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 nearly 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.

Soft Drinks

QA Director role

London, UK - Ref: 1403

Our client is now one of the leading brands and portfolios in a growing beverage category and has a successful worldwide presence. They are looking for an ambitious, passionate individual about their brand who wants to push themselves further. The ideal candidates will have a number of years’ experience working within the Quality department of a Food & Beverage company and a thorough knowledge of Quality Management Systems.

Brewing and Beer

General Manager

London, UK - Ref: 1398

Our client is a leading modern craft brewery and are looking to recruit a General Manager, a key leadership role, shaping the future of the business. They will be accountable for the end to end production and logistics of all the brands, ensuring exceptional quality brands are delivered for their customers in the right volume, at the right price and to the right standards in a healthy, safe environment. This role is accountable for driving quality, productivity and end to end efficiencies, while upholding the mandatory technical standards across Brewing, Packaging, Engineering, Capital Projects and Manufacturing Development.

Brewing and Beer

Production Brewer

London, UK - Ref: 1401

Our client, a highly innovative and successful craft brewery in London, have an exciting opportunity as a Production Brewer. The Brewer will report into the Brewing Manager and work within the brewing and cellaring team. He/she will ensure the production of wort, its fermentation and conditioning are in line with quality control and production targets.

Brewing and Beer

Head Brewer

South East, UK - Ref: 1400

Our client, one of the UK’s fastest growing craft breweries, are now recruiting for a Head Brewer to lead their brewing team and take their beer to the forefront of the industry.





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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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THOUGHT PIECE the carling team

How is Sparkling Wine Produced?

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THOUGHT PIECE the carling team

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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

Tricia Tappin

Tricia Tappin

Penny Zaloumis

Penny Zaloumis

Laurence Rougeaux

Laurence Rougeaux


‘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

‘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


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.