Distillery Operative – North Point Distillery, Caithness

Full Time, 37.5 hours per week

An exciting opportunity to start your distilling career at an award-winning Rum, Gin and Whisky Distillery in Caithness.

Purpose & Scale of Role:

This Distillery Operative role sits within North Point Distillery’s Operations team and will provide a suitable candidate with the opportunity to gain experience across the breadth of production operations, cask warehousing, commercial bottling and logistics.

Day-to-day tasks will take place across our two production facilities in Forss, West Caithness working within a four-strong team managed by our award-winning Head Distiller, Greg Benson. A production foreman will provide daily tasks based on a monthly production plan and will support any ad-hoc activities required by the business.

In addition to on-the-job training, this development role position will provide structured learning through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, a qualification recognised throughout the spirits
industry. A further qualification (SVQ) in Food and Drink Operations will be available for those who wish to take advantage of a structured learning environment in future years.

We are passionate about developing our people and creating world-class spirits, in a varied work environment giving you a wide breadth of work experience across different tasks and duties. This
role provides the perfect platform to learn specialisation and lead a production discipline.

This is a great opportunity to work for one of the fastest-growing distilleries in Scotland. It is home to an award-winning range of spirits and is recognised internationally for its product quality and

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The safe operation of distillery plant and equipment to produce ‘wort’ for Rum and Whisky
  • Daily monitoring of fermented product for quality control, alcoholic strength and volume;
  • Daily cleaning of tanks, washbacks and production equipment;
  • Daily cleaning of work stations, production floors and shared production space;
  • Ad-hoc support for liquid transfers, including bulk movements for further processing;
  • Supporting bottling line operations, including the processing of non-dutied product for UK internal market use;
  • Supporting re-racking and re-gauging activities for internal and external casks held in our warehouse;
  • Supporting the safe emptying of stills and removal of co-products for on-site disposal;
  • Provide daily and weekly stock control, including malt grain volumes, molasses volumes and fermented product ‘in tank.’;
  • Contribute to a safe working environment through hazard spotting, near miss reporting, behavioural safety auditing and participation in site-wide meetings;
  • Assist the distillery teams as required (in both production and non-production activities);

Experience & Qualifications

  • Driving Licence is essential (limited car-pooling from Thurso, Reay or Melvich is possible)
  • Good numerical and literacy skills (oral, written and reporting)
  • Working knowledge of the Google Suite system (or similar)
  • Previous experience of working within a production or warehousing environment would be a benefit.
  • Forklift experience is of benefit
  • Successful candidates should be prepared to support a diverse number of roles within the distillery; e.g., distilling, due-diligence, pick-and-pack, etc.
  • Ability to self-motivate and make autonomous, informed decisions is essential.

Physical Requirement

  • Be able to lift 25 Kg safely and unaided
  • Comfortable with occasional working from height

How To Apply

If you are interested in this role, please send a CV to: hello@northpointdistillery.com