Iconic Scottish food firm Baxters hires locked-down executive as finance boss

Soup and sauces maker Baxters Food Group has named Maik Blumentritt as head of finance for its European operations after he got caught up in the coronavirus lockdown.

Scottish firm Baxters is one of the best known food brands in the UK, and beyond.
Scottish firm Baxters is one of the best known food brands in the UK, and beyond.

The iconic Scottish food producer said Blumentritt had longstanding family connections to the Aberdeen area including completing an MSc in accounting and finance at Aberdeen University last year.

It was on a regular family visit that he got caught up in the Covid-19 emergency. Blumentritt is said to have turned the situation into an opportunity by pursuing a long-held desire to relocate to Scotland.

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He made contact with executive search company FWB Park Brown, which had been engaged by the food firm to lead a search process to identify its new head of European finance, based in Fochabers.

Baxters Food Group has named Maik Blumentritt as head of finance for its European operations.
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Almost all screening and job interviews were conducted virtually and the new finance boss is now in position all while isolating in Peterhead. He is currently looking for a permanent family home in the wider area.

Clyde Marwick, group HR director at Baxters, said: “We have continued to attract top talent to our business, despite the unpredictable climate we are in. With FWB Park Brown’s support, we demonstrated an agile and creative assessment process, ending up with an exceptional candidate in Maik.”

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Blumentritt began his career at the French power plant manufacturer Alstom and the German Consulate-General in Australia before undertaking a variety of roles at global building materials company Holcim in Switzerland.

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