sound strategy for acing your next food & beverage panel interview.  These tips from Kinsa will help:

  • Do your homework.  In a panel setting, you’ll likely be interviewed by executives from a number of different divisions within the organization.  Make sure you understand the prospective employer’s entire organization – not just your chosen specialty.  If you know who will be interviewing you ahead of time, research those individuals online so you understand their areas of expertise.
  • Take your time.  Once you get into the interview, take a deep breath.  Greet and shake hands with each interviewer, taking a moment to mentally repeat each individual’s name (so you’ll be more likely to remember it).
  • Accept questions one at a time.  While answering each question, make equal eye contact with every panel member.  Doing so will help you project a confident image and build rapport with the entire panel.  If an interviewer asks a follow-up question while you’re still answering the previous one, realize that this may be a stress test.  Maintain your composure (and train of thought) and incorporate the response to the follow-up question into your original answer.  Once you’ve finished, ask both parties if you have addressed their concerns.
  • Be prepared to repeat yourself.  Each interviewer has his own interview style.  What is clear to one individual may require clarification for another.  So if you’re asked the same question multiple ways (or multiple times), patiently repeat your response.  Never say that you’ve already answered a question – even if that’s true – because you will come off as impatient or rude.
  • Win over the antagonist.  In most any panel interview, you will quickly be able to determine who’s in your corner and who is still on the fence about your candidacy.  Move beyond the tempting safety of engaging your obvious allies and address the one who seems unsure about you.  Doing so shows that you are a problem solver who can think on his feet and doesn’t shy away from challenges.
  • Expect at least one zinger question.  In a group setting, interviewers typically feel emboldened and may push the envelope more with their questions.  Develop an arsenal of three or four success stories you can rely on to answer a range of behavior-based questions.  If there’s an aspect of your skill set or work history (such as being discharged from a position) which you’re uncomfortable addressing, practice a variety of responses so that you’ll feel prepared – not awkward.
  • Close by thanking all participants.  Shake hands, gather business cards and exit the room confidently.  Follow-up by sending a unique thank-you note to each interviewer within 24 hours.

Seeking a Professional or Executive Position in the Food and Beverage Industry?

Kinsa Group has a wide range of professional and executive food & beverage jobs available, including:

• Executive Management

General Management

• Sales


Operations & Plant Production Management

Research & Development

• Food Science

Quality Assurance 

Food Safety

• Human Resources

• Engineering


Supply Chain and Purchasing

Warehouse Management

• Finance & Accounting

Register with Kinsa today.  Our team of food & beverage industry recruiting professionals will listen to your needs, match you with a perfect career opportunity, and then prepare you to ace the interview.

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