Distillery Operator - 12-Hour Night Shift (8:00 PM - 8:00 AM)

Brown Forman

Location: Versailles, Kentucky

Job Type: Full time


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With a zero-loss mindset, the distillery operator will perform all duties related to milling, yeasting, mashing, fermentation, distillation, and barrel filling under minimal supervision in accordance with standard operating procedures and government regulations. This role will also monitor boiler operations, respond to alarms and troubleshoot issues with maintenance support. In addition to the core responsibilities of the distillery, the distillery operators will unload grain, load slop trucks, prepare ingredients for R&D as needed, and perform daily, weekly and annual sanitation duties. This role will work overtime and/or alternate schedules to ensure coverage for planned and unplanned absences (including but not limited to vacation, leave, call-offs, etc.) as required.


  • Perform all aspects of grain unloading, milling, yeasting, mashing, fermentation, distillation, and barrel fill operations per the standard operating procedures

  • Monitor boiler room operations and collaborate with maintenance team to resolve issues

  • Monitor by-products levels and coordinate and execute tanker load out according to schedule

  • Leverage distillery schedule to ensure proper time for fermentation and distillation

  • Closely track plant metrics and operational performance, responding and troubleshooting alarms and resolving issues

  • Ensure all three pot distillation processes meet regulatory requirements and adhere to the standard operating procedures, maintaining accurate records and specified proof

  • Assist in barrel unload, inspect and cooper barrels as needed prior to and during barrel fill, and assist in loading the barrel truck

  • Perform general sanitation duties and other tasks as assigned and job conditions require

Must Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • Must be at least 21 years of age

  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage time and work with minimal supervision

  • Strong analytical and decision making skills

  • Demonstrated ability to perform mathematical calculations (add, multiply, subtract, etc.)

  • Proficient in Google Suite (Sheets, Forms, Mail, etc.)

  • Physically able to walk, bend, stoop, twist, reach upward/downward, crouch, and ascend/descend stairs/ramps/ ladders, including climbing heights up to 40 or 50 feet, repeatedly over the course of each nightly shift

  • Physically able to push and pull over 100 pounds

  • Physically able to tolerate exposure to the following conditions: cold, heat, coal conveyor & height (40’-50’)

Preferred Experience

  • Previous distillery experience

  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology or other related science discipline

  • Experience with the Salesforce platform

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