Church of Oak Distillery

Church of Oak Distillery, Ballykelly Mills, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare.

Salary: €40,000 – €42,000 DOE

Plus Premiums & Benefits (private healthcare, pension)

Full-time, Permanent

Shift/Rotating schedule.

This role has core responsibility as a distillery operator within the Church of Oak distillery, carrying out all milling, mashing and distillation production processes as per the agreed production schedule. Full distillation operations training will be provided to the successful candidate. The successful candidate will play an important role in a small, but energetic team and must be a team player that is motivated and willing to learn and develop in the role.


– Ensure that safe working practices and quality procedures are strictly followed to ensure compliance with Irish Revenue, environmental legislation, ISO 9001, OHSAS 18001 and FEMAS requirements and to produce a safe product.

– Review, and keep updated, relevant Task Lists, SOP’s, work Instructions, and other relevant documentation to instigate the necessary changes post review.

– Ensure that all production targets are achieved as per the production plan laid out by the Head Distiller, including safety, quality volume and efficiency targets.

– Carry out basic plant maintenance, housekeeping and troubleshooting as scheduled and required to ensure that equipment availability is maximised for production.

– Maintain comprehensive records of all production processes in line with the distillery quality management system.

– Collect samples and perform laboratory based quality analysis through all stages of the production processes.

– Fill and store casks in accordance with the defined production plan.

– Identify and implement improvements that will enhance distillery operations through participation in team based continuous improvement activities.

Qualifications / Experience

– Qualification and/or experience in a Brewing or Distilling environment is advantageous.

– Production experience in the food, beverage or pharmaceutical industry is desirable.

– Experience in the basic maintenance of pumps, valves and other production equipment would be an advantage.


– Rostered 40hr average working week, to include a mixture of early shifts and late shifts, covering 7-day operations.

About Us:

We built Church of Oak on a foundation of simple principles. Facts and flavour. Process and possibilities. Respect for the planet. Ireland is our home, and we care about our provenance. From the first seed of the idea, we’ve made high-quality, multigrain whiskey with low impact methods. We went against the grain, championed creativity and challenged convention. Our legacy lives on in the generations that follow. We shape the traditions of tomorrow with the work we do today.

Church of Oak is a multi-grain distillery that produces an exciting range of distillates using local Kildare grains. The distillery is semi-automated and requires the skill and attention to detail of the team to ensure that our high-quality standards are consistently achieved. This is Irish whiskey but not as you know it.

Closing Application Date: 16th February 2024

Target Starting Date: Immediate

Interested candidates should apply for this position through email or by using Church of Oak LinkedIn page. For email, please send your cover letter and CV to [email protected]

Should you have any questions, please address them to Marie Byrne on the above email address.

Church of Oak is an equal opportunities employer.


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