We live by our values.
We attract talent with our values-based recruitment and strive to provide the very best onboarding experience.
We develop our people by creating career pathways and opportunities. We promoted 21% of employees into new roles in 2021.
We celebrate diversity, across gender – 40% female, nationality, and thought leadership.
This year we are committed to taking our culture to the next level by conducting engagement surveys and acting on this feedback, as well as ongoing structured training for our people.
The first certified carbon neutral distillery in Australia.
Lark is to Australian whisky, what Penfolds is to Australian wine. Our time has arrived to shine both at home and abroad, and to fulfil our vision to be a global icon in single malt whisky while being considered the most innovative distillery in the world. We are proud Tasmanians who are wildly ambitious, driven by passion and above all fiercely determined.
Our credentials are real (First Tasmanian Single Malt Whisky, Founders of the Australian Whisky industry, Bill Lark the Godfather of Australian Whisky) and, humbly, our reputation has been earned (First Australian distillery certified carbon neutral, 2020 and 2021 Finalist in IWSC Worldwide Whisky Producer of the Year, 2020 SIP Innovation Award).
Based in Tasmania, The House of Lark comprises one brand, three operating distilleries, an onsite cooperage, 5 hospitality venues, engaged social channels, an e-commerce platform – but most importantly Lark has a team, a culture and an ethos that is simply quite special and very unique. Family led, we are creatively brave and above all we are defined by the quality of our liquid (and if you haven’t tried Lark you’re missing out on one of life’s great treats).
Our 30 year journey has had its share of ups and downs, learnings and achievements, but we win and lose together as a team. We have spent the past 3 years diligently preparing Lark to become a global icon and the platform of assets, strategy, structure, people, systems and process’ are almost ready to be tested. This is where you come in.
Lark is ready, the brand is primed and the whisky is flowing ready to pursue an export strategy, but to do so we require the leadership of a proven COO with prior experience in alcohol and/or proven success selling into tough international markets.
You will take the lead on the development and execution of our export sales strategy and the recruitment of agents, distributors, direct employees around the globe with an immediate focus on China, South East Asia, the Middle East and selected parts of North America (you must have a proven track record in two of these markets). You will do this while being responsible for all other commercial functions in the business (sales, marketing, hospitality, e-commerce, NPD and management accounting).
You will translate the requirements of individual markets to the wider Lark team and be adept at planning and project management across commercials, NPD and sales execution. You understand the complexity of country specific launch planning and what’s required to bring an organisation on this journey. This isn’t your first rodeo!
Reporting to the current CEO, you will be ideally placed to replace the incumbent after having proven success with the Lark export programme.
You’re not at the start of your career and by no means at the end either. You are ready to have an impact and desirous of making a difference – it’s your time to shine and apply all of your formal and informal training and learnings here at Lark.
You provide visionary leadership, clear direction and foster a collaborative and innovative culture. You’re an exceptional communicator (oral and written) who understands the importance of commercial imperatives, relationships and longevity. You have EQ to burn and a big imagination with a long runway. Tech savvy, you are University qualified and your CV has great pedigree in terms of past roles, employers and achievements. You have been mentored often and your reputation is without equal but with no ego.
Travel excites you, road time is motivating and your personal situation allows you a freedom to explore the world as and when required to lead the Lark team and brand. Where you live in Australia is up to you but you know how to switch off, you know how to laugh and you’re a thoroughly decent human being.
Just now as you’ve just finished reading this brief you’re messaging friends saying “ODG – check this out”. This is your Simon Sinek Why moment. This is the role you have been waiting for and the role that you are ready for.
Yes, we are asking a lot but, Lark, our shareholders, the team, the whisky, Bill Lark and Tasmania are all ready for Lark to become a global whisky icon so yes, we need you to be a lot more than just ok.
We are ready to be blown away. Tell us what you would do and how you would do it. The stage is yours.
If you’d like more information about this opportunity with Lark Distillery, please get in touch with Denholm Associates today.
Scott started his career working for one of the leading Advertising & Comms agencies in Edinburgh where he spent 7 years before moving in to recruitment in 2011. As such, he is well-networked in the Marketing & Comms space across Scotland. With a friendly and consultative approach, Scott is genuinely passionate about providing a positive journey to both candidates and clients alike and believes communication plays a big part in this. A “thinking-outside-the-box recruiter”, he is known for helping candidates portray the best version of themselves and helping clients find talent for those hard to fill roles.
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 or above, 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:
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:
We’re a passionate and professional team who thrive in issue-rich environment and we’re looking for Senior Communication Advisors, Communications Advisors and Communications Executives to join their fast-growing team.
You’ll have previous agency experience at Senior Account Manager or 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 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:
In addition, to be considered for this role, you must be able to demonstrate:
Andy has been recruiting in Technology, Change & Transformation since 2001. Delivering tailored resource solutions as trusted advisor to clients ranging from start-ups through to global blue-chip organisations across contract, permanent, fixed term, and managed service/statement of work solutions. He has experience providing candidates for Helpdesk through to CIO and takes great pride in providing excellent customer service and ensuring each candidate journey is a positive one. An expert in his market he can provide guidance across current market trends.
Our aim is to combat illicit online trade by identifying and removing counterfeits for sale. Counterfeits not only damage brands, their reputations, and revenues, but can cause significant harm to the end customer – whether as a fake toy or a fake medicine – and the consequences can be life threatening.
Counterfeiting is a significant economic and social issue.
The OECD reports that counterfeit and fake goods make up more than 3.3% of the world’s global trade. Those involved in the trade of counterfeits have been linked to people trafficking, prostitution, and drug dealing.
As such, reducing illicit trade is about much more than brand protection but also about human rights, safety, and social equity.
And this is what we do, every day.
Our people are our most important asset, and their mental well-being and happiness are core to our success. We love our diverse workforce, actively embrace flexible working (even pre-pandemic!) and encourage a healthy work-life balance. We have been recognised as one of the most diverse SME workplaces in the UK and are holders of the Scottish Business Pledge which exists to promote a fairer Scotland. We have also just been included in the 2021 Culture Leaders Top 25 – an accolade of which we are very proud!
We are a fully inclusive and nurturing employer and, despite being in tech, the majority of our team are women, leading to accolades in the Computing Magazine Women in IT Awards and the Amazon Growing Business Awards. We currently represent 15 nationalities and speak 20 languages. Age is no barrier, and we recruit for attitude, providing and encouraging appropriate learning and training for each and every role.
We are also proud members of IP Inclusive, a network of professionals working to make the intellectual property industry more diverse.
We deliver purpose-driven work from an extremely welcoming environment near the City Centre. We actively encourage the responsible use of resources, from using public transport to reuse, recycling, and, of course, a minimal impact office environment. We have benefited from the advice of the Energy Saving Trust and Resource Efficient Scotland. Our waste contractor also provides us with a monthly report on volumes and types of material and the carbon emissions avoided through recycling.
Over 80% of our employees can walk or cycle to The Lair and, pre-pandemic, 10% were using public transport as their normal daily commuting mode. Without doubt, online meetings will replace considerable miles, going forward, saving resources, time and energy. Where possible, when possible, the train remains our preferred option.
As well as working in close collaboration with our clients, and the online marketplaces, we are active members of groups that have been established to combat illicit trade. These include the Scottish Anti-Illicit Trade Group, the European Intellectual Property Office, The Scottish Business Resilience Centre, the Anti-Counterfeiting Group, and the China Britain Business Council. Members of our senior management sit on the boards of ACID (Anti-Copying in Design), the Scottish Ministerial Trade Board, and the European Union Intellectual Property Office’s Observatory Panel for SMEs, amongst others.
Each team member nominates good causes or charities that are supported on both an individual and corporate basis. Wherever possible, we support the employee’s involvement whether through time or fundraising events.
James has a decade of experience within the FMCG sector where he has partnered with a wide range of businesses placing key appointments at all levels including Director/ Board level. Driving growth across our Manufacturing & Engineering function, James specialises in Production, Operations, Engineering, Quality, HSE, Technical, NPD and Supply Chain. With his passion and expertise in these areas, James supports candidates and clients by working closely to understand their needs and wants providing exceptional service.