Website Jefferson Distillery/Pernod Ricard

Team Lead, Distillery Operations  (Must apply online: Https:// )

Lebanon, KY
Full time

Are you ready to join one of the leading teams in creating high quality Kentucky alcohol for Jefferson’s Bourbon ambition?  Come join our team supporting our new and exciting carbon neutral Distillery that offers a distinct experience within the booming KY bourbon trailCareers that unlock the magic of human connection!

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Position Summary

The Distillery Operations Lead will be responsible for managing, leading, training the Whiskey Engineers, and sometimes performing the shift operations as needed for Pernod Ricard’s distillery. This includes distillation, blending, and maturing operations. Development and ownership of a positive, engaged, and inclusive 100% salaried site is critical in addition to supporting the strategic operations plan. The Distillery Operations Lead must have flexibility particularly during startup to be available for shift support, in addition to rotating on-call responsibility. Pernod Ricard’s distillery is currently under construction. As such, this role will involve construction, commissioning, start up and transition into day-to-day operations. Timeframe for construction to day-to-day operations will run approximately 18 – 24 months. This is an on-site position.

The salary range for this role, based in Kentucky is $75,100 to $103,300, range will vary if outside of this location.  Base salaries are determined during our interview process, by assessing a candidate’s experience, skills against internal peers and against the scope and responsibilities of the position.

Key Responsibilities

  • Building and developing a self-directed team-based work organization with defined role clarity in decision rights and ways of working with deep empowerment at the team structure level.
  • Comfort in delegating significant authority and decision-making rights to self-directed teams and continuously building this capability over time.
  • Developing and fostering a culture of empowerment deep into the organization that facilitates and enhances a self-directed team structure and ways of working.
  • Building teams that are diverse, in terms of inherent and acquired diversity, and ensuring leadership behavior that is truly inclusive.
  • Provide substantial, critical input in the construction, design and hands-on startup of the distillery including regular construction review meetings, approval of drawings and decision-making/input on the project and design with a lens towards functionality and operability.
  • Have input into the overall maintenance and engineering and capital budgets, monitoring the cost and effectiveness of activities to optimize resources and prioritize spending based upon operational efficiency / continuous improvement priorities.
  • Setting high performance exceptions for self and others and holding them accountable for meeting established targets and results.
  • Develop plans to drive Operations performance to world class standards including Sustainability & Responsibility targets.
  • Building a highly competent distillery Whiskey Engineer team through coaching, training, targeted assignments, and selection and creating a work environment where employees can maximize their talents and perform at or above expectations.
  • Support capital projects, delivering results first-time, on-time and on-budget.
  • Support, lead/assign the Whiskey Engineers personnel to own key areas of the site as subject matter experts and to support or develop training material, manuals, and own management of change.
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external partners and customers to ensure overall business success.
  • Develops business strategy for the engineering and maintenance in tune with Pernod Ricard operations pillars, including business, production and/or organizational priorities. Drive business strategy by linking to department and individual performance plans.
  • Leads the effort to achieve stretch business results by maintaining/instituting a Continuous Improvement culture utilizing Lean Manufacturing tools.
  • Maintain Operations and Maintenance KPI’s and drive improvements based on variance against long term plans.

Required Skills & Abilities

  • Prior experience in operations facilities in a related production environment (distillation, chemical manufacturing, food & beverage).
  • Technical and leadership capabilities to provide hands-on training, troubleshooting and support, especially during startup and during on-call issues throughout the operations period and plant shutdowns.
  • The ability to manage and improve daily operations.
  • Very strong analytical, strategic thinking and problem-solving capabilities.
  • Ability to interact with and influence a variety of cross-functional teams at all levels of the organization.
  • Computer literate with experience in Microsoft Office (including Microsoft Project), production systems, inventory systems and maintenance systems.
  • Thorough understanding of lean manufacturing techniques.
  • Strong background in and desire to work in a highly collaborative, matrixed environment.


  • Required: Undergraduate Degree in Engineering, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Food Sciences, Finance or Business.
  • Preferred: Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Industrial Maintenance Technology, Food Sciences, Finance or Business.


  • Required: 2+ years operations management experience in a production environment (distillation, chemical manufacturing, food & beverage, or equivalent field).
  • Preferred:3-5 years operations management experience in a production environment (distillation, chemical manufacturing, food & beverage, or equivalent field).

Who we are 

Pernod Ricard is a global premium spirits and wine company. We’re the team behind leading brands such as ABSOLUT® Vodka, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, and Avión™ Tequila, as well as many more superior wines and exquisite champagnes! 

Working at Pernod Ricard is all about igniting conviviality in that all that we do. Derived from the French word, convivialité…it means human connection, authenticity, friendly, and jovial. Conviviality is energy and spirit with a splash of je ne sais quoi and is a core philosophy around how we live and work at Pernod Ricard. Here, we are team players, dream makers, trailblazers, movers and (cocktail) shakers. We have a passion for living life to the fullest, making a new friend every day, and realizing our potential as people and as a business! 

Ready to work with spirit? Read on…

Life and perks at Pernod Ricard 

Proud to belong – Just as we help to create moments that matter for our customers, we lead by example every day…bringing our whole self to work and building bonds that celebrate the human spirit, diversity, and foster deep connections.  

Empowered to soar – We set high expectations and seek to get the most out of life. Through flexibility and a hybrid workstyle, as well as unique learning opportunities, generous tuition reimbursement, and one-of-a-kind learning programs, we passionately grow our skillset. 

Committed to care – We are deeply committed to the long-term sustainability of our people, our industry, and our planet. We call this return on responsibility. From environmental sustainability to supporting local communities, our commitment is steadfast. 

Inspired to dream – We treasure new experiences and are proud to develop as people, not job titles. From rich immersive learning programs in Paris to exciting high-profile events, we blend a love of exploration into all that we do. 

  Plus, great benefits and perks to toast to a life filled with support including: 

  • Competitive compensation including performance bonuses 
  • Domestic & international career development opportunities 
  • Competitive paid time off plan + wellbeing days   
  • Medical, dental, vision and life insurance 
  • Product allowance to enjoy on Pernod Ricard products   
  • Gym reimbursement  
  • Employee Assistance Program 
  • BetterUp Care wellness benefits including nutrition, sleep, executive coaching, etc. 

And much, much more! Check out to view our extensive people programs and support. 

Pernod Ricard USA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It employs qualified individuals based solely on ability, training and experience, and does not and will not, discriminate for or against any employee or applicant for employment or promotion based upon actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service or any other classification protected by law. Offers will be subject to United States local terms.

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