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Site Director

Louisville, KY
Senior Level
The Stitzel Weller Site Director is responsible for providing leadership and strategic guidance to a dedicated team of bottling and maturing experts. This is a proactive role, whose purpose is to lead safely and efficiently all aspects of bottling, warehousing, supply chain, innovation, change management and investment. 

The Stitzel Weller site contains a Processing and Blending Department, 19 Maturing Warehouses (storage of approx. 350k barrels) and a Bottling Department (approx. 1.5 Million Cases/yr.).
The successful candidate will provide leadership to a minimum of 4 direct reports with an overall site headcount ranging from 50-60 individuals, over a 2x8 hour shift/5-day operation. The successful candidate will be responsible for the ongoing, continuous development of the team and will play a strong coaching role for individuals and their development. 

Stitzel Weller is currently, driving towards Manufacturing Excellence and has been on this journey for over three years and this role will be pivotal in ensuring that we continue to accelerate our performance to be a benchmark Supply organization. This position reports to the VP of Distillation and Maturation.

Our performance ambition is to be one of the best performing, most trusted and respected consumer products companies in the world. We are proud of the brands we make and the enjoyment they give to millions. We are passionate about alcohol playing a positive role in society as part of a balanced lifestyle. It is central to our purpose to celebrate life, every day, everywhere.
We are a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits and beer! We produce an assortment of over 200 amazing brands – old and new, large and small, global and local – that are enjoyed in more than 180 countries around the world!
Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo's global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share standard methodology.

Key Accountabilities
  • Drive site towards benchmark performance in safety, compliance, quality and environmental sustainability.
  • Display excellent leadership with strong communication skills and the ability to influence key partners.
  • Drive a strong engagement platform that supports a continuous improvement culture.
  • Deliver site strategy including annual operating plans to ensure long term supply of the highest quality American whiskies and bourbons.
  • Build relationships and maintain effective partnerships with Marketing, Engineering, Finance, Governance, Planning, Procurement, Manufacturing Excellence, Statutory Regulators and outside agencies.
  • Set objectives and performance standards (critical metrics) for all departments across the site.
  • Lead improvements in productivity and efficiency through application of best in class practice benchmarking, new systems and technologies.
  • Through partnership and technical leadership continue to grow and empower site teams to deliver excellence in manufacturing and supply.
  • Successfully grow talent and leadership capability to deliver performance goals.
  • Ensure the effective implementation of all innovations, special projects, etc.
  • Responsible for delivering multi-million-dollar budget on track year on year.
  • Ensure all management responsibilities are performed in accordance with Global Diageo, North America Supply, local policies and all applicable laws. 
  • Ensure excellent relationship with Visitor Center at Stitzel-Weller. Provide guidance to Visitor Center staff, North American Brand Teams and Innovation as required.

Qualifications and Experience Required:
  • An engineering, science or relevant technical Degree is preferred with 5+ years’ manufacturing leadership experience.
  • Must have demonstrated people leadership capabilities.
  • Effective influencer and communicator and able to set out strategy and aspirations that others will follow and support.
  • End to end P&L experience is a plus.
  • Advanced practitioner of continuous improvement tools such as Six Sigma, Lean, and Kaizen is preferred.
  • Must have ability to distill out complex business issues, provide logical, compelling and clear plans for action. 
  • Skills and ability to lead and influence organizational change, strong thought leadership.
  • High level of regulatory and technical expertise.
  • Experience in a Unionized environment

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