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ESS Holdings is an enabler of talent and operates a business incubator and start-up hub in Edinburgh, where a number of our companies have started out as spin-outs and grown to become successful brands in their own right with the help of our financial and business support.

To date, we have invested more than £70k in niche recruitment start-ups.  We also believe in talent retention and development and are committed to being a National Living Wage employer.


ESS Holdings Ltd. 38 Dean Park Mews, Edinburgh, EH4 1ED

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Production Manager

The Cotswold Distilling Company was born out of a dream to produce ultra-premium small batch whisky and other spirits in one of the most beautiful regions in the world. The only full-scale distillery operating within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the Cotswolds Distillery first opened its doors in July 2014 on a beautiful rural site in the North Cotswolds.

Production of its flagship Cotswolds Dry Gin and Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky began shortly thereafter, and the distillery now produces a large range of "Outstanding Natural Spirits". It's Cotswolds Dry Gin has received numerous awards, including World's Best London Dry Gin at the 2016 World Gin Awards, Gold Medals in the San Francisco Spirits Competition two years in a row, and most recently, a Gold Outstanding at the 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC).

The company's flagship Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky was first released in October 2017 and has received "Liquid Gold Awards" from renowned whisky writer and critic Jim Murray for 3 years in a row.

The Cotswolds Distillery distributes its spirits across the region and through a number of national distribution networks, and also exports to over 30 countries. The distillery receives over 30,000 visitors per year, and is the #1-rated tourist attraction in the Cotswolds per TripAdvisor.

Thanks to continued expansion and success, there is a new opportunity for an experienced Production Manager to join the team at the Distillery in the beautiful countryside of Warwickshire.

Reporting to and working closely with the Distillery Manager, you will manage the Production team to ensure all aspects of the process are completed to the highest standard.

The Distillery Production Manager will coordinate the activities and processes involved in the production of a range of spirits (whisky, gin, apple spirit) at the Cotswolds Distillery.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Supervision of all aspects of the production process of raw distillate through each stage of the process: raw material scheduling & receipt, milling, mashing, fermentation and distillation.
  • Manage all recording of production activities to ensure full and accurate compliance with all regulatory bodies (HMRC, Trading Standards, SALSA & HSE).
  • Management and development of the production team.
  • Organise shift patterns and rotas to ensure the facility operates 24/7 as well as incorporate appropriate planned maintenance shut downs.
  • Participate in management meetings regarding progress and have input into future product development & expansion of the portfolio.
  • Liaise with all departments to daily to ensure production targets in are line with required output.



  • A proven track record of managing production within distillation or have production experience from a related FMCG industry.
  • Ability to organise and control multi-shift operations
  • Experience of working to KPIs and achieving tight deadlines for production
  • Knowledge of HMRC regulations and Food Safety standards would be advantageous
  • Excellent attention to detail with strong proficiency in all Microsoft packages
  • Highly organised and able to work under pressure when required
  • Strong inter-personal skills, understanding the need to tailor your approach to different departments
  • A positive “can-do” attitude which will impact on your team and develop them


This is a very unique opportunity. We are looking for a Production manager who has a passion for the Distilling industry and who would relish the challenge to be a part of the Cotswolds Distillery future growth.

You might not yet have worked in brewing/distilling but be excited at the prospect and have the production management expertise to transfer from another sector in FMCG. Or you may have a few years’ experience in brewing or distilling and are seeking an opportunity where you can further your knowledge.

The team you would be a part of take immense pride in what they do. The business has flourished year upon year and the portfolio of products continues to expand. No two days are the same at the Distillery and the job won’t be without its challenges! But the rewards are many and this is a chance to make a real difference in how production operates and performs.

If you are a Production manager seeking a really fresh challenge in your career, then don’t hesitate to contact our Retained Partner, Laura Chalmers at ESS for further details on 07967194220!

To apply, please send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to

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