As a bottling hall assistant, you will work in all areas across the bottling hall process including sorting, packing, and inspecting/modifying products. You will need to ensure high standards of quality control are applied to ensure there are no issues with the products. Having good attention to detail and dexterity is vital for this role.
Main duties and responsibilities
As a bottling hall assistant, you will prepare and inspect whisky packages prior to shipment. You will also assist in the operation of equipment on the bottling line, perform off-line work and package / re-work bottles as required.
Your responsibilities will vary depending on the specific distillery and bottling hall where you work, but the following duties are typical:
- Operating bottling machinery, including filling machines, labelling machines, loading and unloading materials on to production lines/machinery and packaging machines. You will need to learn how to use these machines safely and effectively.
- Setting up machines and beginning the bottling process. Ensuring equipment is in good condition and that bottles are correctly filled and labelled.
- Identify and respond quickly to safety, quality, or operational issues. Consult your production manager or bottling line supervisor when critical issues regarding product non-conformance, safety and production issues arise.
- Carrying out routine product quality checks to ensure that the whisky being bottled meets the quality standards of the distillery. This may involve checking the colour, clarity, and aroma of the whisky, as well as testing the alcohol content. Contribute to the production of quality products in line with the Company’s Quality Assurance programme applicable to the line and specific products.
- Cleaning and maintaining the bottling machinery and the bottling hall itself. This includes cleaning the floors, walls, and machinery, as well as ensuring that all equipment is properly maintained and serviced.
- Applying labels and preparing the whisky bottles for shipping. This may involve working with a variety of packaging materials, such as boxes, shrink wrap, and pallets.
- Assuming accountability for numerically accurate picking and packing of manufactured goods.
- Maintaining accurate records of the production process, including the number of bottles produced, the quality of the whisky, and any issues that arise during the bottling process.
- Responsible for following all health and safety guidelines in the bottling hall. This includes wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, such as gloves and safety glasses, and following proper procedures for handling hazardous materials.
- Work well as part of a team, by communicating effectively with all members of the team as well as outside contractors and being willing to help out with other tasks as needed and to ensure safe, efficient working.
- Be conscious of all health and safety issues affecting the line area including the wearing of PPE such as safety footwear, adopting and implementing good housekeeping practices.
- You may be required to work shifts, including evenings and weekends, so you will need to be flexible with your schedule.
- Maintaining a clean workspace by undertaking general cleaning duties as you work, ensuring your work area is clean and tidy and complies with the Health and Safety and Hygiene policy.
Skills and experience
The skills and experience required for a bottling hall assistant include:
- Being physically fit and able to stand for long periods of time, lift heavy objects, and perform repetitive tasks.
- Good practical skills with the ability to work quickly and precisely.
- Ability to work both independently and in small work teams - good team working skills.
- Ability to stay focused while doing repetitive tasks, as well as being able to multi-task while being detail oriented and quality focused.
- Ability to follow instructions with a strong commitment to health and safety by following all health and safety guidelines in the bottling hall.
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- High level of manual dexterity.
- Must have a flexible approach to work.
- Demonstrate a sound understanding of manufacturing processes.
- Strong work ethic and positive, “can-do” attitude.
While previous experience in the industry is not always required, some distilleries may prefer candidates with previous experience in a manufacturing or production environment. Typically, you will need a high school diploma or equivalent.
You will also need to be physically fit and able to stand for long periods of time, as well as being comfortable working with machinery and equipment. Good communication and teamwork skills are important, as well as a strong attention to detail.