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Job Introduction

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced Microbiologist to join the Technical Development team based at the Girvan Distillery.  You will use your expertise to deliver microbiological support to our distilleries and bottling lines, helping to interpret data and advising on any required improvements to process.

Main Responsibility

You'll will be responsible for the micro lab on site, and delivering the routine sampling plan across our Girvan distillery.

Ensure that all results are recorded diligently, are correct and communicated to key stakeholders in a timely manner.

Sampling plan aside, this role is anything but routine! Our microbiologist will act as a subject matter expert across all of our sites, and will advise on and support best practise in CIP/hygiene.

There will also be a requirement to lead and support the delivery of project work with the aim of increasing quality and efficiency and/or reducing production costs.

Our Ideal Candidate

You will have a can-do attitude, alongside exceptional technical skills, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Have used your knowledge and experience to analyse and interpret data, with a desire to use those results to drive continuous improvement in hygiene.

Good knowledge of yeast and fermentation is desirable and experience within the brewing/distilling industry would be preferred.

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 plan.
  • 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.

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.

William Grant & Sons


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