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Protea Recruitment Ltd | Food, Drinks & FMCG Recruitment Specialists

Protea Recruitment

About Us

Protea Recruitment


Launched in 2020 by its founder and Managing Director, Matt Steedman. Combining his love of Food and Recruitment, Matt has a long history of recruiting and advising local and global Food and Drinks Manufacturing businesses. He is still actively recruiting, allowing him to keep abreast of the everchanging and evolving market.

The friendly team focuses on building long-lasting partnerships with its clients in this niche market, offering a professional yet down-to-earth and friendly service.

Working with SMEs and Blue-chip Businesses, we provide the whole recruitment solution for our clients, from factory start-ups to replacing critical positions. With a focus on mid-level to board-level recruitment, Protea has the skills and knowledge to recruit across all disciplines within the sector.


Our recruitment expertise includes the recruitment of:

  • Full-Time

  • Interim

  • Fixed Term Contracts


*Services can be offered on a Retained, Search or advertising solution.

Why the name Protea Recruitment?  - Pronounced Prow-tee-uh

The Protea flower is the national flora of South Africa; however, after doing months of research, we realised there was more to the flower than just its name.

Symbolising courage, strength, resilience, and the power to survive in the harshest conditions, Like the flower, Protea Recruitment faced a challenging start, launching at the height of the COVID epidemic; however, year-on-year growth has allowed us to blossom.


As with Protea Recruitment, these bold and rustic flowers look to send a message of encouragement, positivity, and determination to strive.

PROTEA – Our Core Values 







Sectors we recruit in

Full Time | Interim | Temp to Perm | FTC

  • Technical | Specifications

  • Quality

  • Health & Safety

  • Hygiene

  • Development | Chef | NPD

  • Operations | Production

  • Packing

  • Engineering

  • Project Management

  • Packaging

  • Supply Chain | Logistics

  • Design Engineers (Consumer Goods)

  • Human Resources | IT | Finance

  • Senior | Directors | Non-Exec

Locations we recruit in


  • Scotland

  • NW England

  • NE England

  • Yorkshire & Humber

  • E Midlands

  • W Midlands

  • E England

  • SE England

  • London & Home Counties

  • SW Englands

  • Wales

  • N Ireland

  • Highlands & Islands | Remote

  • MNEA

  • Far East

  • Europe

  • Further Afield | Other

  • Eastern Africa

  • Southern Africa

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