Graphic Designer Assistant

£TBC 12 Month Fixed Term Contract


Bruichladdich Distillery, on the island of Islay was originally built in 1881. It survived the 20th century almost intact, despite the cyclical nature of the whisky business. Corporate whim was to close it in 1994, but a group of private investors brought it back to life in 2001. Drawing on artisanal skills and a determination to challenge and disrupt traditional convention, they created a huge range of thought provoking and very high quality whiskies that were 100% distilled, matured and bottled on Islay. The maverick newcomers then further infuriated whisky traditionalist by introducing The Botanist, the first and only Islay Dry Gin, in 2011.

We are looking to recruit a Graphic Designer Assistant in our Design and Brand department. The job will be based in the distillery on the island of Islay.

POSITION TITLE: Graphic Designer Assistant (12 Month FTC)

DEPARTMENT: Design/Brand

MANAGER: Reporting to Design Manager/Team Leader

LOCATION: Islay, Scotland, UK

STARTING DATE: January 2018

POSITION OVERVIEW: You will primarily be responsible for the generation of pre-press artwork including brochures, and applying designs across a range of medias, so an eye for detail and the ability to work fast and faultlessly are both essential. You will also be directly involved in the creative design process for projects from start to finish, working with the rest of the team to develop ideas and solutions for both internal and external use. You will need to manage tasks and your own workload with the ability to manage multiple projects at once, take ownership of your work and deliver end results that surpass the initial brief.


  • Working to tight deadlines with the Bruichladdich Brand Team and external agencies you will be required to produce pre-press artwork to provide to suppliers for new products ensuring all mandatory legal requirements are met and all information regarding the products has been validated. After which it will be your responsibility to work with those suppliers to ensure designs are interpreted correctly and approve for final production.

  • To obtain then maintain a knowledge of legal market requirements and then to design and create label artwork for new products ensuring the legal requirements for each market are adhered to and update any existing label artwork in accordance with changes in legislations. To liaise with market handlers/importers to receive market approval prior to production.

  • Regarding new product development you will be required to organise and assist at meetings to inform and update all key personnel involved in the production and supply to markets the status and availability of any product. These meetings would be held in conjunction with procurement, bottling hall management and the brand team (who would introduce these products to markets according to your agreed delivery of all required dry goods from suppliers). This role would also require organising additional meetings to establish current stock availability in market in order that you were prepared for launch of a replacement product.

  • Design of new, and updating current client literature, in accordance with corporate branding guidelines.

  • Develop new, and maintain existing relationships with local and international suppliers to achieve timely and cost-effective delivery of products to the highest quality.

  • To oversee, and assist where necessary, your assistant to design and produce private and single cask labels in order that the bottling hall can complete these bottlings within their desired schedule.

  • To aid and guide your assistant in the design of shop ‘valinch’ labels for both Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte brands according to established corporate branding guidelines.


Required competencies

  • Recognised Graphic Design qualification or proven skill record/experience within the industry.

  • Must be fully proficient in working with Adobe Creative Suite (minimum Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) and Office 365 on both Macintosh and Windows environments.

  • The ability to self-govern your time regarding production of artwork for different elements of a project depending on their lead-time for production.

  • Project management skills with good awareness of costs, timing and quality standards, including when necessary to make decisions (where necessary) of one in favour of other.

  • The ability to multi-task projects and to work to tight deadlines.

  • The ability to work effectively with others within the Bruichladdich/Remy Cointreau group to ensure that product delivery is as communicated to the markets.

  • Presentation and communication skills (written and oral).

    Desirable competencies

  • Knowledge and experience of packaging design for spirits industry.

  • Understanding of requirements for alcohol labelling worldwide.

  • Good language skills.

  • A knowledge of Islay and Bruichladdich Products.

Application Details

Closing date:

Emma Crawford
Isle of Islay
PA49 7UN

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