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We’re currently looking for a Distillery Ambassador - scroll down to the bottom of this page to find of more.


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THE FOUNDERS

We are Patrick & Ian and we grew up together in Edinburgh. Many years ago we shared a flat in London and began to develop a mutual passion for whisky. Ian became a wine merchant, Paddy became an accountant, but all the while we were developing plans to build a distillery in our home town.

Our 6 year (and counting) journey to build this distillery began on a sofa, as two whisky fans who dreamt of making their own single malt. We've got this far thanks to the generosity and passion of scores of whisky industry veterans, visionary investors and highly supportive colleagues, friends and family.


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THE GIN DISTILLER

Andy Colman emerged from university as a microbiologist with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), visiting beaches across Scotland to test sea-water quality. It sounds idyllic, but he decided to swap analysis with Brewing & Distilling, and enrolled in Heriot Watt’s MSc course in 2012. He then spent two years as Distillery Operator at Fife’s Kingsbarns Distillery before moving to the capital to work for the famous Edinburgh Gin.

Andy has joined us to take charge of gin production, but also brings invaluable experience to our whisky development as we prepare to design and commission our distillery.


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THE WHISKY PIONEER

Victoria Muir-Taylor is another award winning graduate of Heriot Watt’s ICBD and is leading our research programme into the role of yeasts and fermentation in Scotch Whisky production. She previously studied the potential for non-conventional yeast species in low alcohol beer, trained as a brewer with Edinburgh’s excellent Stewart Brewing, and most recently was a distiller at the awesome Glasgow Distillery.

Victoria’s work is at the core of our mission to expand the horizons of Scotch Whisky and we enjoy listening to her using words that we don’t understand.


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THE STILLHOUSE PARTNER

James Porteous studied his craft at the Heriot Watt’s world leading International Centre for Brewing and Distilling (ICBD) where he graduated top of his year, winning the Brewer's Company Award and the Allied Brewery Traders Association Prize, and then going on to win the Watt Club postgraduate medal. He went on to found the Electric Spirit Company where his incredible Achroous Gin caught our attention. We share our stillhouse, equipment and experience with James in a cooperative arrangement that is unique in Scotland.



THE ARCHITECTS

Picking the right people to design our building was one of the biggest decisions we faced. Then we met a man called Stefano Faiella who seemed to be as passionate about our project as we were.

Threesixty Architecture have been given an ambitious design brief. We want our building to do a lot of things, and we want it to be beautiful. Stefano, Rolf, Neal and Grace are currently hard at work to make that happen.


THE JOBS

Distillery Ambassador

Location: The Tower Street Stillhouse, Tower St, Leith, Edinburgh

With our sherry already in the market, we launched our Lind & Lime Gin in November 2018. The reaction has surpassed our expectations.  Having established initial distribution across the UK, we need someone to come on board to nurture and grow our customer base.  

Hiring our first sales person is a big deal for us – you will be employee #5 in the company, representing us to trade and private customers across the UK. You will be joining us at the beginning of a very long journey. We’re not necessarily looking for the finished article – we’re looking for someone with the ambition, personability and self-starter energy to fit into our small group and become a founding member of the Port of Leith Distillery team. 

Working for a start-up means you might be delivering cases around Edinburgh one day and hosting a trade tasting the next. It means using your own imagination and initiative, taking ownership of your part of the business. It means grabbing an opportunity that will be as big as you can make it.

For our part, we can offer you a competitive package, the opportunity to own shares in our business, a fun and supportive environment and, for now, a desk in an orange shed.

DUTIES

·       Assume responsibility for existing UK trade accounts.

·       Ambassadorial activities with key on-trade clients.

·       Order processing, preparation and dispatch of private client and trade orders from our Stillhouse.

·       Delivery to local trade clients.  

·       Organisation of and participation at trade and consumer fairs.

·       New business development.

·       Assist production and packaging when necessary.

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS: REQUIRED

·       Experience in the UK wine, spirits or hospitality industry.

·       Knowledge of gin, whisky and sherry production methods and styles.

·       Full UK Driver’s Licence

·       Fluency with Microsoft Office suite.

·       Willingness to undertake overnight business trips when required.

·       Willingness to work anti-social hours when required. 

SKILLS & QUALIFICATIONS: DESIRABLE

·       Cocktail development experience.

·       Foreign languages.

·       Fluency with Adobe Creative Suite.

SALARY/BENEFITS

·       Salary + Performance Related Bonus commensurate with experience

·       25 days annual leave + public holidays

·       Company discount scheme for friends and family

·       Employee share options pool available for outstanding staff

 

To apply, please send a CV & Cover Letter (no more than 300 words) to hello@leithdistillery.com.