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Contract, Toll, and Custom Manufacturing

Industry Overview:

Contract, toll, and custom manufacturing is a process which – when implemented properly – can be mutually beneficial to both the manufacturer and the hiring firm. They allow companies to focus on their core competencies rather than the production process, while greatly lowering the costs of manufacturing products. Economies of scale, pre-established equipment and best-practices, and relationships with raw material suppliers can all contribute to the savings that contract, toll, and custom manufacturers can offer to companies. Many of these manufacturers can even offer valuable input on product improvement during the design for manufacturability process.

Outsourcing production is not without its risks. Companies are handing over control of production, especially where quality and flexibility are concerned. Most importantly, they are entrusting manufacturers with their intellectual property; those who succeed in this industry, have scientific and technical skills along with an unblemished reputation for integrity.

Common Applications:

  • Raw material sourcing
  • Packaging and bagging
  • Flammable and hazardous materials
  • Glues, primers
  • Research & Development
  • Supply chain
  • Quality Assurance


With almost 35 years as a top food and beverage industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals.  As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates.  Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top food and beverage talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.

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The typical positions, roles and/or functions our search consultants serve include:

Sales (such as; new business development, key account management, technical service, customer service, branch, district, region, national, global in scope).
Marketing (such as market research, market analyst, consumer research, public relations, social media, communications, product management).
Manufacturing (such as operations, production, engineering, plant design, process development, pilot plant, scale up).
Research & Development (such as exploratory research, discovery research, synthesis, analytical, applications development, new product development, formulations, compounding, quality control, environmental, regulatory, health and safety).
Administration (such as procurement, supply chain, logistics, human resources).
Business Management (such as general management, executive, manager, director, vice president, c-suite and board member, commercial development, merger, acquisition, joint venture).
Venture Capital / Private Equity (such as administration and finance, commercial development, executive level management, human resources, mfg., marketing, r&d, sales)
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Industry Brochure

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Case Study

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Contract, Toll, & Custom Manufacturing
Product Development Chemist/Manager, Personal Care,
Polysciences, Inc.

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