Lead Technician

  • Job Reference: 00001055-1
  • Date Posted: 24 January 2020
  • Recruiter: Chivas Brothers Limited
  • Location: Kennington, London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Administration, Engineering, Manufacturing Operations, Trades & Services
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Purpose: To provide the support required to meet the business need for results in both production and planned and breakdown maintenance, ranging from hands-on work to operation of production equipment and administration through computerised systems.


  • Required to work at Kennington Distillery on a weekday/weekend cover pattern.May on occasion be required to travel to Plymouth to support operations and to travel to other sites for training purposes.

Key Responsibilities include:

  • Lead engineering compliance in Kennington.
  • Perform all operational tasks required to produce and despatch high quality final product from raw materials to meet business requirement.
  • Operation of stills and process equipment throughout all stages of the distillation process
  • Evaluate GNS and gin distillate quality.
  • Transfer gin distillate to Spirit Receive Vats and carry out and record accurate spirit account
  • Prepare Gin and despatch by road tanker (compounding as required, sampling & tanker loading)
  • Receipt and store raw materials (Botanicals and GNS)
  • Liaise with Chivas and Third Party planning departments for timely deliveries of GNS and Gin, as required.
  • Source and spot purchase transport for the collection and delivery of palletised goods as required.
  • Operate boiler plant.
  • Carry out mandatory compliance checks and maintain records.
  • Complete production and maintenance documentation accurately.
  • Operate company software systems, principally Spirit1, E1 & EAM.
  • Perform fault finding analysis, fault rectification and testing to optimise plant performance.
  • Appoint & monitor contractors to provide maintenance resource as required, in accordance with Company procedures.
  • To manage other site techs and contractors in the absence of the Gin Operations Manager
  • Carry out routine servicing, fault finding, repair, monitoring and testing of mechanical and electrical equipment across Distillery site.
  • Carry out general site mechanical and electrical maintenance as required.
  • Take instruction from and input records to computerised asset management system, prioritising, scheduling and implementing work in accordance with the schedule.
  • Liaise with external suppliers and contractors.
  • Carry out mandatory compliance checks and maintenance, keeping appropriate records
  • Communicate pro-actively with line management to plan and co-ordinate maintenance and repair activities.
  • Carry out general and mechanical maintenance tasks on all aspects of distillery site, including Visitors Centre, in accordance with Company procedures.

Key Skills & Experience Required:

  • Recognised Trade Qualifications (Electrical and instrumentation, 18th Edition)
  • Must be able to drive.
  • Multi-skilling qualifications.
  • Familiar with PC’s and Windows driven software.
  • Knowledge of Relevant Health & Safety legislation.

Key Skills & Experience Desirable:

  • COMPEX 01-04 and 05-06 qualification for working in hazardous areas
  • Demonstrate capability to develop new skills in operating Personal Computer and PLC based systems to control, monitor, maintain, communicate and report on production operations to the required standard.
  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively with others utilising various media
  • Demonstrate ability to develop new skills and train others
  • Understand and contribute to continuous improvement
  • Understand and influence effective energy utilisation and costs
  • Understand and reduce environmental impacts and carry out recycling of materials where appropriate