Southwestern Distillery – Artisan Spirits Handcrafted In Cornwall


WANTED: Distillery & Operations Manager

  • June 27, 2016

Distilling & Operations Manager

Location: Padstow, Cornwall. Position: Permanent, full-time.

QUICK! Apply by 01/05/2017.

Experienced distiller and production genius required to run all things booze related at SWD HQ near Padstow, in north Cornwall.  


We are looking for a detail-orientated, highly-motivated and practical individual to operate and manage all aspects of production at our internationally-award winning gin and pastis distillery in north Cornwall.

We’re a small, fast-growing and ambitious distillery looking to take the world by storm with our Tarquin’s Gin & Cornish Pastis.

Since selling our first bottles back in July 2013, we’ve won gold medals at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2014 and 2016 and the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2014

We now have listings with several hundred accounts across the UK – including 5 star hotels and Michelin starred restaurants – and export to a dozen countries.

With growth at over 100% year on year,  we have huge plans for the next few years, and the future is looking bright.


What makes us special?


We like to think we do things a little bit differently. Attention to detail, flair and enthusiasm are at the core of our ethos. Not to mention integrity. That is how and why we create spirits that are truly outstanding.

To get a good idea of what we’re about you should probably have a look at our bottles – have a browse on the front page of our website.

You might not know that we are running the first new gin distillery in the South West since Plymouth Gin. And first to make pastis in the UK!


Who are we?

Our distillery was founded by Tarquin, 29. A former City analyst who quit his desk job to do something more creative in life.

Though Marc, Tom, Rory, Carol, and Becky might say the brains behind the operation is Athene, 34. A Chartered Accountant, diving fanatic and older sister to Tarquin.

We’re a relaxed and hard-working team. We like to work creatively and efficiently in our company. There is no boardroom, there aren’t any rules. If you have initiative, anything is possible.


Where do you fit in?

We are looking for someone to run distilling and operations in the distillery, based near Padstow in north Cornwall.

At the moment we have one 500 litre Green Engineering copper pot still and three 250 litre alembic pot stills. You will be in charge of all aspects of production of our flagship spirits. And there is room for NPD too.


What are the job requirements?

Our ideal candidate will have a degree (or technical qualification) and 2 years+ experience in/with:

  • Distilling/Rectifying (or other Excise Trade).
  • Quality Control, SALSA / BRC (or similar) accreditation.
  • Excise Warehouse Record Keeping, EMCS, AWTD returns


What does the role involve?

Core responsibilities including but not limited to:


  • Rectifying spirits
  • Liqueur making
  • Quality control
  • Bottling & staff management
  • Health & safety – HACCP
  • Logistics – EMCS
  • Stock control
  • Record keeping – AWTD
  • Excise Warehousekeeping
  • Product Research and development
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Procedure and systems development
  • Order dispatch
  • Distillery management.


Where does the job lead?

We’re a small company, but are expanding rapidly. You can be very entrepreneurial in this role. There is scope in the future to build and manage a team, and take on more responsibility as the company grows.



Competitive and dependent on experience.



Please send your CV and a cover letter, salary requirements (or history) to

Apply by 01/05/2017.