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Spirit Prep Shift Lead (Weekends)

Job Name

Spirit Prep Shift Lead (Weekends)


United Kingdom





Reporting Line:

Maturation & Blending Manager

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Leanne Miles

About the role

This is a critical, high-profile role supporting the continued growth of the headquarters of the Bacardi UK Operations Centre (UK OC) at Westthorn. The Spirit Prep Shift Lead will assist the Maturation and Blending Manager in the overall operational success of Westthorn bulk department, including:
  • Delivery of KPI’s, ensuring operational and procedural accuracy and consistency
  • Lead and develop the operational team
  • Provide technical leadership to assure quality and consistency of the spirit handling and liquid to the highest standards
  • Continuous Improvement of output performance, continually reviewing and recommending improvements to production processes
  • Point of escalation for DRAMS and SAP compliance 
  • Promote and cascade the philosophy of Safety-First ensuring conformance to Company Vision and Values
  • Weekend shift coverage Fri-Sun 12 hour shifts


Operations Leadership
  • People 
    • Manage cross functional team, including objective setting, performance reviews, training development, and attendance management
    • Manage and further increase skills flexibility across the team
    • Resource planning to meet demands of the bottling operations and department operations

  • Safety
    • Promote and cascade the philosophy of Safety-First ensuring conformance to Company Vision and Values
    • Reinforce correct EHS behavior’s through personal example in all daily operations
    • Develop a strong understanding of best Process Safety practices, embed these safe practices in operating procedures
    • Participate in incident control Rota for Westthorn site
    • Manage and control Permits within operational area, including overseeing isolations as required

  • Performance - KPIs
    • Meet delivery requirements of internal and external customers, on time & in full
    • Ensure operational areas achieve the weekly output targets and drive metric improvements.
    • Participate in daily direction setting and ensuring that department supports sites operational needs
    • Enable BOS framework within area and drive performance utilizing systems

  • Champion structured Continuous Improvement (CI) and best practice
    • Promote and cascade the Company Vision and Values providing leadership, guidance and support to all direct reports via Process Excellence and Continuous Improvement
    • Champion CI, optimizing Global operating standards and lean manufacturing process tools
    • Root cause analysis to be completed for all bottling outages assigned against spirit prep with robust corrective measures identified and implemented

  • Compliance
    • Adherence to all HMRC regulations, capturing all transactions accurately on the appropriate business systems (SAP, EMCS, DRAMS and PCS7)
    • Ensure compliance to ISO and HACCP Standards.
    • Ensure transaction flow across bulk processing systems occur real time and accurately
    • Routine stock tacking and validation of system status to the physical status with in-depth system analysis for any anomalies identified

  • Quality
    • Maintain group quality standards – ensuring production of the highest quality spirit across all whisky brands and Gin

  • Finance
    • Capture and log all departmental spend to ensure in line with the assigned budget
    • Preparation of capital expenditure documentation for process development
  • Technical Leadership
    • Accountable for the accuracy of stock management system, quality and consistency of the spirit throughout process, safe introduction of new ways of working and liquid innovation
    • Provide leadership through a detailed understanding of the product and production processes to a multi-disciplined team
    • Close association with Bacardi group colleagues (Production, Master Blenders/Blenders, QA lab and spirit planning team) to ensure only top-quality spirit is provided to bottling
    • Drive global BOS programs across Spirit Supply operations teams

Skills and Experience

  • Experience in comparable position in FMCG company; spirit or beverage industry preferred
  • Experience as a multi-disciplined people manager
  • Exposure to safety-critical operations
  • Basic understanding of mechanical equipment and knowledge, preferably PCS7
  • Ability to establish and write procedures
  • ERP systems knowledge, preferably SAP, DRAMS and EMCS
  • Continuous Improvement: Able to suggest new ideas to improve performance and deliver the plan
  • Detailed focused with attention to detail

  • Ability to work independently under pressure and to work on own initiative 
  • Results-oriented: Demonstrates commitment, determination, motivation, energy and accountability
  • Facilitates team working, supports and encourages others. Effective collaborator and communicator with Bacardi support groups. Good team facilitator with ability to work with other functions. 
  • Honest, reliable, trustworthy and resilient 
  • Act with Bacardi’s Values of Family, Founders, and Fearless
  • Driving Licence

Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.

Disclaimer: Bacardi is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity. Diversity is core to our business: by embedding diversity into all aspects of our culture, we maximize the opportunity to achieve sustainable business success and growth. The duties and responsibilities described in the role profile might not be a comprehensive list.