Benchmark Consulting

Distillery Operations Manager - Confidential

Modesto, CA - Full Time

The Distillery Operations Manager will work collaboratively with the current team in the day-to-day leadership and management of the company’s distillery in Modesto, California.  This role will provide production and maintenance support to ensure the site is achieving its overall goals and objectives.

To be a good fit for this opportunity you must have 5 years of distillery operations experience. 

 It is critical that you have a solid understanding of fermentations and distillation.  

Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage and coordinate the daily activities of team members in the production of high-quality spirits
  • Provide strong leadership and effective problem solving- lead by example
  • Understand the functions of pot and continuous distillations
  • Effectively monitor and evaluate performance on all direct reports including coaching, mentoring and training to ensure all team members have the proper tools for success
  • Emphasize the flow of information by communicating effectively to all members of the spirits team
  • Maintain daily reporting and TTB compliance information
  • Develop, lead and emphasize Key Performance Indicators of cost, quality, safety and yield, making decisions in supporting these goals
  • Manage annual operating and capital budgets for distillery and warehouse
  • Lead and facilitate employee involved safety team meetings and overall location safety
  • Be an active participant in sensory evaluations of raw materials, distillate, fermenting, and aged product, developing a logging and records system to help better understand nuances of distillation and maturation process
  • Review daily inspections on raw materials through sight, aroma, test weight, moisture content and foreign material analysis
  • Execute and monitor monthly and annual production schedule ensuring  sufficient and timely procurement of raw materials
  • Purchase all required grain and coordinate necessary logistics

Role Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant scientific discipline or equivalent
  • Should possess a minimum of 5 years distilled spirits or beverage plant experience
  • Possess strong leadership and problem-solving skills

Strong communication, analytical / problem solving, organizational skills, team-building, and team-working skills

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