Website Diageo Distillery

Bourbon Production Expert

Lebanon, KY

Job Description :

The Diageo Lebanon Distillery is the newest addition to Diageo’s North American Distillery portfolio.  The Bulleit brand is undergoing significant growth and this is a key role in ensuring we continue to deliver high-quality whiskey to meet consumer demands.          

The Diageo Lebanon Bourbon Production Experts (BPE’s) are responsible for the distillery, DDG dry house, and warehousing maintenance and operations. This position will work as part of a salaried, self-directed operator/mechanic staff to ensuring the site operates at the safest level and achieves the highest quality. We are currently hiring to support a three-shift schedule.

Essential Functions

Plant Safety

  • Encourage a culture of safety, with a continuous focus on improving safe work practices
  • Work to eliminate safety hazards, and respond quickly to any safety issues
  • Assist site leadership team in meeting site safety objectives

Distillery, Dry House and Warehousing Maintenance

  • Troubleshoot, inspect, diagnose, adjust, test, maintain, and clean all facility equipment including, but not limited to, mechanical equipment, electrical equipment and digital, pneumatic and manual instruments.
  • Repair and rebuild pumps, gearboxes, and electrical motors
  • Conduct basic PLC programming and instrument troubleshooting
  • Mechanical pipe installation including threading and compression fittings
  • Basic steam system maintenance and repair
  • Ensure modifications and changes to any process or equivalent have a valid work order and approvals
  • Work in partnership with the Operations Planner to understand work order backlog and priorities
  • Control job execution including quality, duration, cost and thoroughness of all work
  • Use SAP to track and record asset care activities
  • Attend operations shift handover meetings to communicate maintenance and operations events

Distillery, Dry House and Warehousing Operations

  • Control, monitor and optimize all distillery, DDG dry house and warehousing processes
  • Maintain automated production recording and management reporting systems (SAP)
  • Produce technical contributions to process improvement initiatives while participating within a cross-functional team
  • Identify and correct deviations from standard process parameters
  • Support consistent approaches for Key Performance Indicators of safety, quality and productivity
  • Communicate with site team regarding all facets of distillation, dry house and warehousing
  • Complete all cross-functional training and adhere to scheduled rotations in all production areas to support flexibility
  • Ensure accuracy and completeness of all production process and inventory paperwork
  • Contribute to sensory taste panel for whiskey distillate

Leadership and Success

  • Demonstrate highly engaged participation within a salaried, self-managed team of Bourbon Production Experts with diverse skills and backgrounds
  • Provide support, training and coaching to your fellow team members, while positively impacting your colleagues, inspiring and engaging others
  • Support engagement platform and develop a continuous improvement culture
  • Outwardly demonstrate positive actions and behaviors
  • Openly support Diageo’s industry-leading environmental initiatives on reduced and power usage
  • Self-motivated, driven to see a task through

Work Environment

Role operates 90% in the distillery, DDG dry house, and maturing warehouse environment and 10% in an office environment.


  • Must have an intense sense of ownership and a strong desire to master the entire bourbon production process
  • Must be of legal drinking age (21+) by start date
  • Relevant process operating experience in any of the following environments: distilling/brewing/food manufacture/petrochemical/pharmaceutical or degree in Engineering, Science, Business or related field (Will consider military with additional relevant experience)
  • Strong analytical, budgeting, organization and time-management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Must work well with other departments and levels of management
  • Understanding of blueprints, specifications and schematics
  • Basic knowledge and experience of operating pumps and valves
  • Ability to read and interpret gauges for pressure, vacuum, temperature, and flow rate
  • Ability to read and understand basic process drawings
  • Willingness to work towards industry qualifications
  • Experience in distillery or warehousing facility, or equivalent combination of education and experience in distilling operations preferred

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