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Bourbon Production Expert

Lebanon, KY, United States of America

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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, warehousing operations and maintenance. This position is a member of a salaried, self-directed, professional, operator/mechanic team ensuring the site operates at the safest level and achieves the highest quality. We are currently hiring to support a 24/7 schedule. Candidates must have a driven sense of ownership and a strong desire to master the entire bourbon production process!

Crucial Functions:

Plant Safety
Encourage safety, with a continuous focus on improving safe work practices to maintain an injury free environment.

  • 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 Operations

  • Control 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 multi-functional team
  • Identify and correct deviations from standard process parameters
  • Support consistent approaches for Key Performance Indicators of safety, quality and productivity cost management and delivery
  • Communicate with site team regarding all facets of distillation, dry house and warehousing
  • Finish the cross-functional training and implement to scheduled rotations in all production areas to support flexibility
  • Ensure accuracy and completeness of all production process and inventory paperwork
  • Support the sensory taste panel for whiskey distillate

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
  • Basic repairs to pumps, gearboxes, and electrical motors
  • Conduct basic PLC programming and instrument troubleshooting
  • Pipe installation including threading and compression fittings as needed
  • Basic steam system maintenance
  • Ensure modifications and changes to any process or equivalent have a valid work order and approvals
  • Work in partnership with the Bourbon Resource Manager to understand work order backlog and priorities
  • Control job execution including quality, duration, cost and thoroughness of all work
  • Use SAP to coordinate and record asset care activities
  • Attend operations shift handover meetings to communicate maintenance and operations events


Leadership and Success

  • Provide support, training and mentor your fellow team members, while positively impacting your colleagues, inspiring and engaging others
  • Support a continuous improvement culture
  • Outwardly demonstrate positive actions and behaviors
  • Openly support Diageo’s industry-leading environmental initiatives on reduced water 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.


  • Degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Science, Business or related field
  • Strong analytical, budgeting, organization and time-management skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work with all departments and levels of management
  • 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 distilling or brewery operations preferred but not required

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At Diageo certain roles are eligible for additional rewards, including annual incentive payment and stock awards. US based employees are eligible for healthcare benefits, retirement benefits, short-term and long-term disability coverage, basic life insurance, wellness benefits and industry leading parental leave, among others. (Benefits/perks listed may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Diageo and the country where you work.) The salary range displayed is the salary range for the roles primary location.

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Primary Location:

Lebanon, KY, United States of America

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