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Woodford Reserve - 2nd Shift Processing Operator

Brown Forman

Location: Versailles, Kentucky

Job Type: Full time

Last updated

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A career at Brown-Forman is just like a good bottle of bourbon: unique and refined, with a bit of a kick. Making our products from barrel to bottle requires detailed planning along each step. Just like bourbon production, our employees work in many different aspects to create the best possible product. This way, our customers can enjoy the world-class brands we promise to deliver. Here’s the kicker - we, too, get to enjoy this process, just one of the sweet benefits of leading the market with the world’s favorite whiskey. Whether in the ground, in the store, or in the office, we hand pick all of our ingredients in order to be proud of what we achieve.

Support 2nd shift processing operations, including entering and removing barrels from warehouses, filling and dumping barrels and processing liquid including bulk, by the barrel, and personal selections in collaboration with the reguage team, lead processing operator, and Personal Selection Operator. Will operate a forklift, cut whiskey tanks and record information in accordance with operating procedures. Inventory management responsibilities including but not limited to accurately logging inventory movements, executing cycle counts, tanker load outs, and entering batch dumps into SAP. Must maintain a high degree of flexibility to support overtime work, vacation and off-shift coverage, as determined by the business needs of our multi-shift operation.



  • Promote accident prevention by adhering to all safety guidelines and standards, actively participating in all required training, identifying, communicating and eliminating potential hazards and maintaining consistent communication with Health & Safety Manager and EHS Committee

  • Adhere to all PPE guidelines, including wearing steel toed/slip resistant safety shoes, hearing protection, safety glasses and gloves (as required)


  • Contribute to a team environment, providing support to other areas of the operation as needed and adapting to change in a positive and professional manner

  • Communicate in a professional and respectful manner at all times and to all colleagues, contractors and visitors

  • Demonstrate strong relationship building skills

  • Actively seek diverse points of view to help make decisions and solve problems

  • Partner with supervisor and plant leadership to build an inclusive work environment

  • Effectively and professionally work with people from a wide range of backgrounds/skills


  • Collaborate with quality control team to ensure adherence to quality standards, collecting and recording all quality data as required

  • Clean and maintain all work areas and all pieces of equipment daily following cGMPs

  • Perform regularly scheduled housekeeping and sanitation responsibilities

  • Participate in monthly quality department audits


  • Monitor available tanks in bottling department and partner with Plant Production Leader (PPL) and Lead Processing Operator to determine when to begin a transfer

  • Collaborate with the Lead Regauge Operator and PPL to determine the number of barrels to be dumped to achieve the proper formulation; this includes aiding in the determination of when to dump to fill bulk tanks, normal processing tanks, or to supply tankers

  • Perform all analytical testing on the processing batches to ensure the quality of the tank; record all results in the designated data storage system; collect samples as needed based on the current process

  • Gauge all tanks to the proper proof

  • When needed, aid in the movement of barrels including entering and removing from warehouses, unloading trucks, or stacking BYO or new make barrels

  • Perform tasks associated with processing liquid, including entering and removing barrels from the warehouse

  • Collect samples of barreled whiskey

  • Perform all other duties as assigned

Must Requirements:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age and have attained a high school diploma or equivalent

  • Proficient at performing simple mathematical calculations (add, multiply, subtract, etc.)

  • Proficient technology skills

  • Strong time management skills with ability to prioritize and execute tasks

  • Strong attendance and work performance

  • Able to perform physically rigorous tasks under varied environmental conditions (heat, cold, etc.), including but not limited to pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying weight of at least 100 pounds; frequent walking, bending, stooping, twisting, reaching upward/downward, crouching, and ascending/descending stairs/ramps/ladders; entering and exiting rick warehouses, etc.

  • Strong troubleshooting skills and collaborative approach to problem-solving

Preferred Requirements:

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a science or engineering discipline

  • Experience with SAP and Google platforms

  • Previous experience in distilled spirits industry and/or laboratory environment

  • Previous forklift experience

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