Jarvis Johnson

About Jarvis Johnson

Jarvis Johnson are a Specialist Recruitment and Interim Management Agency, set up by Technical Managers and “Placing Technical First” for the Food Manufacturing Industry.

We have a total database of circa 12,500 candidates with over 4,500 active Food Industry candidates within our specialist areas of Technical, Quality, Process, Specifications and NPD, built up over the last 18 years.  

We identify candidates with relevant experience, seeking referrals from influential candidates within the market, combined with advertising on Food Industry specific and generalist job boards as well as searching external databases and our very wide LinkedIn Network.

We truly believe in building strong relationships with both our candidates and clients and we go the extra mile to find candidates who really fit in terms of experience, skills and personality/ culture fit.

If you’re an Interim Manager who wants to be notified on upcoming assignments or you are looking for a new permanent role and want to be kept updated on new vacancies then please email an updated CV together with location and remuneration details.

If you are a Food Company interested in our Recruitment / Interim Management  services then please email enquiries@jarvisjohnson.co.uk  for a copy of our Terms of Business.

Scroll down to the bottom for a list of current vacancies


Much has changed since Jarvis Johnson was incorporated on 1st April 1999. On this auspicious birthday Leanne Sowerby of Virtual Marketing Room spoke to Lisa Johnson, Managing Director about some of the milestones over a glass of fizz and a slice of birthday cake!

What made you decide to set the Business up?
My partner Peter Johnson and I had met at Geest (now Bakkavor) at Barton-on Humber where he was Technical Manager and I was QA Manager. Our careers progressed in different directions; Peter became Technical Director at Richmond Ice Cream then decided to pursue a career as a self-employed Interim Technical Manager. Meanwhile, I had joined Co-operative Retail Services as Technical Manager then had made the move to recruitment in a head-hunting role. One evening, over a glass of wine, we compared notes and realised there was a gap in the market for a specialist Recruitment Agency for Interim Managers in the Food Industry. We decided to combine forces and use Peter’s knowledge of Interim Management and my experience in Recruitment ..and Jarvis Johnson was born.

So do Jarvis Johnson still just place Interim Managers?
Jarvis Johnson now focuses on placing Technical and NPD people into the Food Manufacturing Industry, we cover both permanent and interim roles. Technical Management was my background and our database is strongest in those areas so it made sense to play to our strengths.

How did you decide what to call the company?
Peter’s full name was Peter Jarvis Johnson – his father and eldest son shared the middle name Jarvis. Before marrying Peter my surname was Stodart and “Stodart Johnson” sounded a bit of a mouthful, plus no-one could ever spell it! My son now has the middle name Jarvis as well. Another name change is imminent for me as I got engaged this Christmas but the Jarvis Johnson name is here to stay!

What were the biggest challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Hmm there’s been lots but three that stand out for me :
When we set the database up it consisted of 13 CV’s from friends and ex-colleagues who had set themselves up as Interim Managers. When we were briefed with our first assignment it was for an Interim Planning Manager – we didn’t have any of those. We had pretty big phone bills that month!

When we lost Peter in a car accident in 2004, four months after our wedding, it was a pretty huge watershed. Thankfully I took the decision to throw myself at the business rather than throw in the towel.

According to official figures, for 2 of those 18 years the UK was in recession – it was heart-breaking in the tough times having to let good recruitment consultants go – thankfully now we are in an expansion phase again rather than contracting! 

How has the landscape changed over the last 18 years?
There are a LOT more Interim Managers operating in The Food Industry now – and more agencies providing Interim Management Services. I think the barrier to entry for new agencies starting up is a lot lower. LinkedIn wasn’t around until 2003 and the set up cost of recruitment software was comparatively high back then – if someone had mentioned a “cloud-based solution” we’d have thought they were talking about the weather! The popularity of LinkedIn has meant a lot of Food Manufacturers have put together In-house resourcing teams to tap into the market.

The recruitment industry has always been viewed as a pool where sharks like to swim but over the past few years I have seen more and more “recruiter-bashing” going on – every time I log into LinkedIn recently someone has a bad story to tell of a recruiter and people are quick to comment with their own experiences. A recruitment agency’s reputation is only as good as its weakest employee and I think I’ve been blessed with some fantastic Recruiters, Researchers and Administrators over the years. I’m not saying we’re always perfect but we constantly strive to find ways of keeping our 12,500 candidates happy.

After 18 years aren’t you ready for a change?
When my twins were born in 2012 I had a few months break from the business but I missed it too much. I have never tired of the adrenaline rush I get when one of us calls to offer a candidate their “dream job” or tells a client that their “perfect candidate” has just accepted a position with them. Life is pretty hectic right now juggling 4 year old twins and a thriving business (apologies to anyone who has been in the middle of an evening interview feedback call accompanied by the theme tune to “Paw Patrol”) but I wouldn’t have it any other way! 

Here’s to the next 18 years! Watch this space for an 18th Birthday Promotion….


11 jobs with Jarvis Johnson

  • Quality Systems Manager

    • Nottinghamshire
    • £30-£35k
    • Jarvis Johnson

    Quality Systems Manager required for fast growing Chilled Food Manufacturer in Nottinghamshire. Previous experience in similar role essential.

  • Hygiene Manager

    • Nottinghamshire
    • up to £35k per annum
    • Jarvis Johnson

    Hygiene Manager for fast paced Food Manufacturer based in Nottinghamshire. Previous experience managing all Hygiene requirements on site essential.

  • Compliance Manager

    • Nottinghamshire
    • £32-36k per annum
    • Jarvis Johnson

    Prepared Foods Manufacturer seeks Compliance Manager with experience of customer-facing technical systems inc. major retailer online specifications

  • Raw Material and Supplier Technologist

    • Lancashire
    • Competitive Salary
    • Jarvis Johnson

    Raw Material & Supplier Technologist required to evaluate, risk assess and maintain documentation relating to existing and new raw material suppliers.

  • Food Safety Manager

    • London (Greater)
    • up to £43k per annum
    • Jarvis Johnson

    Food Safety Manager for short shelf life chilled food manufacturer in Kent. Experience managing a Food Laboratory essential.

  • Production Line Leader

    • West Yorkshire
    • £30k per annum
    • Jarvis Johnson

    Production Line Leader for Chilled Food Manufacturer in West Yorks. Previous supervisory/ managerial experience within FMCG environment essential.

  • QA Technician

    • Oxfordshire
    • £20 - £25k
    • Jarvis Johnson

    QA Technician with Food Manufacturing experience sought for this International Food Manufacturer for their site in Oxfordshire.

  • Technical Services Technologist

    • Nottinghamshire
    • £19-£23.5k per annum
    • Jarvis Johnson

    Technical Services Technologist for fast paced Food Manufacturer based in Nottinghamshire. Specifications experience ideal however, training available

  • Senior Development Technologist

    • Wiltshire
    • Competitive Salary
    • Jarvis Johnson

    Senior Development Technologist for family owned food manufacturer in Wiltshire. Innovation experience in similar role within Food Industry essential.

  • Technical Controller

    • London (Greater)
    • Competitive Salary
    • Jarvis Johnson

    Technical Controller sought for London- based Food Manufacturer, Complex chilled prepared foods experience supplying the major multiples is essential.

  • QA Shift Leader

    • Cambridgeshire
    • £ Competitive
    • Jarvis Johnson

    QA Shift Leader for Fresh Produce manufacturer in Cambridgeshire, Experience with prepared food in similar role essential