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Helping you find a career as 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
What hours does a Distillery manager typically do?
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.
What environment is a Distillery manager based in?
An office or distillery, typically in an isolated and rural part of the country.
How much does a Distillery manager get paid?
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.
What qualifications does a Distillery manager need?
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)

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