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Brown-Forman Woodford Reserve Distillery Plant Production Leader in Versailles, Kentucky

Meaningful Work From Day One Coordinate and supervise distillery operations, including milling, yeasting, mashing, fermentation, distillation, and barrel filling, in accordance with company standards and government regulations for a 1.7MM proof gallon/year site. Provide direct supervision and leadership for a team of eight distillery operators, optimizing individual professional development and team performance. Ensure a safe workplace by taking a proactive approach to improving and maintaining safe work conditions and practices. Under direction of the Production Manager, develop production schedules and ensure all personnel, materials and equipment needs are met.

What You Can Expect


  • Maintain a safe work environment and promote accident prevention by eliminating potential hazards and serving as a site first responder

  • Understand and adhere to federal, state, and local regulations

  • Actively own relevant aspects of site EHS compliance metrics

  • Partner with the EHS specialist to execute projects to improve Safety

  • Effectively manage the incident response process

  • Educate the team on and ensure accountability for following policy

  • Manage and drive key leader metrics, including conducting Take a Minute for safety, performing area assessments and resolving all corrective actions in a timely manner


  • Apply inclusive leader strategies to nurture a work environment where all employees feel empowered to bring their whole and best selves to work each day

  • Actively seek diversity of thought when working to solve problems, overcome challenges and innovate

  • Partner with HR to fill all open positions in a timely manner

  • Proactively communicate key insights on team morale to leadership team and HR in support of continuous improvement

  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, across all levels of the organization

  • Ensure uniform application of company policies and procedures for personnel, including administering and/or reviewing disciplinary actions


  • Manage operational performance against master schedule for area housekeeping and sanitation to meet or exceed plant KPIs

  • Ensure that all cleaning is executed per the Distillery Production Schedule

  • Partner with QC to monitor the quality of production, end products and operational performance and quality and area sanitation, supporting RCCAs as needed

  • Communicate with the QC team and Production Management to escalate all quality issues and ensure incidents are documented in the ETQ variance system

  • Partner with QC, R&D, and production management to develop and monitor all Critical KPIs within the Distillery

  • Ensure all new Whiskey samples are delivered to the QA Sensory Department. Monitor New Whiskey sensory


  • Ensure team members are driving toward a highly safe and clean work environment as key priorities for the site

  • Integrate within the team to support and perform, as needed, all activities related to distillery operations, ensuring thorough understanding of all work processes and requirements

  • Review, edit as necessary and submit time in Workday for the distillery operators

  • Communicate the daily work schedule and expectations for the department, coordinating with the work team to determine necessary staffing and support needs

  • Update, create and implement standard operating procedures to run operations accurately and effectively

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate job specific skills training for each individual employee, coordinating efforts with natural work teams

  • Partner with the HR, finance teams, and production manager to project required staffing needs

  • Partner with the Production Manager to develop the Distillery Production Schedule in accordance with the DPP

  • Coordinate stillage and grain loads to meet the Distillery Schedule. Record grain receipts and usage in SAP. Complete the monthly grain usage recap to the Manager of Strategic Sourcing/Commodities.

  • Partner with Maintenance and Engineering team, leveraging work order processes, Preventive Maintenance program, and other systems to optimize equipment and facility performance

  • Monitor and record equipment downtime.

  • Partner with Corporate Engineering to facilitate capital projects within the Distillery.

  • Manage daily entry to distilled spirits for the distillery into SAP; manage transfer of spirits to the warehouse; file Monthly TTB reports for the Distillery.

  • Partner with R&D and brand management to execute Master’s Collection and other yield improvement projects.

  • Partner with the Cooperage to order barrels to meet the Production Schedule. Ensure that barrels are unloaded and delivered.

Continuous Improvement

  • Support team in operational problem solving, continuous improvement and standardization of production processes

  • Engage in TPM training and integration into Woodford Reserve organization and support ongoing efforts to improve OEE, exploring innovation in terms of technology, people, processes and systems

  • Utilize resources, internal and external, effectively

  • Develop as a continuous improvement leader within the organization, actively engaging in Continuous Improvement project and pillar teams

Cost Containment

  • Leverage resources effectively to meet plant KPIs per budget standardsParticipate in budget development for the Distillery.

  • Proactively identify, analyze, and implement cost savings project opportunities in alignment with Production Manager

We Are Looking For People Who

Have an Associate's degree in a science discipline such as chemistry, biology, physics or engineering with a minimum 1-2 years manufacturing leadership experience, or, in lieu of degree, at least 4 years manufacturing leadership experience, preferably in the distilled spirits industry or equivalent job work experience.

What You Can Add To The Team

Education: College/University (Bachelors or Equivalent); Chemistry, Engineering, or related science discipline

Experience: 2 or more years manufacturing leadership experience; Distillery experience

Demonstrated technical acumen and experience with Google platform (Docs, Sheets, etc.)

Strong communication skills

Demonstrated analytical/mathematical skills

Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with all levels of personnel/external contacts

Demonstrated ability to manage and complete workload within designated time frame

Demonstrated mechanical aptitude to assess performance of equipment utilized in production operations

Ability to work flexible schedule and overtime as needed

Must be a self-starter that can work without daily direct oversight

Brown-Forman Corporation is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is the policy of Brown-Forman Corporation to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status.

Business Area: Global Production

City: Versailles

State: Kentucky

Country: USA

Req ID: JR-00002918