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Distillery Operator


Louisville, KY

Employer:  Pernod Ricard
Category:  Management
Job Type:  Full Time


Job Description

Distillers will work primarily in distillery operations (milling, mashing, fermentation, distillation) and will migrate to other areas as needed from grain to glass . Assignments can change depending on the current business requirements and each distiller will have the capability and flexibility to run each piece of equipment at the facility including distillation, barrel handling, and bottling.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Monitor/Understand automated system (HMI screens) through computers and gauges to oversee and adjust the process accordingly.
  • Operate grain handling, milling, mashing, yeast additions, fermentation, distillation column, doubler, byproducts, barrel handling, and bottling activities.
  • Operate utility systems including but not limited to boiler, chillers, cooling tower, air compressor, RO unit, etc.
  • Inspect and clean dust collection system
  • Maintain good housekeeping practices and ensure equipment is clean and areas are organized at all times (5S).
  • Conduct steam sterilization/sanitation of lines and equipment
  • Perform lab procedures for beer chemistry, grain analysis, water, and proofing alcohol.
  • Follow and maintain all SOP's.
  • Follow all safety precautions and related OSHA requirements.
  • Understand process flows and equipment (pumps, agitators, valves, instruments, etc )
  • Operate cage mill and grind verification
  • Perform normal and emergency startup/shutdown of all equipment.
  • Perform preventative maintenance as required .
  • Complete all distillery duties as directed by Supervisor.

  • Operate gauging tanks, filling barrels, dumping barrels, bottling line operations
  • Adheres to our business standards of safety, quality, and efficiency.
  • Problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment focusing on continuous improvement opportunities.
  • Overtime may be required , holiday work and weekends.
  • Forklift operations
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills & Requirements

  • An outstanding work record including job performance, safety, and attendance.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to adapt to new challenges
  • Ability to multitask
  • Ability to strategically plan ahead
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to learn from mistakes
  • Demonstrated mathematical skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division)
  • Previous distillation/manufacturing experience preferred
  • Must be able to work in extremely hot, cold, loud, and dusty conditions.

  • Mechanical aptitude and problem-solving skills
  • Computer skills
  • Be able to physically perform all aspects of the position. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Lift 50 lbs. on a regular basis from floor to shoulder height
  • Climb a minimum of two flights of stairs in succession
  • Able to bend, stoop, and reach overhead.

Education & Experience

  • High school or GED equivalent
  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Previous Distillation experience preferred
  • Previous Spirits industry position preferred

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