Brown-Forman Woodford Reserve Night Shift Distillery Operator in Versailles, Kentucky

Job Description:

Basic Function

Performs and monitors all duties related to milling, yeasting, mashing, fermentation, distillation, and barrel filling to meet company standard as well as government regulations. Monitor boiler operations and responds to alarms while troubleshooting issues with maintenance support. Distillery Operators monitor multiple unit operations at once under minimal supervision. In addition to the core responsibilities of the distillery, the distillery operators will unload grain, load slop trucks, prepare ingredients for R&D as needed, and perform weekly and annual sanitation duties.


  • Productivity: Performs tasks associated with making whiskey. Collects samples of whiskey, performs distillations, and milling operations. Performs general sanitation duties and other tasks as assigned and job conditions require.

  • Quality: Monitors the quality of production, end products and operational performance and quality and area sanitation. The role requires a partnership with Quality Control.

  • Safety: Promote accident prevention by eliminating potential hazards and incorporating proper body mechanics in training procedures. Provide feedback and suggestions to improve ergonomics in the core process, lock out tag out procedures, and all other safety regulations. Partnership with the W.R.E.C team representative and manager to ensure all EHS concerns are reported and addressed.

  • Monitors water supplies to assure adequate supply for needed production.

  • Monitors and controls fermentation, yeast, chiller, boiler and fire alarm processes; including all equipment located in still control room.

  • Monitors mashing system to verify that proper temperatures, ingredients, times, and proper sequences are maintained and ensures the appropriate timing of operations.

  • Maintains cleanliness of stills each day to ensure low ethyl carbonate in finished product.

  • Ensures specified proof of whiskey during distillation process; maintaining accurate records of operations is critical.

  • Performs housekeeping duties to assist in meeting company sanitation guidelines.

Drive for Results

  • Self-directed and detail oriented

  • Exhibits a focus on results and sense of urgency

  • Demonstrates good judgment and ability to make decisions quickly

  • Able to multi-task and measure results

  • Strong planning and organizational skills

  • Performs maintenance and preventative maintenance as needed

  • Cleans and maintains all work areas and all pieces of equipment daily using best housekeeping practices


  • Demonstrated understanding of how, when, where and what to communicate, verbally and/or in writing, to colleagues, leaders and other members of the operation in order to support efficiency and collaboration across the business

  • Proven record of accurate and timely communications

  • Able to communicate across all levels of the organization

  • Strong listening, comprehension and relationship-building skills


  • Encourages greater diversity in the organization

  • Seeks and leverages diverse points of view

  • Proven ability to work with people from a wide range of backgrounds/skills

Continuous Improvement

  • Explores innovation in technology, people, processes and systems

  • Utilizes resources, internal and external, effectively

  • Actively engages in Woodford Reserve Continuous Improvement initiatives

Must Requirements

  • Proficient at performing basic mathematical calculations (add, multiply, subtract, etc.)

  • Proficient in Microsoft (Word, Excel, etc.) and Google (Sheets, Forms, Mail, etc.) platforms

  • Able to walk, bend, stoop, twist, reach upward/downward, crouch, and ascend/descend stairs/ramps/ ladders, including climbing heights up to 40 or 50 feet, repeatedly over the course of each nightly shift

  • Able to push and pull over 100 pounds

  • Able to enter tight and restricted areas

  • Able to tolerate exposure to the following conditions: cold, heat, coal conveyor & height (40’-50’)

  • Must wear steel toed safety shoes

Preferred Experience

  • Previous distillery experience

  • Associate’s or bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology or other science field

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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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: KY

Country: United States

Req Type: Non-exempt

AutoReqId: 4492BR