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Distillery Operator

Net2Source Shelbyville, KY
  • Posted: 18 days ago
  • Other
Background in manufacturing environment preferred
PLC experience using an automated control system
Technical in nature
Perhaps food or alcohol experience
12-hour shift; 24/7 site; 2 on, 2 off, work every 2nd weekend

The Bulleit Distillery in Shelbyville is the newest addition to Diageos NA Distillery portfolio. The Bulleit brand is undergoing significant growth and this is a key role in ensuring we continue to deliver high quality whiskey to meet consumer demands.

The role requires:
Control and monitoring of distillery processes and related activities.
Target monitoring relating to health and safety, distillate quality, production efficiency, energy management, production planning and cost efficiency.
Full compliance with all regulatory requirements and Diageo procedures relating to site risk, TTB and environmental constraints.
Flexibility to adapt to different shift working practices and patterns. The distillery will operate on a 24/7 basis. Shift work is required on a 7 day schedule including holidays.
Both team and individual working that requires effective decision-making and problem solving skills as well as an ability to use initiative to adapt pre-set work plans.
Use of automated production recording and management reporting systems e.g. SAP.
Indirect production activity (e.g. project teamwork) as the need arises.
Demonstration and promotion of positive actions and behaviours within and out with the workplace.
Support to on-call managers that is likely to include:
- The completion of plant operating
- H & S, environmental and security checks.
Working closely with the Maturation and Maintenance teams to ensure the safe and efficient operation of all aspects of the facility.
Performing minor maintenance (cleaning, inspection and lubrication of equipment).

Purpose of Role:

To be able to control and monitor distillery processes and related activities.
To support a range of activities on site to ensure targets are met relating to quality, efficiency, energy
and cost.
To take appropriate action that ensures full compliance with all site H&S, TTB and environmental

The ability to work in highly effective teams is essential for success in this role. As a self-motivated member of the Bulleit Distillery team, you will provide support, training and coaching to your fellow team members, positively impacting your colleagues, inspiring and engaging others.


You will be responsible for:
Operating the distillery per Standard Operating Procedures.
Monitoring and controlling the process.
Identifying and correcting deviations from standard process parameters.
Reacting to abnormal conditions, breakdowns, and emergencies.
Maintaining accurate process and inventory records.
Maintaining a high standard of distillate quality.
You will actively contribute to:
Continually improving distillery operations.
Meeting or exceeding operations goals/Key Performance Indicators.
Finding solutions to distillery problems.
Sensory evaluations.
Optimizing yield and minimizing waste.
Cross functional training in all distillation areas to support flexibility.

Top 3-5 Accountabilities

Safe & efficient production of a high quality product.

Organize and prioritize production operations and dispatches in accordance with agreed plans.
Control, monitor and optimize all distillery processes to maximize performance in a manner which fully complies with all legal requirements and Diageo standards and delivers high quality product.
Identify and analyze any non-conforming deviations from the expected process parameters.
Respond appropriately to a range of breakdown, accident or emergency situations. This will include initial contact with emergency service(s).
Clearly communicate with own team and others to ensure the effective continuity of site operations both during and across shifts.
Maintaining accurate process and inventory records.

Qualifications and Experience Required:
Minimum 21 years of age.
High School Diploma, GED or equivalent.
Minimum of 2 years relevant process operating experience in any of the following environments distilling/brewing/food manufacture/petrochemical/pharmaceutical and/or the equivalent process technical training with demonstrated achievements.
Demonstrated teamwork capability and can-do attitude.
Excellent communication skills.
Willingness to work towards industry qualifications.
Full driving license.
A working knowledge and understanding of health and safety, TTB and environmental risk management principles.
PC/Systems skills e.g. SAP.
A working knowledge and understanding of electronic/paper business systems.



Shelbyville, KY
40065 USA

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