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  • Lead Brewer - MadTree Brewing - Cincinnati, OH


    POSITION: Lead Brewer (Brewer III)
    LOCATION: Cincinnati, OH
    REPORTS TO: Head Brewer
    COMPENSATION RANGE: $24.37 - $28.28

    You are a dynamic and experienced brewer who wants to lead a team of passionate people in the cellar and on the brew deck. You thrive being at the forefront of our production department, overseeing and participating in brewhouse and cellar operations while nurturing a culture of safety, quality, and teamwork. You want to have an influence on the portfolio and recipes of an award-winning regional distributing brewery. You want to be part of a purpose-driven brewery that connects people to nature and each other.

    When MadTree sprouted in 2013, we were driven to craft great beer - but more importantly - to build something bigger than ourselves and the high-quality beer we produce. Since the beginning, we have cared deeply about creating meaningful connections with our communities. We embrace our name MadTree and work to celebrate and protect nature, while reducing our impact on the environment. We are proud members of 1% for the Planet, with a commitment to donate 1% of our sales to non-profits focused on environmental sustainability. The craftspeople at MadTree wake up every day to connect people to nature and each other.

    We are MadTree. Inspiring Madness. Rooted in Purpose.

    MadTree is committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce that inspires madness while being rooted in purpose. We offer a competitive compensation package plus great benefits like subsidized health insurance, a retirement plan with a match, profit sharing, paid time off, and many other great perks.

    POSITION SUMMARY: The Lead Brewer works within the Production Department with responsibility for overseeing and performing all brewhouse and cellar operations along with the day-to-day supervision of all brew-cellar team members. They will be an avid MadTree ambassador who lives the behaviors – Connect, Grow, and Give a F*ck.

    • Manage the work environment so that it is safe for all employees, customers, and visitors by way of good brewing practices and identifying, addressing, and resolving safety issues.
    • Develop shift schedule, daily supervision, and independently delegate tasks for the brewing team based on operational needs and team skills.
    • Directly manages all brew-cellar team personnel matters, including hiring, training, labor management, performance evaluations, regular 1-on-1 meetings, and coaching/discipline. Ensure new team members are able to perform assigned tasks.
    • Promotes an atmosphere of cooperation, positive attitudes, and teamwork within the department and the company.
    • Performing all brewhouse (15 and 100 bbl) operations: milling, mashing, lautering, boiling, whirlpooling, knockout, grain out, and brewhouse vessel CIP.
    • Performing all cellar-related operations: ingredient dosing, centrifuge/filter operation, fermenter CIP/scrub/sanitation, checking gravities, monitoring fermentation, monitoring glycol controls, brewhouse knockout sanitation, yeast inventory management including cropping and pitching, yeast propagation system management, BBT cleaning and sanitizing, serving tank transfers, RTD, and cider production.
    • Responsible for daily brewhouse and cellar operations and coordination between Production team members.
    • Works as a member of the Recipe Development Team and is responsible for new beer recipe ideas, formulation, and execution.
    • Developing, auditing, and maintaining and managing brewing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and Good Brewing Practices (GBP).
    • Identify and resolve all front-line operational and quality control issues. Escalate any issues that cannot be immediately resolved to the Head Brewer.
    • Extensive accountability for inventory documentation and maintenance of accurate records.
    • Perform minor equipment maintenance; coordinate with the Maintenance Department regarding projects and preventative maintenance tasks.
    • Perform other related job duties as assigned, including independent quality-related projects, cross-training initiatives, and/or interdepartmental teams for research, innovation, or troubleshooting.
    • Enthusiastically spends a minimum of 16 hours per year volunteering (paid) for MadTree Impact initiatives as well as leading the team with that same enthusiasm.
    QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must be at least 21 years of age or older.
    • Minimum of 2 years of professional brewing and/or cellaring experience or equivalent education.
    • People leadership experience preferred.
    • Advanced proficiency in the use of brewing equipment, such as: brewhouse vessels and automation systems, CIP skid plus cleaning and sanitizing chemicals, grain handling and milling equipment, pumps, hoses, valves, clamps, gaskets, and other brewery equipment, including powered industrial trucks.
    • Maintains a high level of initiative, independence, and productivity in a dynamic and demanding environment.
    • Attention to detail, ability to work unsupervised while maintaining safety and quality standards, and confidence to speak up and act when safety and/or quality are compromised.
    • Comfort with multitasking and maintaining efficiency and productivity.
    • Team-first mentality to achieve organizational objectives above personal objectives and partners with others to get work done
    • Self-motivated, clean, thorough, and passionate about producing world-class products.
    • Effective and frequent communication with manager and support staff, regardless of department or shift.
    • Knows strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and limits. Reflects on activities and impact on others and proactively seeks constructive feedback.
    • Ability and willingness to adhere to and advance protocol in a diverse work environment.
    • Proficient in Google and/or Microsoft Office suites.
    • Ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb.
    • Ability to frequently talk, hear, and smell.
    • Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 55 pounds and move kegs up to 170 pounds.
    • Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms. Use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls.
    • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.
    • Frequent use of ladders ascending to tall heights.
    • Operation of forklift, scissor lifts, electric power jack, and other powered industrial trucks.

    WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
    • The work environment is usually that of a brewery.
    • The employee occasionally works with hazardous materials and chemicals.
    • The employee works on wet floors and with wet equipment.
    • The employee frequently must work in a sanitary environment.​