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Spirit Quality Technician (shifts, incl. weekends)

Job Name

Spirit Quality Technician (shifts, incl. weekends)


United Kingdom




Operations - Supply Chain - Logistics - Procurement

Reporting Line:

Laboratory Manager

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Alena Eliseeva

About the role

Your Opportunity

Support the key performance indicators in relation to spirit quality by ensuring prompt release of spirit and driving reduction in consumer complaints. 
  • Sensory and chemical analysis of all products
  • Maintain the laboratory facility, all samples submitted to the laboratory and all data relating to the samples
  • Ensure that all equipment is maintained and calibrated. 
24-36 hours / week, min. 3 days, incl. weekends. 

About You
  • Quality Lab / Spirits Industry Experience with Organoleptic Analysis capability also preferred 
  • Live the 3F’s: 
    • Fearless - Challenge to drive improvement. Embrace and lead changes. 
    • Founders - Put the consumer at the centre of actions and decisions. Implement best practice. 
    • Family - Build connections and collaborate across functions / locations. Treat others with respect. 


With our Consumer at the heart, your key focus will be to:
  • Operate, maintain and troubleshoot specialist instrumentation such as density meter, spectrophotometer, GC, HPLC, AAS and any other such instrumentation, having first undertaken specific training. 
  • Sensory Analysis – prepare samples for Sensory Panel, maintain reference samples, reporting any anomalous results. Sensory analysis of samples for positive release. 
  • Key stakeholders include Distilling, Bulk, Bottling, Blending, Quality, NPD, Logistics and Co-packers. Prioritise samples according to the needs of the business, using LIMS to record samples and their results 
  • Collaborate with other areas to investigate and resolve issues from non-conformance samples and consumer complaints. 
  • Apply 5S principles to the laboratory environment, ensuring good housekeeping and maintaining stocks of consumables and store all incoming samples appropriately in accordance with HMR&C guidelines. 
  • Participate in the review and continuous improvement of lab techniques and operating procedures, suggest and implement improvements and benchmark against other laboratories. 
  • Review and carry out COSHH and risk assessments of the laboratory area, operating within EHS guidelines and participate fully in internal and external SQS audits. 

Skills and Experience

The Skills & Experience needed to create your legacy
  • Quality Lab / Spirits Industry Experience
  • Tertiary education in science (essential) and General Certificate / Diploma in Distilling (preferable) 
  • Relevant IT systems experience e.g. Microsoft Office, LIMS, Chemstation, SAP
  • Organoleptic Analysis experience
  • Excellent attention to detail 
Personal Qualities
  • Ability to work as part of a team or on your own initiative with strong interpersonal and communication skills. 
  • Have flexibility (including overtime and shift cover) and high levels of motivation, striving for continuous improvement. 
  • Maintain responsibility and accountability through personal commitment and behaviour
  • Live the 3 F’s – Fearless, Founder’s Mentality, Family.  

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.