Brown-Forman Quality and Laboratory Technician in Windsor, California

Job Description:

Under general supervision, performs lab analyses utilizing a variety of techniques and equipment. Maintains laboratory records and files. Creates work orders and reconciles all wine movements using wine tracking software. Investigates quality issues and develops corrective action plans accordingly. Reviews and updates SOPs and other documents in the quality manual. Support winemaking and operations departments as needed.


General Lab Analysis 40%

  • Be able to perform the following analysis by various methods and levels and adjust where necessary: Brix, TA, pH, alcohol, residual sugar, FSO2, TSO2, CO2, O2, specific gravity, and wine addition trials.

  • Prepare chemical solutions and reagents used for lab analysis.

  • Standardize lab equipment and chemicals.

  • Sample and inspect all inbound packaging material.

  • Perform bottling line quality checks and report nonconformance issues

  • Clearly record all data and enter it into the wine tracking system.

  • Train seasonal and part-time employees.

  • Maintain sanitary condition of lab.

  • Troubleshoot and maintain instruments.

  • Collect samples from tanks and barrels for lab analysis and tasting.

Wine Tracking 30%

  • Data entry of work orders into the wine tracking system.

  • Reconcile all wine movements and investigate/resolve discrepancies prior to month end.

  • Manage custom crush and offsite wine storage facilities in wine tracking system.

Quality 30%

  • Completes incident reports, corrective actions and hold records pertaining to non-conforming materials and finished goods.

  • Responsible for ensuring the Root Cause/Corrective Action reports are completed

  • Assists with preparing the monthly score card that includes; an Internal quality audit, Housekeeping & Sanitation audit, Bottling QC audit score, and customer complaints.

  • Ensures all control documents are current and updated in our records database, and available to winery personnel.

  • Conducts microbiological plating of bottled product and recordkeeping of results.


  • Degree in science preferred, or equivalent related work experience:

  • Experience in a winery, including 1 or 2 harvest seasons or

  • Quality experience in the food or beverage industry.


  • Computer literate including Excel, Microsoft Word, email, and database systems

  • Strong math skills, analytical, and problem-solving skills

  • Excellent organizational skills and analytical thinking

  • Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus.


  • Attention to detail

  • Motivated, team player, self-starter, positive attitude, strong work ethic

  • Ability to work with little or no supervision

  • Communication skills: Ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with all levels of staff, management teams, and outside contacts

Physical Requirements:

  • Work environment requires mobility throughout the labs, offices, cellar, and barrel rooms.

  • Requires standing for long periods of time, walking and standing on concrete floors.

  • Requires ability to climb stairs, lift, bend, twist, and carry samples repetitively.

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 45lbs.

This is a full-time position that will include extended hours and weekend work during harvest and as needed.

About Brown-Forman:

Brown-Forman, founded in 1870, is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, Brown-Forman currently employs about 4,000 people and has offices or facilities in 30 cities across the globe. Starting in the mid-1950s, the company began a series of acquisitions that would place it among the top 10 largest spirits companies in the world, selling its brands in more than 135 countries across the globe. These include many of the most well-known and best-loved wines and spirits brands, including Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia Vodka, Old Forester, Woodford Reserve, Herradura and el Jimador Tequilas, and Korbel champagnes. For more information about the company, please visit

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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: Windsor

State: CA

Country: United States

Req Type: Non-exempt

AutoReqId: 4757BR