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Head Distiller needed - Bay Area CA

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The Head Distiller will be responsible for the day to day leadership and management of the distillation process in Half Moon Bay, California. The individual will lead a small craft Distillery to provide production and maintenance support to ensure the site is achieving its overall goals and objectives.
To be a good fit for this opportunity you must have at least five years of distillery operations experience. We are looking for a professional with a solid understanding of fermentation and distillation of Bourbon, Gin & Vodka at a minimum. 

Key responsibilities and accountabilities

  • Manage the daily activities in the production of high quality spirits
  • Provide strong leadership and effective problem solving
  • Perform maintenance on equipment as needed
  • Understand the functions of pot and column distillations
  • Maintain daily reporting in conjunction with TTB compliance
  • Develop, lead and emphasize Key Performance Indicators of cost, quality, safety and yield, making decisions in supporting these goals
  • Manage annual operating and capital budgets for distillery and warehouse
  • Lead and facilitate employee involved safety team meetings and overall location safety
  • Manage inventory levels of raw goods and materials, including packing and bottles
  • Review daily inspections on raw materials through sight, aroma, test weight, moisture content and foreign material analysis
  • Execute and monitor monthly and annual production schedule ensuring sufficient and timely procurement of raw materials
  • Purchase all required grain and coordinate necessary logistics
  • Be willing to contribute in testing new flavors and experimenting with combinations of ingredients
  • Other duties as assigned

Core Competencies
Strong communication
Analytical / problem solving
Organizational skills
Team-building, and team-working skills

*Bachelor’s Degree in relevant scientific discipline or equivalent
*Should possess a minimum of 5 years distilled spirits or beverage plant experience
*Possess strong leadership and problem-solving skills

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