The Senior distiller oversees the creation of spirits and/or liqueurs. The position involves a widerange of responsibilities including managing staff, overseeing the production line, product development, quality control, product testing and sourcing raw materials. The role carries a significant level of responsibility and requires a high degree of integrity as the position involves handling information of a commercially sensitive nature.
Daily Duties, Functions & Responsibilities:
Responsibility for managing the distillery’s production staff to ensure their actions and the product is meeting quality guidelines.
Manage day-to-day operations of the distillery Oversee every aspect of production including the sourcing of raw materials, fermentation (when undertaken), distillation, maturation (when undertaken), blending and bottling.
Developing new products Work with tasters, other spirit makers, marketers, finance and marketers to maximize the value of the spirit stock held by the distillery. For example, making decisions on how to use available stock in the most profitable way.
Designing a comprehensive sampling and recording programme Improving the quality of the spirits produced by the distillery is the chief concern of the distiller. They must create a program which samples and records the quality of the product produced and works towards improving that quality.
Longer Term Liquid Planning The distiller must plan how to store spirits over longer periods.
Work with other staff to define agreed upon specifications and processes The distiller works with other staff to refine the process of spirit making and defining a set specification for spirit production.
Maintain process logs Each phase of the distillation process must be logged and detailed records should be kept to ensure the product meets quality guidelines
Develop a stock management plan A plan must be devised to continually sample stock and make decisions on its use
Work with the scientific team to refine all production and ageing processes
Brand promotion The distiller will liaise with customers, the media, other distilleries and wholesalers as required to promote the distillery and its products.
Develop new styles of spirits Develop new products, often in conjunction with marketing teams and tasters.
Plan staff training and development Responsible for training staff to perform specific distillery tasks including fermenting, distilling, record keeping, and cleaning.
Maintain hygiene and food safety standards Care must be taken throughout the distillation process to maintain the highest levels of hygiene and food safety.
The distiller must ensure staff are working to the highest standards.
● Minimum of 4 years commercial experience in distilling alcohol and managing production lines
● Degree in distilling, chemistry, biology, food science, or microbiology highly desirable
● Management experience – Demonstrated experiencing in managing staff
● Public relations experience – A demonstrated ability to liaise with customers, suppliers, stakeholders and the media
● Project management knowledge – Being able to manage a project and evaluate its success.
● Quality assurance experience – Demonstrated ability to maintain a quality product
Understands and employs a safety-first approach
Advanced knowledge of all aspects of the beverage production line
Advanced knowledge of all process involved with distillation
Well-developed sensory skills for tasting and evaluating spirits
Strong scientific knowledge
Project management skills
Excellent communication skills and public speaking skills
Must be very methodical, logical and detail orientated
Quality control skills
Strong computer and mathematical skills
Ability to work independently as well as strong team orientation and ability to work with diverse group of individuals
Requires the ability to manipulate large quantities of bottles, packaging materials, hoses, pallets etc with hands
Schedule flexibility – ability to work a variety of shifts and availability on weekends
Excellent time management skills
Acute financial management skills
Strong customer service attitude;
Able to provide own transport to premises (Cowes Bay, Waiheke Island);
Able to work in a small team ;
A passion for award winning craft distilled spirits a distinct advantage! Applicants must be eligible to work in NZ. Renumeration range subject to experience.
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