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Job Description: Production Lead I - Distiller

 Send Resumes to: caitlin@vadistillery.com 

The Virginia Distillery Co., an American Single Malt Whisky distillery located in Lovingston, VA is seeking a Production Lead I - Distiller. This position is within our Operations Team organization and will strive to achieve our relentless pursuit of operations excellence.


It is a very exciting time to join our fast-paced team where you will have the opportunity to work within a passionate close-knit group and support our rapid national expansion. We work hard to bring our category-defining American Single Malt Whisky to market. Our distilling operations started in November of 2015, and 2020 marked the year we launched our own flagship whisky brand, Courage & Conviction. We continually improve. We think big. We stay positive.


This is a full-time position with benefits and will require availability as needed by the production schedule including morning, evening, overnight, or weekend shifts. The role will be located on-site at our Distillery in Lovingston, VA.


Key Responsibilities


·       Maintaining the highest degree of safety with responsibility for yourself and fellow team members

·       Distilling operations including milling, mashing, distilling, cask filling and handling

·       Maintain meticulous records for all processes, operations, and compliance purposes

·       Maintain high standards of quality for production of spirits, casks, and finished goods, including performing routine and ad-hoc quality checks

·       Contribute to process improvement ideas & implementation, support of 5S initiatives, and our company culture of Continuous Improvement

·       Cleaning of all distillery, bottling, production, and common areas – we take our food beverage production facility cleanliness seriously!

·       Regular and predictable attendance at the work site, this role requires regular presence at the distillery production facilities

·       Support cellar operations including cask movement, spirit reductions, and warehouse logistics

·       Support bottling operations including rinsing, filling, corking, labeling, packing, and all other assembly needs




·       Applicant must be dependable, reliable, professional, and comfortable working in various indoor and outdoor conditions

·       Beer, wine, or spirits industry operations experience. Brewing experience is preferred.

·       Strong problem-solving and equipment troubleshooting skills

·       Forklift truck operation

·       Prior experience in production or manufacturing operations, and the use of both general and process-specific brewing or distilling tools and equipment

·       Self-motivated and operates with a sense of urgency

·       Great ability to communicate and work well in a team-based highly collaborative environment. Communication is a core competency of this role!

·       Attention to detail and accuracy, precision, and timeliness

·       Great problem solving and analytical skills

·       Open-minded and positive thinker that supports our continuous improvement culture.

·       A high school diploma or bachelor’s degree and 2+ years of experience in food beverage manufacturing

·       This role requires the ability to lift 50 lb., standing for extended periods of time, work from heights and in confined spaces, with variable temperatures including high heat during the warmer seasons


Desired Experience


·       Two years or more of prior brewing experience is strongly preferred.

·       Bachelor's or Associate’s degree preferred with two years of relevant experience in manufacturing




This position is non-exempt from minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act, accordingly this position will be eligible for overtime compensation for hours worked in excess of 40 hours per week.

·       Job Type: Full-Time

·       Pay: $18.00 per hour

·       Standard Hours: 40 hours weekly



Eligibility starts first day of employment (unless otherwise noted) includes:

·       Health, Dental, and Vision coverage with generous employer contribution

·       Paid Time Off

·       Paid Holidays

·       Participation in elective Voluntary Benefits

·       Participation in company 401k retirement plan (waiting period applies)

·       Participation in company Employee Equity Plan

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