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This role has been filled! Got a lot of awesome reach-outs from this posting. I'm going to post our Lab Manager role here to share with all of you as well. Cheers! Templeton Rye Whiskey is opening a new distillery in Templeton, Iowa. We are looking for a Production Manager to join our team! If you're interested, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Here are the specs: Templeton Rye is looking for a Production Manager with an Engineering or secondary education degree and at least 2 years of experience overseeing production in a similar role. The Production Manager is to plan, organize and control production to ensure that distilled spirits are being produced efficiently, on time and of acceptable quality. The Production Manager will report to the Operations Manager and oversee the whiskey production which includes grain receiving, cooking, fermentation, distillation and proofing. The Production Manager will also oversee Utilities (Boilers, Soft Water, RO water, compressed air, CIP and stillage treatment plant). DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: · Manages inventories of all raw goods needed for the production of spirits. · Receiving and offloading of grain (trucks and super sacks) · Schedule all milling, cooking, fermentation and distillation processes · Manage distillate inventories (tanks, barrels and in process) · Participate in quality panels · Oversee the utility systems including boilers, RO water, softeners and compressed air · Train employees on the process and required safety training · Oversee plant sanitation and food safety · Participate in community events · Troubleshoot equipment issues as needed · May perform additional duties assigned REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: · Engineering degree (process related field) or secondary education degree and at least 2 years of service in a similar role. · Communication Skills – ability to openly communicate with co-workers and management · Mechanical Skills – can perform minor repairs and adjustments of equipment as needed · Critical Thinking Ability – employee can perform moderate to difficult calculations to confidently carry out job expectations to meet the needs of the business · Integrity – Can hold themselves and others to the companies and own values. DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: · 3+ years fermentation experience · 3+ years distillation experience · 5+ years supervisory experience · Experience with controls including tuning & troubleshooting · Demonstrated ability to lead a team
JOB BASICS Location: Memphis, Tennessee 38151 Country: US Beverages: Spirits Employment Type: Full Time Reports to: Owner Base Pay: Competitive based on experience Benefits: Health Insurance Relocation: Provided for this opportunity SEND RESUMES TO: email@example.com or apply directly online at BevForce JOB DESCRIPTION The Head Distiller will be responsible for further developing the Old Dominick portfolio of brands, planning and executing distillation operations, overseeing production, and managing inventory. In addition, this position will work with marketing and sales teams to showcase portfolio brands in order to raise brand awareness with local and national media sources. This role’s oversight encompasses the entire production process including sourcing, distilling, quality control and maturation and selection of our estate aged products to exceed criteria and quality parameters. In addition, the head distiller will work with management to lead future distillery projects. Relocation is provided for this opportunity! Responsibilities Responsible for entire distilling and quality control process and therefore should be well versed in scheduling, distilling, aging, and packaging operations. Manage raw ingredient inventories, scheduling, forecasts and contracts. Manage and develop procedures for operational & quality control. Manage and monitor all operations and distillery personnel. Knowledge of electrical distribution and control systems Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, budgeting, resource allocation, human resources modeling. Manage productivity of all operations. Engage with public through festivals, events, and competitions. Work in concert with Company’s Founder to manage budgets, and oversee the management of internal operating budgets. Participate in the development of new project/private label proposals. Develop a culture of action, collaboration and trust across all key stakeholders. Nature & Scope This role requires a strong respect for the past yet appreciation for innovation. The position demands strong project management and organizational skills, and the ability to manage varied priorities. It also demands a working knowledge of all of the disciplines of the business and distillation process, including such areas as supply chain, forecasting, production, operations, and quality assurance. In addition this role must possess strong analytical and problem solving skills to troubleshoot potential obstacles. JOB REQUIREMENTS Preferred Requirements Minimum of Bachelors Degree Minimum 3 years of distilling or brewing experience, at least 1 year in a production distillery or brewery with working knowledge of all aspects of distillery operations. Demonstrated knowledge of the distillery process operation; process equipment related to distillery production; maturation procedures and a complete understanding of the entire process of making and aging spirits. Ability to maintain training and qualification documentation systems for all hourly operators. Demonstrated oral and written communication skills. Should have ability to multitask, work independently, as well as in a team environment. Working knowledge of MS-Office – especially Excel. There is relocation/assistance for this opportunity PLEASE NOTE: No Phone Calls Please! Only resume submissions will be considered for this opportunity ABOUT OLD DOMINICK DISTILLERY Old Dominick Distillery will be a state of the art distillery, tasting room, and event center located in downtown Memphis, TN. Founded in 2013 by Chris Canale Jr. of D. Canale & Co., Old Dominick Distillery represents a return to form for a family business whose roots are deeply entwined with Memphis and the alcohol beverage business. Named in honor of D. Canale’s founder, Old Dominick was one of the largest pre-Prohibition spirits brands in the Southeast. The portfolio will initially consist of a line of vodkas, whiskeys, and other yet to be announced offerings. With a strong executive management team including leading beverage industry experts, Old Dominick Distillery plans aSpring 2016 public opening.
I was wondering if distillers with some experience would comment a little on the day to day life of a distiller at an established distillery (not a startup). I am currently entertaining a number of job opportunities at the moment, some of which include positions as a distiller. I know a bit about the industry I've been involved in the past few years (geology: good money, lots of travel, fairly stable) but I'm realizing that I don't know as much about the real nitty gritty life of a distiller. In trying to convince my wife that this is a reasonable career move I've run up against a number of questions from her and from myself: 1. Are the hours reasonable enough that I could see my wife during daylight hours regularly each week? 2. Can distillers have healthy social/religious/family lives? 3. Can distillers expect to receive pay raises commensurate with experience, age, growth of the distillery, etc? 4. Were your immediate and extended family accepting of your career choice? 5. If you work hard is distilling a "stable job"? Basically, what is the life of a distiller at an established-profitable distillery like? I have had opportunities doing hard manual labor (field work, farm work, 25 gallon scale homebrewing) so that doesn't scare me, I guess I'm just more interested in how this career can affect other parts of your life. In the coming years are there going to be more opportunities for people with distilling experience (as startup distilleries become established and profitable)? A multitude of honest answers would be great! Additionally, as a shameless plug, I wanted to mention that I'm having a "sordid" naming contest for a cocktail I cooked up the other day on my blog. Read the post, play the comment game, and the best name gets a free bottle of MB Rolland's Kentucky Mint Julep Liqueur. gabriel