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  • Fixed Asset Accountant

    Castle & Key Distillery - Frankfort, KY
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    JOB SUMMARY: The job of a fixed asset accountant lies in monitoring the fixed assets of an organization. This person will be expected to work with other members of Castle & Key Distillery’s accounting staff and report to our Controller. In certain occasions, they will be tasked with working with external auditors in order to verify if the work done is accurate. The Fixed Asset Accountant also collaborates with other departments on special projects. They should have an aptitude for performing mathematical computations, accounting, auditing.

    The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, motivated, and comfortable working in a team environment. The Fixed Asset Accountant should be proficient in computer software that supports the function of the role, as they will need to handle large, variable databases and generate reports related to this work. They will need to have excellent planning skills, and should keep abreast with the current accounting and regulatory changes.

    RESPONSIBILITIES (Specific areas of responsibility include but are not limited to):

    • Manages budgets for new and ongoing capital improvement projects, conducts routine reviews and produces weekly variance reports.
    • Proposes and implements a system of controls, procedures, and forms for fixed assets.
    • Creates an inventory management program and conducts routine physical inventory counts of fixed assets. Assists with current asset inventories. Investigates discrepancies and resolves issues.
    • Accounts for fixed asset disposals.
    • Documents and maintains fixed asset data, including purchase information, warranties, make, model, lifetime, etc.
    • Records the cost of newly acquired fixed assets and improvements of existing fixed assets into the accounting system.
    • Calculates and enters depreciation on a monthly basis.
    • Manages amendments for Historic Tax Credits; maintains relationship with State Historic Preservation Office.
    • Prepares analysis and documentation for the federal and state Historic Tax Credits.
    • Prepares and maintains documentation related to other capital-related tax credits, including KEIA and KDTA.
    • Drafts annual property tax return information.
    • Assists in the negotiation of certain capital expenditures, including labor, materials, and equipment. Prepares purchase orders and communicates with vendors.
    • Ensures all applicable tax exemptions are taken on new equipment purchases.
    • Confirms proper delivery of capital improvement orders and conducts reviews of incoming invoices.
    • Works with on-site contractors to gather all necessary information required to accurately categorize expenditures.
    • Conducts analyses related to fixed assets as requested by management.
    • Conducts weekly reviews of all fixed asset accounts and assists in monthly account closings.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

    • Experience in Manufacturing and Fixed Asset Accounting Preferred
    • Bachelor’s Degree Required, Accounting Degree Preferred
    • Knowledge of Quickbooks Enterprise Software Preferred
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office Excel
    • Highly detail oriented and organized
    • Ability to act and operate independently with minimal daily direction from manager to accomplish objectives
    • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT

    • Must be able to sit for extended periods of time
    • Repetitive motions (such as typing)
    • Navigating warehouse environments during audits
    • Occasionally lifts > 25lbs

    Job Type: Full-time

    To apply, send resume to careers@castleandkey.com
  • Lead Host

    Castle & Key Distillery - Frankfort, KY
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    JOB SUMMARY:

    The Lead Host is an integral part of our Guest Experience team. They are first and foremost responsible for providing a unique, intimate and curated experience for our all tour guests. This role is responsible for providing leadership and training to the host team and being a first point of contact for problem solving. The Lead Host will support the Guest Experience Manager in their planning and vision for the overall Guest Experience department.

    The ideal candidate will be charismatic, engaging and passionate about the spirits industry and history. They must be able to demonstrate agility and flexibility in their interpersonal skills and be unrelenting in their commitment to provide a luxurious experience for all guest. Attention to detail and strong planning and organizational skills will be crucial to their success.

    RESPONSIBILITIES (Specific areas of responsibility include but are not limited to):

    • Provide leadership and guidance to Host Team through example by way of preparedness, punctuality, positivity, encouraging feedback, problem-solving skills and goal-setting
    • Ensure all setup and preparation for the day in the F&B space, tasting rooms and Visitor Center is accomplished by Host Staff prior to guest arrivals
    • Prepare for early morning and afternoon meetings with Guest Experience Staff
    • Recap numbers from the previous day and set goals for the current day/week
    • Respond to emails from guests inquiring about tours, events, etc. and connect these guests through the proper channels to the right staff members
    • Guide Guest Experiences in groups of up to 20 guests on guided walking tours around the Castle & Key property and facilities 3-5 times daily
    • Passionately and creatively provide pertinent information on the grounds and the company that keeps guests focused on their experiences
    • Must be able to adapt the flow and structure of the tour when activity at the visitor center and around the surrounding property dictates (i.e. when on-site events and VIP experiences occur simultaneously)
    • Exhibit high levels of knowledge regarding spirits, most importantly those brands under the Castle & Key umbrella
    • Actively learn about the world of spirits
    • Express high levels of passion regarding the C&K project
    • Greet Guests in the Retail Center and provide them with customized sales pitch of C&K products
    • Educate Guests on the history of our Distillery and current operation
    • Lead Educational product tastings
    • Prepare tasting areas, drinkware, and gear for tours throughout the day cleaning and prepping multiple times per day as determined by tour schedule
    • Maintaining a tour path clear of any hazards or debris
    • Communicate feedback of the tour program to Leadership as needed
    • Assist with on-site events as needed
    • Assist with Barrel Experiences as needed

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • 2-4 years related experience preferred
    • Food & Beverage experience preferred
    • 2 years of guest experience or client services required
    • Strong communication skills

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: 

    This job operates throughout the overall distillery including the production facility, gardens, retail center and tasting room.

    POSITION/PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: 

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required lift and/ or move up to 50 pounds. The position requires substantial amounts of walking and movement as it involves guiding guests safely throughout the facility. As the job is conducted throughout the facility grounds guides will be periodically exposed to the environment as well.

    Job Type: Full-time

    To apply, send resume to careers@castleandkey.com
  • Host

    Castle & Key Distillery - Frankfort, KY
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    JOB SUMMARY:

    The Host is an integral part of our Guest Experience team. They are first and foremost responsible for providing a unique, intimate and curated experience for our all tour guests. The Host will support the Guest Experience Manager in their planning and vision for the overall Guest Experience department.

    The ideal candidate will be charismatic, engaging and passionate about the spirits industry and history. They must be able to demonstrate agility and flexibility in their interpersonal skills and be unrelenting in their commitment to provide a luxurious experience for all guest. Attention to detail and strong planning and organizational skills will be crucial to their success.

    RESPONSIBILITIES (Specific areas of responsibility include but are not limited to):

    • Lead Guest Experiences in groups of up to 20 guests on guided walking tours around the Castle & Key property and facilities 3-5 times daily
    • Passionately and creatively provide pertinent information on the grounds and the company that keeps guests focused on their experiences
    • Must be able to adapt the flow and structure of the tour when activity at the visitor center and around the surrounding property dictates (i.e. when on-site events and VIP experiences occur simultaneously)
    • Exhibit high levels of knowledge regarding spirits, most importantly those brands under the Castle & Key umbrella
    • Actively learn about the world of spirits
    • Express high levels of passion regarding the C&K project
    • Greet Guests in the Retail Center and provide them with customized sales pitch of C&K products
    • Educate Guests on the history of our Distillery and current operation
    • Lead Educational product tastings
    • Prepare tasting areas, drinkware, and gear for tours throughout the day cleaning and prepping multiple times per day as determined by tour schedule
    • Maintaining a tour path clear of any hazards or debris
    • Communicate feedback of the tour program to Leadership as needed
    • Assist with on-site events, as needed

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
    • 2 years related experience preferred

    WORK ENVIRONMENT:

    This job operates throughout the overall distillery including the production facility, gardens, retail center and tasting room.

    POSITION/PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: 

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required lift and/ or move up to 50 pounds. The position requires substantial amounts of walking and movement as it involves guiding guests safely throughout the facility. As the job is conducted throughout the facility grounds guides will be periodically exposed to the environment as well.

    POSITION TYPE & EXPECTED HOURS:This is a tourism and experience oriented position with staff interacting directly with guests. Expected hours will match the hours of operation for the retail space.

    Job Type: Part-time

    To apply, send resume to careers@castleandkey.com
  • Security Officer

    Castle & Key Distillery - Frankfort, KY
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    JOB SUMMARY:

    The Security Officer will serve as a safety presence for Castle & Key Distillery. This position will be responsible for maintaining a security post and keeping an accurate log of all disturbances and unusual occurrences. This goal of their presence is to lawfully detect, deter, observe and report in order to provide safety to all staff and guest and prevent damage or theft to property, equipment and goods. This person will often be one of the first points of contact with the public on site. In that regard, they will be charged with understanding their presence at the business and providing directions accordingly.

    The ideal candidate will have a high degree of professionalism, emotional control and integrity. This person must place a priority on safety management and stay focused in the course of their day. Ideally, they will have the dynamic interpersonal skills required to be diligent in their duties and still provide a hospitable service to staff and guests.

    RESPONSIBILITIES (Specific areas of responsibility include but are not limited to):

    • Observe for signs of crime or disorder and investigate disturbances
    • Act lawfully in direct defense of life or property
    • Lawfully apprehend criminals and evict violators
    • Take accurate records of unusual occurrences
    • Report in detail any suspicious incidents to appropriate personnel and law enforcement
    • Patrol randomly or regularly Castle & Key Distillery’s buildings and perimeter
    • Monitor and control access at building entrances and vehicle gates
    • Watch alarm systems or video cameras and operate detecting/emergency equipment
    • In instances of medical emergencies, perform first aid or CPR
    • Control traffic by directing drivers
    • Maintain Castle & Key Distillery’s stability and reputation by complying with legal requirements
    • Ensure the security, safety and well-being of all personnel, visitors and the premises
    • Provide exceptional hospitality service
    • Adhere to all company service and operating standards
    • Remain in compliance with local, state and federal regulations
    • Respond to emergencies to provide necessary assistance to employees and customers
    • Protect the company’s assets relative to theft, assault, fire and other safety issues
    • Follow procedures for various initiatives, including fire prevention, property patrol, traffic control and accident investigations
    • Management of truck logs
    • Fire alarm inspections

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

    • Proven work experience as a security guard or relevant position
    • Trained security officer with diploma
    • Ability to operate detecting systems and emergency equipment
    • Excellent knowledge of public safety and security procedures/protocols
    • Surveillance skills and detail orientation
    • Integrity and professionalism
    • High school degree

    Job Type: Full-time

    To apply, send resume to careers@castleandkey.com
  • Production Operator

    Castle & Key Distillery - Frankfort, KY
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    JOB SUMMARY:

    Manufacturing is the very core of our business. Castle & Key Production Operators will be trained in several functional areas within the manufacturing environment so they can effectively provide support to multiple processes when in need.

    A production operator in the Castle & Key Distillery department is responsible for the accurate and timely manufacture of milled grain to barreled new distillate utilizing a proprietary computer controlled and semi-manually operated production facility. The operator is expected to accurately measure all required materials, correctly add, and effectively operate all machinery according to training/SOP protocols, including, but not limited to: scales, pumps, tanks, and stills. The operator will also maintain record of production details including analytical test results, mashing and distillation worksheets, receipt time and quantity of any ingredient or necessary materials, and any other required data as specified in supplied training/SOP protocols.

    Since safety is a top priority at Castle & Key, much of the operator’s responsibility will focus on maintaining a safe and sanitary work area by ensuring the department and all equipment are cleaned and kept in good working order. Having the ability to acclimate and problem solve quickly will be critically important as unforeseen equipment issues may arise throughout the normal operation day. This role requires the individual to be a leader and self-starter, with the desire for advancement.

    RESPONSIBILITIES (Specific areas of responsibility include, but are not limited to):

    • Perform multiple and diverse production duties in the distillery, warehousing and bottling operations, i.e., grain receiving and handling, milling, cooking, fermentation, distillation, by-product handling, raw materials handling, and all bottling activities as needed.
    • Specific responsibilities of a Castle & Key Distillery Operator Level 1 are as follows:
      • Boiler blow-down – Day & Night Operations
      • Understanding of Water Systems and pump flow paths
      • Ingredient Unload
        • Proper set-up and operation of unload conveyor system
        • Basic troubleshooting of system faults
        • Grain quality testing and reports
        • Grain unload & loss log record keeping
      • Slop Unload
        • Understands proper operation of agitators and pumps
        • Clear and timely communications with Logistics’ Manager and Shift Leader/Supervisor at each unload to provide accurate information on levels in tanks.
        • Practice safety and cleanliness
      • Mashing
        • Silo Identification
        • Roller Mill gap set-up for milling, and verification of grind size (Sieve Analysis)
        • Mashing log record keeping and accurate documentation of ingredient quantities, temperatures, times and any notes that would be of value for other team members
        • Good understanding of flow pathways of grain, water, steam and mash
      • Steam Sterilization / Cleaning processes
      • Mash Transfer and Rinsing Process
      • Monitoring Fermentation – Beer Chemistry (dry inch, pH, brix, specific gravity)
      • Proven abilities in cistern room operation, gauging spirits and filling barrels. Understands all cistern SOPs including document preparation and regulatory requirements.
    • Conduct various quality control tests and procedures (i.e., temperatures, proof levels, grain quantities, gallonages, volumes, beer data, etc.) to assure that incoming raw materials, work-in-process and finished product meet the desired quality guidelines as set forth in the Castle & Key operations manual.
    • Perform general maintenance, preventive maintenance, sanitation and general clean-up functions pertaining to production tools and equipment. Assist maintenance personnel when needed.
    • Effectively troubleshoot and resolve operational problems when they occur. Consult with the Production Supervisor or Master Distiller when situations exist that require collective reasoning.
    • Read, comprehend, and comply with all production operation directives and procedures.
    • Maintain and service plant buildings, grounds, facilities and utilities equipment as needed. 

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:          

    • Ability to operate in a fast-paced environment, effectively working and communicating with other members of the department.
    • Above-average reading and comprehensive skills with the ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form. Good interpersonal skills.
    • Demonstrated mathematical skills for basic calculations (add, subtract, multiply and divide).
    • Must be able to work on weekends as part of regular schedule.
    • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs without assistance.
    • Ability to track and weight ingredients accurately utilizing a floor scale, flow meter and load cell.
    • Provide support to unloading, milling, cooking, and fermentation processes, while maintaining satisfactory level of cleanliness and safety.
    • Ability to learn quickly and support the plant’s process improvement initiatives.
    • Previous Distillation/Manufacturing experience is preferred.

    Job Type: Full-time

    To apply, send resume to careers@castleandkey.com
  • Retail Associate

    Castle & Key Distillery - Frankfort, KY
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    JOB SUMMARY: 

    The primary role of the Retail Associate is to engage with all guests at Castle & Key to create a hospitable experience in our retail center. Castle & Key products have been selected to allow our guests to continue their experience away from the distillery. The Retail Associate will be responsible for greeting our guests, curating and personalizing their shopping experience, be well-versed in our products and ensure a strong end to their time with Castle & Key.

    The ideal candidate will be a service focused individual who has experience in retail, food & beverage or hospitality. They will be effective communicators, strong at multi-tasking and self-starters. This individually are customer-service oriented and able to anticipate our guest needs and exceed expectations.

    RESPONSIBILITIES (Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to):

    • Greet and engage each guest, ensuring all guests feel welcome in our visitor’s center
    • Display a “Guest comes first” attitude.
    • Connect with multiple guests at once, balancing the needs of each Guest in a timely manner
    • Provide an unmatched guest service experience, ensuring no guest leaves dissatisfied
    • Build sales by styling and wardrobing each guest depending on their apparel needs, as well as suggesting complimentary home goods and spirits.
    • Grow a client base and ensure repeat shoppers by building relationships with our Guests
    • Respond to specific guest inquiries (phone/email/person).
    • Review guest sales orders and process returns and exchanges using inventory management software.
    • Assist in replenishing product and keeping the store looking great- if there’s time to lean, there’s time to clean!
    • Ensure service standards, policies, and procedures are properly implemented under the supervision of the Retail Manager
    • Participate in daily team meeting to review expected Guests, daily/weekly sales, and additional information needed each day.

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:        

    • Some retail experience in a fast paced environment
    • Strong communication skills and ability to take constructive feedback
    • An entrepreneurial spirit
    • Collaborative approach to work
    • Interest in the Fashion Industry and Spirits Industry
    • Weekend and Holiday availability and flexible schedule require

    SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

    Image: Must have a professional image, positive attitude, diplomacy, high energy and charismatic personality. Must display maturity and self-confidence. Exudes a positive attitude and sustains a contagious energy throughout entire shift always act according to company ethics and values. 

    Job Knowledge/Technology: Proficient in basic computer skills.  Must have a strong feel for luxury products and a true understanding of how to sell said products.

    Guest/Client Focus: Meets the expectations and requirements of internal and external guests. Acts with the guest in mind and establishes and maintains effective relationships with guests and gains their trust and respect.  Must be able to sell, influence and partner with guests and co-workers.

    Judgment: Makes sound decisions; bases decisions on fact rather than emotion; analyzes problems skillfully; uses logic to reach solutions. Able to calmly prevent guest conflicts from escalating.  Refer to Retail Manager for guidance when appropriate.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT

    This job operates within the Visitor’s Center at the distillery. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

    POSITION/PHYSICAL CONDITIONS:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.  The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be exposed to outside weather conditions.

    The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

    POSITION TYPE & EXPECTED HOURS

    This is a part time role.  Non-standard hours require evening and weekend coverage.  Must have flexibility on working hours to accommodate for busy seasons, though these scheduled hours will be booked in advance.  Days and hours of work are subject to change once we open, but are projected to be Tuesday-Thursday 8-6, and Friday-Saturday 8-7.

    TRAVEL

    No travel is currently expected for this position.

    Job Type: Part-time

    To apply, send resume to careers@castleandkey.com
  • Warehouseman

    Castle & Key Distillery - Frankfort, KY
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    JOB SUMMARY:

    Warehousing is an integral part in the manufacturing of distilled spirits and is at the core of our business. A successful warehouseman highly values safety of self and safety of the product in the care and control. The warehouseman will be responsible for shipments in and out of the warehouse, documents information specific to inventory and warehouse conditions, and acts as the caretaker to barrels stored in the warehouse. The ability to acclimate and problem solve quickly will be critically important as unforeseen issues may arise throughout the normal working day.

    This is a physically demanding position that requires a focus on maintaining a safe and clean work environment to ensure optimal performance.

    RESPONSIBILITIES (Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to):

    • Consistently arrives on-time and exhibits reliability and responsibility at all times.
    • Promotes a safe and clean work environment by:
    • Performing walk-throughs on a daily basis
    • Reporting all safety concerns immediately
    • Ensuring that the warehouse is accessed by appropriate employees only
    • Returning all equipment and tools to their location at the end of each day
    • Ensuring all team members wear proper safety equipment at all times, including steel-toed boots, leather gloves, and safety harnesses if required.
    • Identifies and immediately communicates potential issues with damaged or leaking barrels and warehouse ricking. Repairs ricking as needed.
    • At the direction of Warehouse Manager, locks the warehouse and turns off all power to warehouse except for those controlling ventilation and security systems.
    • Performs checks on all equipment prior to use and operates equipment appropriately. Follows all written and verbally communicated policies for equipment used, including elevators.
    • Performs checks on all ricking, supports, posts, headers, bolts, and aisles where received barrels will be stored. If any defect is detected, or if warehouseman is unsure as to the state of the ricking, the warehouseman will contact the Warehouse Manager immediately to determine next steps.
    • Unloads barrels delivered from the production facility and other premises and after inspecting the barrel for any defects, damage, or leaks, receives them into the warehouse. If the barrel is defective, damaged, or leaking, the barrel is set aside for further attention.
    • Pulls and relocates barrels as assigned and loads barrels for shipment.
    • Assists in performing checks to ensure barrels received or shipped are accurate as compared to all documents.
    • Performs daily, weekly, quarterly, and annual checks and reports as assigned, including but not limited to: temperature records, plum bob checks, change in inventory forms, and inventories.
    • Reads, comprehends, and complies with all production and warehouse directives and procedures.
    • Fills barrels in the production facility, transports barrels to and from the production facility, performs gauge checks on incoming barrels, and various other tasks related to distillery operations as assigned.
    • Performs general maintenance, preventative maintenance, clean-up functions and other services to plant buildings, grounds, facilities, and other equipment as needed.
    • Provides premium guest experience to tourists and visitors on the site.

    SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

    • Previous customer service experience preferred.
    • Dependability and Reliability
    • Teamwork Attitude
    • Inventory Control
    • Strong Communication Skills
    • Reporting and Documentation Skills
    • Equipment Operation and Maintenance
    • Physical ability to lift/push/pull objects greater than 50 pounds for extended periods of time, stand, walk, kneel, climb stairs, etc. The ability to withstand varying temperatures from extreme heat to extreme cold.

    Job Type: Full-time

    To apply, send resume to careers@castleandkey.com