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Apprentice Cooper

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Job Introduction

We value every employee for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Every one of our colleagues has a role to play in helping us to achieve our growth ambitions.


We are committed to creating and promoting an inclusive culture where all ideas and views are respected and where our Rare Characters are encouraged to develop and achieve their full potential.

Our approach to recruitment encourages diversity and supports our wider diversity and inclusion ambitions.

We have a fantastic and rare opportunity for an Apprentice Cooper to join our team at Girvan. This is a perfect opportunity to develop the skills to safely and efficiently repair and rejuvenate casks to set quality standard to achieve KPIs.

Main Responsibility

The successful candidate will develop coopering skills with support from dedicated cooper to carry out activities ensuring that safe working practices and quality procedures are strictly followed to ensure compliance with HMRC, environmental legislation, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 & ISO14001 requirements to produce safe products.  Carry out all activities as per defined standard operating procedures (SOP). The successful candidate will be actively involved in the review of documented SOP’s regularly within the team and update as required. Ensure correct paperwork, and robust and accurate data recording. Conduct basic maintenance and safety checks as per the Operator Asset Care schedule. Ensure high workplace standards at all times to maintain a safe and organised work environment ensuring that areas for improvement are highlighted, recorded and actioned.  Use structured problem solving methodologies for continuous improvement.  Work within a high performing team culture, and align with the Company Purpose and Values, contributing appropriately to team meetings and support the implementation of the spirit supply strategy and continuous improvement projects.


The successful candidate will demonstrate behaviours in line with our diversity and inclusion aim, which is to create and promote a diverse and inclusive culture at WG&S where ideas, differences and views are respected and where all employees are encouraged to create their own personal legacy

Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate will have an interest in working within a hands-on role. They will be a self-starter with ability to understand processes and solve problems. They will have a track record of working safely, accurately and with attention to detail. Proficiency and confidence in the use of information technology systems is essential.


Knowledge of HSE, HMRC, SEPA and other regulatory requirements and experience of working within defined compliance and quality standards/procedures is desirable. An awareness of barcoding operations is also desirable.

What we can offer you

  • We offer a competitive salary and benefits which are designed to promote our employees financial wellbeing. Employees are also eligible to participate in a bonus plans.
  • Our employees enjoy a generous holiday entitlement and an opportunity to ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ some holiday entitlement.
  • Private Healthcare and Doctor@Hand (remote GP service).
  • Our employees can join a defined contribution pension plan. Employees contribute either 4% or 5% of salary, the company contributes 8% or 10% depending on the employee contribution. Employee contributions can be made through salary sacrifice.
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme offers practical, impartial support on everyday matters ranging from medical, financial and legal to home and family issues. 
  • Our Life Assurance cover is a multiple of eight times your annual basic salary.
  • Product allocation so that you can enjoy our fantastic portfolio of brands.
  • Our Cycle to Work scheme allows you to hire a bike for an agreed length of time, and then snap it up for a fraction of its original value. All while making savings (at least 25%) and spreading the cost.
  • Every employee has the opportunity to claim up to £1,000 per year for a charity or charities for which they have raised money, volunteered their time or personally donated.
  • Learning resources to help you be your best self.
  • Due to the coronavirus outbreak we are keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees, while continuing to protect our product. To reduce the risk access to our sites is limited to those essential to our production. All other employees are currently working from home.  

About William Grant & Sons


William Grant & Sons: a home where Rare Characters thrive.

We value every employee for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Every one of our colleagues has a role to play in helping us to achieve our growth ambitions.

At William Grant & Sons, our vision is to be A home where rare characters thrive. We value all colleagues for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of how we do things at William Grant & Sons, fully aligned to our purpose and our company values. We strive to create an environment where we can all be our best and bring our whole selves to work.


Our agile working philosophy is to “Have your best work day everyday”.
Built on trust, we empower our rare characters to have their best work day every day. Where flexibility and positive working experiences help employees to feel connected and release potential across our teams.
We are open to discussing possible agile/flexible working options as part of the recruitment process.


Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of how we do things at William Grant & Sons, fully aligned to our purpose and our company values. We want to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive. If you have any questions or need some support with your application we’d love to hear from you. So please get in touch with our HR team at

We want to make sure that all applicants are treated equally. To support this we will anonymise all applications during the screening stage. Details such as name, dates and educational establishments will only be visible to the recruitment team and hiring leader once an applicant is invited to interview, these details are hidden during the screening stage. To be able to anonymise applications they all need to be in the same format. You can upload a CV but we would also ask you to complete an application form – your CV will not be visible during screening. We hope you agree that this is good use of your time to help ensure a fair recruitment process.

William Grant & Sons

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