Temporary Bottling Line Operator

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.

This is a temporary position through Brown-Forman’s Reserve Power.
Flexibility is a must for this role. Hours initially will be Monday - Thursday from 8am - 5:30pm and Friday from 8a-12p. Eventually the role will moving to Tuesday - Saturday from 9a-5:30pm.

The Old Forester Distillery is an interactive, consumer experience designed to showcase the craftsmanship and authenticity of Old Forester, America’s first bottled bourbon. We will give our consumers a look into how Old Forester comes to life and each team member will be responsible for ensuring the integrity and authenticity of this experience as they interact with our consumers throughout their visit of our Homeplace.

JOB SUMMARY:Performs various duties on and off the bottling line in the bottling department as assigned. Prepares and inspects whiskey packages prior to shipment. Performs all duties in a natural work team structure. This role will be part of the operational team that will showcase the craftsmanship and authenticity of Old Forester while also playing an active role in what will be a highly engaging consumer and visitor experience.

SCOPE OF POSITION: Identify and respond quickly, in accordance with plant procedures and policies, to safety, quality or operational issues. Consult production manager or bottling line supervisor when critical issues regarding product non-conformance, safety and production issues arise. Communicate in a 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.

PRINCIPLE RESPONSIBILITIES: Operates all equipment on the bottling line and fills in for other operators as assigned. Performs off-line work for the bottling department which includes personal selection and Buy the Barrel operation as well as package re-work. Performs all the duties of a laborer, un-caser, filler, inspector, packer and palletizer 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 Plant Safety Coordinator and Safety Committee.

  • Must wear proper safety and quality equipment at all times, including: steel toed/slip resistant safety shoes, hair net or ball cap, ear plugs, safety glasses and cut resistant gloves (as required);


  • Monitor the quality of product, operational performance and sanitation of bottling area. Requires partnership with Quality Control.

  • Visually inspects finished product packaging for defects;

  • Removes defective bottles from the line, and re-works if feasible.


  • Participates in and adheres to all safety and quality guidelines in bottling;

  • Ability to work any shift and/or overtime as required;

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

  • Monitors 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;

  • Cleans up broken glass as required;

  • Collects and records all quality data as required;

  • Manually applies labels and/or shrink wrap

  • Manually packs bottles into cases;

  • Refers to process orders to ensure that the correct packaging materials are placed on bottles;

  • Maintains cleanliness of work area in all aspects of the job;

  • Verifies video jet number with process order sheets and records on log sheet;

  • Visually inspects cases for defects and removes defective cases from the bottling line, repositioning when required;

  • Completes training to back up to any assigned bottling position such as inspector, un-caser, labeler, strip stamp operator, and others;

  • Changeover and adjustment of bottling line equipment, as required;

  • Performs all other duties as assigned by leadership;

  • Rework non-conforming product.


  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact and engage with consumers.

  • Previous experience in a manufacturing and/or customer service environment.

  • Ability to interact with visitors as needed to showcase the craftsmanship and authenticity of Old Forester in a positive, engaging style.

  • Contribute to a positive team atmosphere.

  • Highly proficient in communicating

  • Experience working within a high performing work team i.e. working in an environment where there is a shared understanding and accountability of the vision, goals and metrics which in turn promotes teamwork and collaboration to accomplish tasks/results.

  • Ability to lift or move cases or other items weighing 35-50 pounds;

  • Walking (monitoring line), reaching upward/downward, repetitive motion of fingers/wrist/arm/shoulder; hand operation of knobs/levers/cranks;

  • Lifting/pushing/pulling over 50 lbs. may be required for sanitation work.

  • Must be at least 21 years of age.

  • Must be able to successfully complete a drug/alcohol screening and skills assessment.


  • 2-year or 4-year degree

  • Previous experience in a bottling facility

  • Previous fork truck experience

  • Computer and cloud application experience (Word, Excel, Maximo, etc.)

  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations (adding, multiplying, etc.)

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