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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 24/5 schedule with eventual transition to 24/7. 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 cross-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 coaching to 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.


  • 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 proven experience)
  • 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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Primary Location:

Lebanon, KY, United States of America

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