Midlands, UK ref: 1627

Situated in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold’s countryside, our award-winning client has been producing Outstanding Natural Spirits since 2014. Reporting to the Master Distiller, they are now looking to recruit a Distillery Manager (Whisky) who will have responsibility for the production of in-spec distilled liquids in line with company and compliance systems, while optimising team morale and living our client’s company values.

Main duties and responsibilities

• You will be responsible for liquid supply annual, quarterly and monthly production planning, as well as weekly scheduling needs through an understanding of the demands dictated by the Planning function
• You will be responsible for the oversight of all raw materials ordering related to whisky production to ensure production can continue without RM supply interruptions
• You will be responsible for multi-site operations within production and warehousing
• You will be responsible for delivery of the QMS, Health, Safety & Environmental and HMRC compliance
• You will be responsible for Cost, Efficiency, Energy, Yield, Volume, Water, Effluent, Carbon targets for the Distillery Production
• You will be responsible for driving CI across all whisky production sites
• Rota planning in line with the production plan, to cover all functions, in conjunction with DM (Rum)
• You will be responsible for ensuring all production activities remain on time and within budget
• You will coordinate and collaborate with all production departments around delivering and managing regulatory bodies
• You will take the lead in ensuring delivery of production operations, process management, improvement, spirit trials, supplier conformity and problem solving related to whisky production
• You will be responsible to cover compliance and maintenance repair projects from day-today running of systems to initiation and closure of stand-alone projects as related to all whisky production facilities
• You will set goals and objectives for the whisky production team whilst managing performance and reviews in conjunction with DM (Rum)
• You will be responsible for leading, coaching & developing team in conjunction with DM (Rum)
• You will ensure all company and regulatory compliance are adhered to during the manufacturing process
• You will manage the production of new make malt spirit, and provide managerial and, where necessary operational, cover for new make whisky and rum spirit and gin production
• Proactive leadership of the production team including a weekly team meeting and regular training in conjunction with DM (Rum)
• Run annual staff appraisals and informal 6 monthly documented reviews, dealing with any team issues with the HR Manager in conjunction with DM (Rum)
• Oversee regular stock counts of liquid and raw materials
• Technical/engineering responsibility for all whisky production and distilling equipment and systems. All equipment must be operational, safe, and well maintained regularly in line with agreed preventative maintenance schedules. Reactive maintenance and repairs as necessary
• Research into new equipment and ways to become more sustainable
• The above is not exhaustive as additional ad-hoc tasks may be required to meet the needs of the business. At busy times of year (Q4 in particular) it will be necessary to work weekend and evening shifts

Special Requirements

• You will come from a Malt Distilling or Process Plant background
• You will bring strong leadership & management experience with the ability to lead, coach, train and develop manage teams
• You will be Degree qualified or equivalent qualification/experience in a Production or Engineering discipline
• You must be able to display a strategic vision
• You will be a strong problem solver and decision maker
• Strong IT skills are essential
• Comprehensive product knowledge
• Excellent interpersonal skills, communication skills, time management skills and self-motivation
• Forklift license and experience using warehouse equipment
• Expert knowledge of HACCP and SALSA/BRC standards, HMRC regulations and HSE standards required

Applications from candidates already eligible to work in the UK only please.

For more information, please contact Julie Carling at The Carling Partnership,


Tel +44 (0)1483893100.

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