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Shift Operations Leader

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Are you ready for your next adventure? Are you keen to learn and be challenged within a fast-paced operation? Are you ready to be part of a highly motivated, trusted team at the heart of a thriving business? We have an opportunity for a highly motivated individual who would like to create their own legacy at an independent family distillery.

Main Responsibility

Lead, supervise and support the Distillery shift team members across Malt, Grain and Gin distilling operations, in order to effectively, safely and efficiently deliver the required production volumes at the right quality.

Use lean manufacturing principles to deliver stable, reliable operations via KPI recording and analysis supported by effective problem solving.

Drive customer service, quality and competitiveness.

Ensure Distillery operations are fully compliant with all of the regulations required by a top tier CoMAH site and IPPC license holder.

Our Ideal Candidate

Demonstrable technical competence in Brewing/Distilling/Pharma/Petrochem industries.

Experience in leading shifts or teams of colleagues. 

Educated to degree level in Chemistry/Science/Mechanical Engineering – or experiential competence through significant experience in a similar role.

General Certificate in Distilling – Institute of Brewing & Distilling would be a nice to have.

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. 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

William Grant & Sons

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