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Ingredients

We live in an age of consumerism – a trend that won’t be slowing down any time soon. Not only are we indulging in a diverse range of Food & Beverages, but we are also splashing out on luxury skin-care products, performance enhancing supplements and personalised medicinal products. What makes this possible is an expansive choice of ingredients and additives. The modern consumer doesn’t just want more choice, they also want high quality products that are health conscious, have a long shelf-life and are easy on the eye. This makes a demand for more ingredients and thus, more work from the manufacturers. Not only this, but there has been a well-needed shift from synthetic/chemical-based ingredients to natural, organic and (even more recently) plant-based alternatives. Similarly, the COVID-19 pandemic sparked a demand for Vitamins, Minerals, Pharmaceuticals and Health Foods – yet more demand for manufacturers.

So, what does this mean? It means that there has always been, and will always be, a demand to hire personnel with the expertise and “on-trend” thinking to ensure that the most innovative products are being offered in what is an extremely competitive market.

Mackenzie Stuart has a team of experts dedicated to each of our Ingredients sub-sectors, which are: Food & Beverages, Human Nutrition & Health, Pharmaceutical, Animal Nutrition & Health, Personal Care, HI&I and Flavour & Fragrance. We work closely with both quality candidates and reputable clients to provide a high-level service, rivalled by no other firm within the sector.

Animal Health & Nutrition

In a world of globalisation there has never been so much importance placed on sustainability within farming and reducing the environmental impact of farming on our world. The ground-breaking development within the Animal Health & Nutrition sector is consistently combating these challenges and without the opportunities for growth and access to global talent these advancements in technology would plateau.

We have a team of specialist consultants who focus exclusively on the Animal Health & Nutrition sectors, we have extensive connections within the sectors from SMEs to multi-national corporations and private-equity groups, specialising in mid-level management, Executive and C-level searches on a global basis.

Biotechnology (Food & Beverage)

In response to the increasing concern over climate change, animal welfare and foodborne illnesses, the Biotechnology Industry are creating lab-grown food and beverage which avoid animal slaughter and transportation. These products are created using many of the same tissue engineering and cell biology techniques traditionally used in regenerative medicine. The commercialised products range from cell grown meat all the way to Dairy and Infant Breastmilk. This Industry is vital as it also allows for modified nutritional elements within the products for specific needs.

At Mackenzie Stuart we have a team of experienced consultants specialising in this industry which is combating many current day issues. The expertise focus on mid-level management to Executive and C-Level roles across all job functions within the food technology sector.

Flavours & Fragrance

The Flavour and Fragrance industry plays a crucial part in many sectors and is present in everyday life from fashion & beauty, candles & décor, through to hygiene and home care. Modern day Perfumery is comparable to Pharmacy or Petrochemicals in terms of production scale and product cost and is expected to grow at a rate of 5.91% CAGR 2021-2026. While maintaining its core roots in creativity and art, the industry has been vastly influenced by technology, sustainability, and digital transformation to make it an extremely fast paced and ever-changing global market sector.

Our specialist Flavours & Fragrances Division works closely with our clients, utilising unique industry-specific knowledge and market insights to provide a consultative and personalised approach that encourages long-term collaboration and a partnership. Our specialist consultants have a combined industry-specific experience of over a decade in Flavours & Fragrances that is extremely valuable to ensure the selection of top talent for our clients.

Food & Beverage

The Food & Nutrition Ingredients market is constantly evolving due to the everchanging demands of consumers and increasing concerns surrounding health. Functional foods require the development of new clean-label and healthier ingredients to assist with a variety of health benefits such as weight management and sleep. Additionally, the creation of Plant-based ingredients have gained popularity to produce beverages, meat and dairy alternatives promoting organic consumption. The fast growing and dynamic nature of the market means companies are always on the lookout for talent to maintain their competitive edge.

Nutrition & Health

Nutrition & Health has been one of the fastest-growing Ingredients sub-sectors for Mackenzie Stuart. With high demand for Nutraceuticals in North America for many years now, we have seen this increase across all continents, especially post-pandemic. “Health supplements” & diet-enhancing nutritional products such as “Protein Shakes” and “Protein Bars” have become part of daily life in many countries, creating high demand for quality, health-enhancing ingredients. Mackenzie Stuart partners with many Ingredients manufacturers & distributors, sourcing passionate experts from within the industry.

Personal Care & Cosmetics

The Personal & Home care market is a budding industry that is continually evolving through research and innovation. Executives in the market need to be strategic and capable of spearheading a competitive marketplace. As new technologies strive to increase the sustainability of products, ambitious and progressive teams have battled recent supply change issues. We understand the complexities of the modern pressures and aim to catalyse progression through engaging with talent that can seek opportunities and respond to disruptions in the market.

Pharmaceutical

In order to satisfy the ever-increasing need for innovative drugs and therapeutics in today’s world, the global Pharmaceutical Ingredients Industry is a fast-moving market aimed at developing and supplying complex chemical building blocks (intermediates), novel active ingredients (API) and unique drug delivery technologies (excipients), to provide drug manufacturers with the tools needed to consistently improve global health. In a highly regulated market such as the Pharmaceutical Industry, it is imperative that manufacturers and distributors of Pharmaceutical Ingredients maintain the highest quality and regulatory standards, throughout the production, storage and transport of products.

At Mackenzie Stuart, we have a team of experienced consultants, dedicated to moving talented individuals throughout the Pharmaceutical Ingredients Industry. Our expertise covers all areas of business life, focusing predominantly on mid-level management to Executive and C-Level roles across commercial functions (Sales & Marketing, Business Development, M&A and Product Management), technical functions (Research & Development, Quality, Regulatory Affairs, Health, Safety & Environment) and operational functions (Production, Supply Chain).

Our Ingredients Experts

Nichola Howarth

Director

Nichola Howarth

Director

Nichola began on our 2014 Graduate Scheme, consistently performing to the highest of standards and organically progressing her way to Director level, where she shares responsibility for Mackenzie Stuart, globally. Alongside managing day to day operations and company performance, Nichola also heads up our Ingredients, Life, Science, CMO/CDMO and Consumer divisions.

Nichola is a “hands-on” Director with a great reputation within the search and selection industry. She is the preferred partner to many Ingredients companies and is committed to offering the highest executive search and selection services within the industry.

James Connelly

Harry Francis

Managing Consultant - London

Harry Francis

Managing Consultant - London

Harry Francis is a Managing Consultant leading the Global Animal Health & US Veterinary Services team. He is highly regarded in the Animal Health and US Veterinary Services Sector, working extensively with the industry’s leading and fastest growing Corporate Veterinary Groups. He also works extensively with manufacturers & distributers of veterinary biological, diagnostic, pharmaceutical & therapeutic products, having placed candidates in APAC, Europe, & United States across Commercial. Technical, R&D, Regulatory and Leadership functions.

His team also work in Animal Nutrition, with an extensive network of candidates and clients specializing in the manufacturing or distribution of nutritional and specialty ingredient products.

If you are looking to add industry experienced talent, or would like to find your next career move, please reach out for a confidential discussion.

George Jones

Managing Consultant - London

George Jones

Managing Consultant - London

George works closely with a diverse group of clients in the Personal Care Ingredients market, supporting and assisting in the consulting, search, and selection of industry experts. During his tenure with the firm, he has been instrumental in delivering end-to-end talent acquisition solutions and has a wealth of international experience partnering with private, large public and private equity backed companies.

George holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Leeds and leverages his experiences in client facing roles to deliver a tailored approach to Executive Search.

Will Peeke-Vout

Enya Innes

Managing Consultant

Enya Innes

Managing Consultant

Enya Innes is an Executive Consultant within the Ingredients division recruiting specifically within the Food and Beverage industry, with a focus on mid-to-senior level commercial placements. Her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences/Microbiology allows her to host in-depth discussions with candidates and clients on the technicalities of their profession.

The Ingredients division at Mackenzie Stuart has over 20 years’ experience – in this time we have successfully worked with a vast array of professionals, resulting in us being a well-respected and highly south-after partner for both candidates and clients.

George Jones

Caitlin Large

Managing Consultant

Caitlin Large

Managing Consultant

Caitlin a Managing Consultant within the Food Ingredients Industry, specialising in Technical placements across the globe. She provides and in depth understanding of contemporary developments within the food industry, such as the Plant Based movement, and how this impacts the overall development of market talent.

From graduating with a First-Class Bachelor’s degree in Talking Therapy, Caitlin takes pride in providing effective communication and establishing core values of transparency and authenticity.

Vicky Molden