Falls Avenue Resort

Lead Distiller

Department
Food & Beverage - Guest Service
Job Status Type
Current Opportunity

Overview

The Lead Distiller is responsible for creating  and operating the efficient and effective production related aspects of a craft distillery

 

Responsibilities

The Lead Distiller will be accountable for all production- related areas aspects of the distillery including but not limited to:  spirit recipe/new product formulations ; raw materials selection and purchasing;  malting, fermentation, distillation, maturation, blending, bottling and storage functions;  quality control, testing, and record-keeping; production budgeting and related expense control; equipment operation and maintenance, regulatory compliance; production and equipment planning; preventive maintenance and troubleshooting; sanitation and cleaning regiments; distillery staff scheduling and training as required.

 

Qualifications

  • Minimum 2-3 years' hands on experience in distilling, preferably within the Province of Ontario at a comparable or larger craft distillery. Firsthand experience with LCBO product listings and working knowledge of AGCO regulations an asset.
  • Formal brewing/distilling education an asset.
  • Working knowledge of related Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs) and supply chain management as they relate to craft spirit production and raw material acquisition respectively.
  • Ability to multi-task and perform all aspects of the distilling process to maximize the production capability of multiple distilling products as efficiently and effectively as possible.
  • Outstanding attention to detail – in regards to ensuring product consistency, quality and safety, including sampling and lab techniques as required; equipment operation and maintenance,  regulatory compliance, identifying mechanical issues, performing required sanitation and cleaning, and maintaining accurate records.
  • Ensures compliance and sets an example by working safely within standard industry operating procedures and related federal, provincial and local regulations pertaining to the distilling industry with a particular emphasis on Ontario Fire Code requirements.
  • Demonstrated commitment and passion to maximizing guest satisfaction at each stage of the guest experience, particularly as it pertains to beverage enjoyment and spirit education to customers.
  • Ability to maintain professional composure at all times, regardless of issue, while performing multiple tasks with multiple guests/multiple items/products.
  • Proven mechanical aptitude/critical thinking capabilities in order to identify, troubleshoot, and solve common distillation production equipment problems.
  • Takes initiative and possesses a continuous improvement mindset that works toward making operations more effective and efficient thereby optimizing time and resources while maximizing profitability.
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills to be able to provide clear communication to guests and employees in both internal and external environments.
  • Approachable and establishes immediate credibility with regulators, staff, and customers, as required, including facilitate training and correction as required to production staff in order to ensure all staff operate at a consistent and safe level of performance.
  • Ability to meet the physical requirements (i.e., lifting 50 lbs, bending, kneeling, climbing ladder), and be in good general physical condition to fulfill all aspects of position.
  • Must be able to work all shifts including weekends and holidays.

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