Careers

About Kingsland Drinks

Kingsland Drinks are a premier independent UK supplier of wine and spirits specialising in providing a complete category solution. Using our consumer understanding and drinks experience, we provide innovative, bespoke solutions to become the partner of choice as we create value for our customers.

We have a rich history, with our site dating back to 1895. The first production of Wines & Spirits started in 1955. The company evolved into Kingsland and we are pioneers of the UK wine industry, being the first to use the Manchester shipping canal to transport wine.

We are extremely proud of who we are, and the team here have made us what we are today. Our people will shape our future. Times and technologies have changed, but today we stand for what we’ve always stood for: bringing our customers quality products and outstanding service, responsibly.

Kingsland operate in a culture of continuous improvement. We continuously invest in our people seeking to develop skills and expertise in all areas of Operations.

Kingsland is also committed to minimising the environmental impact of its activities and continually improving its environmental performance. We have been committed to implementing “green” practices in our day to day strategies, practices, and products for over 60 years. This is not new to us. It is in our DNA. Is it in yours?

We are proud of the Manchester roots that have grounded us so we find tangible ways to give back to the people who have contributed to our success: our fantastic employees and our much loved local community.

As well as being invited to actively participate with local charities and sporting events, our employees can expect the following benefits whilst working at Kingsland Drinks:

  • Annual bonus scheme - Discretionary based on KPI's
  • Training and development
  • Health Shield, pension, death in service benefit
  • Generous holiday entitlement that increases with length of service
  • Company day holiday
  • £25 contribution towards Christmas party
  • Vouchers and wine at Christmas
  • On-site free car parking
  • Discounted Staff Shop

We have a comprehensive Graduate Scheme at Kingsland Drinks designed to train and develop the future leaders of our business.

Working with a specialised Graduate recruitment partner, our Graduate candidates can expect to take part in a rewarding and engaging Assessment centre. You’ll be invited in to our business to learn more about us and will take part in activities specially designed for us to learn more about you.

Once successful, our Graduates benefit from real hands-on training and experience, developing a broad understanding of our business and the drinks industry over the course of two years.

As a Graduate Trainee, you will spend time in each department across the business to understand the processes of each area and will benefit from nationally recognised training and qualifications, and personalised professional coaching sessions to develop you as a person, as well as an employee of Kingsland Drinks.

A typical programme could look like:

Year 1

  • Cross departmental training
  • Wine Appreciation Course – WSET Level 1 and 2
  • Health and Safety Course – IOSH
  • Professional Coaching Sessions with an external facilitator

Year 2

  • Presentation Skills
  • Finance for Managers Course
  • Managerial Skills Course- ILM
  • Further departmental development

You’ve applied, so what’s next?

Once we’ve received your application it will be reviewed by our colleagues in HR and passed on to the hiring manager.

We might then invite you to take part in an informal telephone interview, ask you to complete some online tests, or come straight in for a face to face interview.

If your application is unsuccessful, you can be sure we will contact you to let you know.

At your interview you will be asked a mix of questions about your CV, and you will be asked to give some situational examples of when you displayed one of our values. You’ll also get the chance to ask us any questions you may have and learn a bit more about the role and about Kingsland.

It could be that we make an offer after this interview, but we usually like to invite you back in for a tour of the site so that you can make sure we are right for you too.

Again, we will always keep you updated on the status of your application at every stage of the process.

If you become our latest employee, you will be integrated in to the company right from the word ‘go’ and our first day induction is designed to equip you with everything you need to know to survive your first day and enjoy it!

Our people are the heart and soul of Kingsland. We believe that the success of the business is dependent upon the skills, attitudes, flexibility and commitment of our employees. During your first few months you will be given a professional self-development plan which is designed to add value not only on a personal level but also to improve your ability to contribute to the company.

Meet some of our current employee’s…

Andy

Sample Coordinator

How long have you been at Kingsland Drinks?

I have been working at Kingsland Drinks for 2 months as of Friday 13th September (already!!)

What do you like most about your role?

My role is very varied, no day is the same and I get to work with all aspects of the company from Sales & Marketing to Buying which creates great opportunities to learn more and see where you want to progress within the company. Everyone is incredibly friendly and welcoming, making you feel totally at ease, even when you’re meeting so many different people all at once! The support I have received for my WSET (Wine & Spirit Education Trust) qualifications has been second to none. I am given time during working hours to study, and am involved in many tastings which has been a massive help!

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Bria

HR Assistant

How long have you been at Kingsland Drinks?

I have been at Kingsland for almost four years. I initially started working part time in the accounts department after leaving University, when a HR Administrator role became available, and I was given the opportunity to join the HR team.

What do you like most about your role?

I can work with many different people across the organisation, whether that’s in the finance team, marketing team, or in the production department. It allows you to get to know people throughout the business. Each day is different with different challenges. It’s a very dynamic role: one day I could be inputting figures on agency spreadsheets, and the next day I could be organising a charity bake off! Everyone is really friendly at Kingsland which creates a great atmosphere to work in.

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Dan

Manufacturing Shift Manager

How long have you been at Kingsland Drinks?

I started Kingsland in April 2017 as a Shift Engineer.

What do you like most about your role?

The thing I enjoy most about my role at Kingsland Drinks, is the variety of tasks we are faced with on a day to day basis. The company are always keen to train and develop their staff to help employees reach their full potential. I am proud to be an example of this training and development process that’s seen me move in to management in the production hall.

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Emily

Material Control Manager

How long have you been at Kingsland Drinks?

Since December 2016

What do you like most about your role?

Every day is different! I work in a department that is all about problem solving and it is always ‘in the moment’. Most of the problems and issues I deal with are ‘live’ and happening on the production line, so quick thinking is vital. Throughout my time at Kingsland, I have worked in 4 different roles, each one has been totally different, and has taught me a new skill. I joined Kingsland through the Graduate Scheme which was a great introduction to the company and to industry. My training and development have not stopped since finishing the scheme and I hope to develop and move further through the ranks at Kingsland.

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