Careers

Interested in joining our team?  We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Guest Experience Manager

  1. City

    Lovingston, VA
  2. Description

    The Virginia Distillery Co., a single malt whisky distillery located half an hour south of Charlottesville, Virginia, is seeking a Guest Experience Manager.

    It’s a very exciting time to join our fast-paced team where you’ll have the opportunity to wear many hats, work within a passionate close-knit group, and support our rapid national expansion. We work hard to bring our category-defining American Single Malt Whisky to market. Our distilling operations started in November of 2015, and 2020 marked the first year we launched our own flagship whisky brand, Courage & Conviction. We are data driven. We think big. We stay positive. And we have fun (there’s really good whisky).

    The person in this position will supervise the day-to-day operations of the Visitors Center, maintaining excellent guest experiences and operational efficiency while building and expanding on company goals through strategy development and execution of direct-to-consumer and private event programs with focused attention on brand experience and revenue generation. This position will be responsible for all Visitors Center part-time employee activities, consumer programming and local marketing support for hospitality and tourism items. This position is full-time, Thursday through Monday. The ideal candidates will have had experience managing a tasting room or tour program focused on a by reservation model. Daily access to the distillery in central Virginia is required.

    Specific Responsibilities:

    • Manage Visitors Center guest experience and operations. Support vision for world-class brand experience through execution of on-site consumer activities.
    • Manage revenue, goal and budget tracking for all Visitors Center operations and programs.
    • Develop and implement consumer programming, including specialty tours, tastings, private events programs, and club programming to maximize revenue. Utilize assigned revenue and operations expense targets. Tour content and training will be led by the Education Manager.
    • Lead local Virginia tourism and hospitality outreach to develop partnerships with complementary businesses.
    • New hire recruitment and coordination of training with Education Manager support for all consumer-facing team members.
    • Responsible for employee scheduling, payroll reporting, tip reporting and other items related to managing Visitors Center part-time employees. Ensuring the accurate reporting of employee hours.
    • Prep Visitors Center for daily opening and closing, including whisky bottle tracking, cash drawer preparations, and banking deposits. Managing whisky inventory includes internal whisky transfers to and from Visitors Center.
    • Maintain supplies; work with team to manage orders as needed.
    • Ensure delegation and maintenance of cleaning schedules, including equipment maintenance schedules and cleanliness of all active and storage spaces. Communicate maintenance and general items to Site and Facilities team for repair. 
    • Run and review reports on weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual basis to share with Management.
    • Lead Virginia ABC compliance standards and overall best practices for all operational items.
    • Expert on Microsoft Office applications and retail systems such as Shopify and POS.
    • Awareness and adherence to company goals. Act as communicator of goals to part time Visitors Center staff and assist linking part-time staff to larger team staff through culture development.
    • Willingness to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
    • Lead efforts to create a positive, passionate, and knowledgeable team in support of positive guest and employee experiences.

    Qualifications and Desired Experience:


    A bachelor’s degree in marketing, hospitality or a related field is required. Experience may substitute for education at the discretion of the hiring manager. 

    • Demonstrated excellence and experience in club management or similar direct-to-consumer programs is required alongside marketing of these experiences; three or more years of experience is ideal.
    • Experience managing staff for at least three years is required; experience in hospitality and the spirits, wine or beer industry is required.
    • Experience tending bar or with mixology is preferred as well as knowledge of and passion for whisky.
    • Ability to stand for continuous periods throughout the day. Ability to lift 30 lbs.
    • A people-person who understands and can support the pursuit of a world-class guest experience.

    Compensation

    This is a salaried full-time position with benefits and is eligible for participation in our bonus and Employee Equity Program. This role reports to our Visitors Center in Lovingston, VA Thursday through Monday.

    Please send a cover letter and resume to careers@vadistillery.com to apply.

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Controller

  1. City

    Lovingston, VA
  2. Description

    Virginia Distillery Company – Controller

    The Virginia Distillery Co., a single malt whisky distillery located half an hour south of Charlottesville, VA, is seeking a Controller. The Controller reports directly to the Operations Director and will create and maintain all financial reporting for the Company, including the CEO and Board of Directors.

    It’s a very exciting time to join our fast-paced team where you’ll have the opportunity to wear many hats, work within a passionate close-knit group, and support our rapid national expansion. We work hard to bring our category-defining American Single Malt whisky to market. We are data driven. We think big. We stay positive. And we have fun (there’s really good whisky).

    Key Responsibilities

    • Oversee day-to-day activities of the corporate accounting department for the accurate and timely dissemination of financial management reports including, but not limited to, internal monthly Income Statement and Balance Sheet and annual audits and budgets
    • Prepare all monthly and annual financial statements; investigate, review, and analyze the variance explanations, involving the department staff in this process; take initiative to manage trouble shooting for respective cost controls and revenue enhancement
    • Manage accounts payable with accurate and timely processing of invoices, purchase orders, employee expense reports, and cash control
    • Manage accounts receivable function to ensure the accurate and timely management of all aging components including billings and cash receipts application
    • Lead outside audit compliance and assist with assurance of corporate income tax compliance for accurate and timely completion of all corporate income tax returns
    • Participate in a wide variety of special projects and compile a variety of special reports or tools
    • Support the Operations Director and Supply Chain Manager in the implementation and maintenance of ERP software and reporting capabilities
    • Distribute standard cash flow model and aging payables report to executive management on a weekly basis
    • Lead staff in fixed asset accounting and management recordation and procedures
    • Assist Operations Director with the establishment and maintenance of policies and procedures to ensure the timeliness, accuracy, and validity of the accounting data
    • Work with the Operations Director to develop reporting to meet the needs of board members, operations, and other internal users
    • Support the Operations Director with development of dashboard reporting in order to provide KPI’s for immediate and scheduled reporting needs
    • Communicate with co-workers, senior management, clients, vendors, the Board of Directors, and others in a courteous and professional manner
    • Lead inventory responsibilities including capturing all appropriate costs and moving them through various WIPs to a final cased goods inventory
    • Ensure that financial records are maintained in compliance with internal corporate policies, U.S. GAAP and federal, state, and local legal requirements.
    • Participate in monthly financial reviews and assist with the presentation of these reports
    • Assist with 1099 processing, payroll, and tax compliance
    • Prepare annual business personal property tax documentation and business license renewal

    Qualifications & Desired Experience

    • 2 – 5 years of financial and managerial accounting experience
    • Sound judgment grounded in a thorough understanding of accounting principles, ethics, regulations, requirements, and best practices
    • Ability to work well in a team-based collaborative environment
    • Strong attention to detail and accuracy, precision, and timeliness
    • Strong planning, organization, administration, and interpersonal skills
    • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in the accounting industry including tax preparation, bookkeeping, preparation of financial statements and payroll
    • Advanced proficiency in QuickBooks Enterprise, Microsoft Excel, and other Microsoft Office products
    • Experience with an ERP based software platform such as NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics, or SAP
    • Ability to prioritize and perform several tasks concurrently with ease and professionalism
    • Excellent interpersonal skills and customer service skills
    • Superior organizational, problem solving and project management skills
    • Demonstrated ability to practice discretion and confidentiality with sensitive information

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Accounting
    • CPA or CMA licensed in Virginia
    • Experience with advanced Microsoft platforms, such as PowerBI
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Whisky Attaché (multiple locations)

  1. City

    Multiple Locations
  2. Description

    Job Summary

    Virginia Distillery Company, an American Single Malt Whisky distillery based in Lovingston, Virginia, is seeking Whisky Attachés who can help support events & store tastings.

    Position Summary:

    Virginia Distillery Company is seeking highly interested individuals who want to learn about the growing spirits industry in Virginia and beyond, who enjoy interacting with the public in support of brand development.

    The core responsibilities will include conducting tastings at stores and consumer events in the local area. Whisky Attaches will be tasked with driving brand awareness, product education and product sales through these activities.

    A full training program and continuous education would be provided to ensure Whisky Attachés are fully engaged in the activities at the distillery and can speak accurately and passionately about the company and the brand.

    The scheduling will be flexible, but focused mainly on evening and weekend events. This would be on an as-needed basis, with no minimum guarantee of available hours per week.

    The ability to lift 40 lbs and stand continuously for hours at a time are required. Preferred background includes people with customer service, theater, adult beverage, brand and marketing experience. Must be friendly, outgoing and excited about interacting with a variety of people in support of educating consumers on Virginia Distillery Company products.

    Requirements:

    • 21+
    • Outgoing and Engaging
    • Articulate and Goal Oriented
    • Dependable, Reliable, On-time and Professional at all times
    • Sales experience preferred
    • Experience in the spirits industry is preferred – a love for whisky a definite plus!

    The locations available for the Whisky Attaché positions are in the following locations:

    • New York, NY
    • White Plains, NY
    • Boston, MA
    • Hartford, CT
    • Fairfield, CT
    • St. Louis, MO
    • Kansas City, MO
    • Chicago, IL
    • Memphis, TN
    • Detroit, MI
    • Farmington, MI
    • Lynchburg, VA
    • Northern VA
    • Virginia Beach, VA
    • Montgomery County, MD
    • Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    • Jacksonville, FL

    To apply, email your cover letter and resume to jessica@vadistillery.com and mention the location you're interested in applying for.

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