Plant Production Leader - Microbiology/Quality Control

Last updated 17 hours ago
Location:Louisville, Kentucky
Job Type:Full Time

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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.

Meaningful Work From Day One

Under the leadership of the Quality Manager and Operations Manager, supervises in-process quality of raw materials, fermentation, distillations and by-products recovery. Indirectly supervises the activities of 12 Distillery Operators on daily activities required to produce quality distillate for maturation. Acts as a liaison between QC and Operations, to ensure Operations has adequate support to meeting production schedule and efficiency targets. Responsible for directing the qualitative analysis of raw materials, intermediates, and new whiskey samples collected throughout the distillation process. Has ultimate authority regarding chemical analysis, adjustment, and approval for grains, fermentation, distillate and by-products.

What You Can Expect

Leads the activities of Brown-Forman Distillery Quality Control Department; including, but not limited to grain and new whiskey quality control, managing the new whiskey sensory panel,yeast propagation, site contamination reaction plan,and site quality systems and housekeeping and sanitation. Works with internal partners, such as B-F Quality Assurance; Environmental, Health and Safety; and R&D as needed. Oversees data trends on raw materials and finished products; writing variances, request specification adjustments, or formula/procedure changes as needed. Partners with Operations to ensure the site has adequate operational coverage. Serves as B-F Distillery representative on project teams as required, coordinating new product and material test runs and ensuring smooth introduction of new products. Partner with Operations to help design efficient and effective changes to improve site performance. Partners with Operations to troubleshoot quality concerns, holding vendors accountable and documenting production impact. Conducts monthly HK&S and quality systems audits, making suggestions for improvement when necessary. Partners with Operations to act as a back-up for Distillery Operations Manager as needed. Promotes QC department success, favorable business results, and a sound production support plans. Maintains communication with Brown-Forman Distillery Operations QC team and Operation members and responsible for sharing information and developing training documents as needed. Supports Continuous Improvement efforts and TPM implementation at BF Distillery and BF Warehouse, as an active Pillar member and team leader. Able to work a flexible work schedule, 7 Day per week coverage and split/move shifts to support Brown-Forman Distillery Operations.

We Are Looking For People Who

Have a Bachelor's Degree Microbiology, Biology or Related Science or Engineering degree and a minimum of 5 years’ experience in distilling, beverage alcohol, food industry or related industry. Knowledge of microbiological analytical methods and laboratory procedures, including general laboratory equipment maintenance. Experience with managing a sensory panel and statistical analysis of results. Experience leading and developing others.

What You Can Add to the Team

Bachelor's Degree Microbiology and experience in Yeast Propagation & Fermentation. Experience leading and influencing others, decision Making and strong statistical / analytical skills. Good operating knowledge of analytical equipment. Demonstrated oral communication skills; ability to discuss technical problems and respond clearly to requests of analytical procedures. Effective interpersonal skills; ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with quality lab staff, production workforce, management and skilled operators.

Grade 28 National

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