Distillery Supervisor - Frankfort, KY - Buffalo Trace Distillery

Job Locations US-KY-Frankfort
Posted Date 4 months ago(8/10/2022 4:21 PM)
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Company/Location Overview

Buffalo Trace Distillery is an American family-owned company based in Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky. The Distillery's rich tradition dates back to 1773 and includes such legends as E.H. Taylor, Jr., George T. Stagg, Albert B. Blanton, Orville Schupp, and Elmer T. Lee. 


Buffalo Trace Distillery is a fully operational Distillery producing bourbon, rye and vodka on site and is a National Historic Landmark as well as is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Distillery has won 17 distillery titles since 2000 from such notable publications as Whisky Magazine, Whisky Advocate Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine. It was named “Brand Innovator of the Year” by Whisky Magazine at its Icons of Whisky America Awards 2015.  Buffalo Trace Distillery has also garnered more than 300 awards for its wide range of premium whiskies.  The distillery is part of the Sazerac family of companies.

For more information, please visit www.buffalotracedistillery.com or www.sazerac.com

Job Description/Responsibilities

The Distillery Supervisor is a critical role responsible for overseeing the distilling operation according to the standards set by federal, state and local agencies and company policy; coordinates necessary maintenance actions to maintain production; monitors production to ensure that the schedule is met; responsible for solving production related problems; and manages employees working in the department.


  • Supervise and develop up to 35 union employees and operations of the distillery, dryhouse, powerhouse. Implement a $25 million dollar dept. budget to ensure that all parameters are met and production needs are met in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Ensure all Personal Protective Equipment policies, training, documentation and procedures are met. Direct safety meetings for 3 departments and inspire employee development and involvement.
  • Implement Continuous Improvement techniques and systems to improve Distillery Operations. Identify opportunities within the processes and develop plans to implement improvements.  Collaborate with engineering to assist CI projects.
  • Ensure that all quality control parameters are met. Make decisions to change the operation to improve quality or consistency. Ensure adherence to Personal Safety, Food Safety, Quality and Environmental Policies and Practices.
  • Recommends ideas to reduce costs and improve output. Ensures production efficiency is within cost standards; tracks efficiencies, quality and production data to improve yields without sacrificing quality. Analyzes and resolves problems related to efficiency, processes, material, scrap and waste.
  • Maintain inventory using our manufacturing system and improving other existing systems to automate the process. Develop subordinates to assist in keeping accurate inventory. Learn and understand the Barrel Program system. Align with customers and understand their needs to develop the relationships for the future.
  • Create, monitor and establish automated systems to manage compliance data and regulations. Update the Environmental Management System to demonstrate compliance. Monitor and understand current and new regulations.
  • Provide regular personal development feedback to develop the employees and improve operations.
  • Develop the Distillery Preventive Maintenance program. Update and improve the reporting process using the Maintenance System (MP2) to include working schedules and repair plans. Ensure that the future needs are documented and implemented. Supervise daily activity for at least 7 skilled maintenance techs.
  • Develop and integrate a 5 yr capex plan. Develop a 10 yr capex plan. Monitor and adjust budgets as necessary to ensure capex plans are implemented.



  • Minimum of  an Engineering or related degree
  • 1+ years of related, supervisor experience
  • Strong analytical and technical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong planning and organizational skills


  • 2+ years relevant experience in a fast paced environment
  • Experience managing in a union environment
  • Record of successful leadership




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