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HR Manager

About the role

HR Manager

The Artisanal Spirit Company (ASC) is building a premium, direct to consumer, high growth, high margin, global spirits group. At its core, ASC is driven by the Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS), supported by additional brands.

The Artisanal Spirit Company believes in doing things differently. They own the SMWS, which was established in 1983 and has grown from serving a small group of whisky enthusiasts in Edinburgh to being the world’s leading whisky club, with a worldwide community of over 34,000 passionate members.

In 2021 they launched JG Thomson & Co, a new brand focused on offering an adventurous and exceptional range of small batch blended spirits. They also have plans to take advantage of opportunities in the sizable and fast-growing American whiskey market.

The ASC was admitted as a publicly listed company on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange in June 2021, which raised £15 million to invest in various aspects of the business, a significant proportion of which came from SMWS members themselves.

Their international development continues as a significant success story for ASC and remains a clear area for growth alongside the long-established UK market. They now operate in more than 20 countries, including United States, China, Japan, Germany, Canada and Australia.

ASC believe that their business model is unique because they focus on offering world-class single cask, single malt products that delight premium spirits drinkers globally, as well as exceptional small batch blended whiskies and spirits.

Their soul has long been inspired by pioneering people with big dreams and bold plans. They seek out whisky and spirits in their purest form, and prize flavour above everything.


The Role

This is a unique opportunity to join them on their journey as HR Manager. In this role you will act as the custodian and leader of all people matters across the organisation, which is circa 100 employees globally, The HR Manager will support ASC in ensuring that every one of their global employees feels part of this very special organisation.

The HR Manager will be focused on unlocking value through imagining and enabling exceptional employee experiences. Our employee experience matched with our values & behaviours, will support the ASC ambition.  Talent & organisation development is one of the ASC;s five strategic pillars, which importantly works across all the pillars.  Look holistically at their culture propositions, joining the dots across ASC and their members, keeping focused on the needs and motivations of the global teams as well as the business value drivers in their passion to create incredible experiences.

The HR Manager will develop a People strategy to ensure employee engagement and satisfaction, you will use research  data and direct feedback to identify opportunities in the employee experience building a strategy that will deliver success.  The ASC believes a thriving culture and a driven team is a winning combination.

Exceptional employee communication and interaction will form a key part of this role ensuring that communications are conducted in an inclusive and consistent approach, connected to the vision, purpose and values of the organisation.


The Successful Candidate

We are seeking an experienced HR professional who has worked in a fast paced, commercial environment with a Global mindset and ability to navigate different working practices and cultures. This role will be supported by an HR administrator and will work with the leaders of the ASC to drive all People related matters, therefore the ability to influence and engage with stakeholders at all levels is essential for success in this role.


How to apply

Interested candidates should send their CV, with full remuneration details, to Jaclyn Needham of FWB Park Brown at For a confidential conversation, please call 0131 539 7087.