Candidate Testimonials

Our tenured executive recruiters know what it takes to make great matches. But don’t take our word for it; see what these food and beverage industry professionals, managers and executives have to say about working with Kinsa Group.

Great Experience! The Kinsa Group did a GREAT JOB  in my job search. They are very helpful and supportive from day one of the process until the completion of my job search…meaning until I was hired. Thank you Kinsa Group with SPECIAL thanks to Rob, Mike and Shelly.

I definately would recommend friends and colleagues for the services of Kinsa Group for their search for opportunities.

Not only would I recommend the services of Kinsa Group to others but would like my experiences shared as a proof/confirmation how professional Kinsa Group staff are and how dedicated they are with their clients.

Sanitation Manager

I would like to recognize the quality of service provided by Karen Engelman. She is very responsive, detail oriented and provides professional service with personal touch. My experience with Karen could not have been better. I will recommend Kinsa Group as a provider of quality candidates to others in the industry.

Plant Controller, CA

I’m writing to let you know that I was blown away in my dealings with Karen, as she truly is an example for all to follow in terms of her proactive and detailed communication, as well as her ability to expedite things as I was in a tough situation with another offer on the table.

 

I really haven’t had a great experience in using recruiting firms as a hiring manager or as someone seeking new opportunities, but this experience is the way it should be!  

 

I believe what separates you from others is the personal touch, after all you reached out to me, Karen kept me apprised and worked really hard to expedite things and even called me on her day off – Karen is an example for all to follow in my opinion!

 

I will be sure to share my enthusiasm for Kinsa Group to my network and if I ever need to fill a role with specific professional skills, I’ll be sure to turn to Kinsa Group! Thanks again!   

Global VP of Sales

Kinsa Group really sets up perspective job applicants for success during the career hunting process. You should have pride that this is very unique from other recruiting companies I have worked for in the past!

Beverage Scientist, Chicago, IL

Deciding whether or not to change jobs is undoubtedly one of the larger life decisions an individual can make. Having an individual there to guide and coach you through the process can be invaluable. I am genuinely grateful to have had Karen from Kinsa Group initialize, organize and ultimately help to finalize my transition to my next career opportunity. Her thoughtful and transparent approach allowed me to better navigate this naturally stressful time. 

Thanks again,
Matt Vandehey

Procurement Manager, OR

I’ve worked with other recruiters before and none of them made me feel like I had a real chance at getting a better job.  Karen was able to articulate exactly what the employer was looking for and I believe that insight enabled me to get the job.  I was a little nervous going into the telephone and in-person interviews but Karen helped me prepare and my confidence improved throughout the process.  Karen connected me with a great job with a great salary!

Thanks Karen and Kinsa Group!

Barbara Fijalkowski

Food Safety and Quality Manager, CT

I just wanted to send you a note of appreciation for the time that Karen Engelmann took in finding me an excellent position with a great company. She was very friendly, professional and I really enjoyed working with her. Thank you!!

Kindest regards,

Kristin S.

Regulatory Affairs Manager

I am moving towards my fifth year at Trident Seafoods and I am really enjoying the opportunity!

Midwest Retail Sales Manager

The Kinsa Team are very efficient in matching the right role with the right candidate. They were able to get me placed with a very exciting opportunity in less than 4 weeks at a Director level position.

Senior Manager, Continuous Improvement

I couldn’t be happier to be joining this company! My experience through the application and interview process has been excellent and the people I met with are fantastic!

You are easily one of the best recruiters I have ever worked with… You were thorough getting to know me and what I was looking for as well as communications and information you provided to me. I will happily recommend you to any of my personal contacts if/when they are searching for their next career opportunity.

 

National Sales Manager: Retail and Club Stores – Rockford, IL

Robert found me a position that was a perfect fit for both myself and his client. He was incredibly resourceful and available throughout the entire process. I highly recommend working with Robert to connect senior level associates with companies in the food and beverage industry.

After being contacted by a variety of less-than-useful Food & Beverage recruiting firms, I was wary of the service to be expected from Kinsa group when they called about an open position. Further, I’d been happy at my position and was not particularly looking for a new job. That being said, Rob Navarro and Nancy Fergason knocked my socks off with not only the opportunity that they presented, but the level of commitment and service that they offered in going through the interview and eventual offer process.

To my surprise, Rob not only was interested in telling me about the position for which he thought my resume to be a match, but also in finding out what it was that I was interested in when evaluating new career opportunities. He spoke at length with me about both my short- and long-term plans, and with this knowledge decided to move forward with one of the opportunities he had available. Throughout the process, Rob and Nancy were accessible for any questions or concerns I had, pretty much anytime I wanted to chat. They were very diligent in keeping me updated on the status of the process, and were helpful in talking through my decision making process when it came down to an offer.

The day that I actually accepted the offer, Nancy called me from home, on her day off which she spends with her grandkids, to congratulate me on the offer and accepting the position. You cannot ask for a better or more involved recruiter. Now, not only am I loving the new company and working in a position that is absolutely a step in the right direction for my career, but I am also earning a salary greater than anticipated because of Nancy and Rob’s help.

In my experience, recruiters have been interested only in placing me in an open position; consideration as to my objectives are rarely taken into account, and when I no longer am a candidate that fit their needs, they refuse to return any phone calls or emails. Not Rob and Nancy, and not Kinsa. I couldn’t be happier with their help, with my position, and with the direction my career has taken – thank you!

 

VP of Supply Chain – Milwaukee, WI

You gave me some good advice and I really appreciate it. Everybody speaks so highly of you; now I see why!

Sales and Marketing Manager – Charlotte, SC

Thanks for helping me get this position; it is a great fit.

Process Operations Manager – Moses Lake, WA

Thanks for all your help in the process.  You did a great job all the way through.  Not only did you do a great job in the process but I appreciate you finding me. That had to have taken some skill.  You had to look past the fact that I was never a VP of Ops and match skills and again can’t thank you enough for that part of the process.  A lot of recruiters would have dismissed me there and you didn’t and now I and the company feel like we are a perfect fit.  Let’s stay in touch in the future you are an excellent recruiter.

Vice President of Meat Operations – Des Moines, IA

Hello my friends at Kinsa Group. I am contacting you to let you know I am still happy in the job you placed me in at AFP in Clear Lake, WI almost 3 years ago! Thank you!!

Plant Engineer, WI

The position I was recruited for was represented accurately, it was just as it was presented to me. The Kinsa Group Recruiter and I did a pre-interview phone screen, and we made sure in addition to my preparation, the Recruiter made sure I knew pertinent things such as time, the people I would be speaking to, including their roles within the company.

The Recruiter was very open and honest, and very easy to work with. My first few weeks were very busy, I was able to hit the ground running, I knew ahead of time what was expected of me. My experience was great, and it was everything I hoped for.
I plan to be here at my current employer for a long time. We have exciting plans for the future, and I feel I am a part of that plan. The Recruiters at Kinsa are great to work with, I felt like they genuinely cared about placing me and my family in the right situation.

Quality Assurance Manager, Chicago, IL

I personally was very happy with my Kinsa experience and felt my recruiter did an excellent job. She was a fighter for me. She was so very supportive during what was a very difficult time for me. Ultimately, I was hired! I felt the entire Kinsa staff was very attentive and supportive.

Regional Sales Manager – Minneapolis, MN

Karen Engelmann was very supportive, professional, courteous, and her follow-up skills were fantastic. I am also very grateful to Laurie Hyllberg for contacting me via Linkedin. If it wasn’t for Laurie, I would not have been able to find this job. I really appreciate it. I am very satisfied with the service and for all the support I received. Karen was great in helping me to prepare for my interviews.

Purchasing Manager – Chicago, IL

Courteous, professional service.  I would utilize Kinsa again, but the position [Kinsa placed me in] is the best opportunity I have ever been given.

Business Development Manager – Chicago, IL

After being contacted by a variety of less-than-useful Food and Beverage recruiting firms, I was wary of the service to be expected from Kinsa group when they called about an open position.  Further, I’d been happy at my position and was not particularly looking for a new job.  That being said, Rob Navarro and Nancy Fergason knocked my socks off with not only the opportunity that they presented, but the level of commitment and service that they offered in going through the interview and eventual offer process.  To my surprise, Rob not only was interested in telling me about the position for which he thought my resume to be a match, but also in finding out what it was that I was interested in when evaluating new career opportunities.  He spoke at length with me about both my short- and long-term plans, and with this knowledge decided to move forward with one of the opportunities he had available.

Throughout the process, Rob and Nancy were accessible for any questions or concerns I had, pretty much anytime I wanted to chat.  They were very diligent in keeping me updated on the status of the process, and were helpful in talking through my decision-making process when it came down to an offer.  The day that I actually accepted the offer, Nancy called me from home, on her day off, which she spends with her grand-kids, to congratulate me on the offer and accepting the position.  You cannot ask for a better or more involved recruiter.

Now, not only am I loving the new company and working in a position that is absolutely a step in the right direction for my career, but I am also earning a salary greater than anticipated because of Nancy and Rob’s help.  In my experience, recruiters have been interested only in placing me in an open position; consideration as to my objectives is rarely taken into account, and when I no longer am a candidate that fits their needs, they refuse to return any phone calls or emails.  Not Rob and Nancy, and not Kinsa.  I couldn’t be happier with their help, with my position, and with the direction my career has taken – thank you!

Food Safety Coordinator – Chicago, IL

I can’t thank you enough for helping me get this position! The people I work with are great and I do truly love my job.

The position in which I was hired was very well represented and very accurately represented by my Kinsa recruiter [Nancy Furgason].  The company was very much as Kinsa described, somewhat larger than I had imagined but that was definitely not a bad thing!

I had worked with other recruiters prior to the position that I now hold.  However, none of them took the time and care that my recruiter at Kinsa Group did.  She told me questions to be prepared for and sent documents for interview preparation that I do believe played an integral role in my being offered my position.

I received open and honest communication throughout the interview process.  My Kinsa recruiter was very open to keeping me in the loop on where I was at in the application and where the company was at with their thoughts on an offer.

I am comfortable in my role and greatly enjoy my job thus far!  I am very happy with the people I work with and know I will gain valuable experience and knowledge of the food manufacturing industry.  Thanks again!

Research and Development Manager – Texas