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Posted November 11th

Master Distiller

Bardstown, Kentucky

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Posted November 11th

Master Distiller

Bardstown, Kentucky






Full Time

Sazerac Company Overview

Build your career at Sazerac! With almost 400 years of rich history, Sazerac Company has thrived as an independent, American family-owned company with operations in the United States and around the world. Since the 2000s, Sazerac has averaged double digit growth every year! Sazerac Company produces and markets the most award-winning bourbons and whiskeys in the world, including Buffalo Trace, Pappy Van Winkle, Eagle Rare, Blanton's, and Sazerac Rye. Additionally, Sazerac owns many popular brands across a range of spirits, including Fireball, Southern Comfort, Seagram's V.O., Myers's, Goldschläger, Parrot Bay, 99 Brand, and Platinum Vodka.

We're proud of our award-winning culture and distilleries. Our Louisville office has been named one of the "Best Places to Work in Kentucky" four times, and our Buffalo Trace Distillery has earned the title of "world's most award-winning distillery" through the dedication of our craftsmen for well over 200 years. Whether you're a recent graduate or an experienced professional, Sazerac provides extraordinary opportunities for growth with competitive salaries and benefits in an exciting, entrepreneurial industry.

Company/Location Overview

Welcome to Barton 1792 Distillery, Barton Brands of Kentucky. Our proud heritage dates back to 1879 with the founding of the Tom Moore Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky. Renamed Barton 1792 Distillery, we continue to produce the highest quality spirits for over 130 years.

In 2009, we became a part of Sazerac Company which was established in 1850 and is a leading U.S. spirits supplier, with the world's most decorated distillery, and a portfolio of award-winning brands. Sazerac is an independent, family owned company; we attribute our success to a unique blend of our history, culture, brands, relationships, innovation, technology, and most importantly, our people.

Job Description/Responsibilities

T he Barton Brands of Kentucky (BBK) Master Distiller manages the Distillery and Barrel Warehouse departments. This includes the distillery, dryhouse, boiler operations, barrel filling, barrel emptying, and barrel warehouse management. The Master Distiller must ensure operations are in compliance with regulatory agencies, there is adherence to quality, and production needs are met. This includes, but is not limited to evaluation of all incoming raw materials to the selection of mature whiskey.

  • Maintain quality, capacity, and yield requirements for Barton 1792 Distillery. Ensure the systems deliver functionality and promote quality, consistency and efficiency.
  • Direct the design of systems and processes to improve the Distillery and Warehouse Operations. Lead effective planning and scheduling of distillation requirements.
  • Direct distilling operations at Barton 1792 Distillery. Focusing on quality, innovation, and continuity of our distilling and aging processes. Promote and represent the distillery to support the Marketing effort to establish the distillery as a highly recognized and respected producer of award winning spirits.
  • Lead experimental and potential new whiskey development efforts at the Barton 1792 facility.
  • Promote and represent the distillery to support the Marketing effort to establish the distillery as a highly recognized and respected producer of award winning spirits.
  • Lead quality efforts to efficiently and effectively operate Barton 1792 Distillery & Dry House Operations to ensure the systems deliver functionality and promote quality, consistency and efficiency.
  • Ensures adherence to all Personal Safety, Food Safety, Quality, and Environmental Practices.
  • Lead the effort to assess & optimize organizational talent/structure by redeploying, hiring, training, and developing in Distillery and Barrel Warehouse Operations.
  • Conducts Professional Development System (PDS) reviews with direct reports on identified competencies within the Distillery Department. Ensure that the system correctly reflects performance and development needs. Implements a PDS for self that will move he/she toward improving at least 1 competency per year and improving performance against position description outcomes.
  • Lead safety awareness in the Distillery and Barrel Warehouse at Barton 1792 Distillery. Direct the creation and implementation of safety procedures and initiatives.
  • Produce quality products while maximizing productivity, reducing costs, and leading new initiatives. Support new initiatives business development with innovative methods and product ideas.
  • Establish and follow development plan to achieve career development and/or advancement. Develop the skills of yourself and your team to attain the desired career path within the organization.


Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Food Science or related field
  • Minimum 10 years related operationa / technical Alcohol Beverage Industry experience
  • Excellent oral & written communication skills with excellent people and motivational skills
  • Strong desire to learn, develop, and grow with a passion for the distilling industry
  • Good physical health. For example; capable of working on your feet, sitting, climbing stairs and ladders, bending, kneeling, and squatting
  • Strong analytical and technical skills
  • Record of successful leadership
  • MBA or Master's Degree
  • Familiarity with P&L management
  • Experience managing in a union environment
  • Working knowledge of grain requirements, fermentation, distillation, and whiskey maturation flavor development

Bardstown, Kentucky