As a Quality Manager in the Whisky Industry, your primary role is to oversee the systems and processes across all aspects of the distillation process, including cask management, manufacturing operations, bottling, packaging, and logistics, to ensure the delivery of consistently high-quality whisky products that achieve the flavour and characteristics each brand is famous for.
This is an extremely varied role, liaising with colleagues across all departments to ensure operational ISO9001 quality management systems and standards are maintained at all levels including raw materials quality, cask selection, distillation, bottling and distribution. You will be responsible for developing quality control systems, improving efficiency, and reducing waste. You will also play a key role in maintaining health and safety standards by assessing the various production line components and materials.
As a Quality Manager you will work with colleagues across all areas of the distillery and need to build strong relationships to ensure staff members and departments are working in ways that maintain quality. Key responsibilities include:
Skills and experience
A Quality Manager should have a strong background in the Whisky sector and a scientific degree in Microbiology, Chemistry or a related field. Including:
There are actually FIVE different styles of Scotch whisky (Blended/ Blended Malt / Single Malt / Single Grain and Blended Grain). Currently, Blended whisky still dominates the landscape, accounting for 85% of global sales with Single Malt making up the majority of the rest.