Woodford Reserve Distillery Operator - Night Shift

Last updated 2 days ago
Location:Versailles, 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.

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.



  • Promote accident prevention by eliminating potential hazards and incorporating proper body mechanics in training procedures.

  • Provide feedback and suggestions to improve ergonomics in the core process, lock out tag out procedures, and all other safety regulations.

  • Partner with the Woodford Reserve EHS Committee representative and manager to ensure all EHS concerns are reported and addressed.

  • Comply with all PPE requirements for the distillery


  • Collaborate and communicate with professionalism in all areas and across all levels of the operation

  • Seek and leverage diverse ideas and perspectives to support continuous improvement and problem-solving initiatives

  • Actively support effective shift-change meetings and team communication, including delivering thorough and accurate shift reports at the end of each shift, attending all scheduled team meetings and identifying opportunities for enhanced and timely communications


  • 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


  • Perform all raw material quality testing prior to grain unloading

  • Track and record the performance of yeasting, mashing, and fermentation via analytical tests

  • Perform final product sensory and proof testing to release product for barreling

  • Conduct weekly tank cleaning and sanitation

  • Perform monthly still cleaning to control product quality and ethyl carbamate

  • Monitor quality of milling, yeasting, mashing fermentation and distillation

Continuous Improvement

  • Actively engage in Woodford Reserve Continuous Improvement initiatives, including participating in and/or leading project teams and pillar work

  • Leverage technology to innovate and improve efficiency of processes and systems

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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