Brown-Forman Quality Control & Compliance Manager in Collingwood, Canada

Job Description:


Responsible for leading Quality and Environment at the Canadian Mist Distillery located in Collingwood, Ontario. Manage and coordinate all Quality and Environmental activities for the Canadian Mist Distillery. Responsible for managing the Quality and Environmental capabilities for the production of approximately 6.5 million O.P.G.’s annually and annual sales volumes of approximately $20 million.

Job Summary:

Plans and leads the activities of the Quality Control Department which includes raw material quality control, finished goods quality control, and sanitation. Serves as primary site liaison with Research and Development. Ensures that the site is in compliance with local Environmental Regulations and assures that mandatory reporting to Federal, Provincial and Municipal Authorities is completed as required. Leads the site TPM Environment Pillar and participates and supports site TPM activities. Serves as the principal technical resource on site in the areas of fermentation, distillation, maturation and by-product production. Additionally he/she has Inventory Management and Safety responsibilities. This position also serves as backup to the Distillery Manager and Warehouse Manager positions.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Manages the implementation and maintenance of quality compliance for Canadian Mist. Responsible for developing, maintaining, and controlling the site Quality Control system in line with Corporate Standards.

  • Design and manage appropriate systems for analysis, reporting, and communication of quality data through all phases of production.

  • Fosters an environment that is inclusive of everyone driving accountability at all levels and valuing the contributions of all employees. Promotes a shared understanding of organizational values, operating principles, and cultural change imperatives and works to align guidelines to support the achievement of business goals.

  • Directs, coordinates, and conducts activities to ensure compliance at all times with established quality standards and specifications.

  • Manages all aspects of the Quality Control Laboratory

  • Plan and direct appropriate sampling, inspection, and testing of purchased materials, work in process, by-products

  • Maintains current awareness of all Canadian regulations for the manufacture of distilled spirit.

  • Leads the Canadian Mist Environmental Pillar.

  • Recruit, supervise, develop, and evaluate staff as required to conduct all quality control activities. Lead and develop professional employees to result in growth in expertise, industry knowledge, and career opportunity.

  • Interacts with production management to ensure timely investigations and ensure a timely resolution of quality concerns. Recommends corrective action.

Required Experience & Education:

  • Education: University (Bachelors or Equivalent); Engineering, Chemistry or another Science discipline.

  • Experience: University (Bachelors or Equivalent); Engineering, Chemistry or another Science discipline, plus 5+ years of experience in production and/or quality control. Equivalent education and experience combinations will be considered.

  • Experience in the food and beverage industry.

  • Minimum 5 years supervisory experience with demonstrated leadership ability.

  • Strong oral and written communication skills – ability to effectively communicate technical and business issues to all levels of employees.

  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to effectively influence others.

  • Thorough knowledge of quality systems.

  • Knowledgeable in the application of statistics in process control, design of experiments, and data analysis.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and budgets.

  • Strong analytical/mathematical skills including statistics.

  • Experienced in TPM Implementation and Pillar Development

Preferred Experience & Education:

  • Education: Masters Degree (M.A., MBA or Equivalent);

  • Experience: Graduate degree in a relevant field.

  • Professional certification in quality management (such as Certified Quality Engineer or Certified Manager of Quality)

  • Training/education in continuous improvement methodologies and demonstrated track record of implementing in a manufacturing environment and supporting a sustainable CI culture.


  • Results Orientation: The ability to operate with a high level of energy focused on outcomes. Establishes, communicates and develops methods for monitoring performance against objectives. Engages in a process of consultative problem solving which creates new and effective solutions. Demonstrated ability to work on projects towards the accomplishment of established goals and objectives. The ability to influence the behavior of others through written, oral or interpersonal communication toward desired outcomes.

  • Analytical Ability: The ability to appropriately allocate necessary and sufficient time and effort to analyze and resolve problems. The ability to develop alternative courses of action and commit to actions based on logical assumptions that reflect factual information; providing rationale for recommendations; appropriately weighing and prioritizing data. The ability to identify problems, analyze relevant data, think critically, generate alternatives, and select solutions to problems.#AP1 #TAP #2017 GlobalBrandQuilt

About Brown-Forman:


For more than 145 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach and GlenDronach. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,600 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide

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Business Area: Global Production

City: Collingwood

State: Int'l

Country: Canada

Req Type: Exempt

AutoReqId: 4335BR