ALLEN & YORK successfully recruit for bio-bean®


Recruitment Case Study for bio-bean® recycling waste coffee grounds into biofuels

bio-bean® is an award-winning clean technology company and the first company in the world to industrialise the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals.

The company has grown fast, and in 2015 they built their pioneering waste coffee recycling factory at Alconbury Weald.  The factory can process 50,000 tonnes a year, the waste from one-in-ten cups of coffee drunk in the UK!

ALLEN & YORK’s Waste Recruitment team specialise in sourcing high calibre talent across; waste management, sales, planning and engineering within; recycling, AD & Biogas, Energy from Waste (EfW) and other related waste sectors. 

The team were excited to work with a truly ground-breaking company in the field of waste recycling and biofuels, and although the assignment proved challenging, they were delighted to be able to deliver a great candidate for the role.

The Assignment

Due to their expansion bio-bean® were looking to recruit a Sales and Logistics Manager, a new addition to their team. Coffee ground recycling is a niche area of expertise, within the EfW industry (which itself is a relatively new industry), so this is a typical ‘candidate short market’ and as such our experienced Waste team advised that a head-hunt approach would be the most effective for this recruitment assignment.

“bio-bean® are a very intelligent, driven and dynamic company, so finding candidates with not only the right experience, but also the right cultural fit was imperative to the search assignment.” James Pearson, Lead Consultant – Waste 

ALLEN & YORK will always manage the whole recruitment process, providing close communication with both our clients and candidates alike, to ensure everyone is on the same page and the process runs as smoothly as possible.

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with bio-bean® they had a clear brief and gave constructive feedback at all stages of the assignment, which always makes our job easier, and helps to keep the recruitment process on track.”

From a final shortlist of ten candidates, three were interviewed and one candidate stood out.  The successful candidate was offered the position and our Waste team ensured that everything was in-place for a smooth on-boarding for bio-bean’s new recruit to start earlier this month (Nov).


“ALLEN & YORK took the time to understand my requirements and the nature of our business and worked tirelessly to find a suitable candidate. Despite the process taking considerably longer than either of us had anticipated he remained diligent throughout and ultimately found us a great candidate. It was a pleasure to work with our consultant - his attitude and approach is in stark contrast to that of other recruitment agencies and recruiters I have previously worked with.”  Chief Commercial Manager, bio-bean®