Baxters Food Group has appointed Maik Blumentritt as Head of Finance for its European Business.
Maik began his career at the French power plant manufacturer Alstom (subsequently bought over by General Electric) and the German Consulate-General in Australia before undertaking a variety of roles at global building materials company Holcim in Switzerland. During his 12 year tenure with the business he held positions including FP&A Manager Switzerland and Head of Accounting Central Europe West.
He has had longstanding family connections to the Aberdeen area even completing his 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 lockdown.
Maik turned the situation into an opportunity by pursuing his long held desire to relocate to Scotland. He made contact with executive search company FWB Park Brown, who had been engaged by Baxters to lead a search process to identify their new Head of European Finance to be based in Fochabers. All screening and job interviews were conducted virtually and Maik is now in position all while isolating in Peterhead. He is currently looking for a permanent family home in the wider Moray and Aberdeenshire area.
Clyde Marwick, Group HR Director at Baxters Food Group, commented: “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.
“He brings cross-country management experience and a track record in leading a robust compliance and business growth agenda to this critical role. Maik will be a valuable asset to the team as we tackle the post-Covid and post-Brexit trading world.”
Maik Blumentritt commented: “It’s a real privilege to take on this role which is not only fulfilling my ambition to live and work in Scotland but doing so with one of its most iconic family businesses. I have gained extensive experience working across multiple European markets and it’s a great opportunity to develop this with an ambitious, ever evolving company like Baxters working in a sector with such potential for growth and innovation.”
Graham Burns, Director of FWB Park Brown, remarked “This is a really good example of how all parties involved have been able to adapt quickly, and use technology well, in circumstances that may become the new normal. We are delighted to have been of help to both Baxters Food Group and Maik in this appointment.”
W.A Baxter & Sons (Holdings) Limited is the parent company of Baxters Food Group Limited, which is headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland. Baxters Food Group Limited and its subsidiaries are manufacturers of high quality ambient food, supplying retail, industrial and foodservice customers in the UK market and key overseas markets.
The company operates in the premium part of various categories such as soups, canned meats, pickles, side of plate products, vinegars, sauces and preserves. Its products are sold under a variety of brands owned by, or licensed and co-packed by the Group. The family company has an ethos of creativity, innovation and integrity which lies at the heart of all its operations.