Right by you

Recruitment for the drinks industry.

We do right by the people we work with. Your interests come first. For us, mutual success is the only success




For over two decades the Carling Partnership has been the leading name in recruitment specialising in the drinks sector. We offer unrivalled access to the industry, deep understanding of the sector’s demands, and a thorough and personal approach. The result? Placements that are right for the job, right for the culture and right for the person.


Brewing and beer



Sales and Marketing

Soft Drink




The roles we fill

If the drinks industry needs it, we cover it. We’re specialists in top-level management and technical positions, but we find high-quality people for roles at all levels. Every leader begins somewhere.



Master distillers, master brewers, cider makers, brewers and distillers
Sales and marketing
Project and account managers
All technical roles
Microbiologists, chemists, engineers
Quality and process control
Specialised management – all types
And much more…



Latest Vacancies

We’re trusted by the biggest names in the drinks industry because of our discretion and confidentiality, vital for sensitive senior posts.

Beers, Wine and Spirits


North West, UK - Ref: 1670

Our client is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of stainless steel containers and they are looking to recruit an experienced Managing Director to ensure that the required management of Service Repairs, Quality Control, Stock Control, Sales, and Business Development is provided to maintain and increase its customer contract requirements.



Kenya, East Africa - Ref: 1667

Based in Kenya, our client creates authentic African craft beverages made with real African ingredients. They are now looking to recruit an entrepreneurial Master Distiller with a passion for making great craft products, who will be at the heart of delivering product innovation, quality and consistency.

Brewing and Beer


London, UK - Ref: 1668

Our client, a reputable craft brewer in fine ales based in London, is looking to recruit a Head Brewer to oversee all aspects of their production and manage their team.

Brewing and Beer


Home/Field based in France with travel to Belgium and Switzerland - Ref: 1664

Our client, a global company specialising in the development, production and marketing of brewing ingredients, is looking to recruit a professional, enthusiastic and personable individual with a passion for brewing and/or microbiology to join the Brewing team as Technical Sales Manager. The successful candidate will be based in France with travel to Belgium and Switzerland as well and responsible for developing and supporting our client’s sales portfolio, within the assigned territory. French and English are mandatory for this role.





Advertising your vacancies directly leaves the future of your company to chance. Don’t passively hope the right person finds you. Actively find them.

BETTER Quality

The ideal candidate for a role is rarely even looking for a job. Often, they need a tap on the shoulder. We know where they are.


Location, family, ambition, strengths, culture… so many things influence a successful placement. Get them right first time.


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The team

We love to see both clients and candidates thrive as a result of our work. Our different backgrounds and range of skills help make that happen.

Julie Carling

Julie Carling

Penny Zaloumis

Penny Zaloumis

Tricia Tappin

Tricia Tappin

Laurence Rougeaux

Laurence Rougeaux


‘I have been working with Julie and Bill for over 20 years. Together they have built a first class reputation for talent management in the beverage sector. I have been placed by them a number of times but more than this, Carling Partnership has worked with me on many occasions to provide great talent to the organisations I have worked for over the years. I can say for me they are the “go to” Team you can trust. In particular Julie goes the extra mile to only forward candidates to organisations whom she can fully stand over. She also meticulously gets to know her candidates before recommending them. Their reputation is indivisible.’

Julian Patton

‘It’s like working with friends, friends you have known all your life, they know what we want and they always deliver. I have never had a bad recommendation.’

Peter Smith

‘The Carling Partnership are a pleasure to work with. They have taken time to really understand our business and to really get to know their candidates. They are sound advisors, honest, direct and efficient. Not only that, they are lovely people and I highly recommend them.’

Michael Wiper

‘Working with the team at The Carling Partnership is always a pleasure. The opportunities that The Carling Partnership offers are second to none in the brewing industry. They are always knowledgeable, professional and friendly.’

Ciaran Giblin, Brewmaster


A Head Brewer is responsible for all aspects of the beer production process and day-to-day operations of the brewery. It is a high-level role which can involve many different tasks.