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Distillery Engineer

Campari America

Campari America

Clarendon, TX, USA
Posted on Saturday, October 28, 2023
Campari Group today is a major player in the global branded spirits industry, with a portfolio of over 50 premium and super premium brands, marketed and distributed in over 190 markets around the world, with leading positions in Europe and the Americas.

Headquartered in Milan, Italy, Campari Group owns 22 plants worldwide and has its own distribution network in 22 countries, and employs approximately 4,000 people.

Shares of the parent company Davide Campari - Milano N.V. are listed on the Italian Stock Exchange since 2001. Campari Group is today the sixth-largest player worldwide in the premium spirits industry.


General Description of the Role/Position Context

This role is responsible for the coordination of all aspects of maintenance activities related to Distillery Operations at New Yarmouth Distillery. The incumbent must ensure the safe, reliable and efficient delivery of all utilities (steam, electricity, water) and the proper maintenance of all associated equipment and facilities) used by these purposes. The upkeep and maintenance of the distribution and transmission lines outside of the immediate compound are also the responsibility of this position.


  • Defined Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) for objectives and targets are consistently achieved.
  • Efficiency targets are met.
  • Safety, Health & Environment policies are strictly adhered to at all times resulting in the decrease or elimination of injuries on the job and lost man hours.
  • Required reports are provided with consistency and a high degree of accuracy.
  • Comprehensive maintenance schedules for all machinery and equipment are developed, communicated, implemented and evaluated for all best results as necessary.
  • Assigned projects are properly developed and executed, meeting the defined objectives within the scope, cost and time.
  • Malfunctions of machinery and equipment area accurately diagnosed and effectively repaired at all times.
  • The incumbent displays a good relationship with fellow employees and demonstrates good leadership skills.
  • Ensures the efficient and safe operations of all Distillery facilities and equipment through careful monitoring and maintenance.
  • Improve reliability in the Distillery’s Powerhouse Operation and instrumentations supporting the different operational systems across the Distillery.

Performance Criteria:

The job has been successfully performed when:

  • Equipment are maintained in good working condition and are available for use by company personnel
  • Stipulated deadlines are met
  • A high level of accuracy and efficiency is evident in the completion of assigned tasks
  • Demonstrated Improvement in the maintenance of all equipment.
  • Steam and power generation stations as well as R.O. Plants are managed according to expected standards.
  • Safety and environmental guidelines are practiced, and company standards met.
  • Job duties meet Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Key Activities & Responsibilities

  • Ensure that all equipment are properly repaired and maintain as required to ensure optimum and efficient production performance
  • Evaluate all electrical and instrument systems and applications for any improvements that may be necessary to improve the operations of the Distillery.
  • Ensure all instruments requiring calibration are calibrated as per the required schedule.
  • Prepares specifications and parts lists for equipment and requisitions parts/services for repairs and maintenance of equipment.
  • Assist with the Electrical and Instrument installation and commissioning of new equipment ensuring that installation and operations conform to the required technical standards.
  • Implement and monitor preventative maintenance systems for all equipment, and provide solutions to reduce equipment failures
  • Analyse performance of all equipment and determine the need for modification or replacement to improve reliability and effective monitoring of operational systems.
  • Update maintenance management system daily.
  • Execute maintenance of instrumentation and control panels and PLC Systems in accordance to expected company standards.
  • Manage critical spare parts to ensure prompt response to defective equipment that will create downtime in the operations.
  • Update and maintain Critical Instruments List for all critical instruments used in the operation
  • Ensure samples of raw water, boiler water, and boiler feed water, permeate, condensate and product of RO and Softener Units, are collected and analysed.
  • Ensure Water Treatment Systems and Distillery Vessels are chemically cleaned and maintained as necessary
  • Organize and execute out of crop maintenance on all equipment to prepare for the new production season
  • Performs scheduled maintenance checks and repairs according to established timelines/usage hours for major machinery and equipment such as turbines, pumps, diesel engines, compressors etc.
  • Review all accidents/incidents reports and implement preventive measures as required.
  • Assists with equipment safety training for staff and all contractors as required.
  • Ensures all Safe Work Plans and permits are prepared and presented for review by the Safety Team
  • Execute Breakdown Analysis and report on Monthly Equipment Failures and Operating Efficiencies of all equipment including Boilers, Turbines, R.O. Plant, Generators and production equipment.
  • Provide monthly feedback related to maintenance expenditure relative to budget by updating checkbook.
  • Update employees timecard in KRONOS application.
  • Conduct performance reviews for maintenance workers and establish performance objectives
  • Ensures full compliance of all QHSE Requirements. This includes adherence to 5’s protocols and other GMP as per company policy
  • Liaises with external suppliers and contractors and relevant authorities in the execution of job functions.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Ensure that discipline is maintained in keeping with the provision of the company’s disciplinary codes and guidelines
  • Sign off on gate passes for material and duty vehicle leaving the premises.
  • Authorize material and personnel gate passes and stores material requisitions.
  • Authorize overtime work.
  • Update Employee timecards and approve vacation leave for submission to Engineering and Maintenance Supervisor.
  • Identify and recommend approved external contractors and machine shops to carry out specific work.
  • Recommend the ordering of supplies and spares.
  • Recommends disciplinary action against employees.
  • Intervenes whenever conditions exist that poses an immediate or potential risk to equipment or buildings and to take corrective action as necessary.

Key Relationships

Internal: Distillery Operations Engineer , Distillery Technicians, Capex Managers, Production Staff, EHS Staff, Stores Coordinator

External: Suppliers

Reporting Relationships

Supervision Received from: Distillery Maintenance Supervisor

Supervision Given to : Distillery Technicians/Service Technicians

Experience Required

  • Minimum of five (5) years working experience in a senior engineering position.
  • Technical knowledge and work experience, specialization in Instrumentation or Electrical Engineering, within the manufacturing industry

Education / Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical/Electrical Instrumentation Engineering or related discipline.
  • Training/Certification in use of PLC software
  • Project Management Training desired


Functional Skills/Competencies

  • Excellent communication skills; both oral and written
  • Good interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Possess excellent organization and time management skills
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • Logical and pragmatic thinking
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the equipment used in the company’s manufacturing process for facilities, plants and equipment.
  • Quality orientation and attention to detail.
  • Good judgement and people leadership skills

Technical Skills/Competencies

  • Knowledge of engineering standards, in particular statutory and mandatory requirements Comprehensive knowledge of mechanical/electrical engineering best practices.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of steam and power generation operations and associated equipment.
  • Competent in PLC operations and programming
  • Thorough knowledge of motors and best practices to maintain them.
  • Problem analysis and problem resolution
  • Preventive maintenance knowledge
  • Working knowledge of major computer applications
  • Knowledge of regulatory requirements for safety, environment and statutory inspections
  • General understanding of variance reports, budgeting and relevant business drivers.
  • Maintenance & improvement, energy and project management.
  • Competent in the use of computer software applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, Power point and Maintenance Management system SAP
  • Understanding of financial analysis and relevant business drivers


  • Displays a high level of initiative and effort in the execution of work.
  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Works effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Utilises considerable judgement, analysis and examination to solve problems.
  • Devises new methods or modifies existing standard operations to meet needs.
  • Ability to read, analyse, and interpret complex documents.
  • Must be able to drive and possess a valid Driver’s License

General Organizational Competencies


  • Adheres to Quality, Food Safety, Health, Safety and Environmental policies (QFSHSE) Policies and regulatory requirements
  • Achieves a standard of excellence with work processes and outcomes
  • Adheres to applicable Food Safety requirements, in particular, Food Handlers’ Permit and Personal Hygiene Policy
  • Adheres to guidelines for Fire Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Response
  • Consistently upholds and promotes the Company’s Values
  • Safety Audit compliance, personal protective equipment (PPE) use, chemical handling, and the application of training.
  • Ensures that personal safety is observed at all times.
  • Ensures that the safety of the product/process is never compromised.

Working Conditions

  • Office environment 30%; field operations 60%
  • Required to work at heights or in awkward positions from time to time.
  • Required to work beyond normal hours in order to meet deadlines and production schedules.
  • Working conditions are normal for a manufacturing environment and involves frequent walking, constant talking, hearing, and occasional standing.
  • The incumbent may be required to work outside normal working hours and sometimes on weekends.
  • The jobs involve being on call 24 hours per day, seven days per week and during holidays; to address emergency issues that may arise on site.
  • Work involves moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as dirt, dust, and/or loud noises.

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

At Campari Group we believe in building more value together, thus we see diversity in all forms as a source of enrichment. Our employment policies and practices ensure that we are committed to providing equal employment opportunities in all aspects of employment without regard to any individual’s race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or characteristics or expression, political affiliation or activity, age, veteran status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Note to applicants:

Your application will be assessed based on your abilities, expertise, general knowledge and experience, not because of any confidential, proprietary or trade secret information you may possess. You must not disclose to Campari Group any such information. In the event that you are asked a question that cannot be answered without disclosure of any confidential, proprietary or trade secret information (including from a current or prior employer or their vendors or customers), you must decline to answer the question.

Notice to third party agencies:

Please note that we do not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Services Agreement, we will not consider, or agree to, payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event that a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, we explicitly reserve the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency