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Director of Operations - Distillery/Spirits

Chicago Land Area, IL

Posted: 12/20/2018 Discipline: Operations - Manufacturing Job Number: 8378 Industry: Beverage

Title: Director of Operations - Spirits/Distillery        Location: Chicago Land Area  

Mission:  Our client, a producer of premium spirits, is looking for a Director of Operations to add to their team. This person will be responsible for defining the overall process of the operations including distilling, packaging, Quality Assurance, sanitation, go-to-market strategy and distribution.


Competitive Salary

2-5% equity

Paid holidays and vacation time

Health/Medical Benefits

Expected Outcomes:

Oversee day-to-day operations at the distillery

Full P&L responsibilities (with administrative support)

Work with Tasting Room / Event Space Manager to improve operations and drive growth for on-site operations

Work with Head Distiller to plan production schedule and maintain inventory

Support compliance and reporting duties

Help define distillery brand(s) direction

Distillery currently undergoing re-branding process, expected to be an active voice in key brand identity decisions

Determine go-to-market strategy, including distributor negotiations, retail rollout planning, and on-premise strategy


Minimum 3 years management experience in team environment

Experience in liquor industry preferred, alternatively looking for extensive sales, marketing, operations, and/or retail experience

Understanding of quality assurance/quality control and legal environment

Bartending or bar management experience (a plus)

Rob Navarro
Sr. Recruiting Consultant at Kinsa Group

Rob has 9 years of leadership experience in the Foodservice industry in addition to 10 years of experience in the Recruiting and Staffing industry, with the last 5 of those years at Kinsa. If you’re seeking a new job, let him put his food and beverage industry network connections to work for you!

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