Jarvis Johnson Timeline

The Jarvis Johnson of 1999 was Peter and Lisa Johnson in their dining room (long before the term hybrid-working had ever been dreamt up!). We placed our first 1/8th page Ad in Food Manufacture magazine asking for Interim Managers to register with us. That Ad led to a call from a household-name multi-site dairy asking us to find them an Interim Technical Manager (we had 30 people on the database at that time!). We hit our networks hard and negotiated our first placement in the shade of the Colosseum – all our holidays were working holidays for the first few years!

1999 – on 1st April Peter and Lisa Johnson (ex-Food Industry Technical Managers) set up Jarvis Johnson and become the first “Food Industry Only” agency specialising in placing Interim Managers. Initial database consisted of 13 Interim Managers

2001 – Jarvis Johnson adds permanent recruitment for Food Manufacturers to its portfolio

2004 – Lisa Johnson becomes Managing Director

2005 -2012 – Jarvis Johnson database grows to over 10,000 Food Industry candidates and the company continues to fill both Interim Assignments and Permanent Vacancies for Food Manufacturers across the UK across all disciplines, although maintaining a strong reputation in Technical Management roles.

2013 – Jarvis Johnson specialise further and focus their resource on “Placing Technical First” offering permanent recruitment and acting as an Interim Provider to Food Manufacturers needing Technical, QA, Specifications, Product Development and Hygiene resource.

2014 – Jarvis Johnson launch new website explaining their focus as experts in the Technical field with a clear message of “Placing Technical First.”

2015 – Jarvis Johnson move to new premises in Doncaster

2017 – Jarvis Johnson celebrate their 18th birthday!

2018 – Jarvis Johnson undergo GDPR project to ensure all data is compliant which results in the candidate database being cleaner and of a higher quality

2020 – Jarvis Johnson turn 21!

2022 – Database / CRM upgraded to give enhanced searchability / improved response time

2023 – Jarvis Johnson utilising a whole-team approach to recruitment. Team are now part office and part home-based as we’ve seen the benefits for both our clients and ourselves

2024 – Jarvis Johnson celebrate 25 years in business and are labelled the ‘heritage brand’ in the Food Manufacturing Recruitment industry

Much has changed over the last 25 years in the Recruitment, Interim Management and Food Manufacturing arenas. Many names have come and gone, merged or splintered off, but Jarvis Johnson is proud to still be here and still be independent! We have adapted, specialised and thrived and, as a testament to our relationships, we continue to work with Interim Managers and Clients who we’ve partnered with since 1999 whilst welcoming new faces with open arms!


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