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Careers Advice: How To Become a Distillery manager

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What is a Distillery manager?

The job of a distillery manager is to manage the production of various spirits for a company. Holding one of the most senior positions at a distillery, this job involves controlling every aspect of the production process and ensuring annual targets are met.

What does a Distillery manager do?

Although the exact tasks you will undertake as a distillery manager will depend on the size of distillery you work in, general tasks will likely include:

  • Managing employees

  • Ensuring production goals are met

  • Ensuring quality standards are maintained

  • Creating new products with the help of Master Distillers

  • Ensuring staff safety

  • Maintaining equipment

  • Maintaining the annual budget

Working hours

You can expect to work between 35 and 38 hours a week, depending on the size of the distillery, across the ‘normal’ working week of 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. However, at times you may be expected to work overtime or be on call.

Work base

An office or distillery, typically in an isolated and rural part of the country.

Salary ranges & earning potential

Due to the senior nature of distillery manager roles, the average salary is £54,080, although this can vary depending on the size of the distillery you are employed by.

Education requirements

To become a distillery manager, you will need either extensive experience in the spirit production industry or a degree in a related field.

On top of this, regardless of how you enter the industry, you will be expected to have a number of other qualifications including:

  • Food safety qualification

  • Managing safely qualification

  • General Certificate of Distillation

Finally, you will also be expected to be at least working towards, if not already hold, the following:
  • Safety management qualification

  • Diploma in Distillation

Useful subjects to study at school & university

Brewing and distilling (only available at Heriot-Watt)