About Protea Recruitment | "Prow-tee-uh"

Protea Recruitment was 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.

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

Working with SME and Blue-chip businesses, from factory start-ups to replacing critical positions, our tailor-made services offer a bespoke recruitment solution for Full-Time, Interim and Fixed Term Contracts, from mid-level to board-level recruitment across all recruiting disciplines

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

Food, Drinks & FMCG 

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