Defining the future in recruitment excellence

Specialised recruitment services across the food and drink sector that find your senior, specialist and technical experts fast, fresh and hassle-free.


Because sourcing the best talent is built on real relationships.

Sourcing the top talent for your niche roles

Our extensive network in the food and drink sector lets us find you the best candidates - even if they are not actively looking.

You have the skills, we have the vacancies

With 25 years experience in the industry, we can help you find the best opportunities for your career.

Never miss an opportunity in your sector

If you're searching for your next career move, you've come to the right place.

A seamless recruitment experience

Whether it's specialist roles, or specialist people, we have the expertise to get you where you need to be.


25 years experience, countless connections, exciting opportunities


Building relationships takes time you don't have.

Our experience in the ambient, chilled, frozen food and drink industry has given us the network and specialist knowledge to find the perfect people for the perfect roles.

About Us

See why people love working with Oval.

“We have been working with Nicola and the team at The Oval Partnership for the last few years. They take the time to get to know and understand your business, the ways of working and the dynamics of the people. No role is out of scope, always up for the challenge and Nicola will take the time to work with the recruiting manager to understand all aspects of the role and candidate requirements. I am always confident that when candidates are submitted to us to consider, they have been fully briefed on the role and company and the team at Oval maintain a good link between us and the candidate from start to end of the recruitment process. Without a doubt a professional and friendly service.”

“After recently working closely with Nicola Grainger it is my pleasure to recommend her as an exceptional recruiter. My dealings with her have been a pleasure each time we interacted. Nicola was always professional in her approach, extremely personable and made a challenging process straight forward and efficient. Nicola's personal approach and Indepth knowledge of the business and industry ensured I was armed with the information and techniques I needed tailored to the business I aspired to work for. I strongly believe all this put me in a great position both physically and mentally to secure a role in an exciting business for the future.  ”

“Clayton is as tenacious as he is personable, which is a formidable combination in the specialist area of Food and Drink Recruitment. During our time working together, we've benefited and enjoyed transparent communication with absolute discretion, in the process creating the best environment for success & positive results. I have no reservation is recommending Clayton (in fact, I did so only last week!) if you are searching for a thorough and conscientious partner who works tirelessly to truly understand the key requirements of both his clients and candidates, in terms of both experience and skill set, as well as personality & cultural fit.”

“I can thoroughly recommend Clayton & the rest of the team at Oval. From a candidate perspective the entire process was seamless, and it felt as though my best interests were at the heart of any recommendations.”

“Clayton has worked with our business on a number of roles providing a range of good calibre candidates, to meet the role requirements and role briefs given. The candidates and roles covered include a number of vertical markets including Marketing, Commercial and Planning. Clayton has also provided us with Market Intelligence and good Market Insights when requested”

“Had a great experience with Toby and The Oval Partnership in being placed in a new role. Kept me informed of timescales and offered advice and feedback at every stage of the recruitment process. Highly recommend.”

“The Oval were fantastic to work with, Toby reached out to me a few months after our initial conversation with a position at a fantastic business we had discussed previously, who had no opportunities at the time. Toby and Clayton were both fantastic throughout the process - I felt consistently well prepared for my interactions with the hiring business, and landed my dream role at the end of the process. I would highly recommend The Oval to anyone looking for a role within the Hospitality sector, whether that be a new career starting or a progression within the industry.”

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