Woodford Reserve Bottling Operator - Off-Shift

Last updated 3 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.

Operates all equipment on the bottling line, identifying and quickly responding, in accordance with plant procedures and policies, to safety, quality or operational issues. Consults front line leader when critical issues regarding product non-conformance, safety and/or production issues arise. Communicates in a respectful, professional and timely manner with all members of the team, including peers, supervisors and plant leadership, as well as outside contractors, to maintain continuity of production and ensure a safe, efficient working environment for all.

Performs off-line work for the bottling department, including personal selection and Buy the Barrel operation as well as package re-work. Performs all duties within the bottling house, including but not limited to depal, uncaser, filler, inspector, packer, palletizer and forklift operator.


  • 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, hair net or ball cap, beard net, hearing protection, safety glasses and cut resistant 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


  • Monitor the quality of product, operational performance and sanitation of bottling area in partnership with quality control

  • Collect and record all quality data as required

  • Maintain cleanliness of work area in all aspects of the job

  • Visually inspect bottles for defects

  • Remove defective bottles from the line and re-work if feasible


  • Manually remove cases of glass from pallets and place onto line

  • Manually pack bottles into cases

  • Verify accuracy of materials against process orders

  • Verify video jet number against process order and record on log sheet

  • Visually inspect cases for defects and remove defective cases from the bottling line, repositioning when required

  • Immediately notify mechanic, supervisor and other team members of line problems

  • Monitor dumping of empty glass from cases and inspects for glass defects

  • Visually inspects color of whiskey, label placement, video jet on cases and government panel application for all products

  • Clean up broken glass as required

  • Participate in line changeovers and adjustment of bottling line equipment, as required

  • Perform all other duties as assigned by front line leader

Must Requirements:

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

  • Ability to perform simple mathematical calculations (add, multiply, subtract, etc.)

  • Proficient technology skills

  • Strong attendance and work performance

  • Ability to do frequent walking, bending, stooping, twisting, reaching upward/downward, crouching, and ascending/descending stairs/ramps/ladders

  • Ability to push, pull, lift and carry weight of at least 50 pounds

  • Strong troubleshooting skills and collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • Adherence to PPE requirements, including wearing steel-toed safety shoes, hearing protection, safety glasses, hair/beard net, and cut-resistant gloves

Preferred Requirements:

  • 2- or 4-year degree

  • Previous experience in a bottling facility

  • Previous forklift experience

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