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Who’s Who & Who’s New!

We’ve been shaking things up a bit here at Murphy & Son; expanding our warehouse, investing in new production equipment and ensuring our entire site is food grade standard. It’s a time of continuous progression, as our old strapline goes ‘advancing through technical expertise’ and as our new strapline denotes, it’s all about ‘Quality, Consistency & Support’.

As part of this, changes are also afoot in our technical team, so we thought we should update you all and introduce our latest recruits!  The team are all available via

Iain Kenny started with us last June 2017, and dived head first into his new role providing technical support for those of you based in the Midlands and much of Wales (anywhere between the M4 and M62, give or take). Iain comes to Murphys with a BSc Hons in Brewing and Distilling gained at Heriot-Watt University, including a placement at Tennants. Between then and now, Iain was Head Brewer for Kelham Island and owned and managed his own brewing and consultancy business, working with numerous breweries across South Yorkshire and the Midlands. With experience pretty much tailored for the role, it’s no wonder Iain’s fitted into work at Murphys so well!

Working alongside Iain is Nick Brading, who’s been an integral member of the Murphys team for many years now. You may well know Nick from his work in the export market, although Nick will now be focusing much of his efforts on supporting breweries in the North of England and Scotland and making his international ventures more occasional. In case you didn’t know, Nick is a bit of a genius and speaker extraordinaire, so we’d thoroughly recommend catching him talk should you have the opportunity. Before Murphys, Nick worked for Shipstones, Ruddles and Carlsberg International, oh and he’s a Master Brewer.

Our latest recruit to the technical team is Mat Henney. Mat comes to us with a broad range of experience, gained through his work as Brewer at Randalls Brewery (Guernsey), Second Brewer at Dartmoor Brewery and most recently Head Brewer at New Lion Brewery. Mat will be taking over from Adam Johnson as Technical Sales Rep for the South of England and very South of Wales. He has a BSc Hons & Dipl Brew training from the IBD and is on the cusp of completing the Master Brewer qualification. We’re very pleased to welcome Mat to our team, and have no doubt he’ll be an invaluable addition and instrumental in ensuring we continue to advance with you, the brewers, in mind.

Where’s Adam Johnson off to you say? He’s not leaving us, just moving a little further afield and will be our man on the ground in Europe! Adam will now be based out of Germany, so if you’re based in mainland Europe or Ireland and need technical support, Adam is your man! Adam’s has a BSc Hons & Dipl Brew from Heriot-Watt, and before Murphys worked for Carlsberg-Tetley, Belhaven Brewery and as Technical Brewer at St Austell brewery. Adam will be working closely with our Export Manager, Tom Wiszniewski, another new recruit who joined the company last year from a similar position as part of the medical industry. Tom is now our chief traveller, pursuing leads across the globe and already leading us to success. It also seems pertinent to mention our ventures in the US market as Murphy & Son Inc, which is being led by the brilliant Jamie Carmichael. Jamie is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland where he studied Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt and became a Watt Club Medal winner. Since then he’s worked in breweries far and wide, including Von Trapp (Vermont), Heather Ale (Scotland), Little Creatures (Australia) and Green Man (New Zealand), and has now settled in Massachusetts.

From globetrotting to a little closer to home, our onsite team are essential to our technical offering too. Hopefully you all know Frances Maud well, Fran is our Murphy HQ Technical Rep and always at the end of the phone ready to answer your questions (well during the working week that is). We’re also pleased to welcome two new managers to our onsite team. Richard Haywood joined us in July 2017 and is now our Head of Technical; we’re already seeing the benefits of his scrupulous and methodical approach! Before Murphys Richard worked for Bass/Molson Coors, starting his career there in the laboratories and then moving onto production management across the brewing process. In 2003 Richard qualified as a Master Brewer and then moved to the maltings plant as Quality Manager. Richard has been joined on the senior management team by our latest recruit, Brandon Critchell, who is our new Head of Sales. Previous to his role at Murphys Brandon was Area Manager for Marstons, so shares in our love of beer. Together with Chris Cleal, Head of Operations, Brandon and Richard will be streamlining our systems and improving customer service here at Murphys, under the leadership of our Managing Director Christine Fleming and Deputy Managing Director Charles Nicholds.

Phew! Think that just about covers it.

Murphy & Son are proud to be expanding our team so we can better support the beverage industry far and wide.


Job Advert – Laboratory Manager

This role entails the management of all laboratory staff (currently a team of 6), in both Chemistry and Microbiology laboratories.

Work carried out in the laboratories covers: Quality Control testing of raw materials and all products manufactured on site in accordance with the ISO9001 Quality System, testing of samples supplied by customers and testing under the UKAS ISO 17025 banner.

The day to day duties involve:


  • To coordinate both chemistry and microbiology laboratory staff on a day to day basis
  • To set and measure productivity targets
  • To undertake annual appraisals for all laboratory staff
  • To carry out one to one meetings and review staff objectives
  • To hold regular laboratory meetings
  • To train laboratory staff in relevant laboratory roles
  • To attend weekly management meetings
  • To liaise with other managers with regards to any company business that involves the laboratory


  • To confirm Quality Control testing of manufactured products and sign off batch cards
  • To compile laboratory reports to send out to customers
  • To liaise with customers regarding samples and to discuss the relevance of test results
  • To field customer technical queries via email and telephone
  • To provide laboratory testing quotes to customers
  • To liaise with the Technical Sales Representatives with regards to any specific customer analyses/trials
  • To ensure laboratory consumables are ordered and stock levels are correct
  • To provide cover in the absence of other laboratory staff
  • To develop and promote new methods and test procedures, in conjunction with the Product Manager and the R&D team
  • Extend the range of UKAS accredited testing offered to customers


  • Liaise with the Compliance department to meet the needs of and QRESH objectives
  • To carry out internal audits
  • To assist with external auditors on the day of auditing
  • To undertake the role of UKAS Quality Manager and UKAS Deputy Technical Manager


  • Be a good all round manager
  • Have good communication skills
  • Have knowledge of good laboratory practices
  • Have knowledge of ISO9001 Quality Management systems
  • Have knowledge of ISO17025 UKAS systems
  • Preferably knowledge of BRC standards
  • Knowledge of the brewing, food and beverage industries would be an advantage
  • Have experience of working in, and preferably managed, a chemistry or microbiology laboratory

Hours: 8.30 – 5.00 Monday to Friday

Holidays: 22 days plus bank holidays rising to 25 days.

Salary: £28,000-£32,000 depending upon experience.

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If you would like to apply for the above position please could you send  your CV and a covering letter to all applications will be treated as confidential.

The closing date for all roles is Friday 26th May at 12.00pm.



Job Vacancy: Sales/Commercial Manager

Sales/Commercial Manager – NOW CLOSED

Reporting to Charles Nicholds and more generally to the executive Board.

The primary objective of the Sales/Commercial Manager is to promote and develop the Company’s sales opportunities through self supporting initiatives and the progressive management of the ‘external technical sales team that currently total 7 people including one person full time in the USA.

To manage and oversee the internal sales team including 4 internal orders takers.

To fulfil this role, you will need to be experienced with analysing all aspects of our sales data, product costing and profitability. By analysing our customer’s product mix, profitability and technical support, you will direct the ‘team’ to maximise their effectiveness.

Manage and oversee all our global distributors directly. Travel will be required to these accounts throughout the year.

The role entails researching the effectiveness of our competitors both home and abroad and using the information gained to improve our own competitive advantage.

As and when required, to be able to complete and present tenders, negotiate contracts and play an active role in the future costing and pricing initiatives of the Company.

You will co-ordinate our marketing, advertising, exhibitions and promotional activities, including all website issues.

The role will entail the investigation of potential new business, whether at new customers or with new products and to analyse any threats to existing business.

You will coordinate the introduction of new products, ensuring that all research, literature and promotion is carried out, including the training of all relevant staff.

You will be involved in promoting any training within the team that can have an impact on improving the Company’s customer focus. This may include best telephone practice, relevant information gathering by the technical team and sales order process operations. With proactive action on any issues which affects customer satisfaction and service expectations.

Actively involved in discussing, writing and delivering on company objectives for you team. Focusing predominantly on Quality, Consistency and Support. Including managing internal and external sales meetings using this as a monthly focus to tweak and direct your assessment of what is required to develop the successful growth of the Company’s sales performance.  At all times make recommendations to the Directors on anything that in your opinion would improve the technical team’s ability to operate smarter.

Salary: dependent on the level of experience.

To apply for the position please send your CV and covering letter to

The closing date for applications is Friday 5th May 2017 at 12.00pm.

Job Vancancy: Research & Development Scientist

Reporting to: Technical Director/Product Manager

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Murphy and Son Ltd is a highly successful, market leading company in the brewing and beverage industry and we are seeking an experienced Research and Development Scientist to join our team.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Development of new products and formulations for the brewing industry

The successful candidate will be given specific research projects aimed at creating new products for use in the brewing industry. The project overview and guidance will be provided by the Technical Director / Product Manager. The candidate will be expected to conduct all necessary testing and research for the project with the goal of producing financially viable product offerings to the brewing industry.

  • Testing of raw materials and innovations in the industry

This will involve examining and assessing new sources of supply offered to the company either to satisfy developing market needs via new innovations or alternative variants of raw materials sourced through the procurement team.

  • Product development of existing products

Work will be required on products manufactured on site. Testing will look to analyse existing product properties and where possible improve upon them. Examples of possible testing include determining rates of breakdown of active ingredients to establish shelf life or the effects of various storage conditions on materials.

  • Development of test methods and processes for use in Quality Assurance

To increase the range and accuracy of testing performed on products, the successful candidate will be expected to validate existing test methods and provide a written report of their findings. They will also be required to look at developing new methods to increase the number of parameters that can be tested by our Quality Assurance department.

  • Providing adhoc assistance to the Quality Assurance department

On occasions the successful candidate may be required to support the existing Quality Assurance department with laboratory testing of products.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Degree Level education (or equivalent) in Chemistry, Biochemical Sciences, Forensic Science or related fields;
  • Competent user of Microsoft Word and Excel; Experience at producing written laboratory / project reports; and
  • Ideally, a Background in Research and Development and project development.

Personal Skills

  • An inquisitive mind;
  • Ability to manage workloads and work to deadlines;
  • Have a high attention to detail;
  • Be self-motivated and able to work independently and as part of a team; and
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

To apply for the position please send your CV and covering letter

The closing date for applications is Friday 19th October 2016 at 12.00pm.