HOLYROOD DISTILLERY

Holyrood Distillery is distinctively different. From the spirits created to the unique visitor experience inside our 180 year old railway goods shed-turned-distillery, everything focuses on creating amazing flavours that delight taste buds. 

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Managing & Commercial Director

Would you thrive on leading an embryonic whisky business as it looks to grow and scale? Do you possess demonstrable strategic commercial and brand building experience and thrive on opening new markets? Do you bring knowledge of the intricacies of the whisky sector?

If so, then please read on. We are delighted to be partnering with Holyrood Distillery on their search for a Managing & Commercial Director. Holyrood Distillery, Edinburgh’s first single malt whisky distillery in 100 years, opened its doors in July 2019 creating a wave of excitement as the distillery embarked on its journey to become one of the city’s major visitor attractions.

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Founded by Rob Carpenter, who also founded the Canadian arm of the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and David Robertson, former Macallan master distiller, Holyrood Distillery is housed in a former railway goods shed dating back to 1831 on the edge of Holyrood Park and produces a range of gins and gin liqueurs with the first bottled single malt expected in 2022.

The Managing & Commercial Director appointment is a critical hire following a restructure as part of this next phase for business growth. As a key member of the Board, the Managing & Commercial Director will be the driving force behind business growth, forging new markets and channels overseeing all business operations, people, and ventures.

Key to this role will be developing and executing the company’s business strategy with an emphasis on building a compelling consumer ‘Holyrood Distillery’ brand across the product portfolio and to drive distribution within key channels and markets, both in the UK and internationally. Maximising return on investment from existing operational infrastructure will be critical as part of this growth to deliver operational scale and ensuring the product portfolio and NPD is aligned to market opportunities. Developing strategic plans, both immediate and long term, supported by key financial measures, which can be communicated to the board and key investors effectively will also be a fundamental part of this role as the Managing & Commercial Director leads the business through this next phase.  

The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership experience to the board and chair, building strong working relationships with all members as well as key investor stakeholders, ensuring they have an accurate view of the business and market.

Leading a team of people across all functions will be critical, developing a high performing team, as well as building trust not only with employees, but with all other external stakeholders.

What does it take to be successful in this role?

First and foremost, we are looking for senior leadership experience with strong commercial acumen. You will bring a hybrid of skills with a strong track record in sales, distributor development and brand building as well as broader business management expertise. Entrepreneurial flair is essential and a background of working with an early stage business and fundraising would be highly advantageous. Exceptional commercial, communication and presentation skills are required with the ability to inspire and bring bold thinking! Given our current market, the ability to embrace change bringing high levels of resilience to achieve business success will be vital. This is without doubt a fantastic opportunity given the uniqueness of the distillery and their story with firm building blocks in place to help pivot the business to the next stage.

This is a tremendous chance to join a growth focused and ambitious business where you can be a key driving force on its impressive upward trajectory. If you are up for this challenge and possess the necessary skills, experience, and attitude, then we would love to hear from you!

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Denholm are delighted to be working exclusively with Loch Lomond Group; one of the most exciting and fast-growing global spirits companies in the country. To assist with their growth ambitions, they are looking to recruit a commercially astute and strategic marketer to join their team in a newly created role, as Head of Whisky Marketing.

Reporting to the Chief Marketing Officer, the Head of Whisky will create and drive a comprehensive and strategic brand plan including positioning, range architecture and pricing strategy to allow delivery of the business growth ambitions. You will have a background of working with premium spirits and be confident in launching NPD and range extensions across the global marketplace, ensuring alignment to the brand values through promotional toolkits. In addition to a background in brand-building, with the consumer at the heart of global activations, you will have experience of leading brand communications across all platforms including digital, sponsorship, PR and Events.

The Head of Whisky will be a visionary thinker and will bring passion and enthusiasm to the role. You will have the ability to nurture and lead a high performing team to ensure that all strategic plans are translated into commercially successful activations.

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The Loch Lomond Group are seeking a commercially-savvy Sponsorship and Events Manager to join the marketing team.

You will be responsible for developing Loch Lomond Group's sponsorship and events strategy and delivering a program of activities and partnerships that will support the business growth ambitions. Other responsibilities include managing renewals and negotiations, overseeing communication with sponsors as well as aligning business and market needs.

The Sponsorship & Events Manager is a key role in the business. We are looking for a dynamic, entrepreneurial and driven professional who has an understanding of how to build brand advocacy through sponsorship and events. You will ideally come from a marketing and sponsorship background in spirits or have a passion and understanding of the category and its nuances.

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We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking to add a Communication Lead to our fast-growing team. You’ll be a trusted advisor to clients across several sectors in all aspects of communication, external affairs, marketing and issues management.

Coming from an agency or consultancy environment, at Account Director level, you’ll report directly to the Managing Director and be responsible for a small and busy multi-disciplinary team. You’ll have first-class project management skills, be solutions-driven and excellent commercial acumen too. Alongside the senior team, you’ll work to drive the strategic growth of Aspect.

Your core duties will include:

  • Working with the MD to develop and deliver growth strategies
  • Attracting and retaining profitable clients across a range of sectors
  • Leading the creation and execution of strategic communication programmes
  • Inspiring, leading and developing multi-disciplinary teams
  • Developing strong relationships with clients, colleagues and associates
  • Producing high quality pitches and proposals to secure new business
  • Curating, nurturing and managing a team of talented associates

You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • 7+ years of senior leadership experience within an agency or consultancy
  • Outstanding writing skills and the ability to engage and excite an audience
  • An impressive track record of client attraction, retention and growth
  • The ability to thrive fast-paced environment managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong influencing and leadership skills to motivate and inspire those around you
  • Excellent planning, evaluation and project management skills
  • To develop new processes, systems and ways of working to drive performance

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We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for several Communication Advisors to join our fast-growing team. You’ll have previous agency experience at Account Manager level and be passionate about delivering excellent results for clients.

You might be a specialist in PR and media relations who produces compelling editorial content across a range of topics and sectors. Your expertise might lie in marketing, creative projects and digital content, turning bright ideas into impactful campaigns. Or you might be a public affairs expert who understands the policy landscape and helps clients build influential relationships.

Whatever your specialism, you’ll be an excellent writer, full of creative ideas, with proven client management experience and the ability to provide expert advice our clients.

Your key duties will include:

  • Developing and delivering a wide range of project and campaigns
  • Creating compelling content that engages audiences and influences behaviour
  • Managing the delivery of creative, design and digital projects
  • Retaining and growing activity with existing clients by delivering exceptional results
  • Producing winning proposals and pitches to secure new business
  • Creating strong relationships with our clients, colleagues and associates
  • Delivering high-quality work on time and on budget and with passion
  • Actively measuring, evaluating and reporting performance

You’ll be a skilled communicator, interested and knowledgeable about the key issues shaping the external environment. In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:

  • Exceptional writing skills and real attention to detail
  • Great client management, communication and presentation skills
  • An ability to work at pace across numerous clients and projects
  • Creativity, confidence and calmness under pressure
  • That you’re a strong team player, who can inspire colleagues to deliver great results
  • Excellent planning, prioritisation and project management skills
  • A delivery-focussed attitude
  • A desire to learn, develop and grow

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