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    Production Manager/Head Brewer




    Lost Coast Brewery, located on the coast of Northern California is now hiring a Production Manager/Head Brewer to manage all brewery operations. Below is the description of the ideal candidate but if you have good leadership qualities, lots of brewing experience, and want to run a brewery, please apply.




    Lost Coast Brewery was founded in 1989 and has a proud history of making quality beers. We moved into our new brewery last year which is a 77,000 sq. ft. facility with a 120 barrel brewhouse. Since our move we have been busily putting out new beers. We just installed a 10 barrel pilot brewery. We are in need of a head brewer that can continue our history of fine beers. Projects that we are working on now are a new canning line and barrel aged beers. As a head brewer you will be walking into a beautiful new facility that is well managed with diligent personnel. Lost Coast Brewery is located on the beautiful Redwood Coast. We have mild temperatures all year round so it is a great area for outdoor activities. There is a University near by that adds to the cultural experience. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package, rewarding work environment and growth for committed professionals.







    ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES RELATED TO PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT:
    • Leads all day-to-day activities necessary to produce high quality, consistent beer.
    • Manage all brewery operations of our 120BBL brew system crafting 90,000+ BBLS per year.
    • Lead, manage, and schedule the brewers, cellerman, racking and packaging personnel.
    • Oversee the QA/QC department.
    • Promotes an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork within the department and the company.
    • Conducts annual performance reviews with all direct reports.
    • Coordinates with management to effect disciplinary measures when necessary.
    • Effectively represent Beer Production in weekly cross department meetings regarding Quality and Production.
    • Advocates a continuous improvement culture throughout his/her team.
    • Assists in development and updating of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as necessary.
    • Holds self and brewers accountable for adhering to SOPs and maintaining a sanitary and micro-biologically stable work environment.
    • Conducts critical assessment of beers through active participation in raw material and beer sensory panels.
    • Facilitates future growth of the brewery through continuous optimization of current processes.
    • Assists in implementation of new equipment and processes.
    • Works with senior management on new product development initiatives.
    • Maintain brewing, cellaring, filtration, packaging and other related documentation in an organized and complete manner.
    • Provide hands on relief of all positions as necessary.
    • Provide leadership in decision making situations as needed.
    • Maintain healthy communication with other departments (Sales, Distribution, QA/QC, Tasting Room, and Production).
    • • Responsible for inventory control.
    • Oversee and improve production efficiency.







    ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES RELATED TO HEAD BREWER:
    • 5+ years of head brewing experience, with a history of progressive advancement in leadership or management positions
    • College degree and certification from an accredited brewing program, with a focus in microbiology, food science or chemical engineering a plus
    • Strong mechanical and problem-solving aptitude
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Training, guiding and growing your team of brewers
    • An eye for the big picture and how the details support it
    • The ability to work unsupervised and manage your own time and the time of others effectively
    • Create a world-class beer development program – taking a beer from concept to pilot batch, testing, scaling up, and full-blown production runs.
    • Focus on quality and consistency of finished product




    TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED:
    • Experience operating and managing an automated 100 BBL brew system utilizing Braumat, beraBREW or similar technology
    • Technical and practical knowledge of all aspects of brewery operations, including but not limited to:
      • business acumen for strategic forecasting, scheduling, budgeting and efficiency metrics
      • inventory and supply chain management, including materials ordering and logistics
      • yeast management, fermentation theory/practice
      • equipment, cellaring, cleaning and maintenance best practices, SOP development and enforcement
      • working knowledge of safety and legal compliance requirements and enforcement
      • vetting, hiring, training and management of a complete brewhouse staff








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