Distillery Operations Manager - Modesto, California

Copper Cane Wines & Provisions

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Copper Cane Wines & Provisions was founded in 2014 by fifth-generation winemaker Joseph Wagner. Before Wagner formed Copper Cane, he created Belle Glos vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs one of the U.S. market’s hottest luxury wine brands. 

The Distillery Operations Manager will be responsible for the day to day leadership and management of the company’s Isla de Califa distillery in Modesto, California.  The individual will lead a small team to 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 distillery operations experience with a minimum of five years.  We are looking for a professional with a solid understanding of fermentations and distillation. 

Position Responsibilities:

  • Manage and lead the daily activities of team members in the production of high quality spirits

  • Provide strong leadership and effective problem solving

  • Understand the functions of pot and continuous distillations

  • Lead by example and hold employees accountable

  • 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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