Assistant Distiller

job summary

The assistant distiller will perform, monitor, and document batch process operations and the processing of raw materials for distillation of spirits and other activities in support of beverage alcohol manufacturing. This position will also support other day to day operations of the distillery.

responsibilities

Production Operations:

  • Operating and maintaining the mechanical systems of the distillery to include distillation apparatus, boilers, compressors, chillers, filtration, pumps, and other support equipment.
  • Operate and maintain bottling line equipment; coordinate and support bottling operations
  • Batches the raw materials including weighing, mixing and the processing of all ingredients within a very specific order, quantity, and time.
  • Monitors multiple stages of the process, especially critical time and temperature requirements, performs product testing and quality verification.
  • Operates multiple distillation units, continually monitors and adjusts working parameters to ensure proper operation and timely turnaround.
  • Blends, processes, measures, transfers bulk spirit and other material components through defined stages to achieve finished quality targets.
  • Performs CIP operations on tanks, lines, filters, heat exchangers, and other equipment while following all appropriate quality, PPE and safety procedures.
  • Supports ordering of raw materials and producing production reports.
  • Supports inventory processes, receiving materials, and loading/unloading trucks using a forklift.
  • Performs QC monitoring during all stages of the process, from raw materials to finished product.
  • Assists with administrative tasks such as record keeping, maintaining technical logs, compliance requirements/reporting, and other duties as required.
  • Assists with marketing/distillery events as needed

skills / requirements

  • Minimum High School diploma, college degree in sciences or industrial technology is preferred.
  • 1-3 years production/brewing/wine making experience.
  • Production maintenance background with knowledge of mechanical systems, equipment operation and reliability.
  • Strong mechanical ability with problem-solving/troubleshooting skills.
  • Good organizational skills with ability to multi-task, follow direction, work independently and be a contributing team player in support of business operations.
  • Proper use of PPE and safe chemical handling knowledge is required.
  • Above average verbal and written communication.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including weekends, holidays and evenings as required.