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    Noble Cider - Cellar Lead - Asheville, NC

    Noble Cider is a growing business whose mission is to bring inspiration and innovation to the cider experience while remaining true to our core. We are committed to crafting delicious products using premium ingredients while vertically integrating from orchard to glass using sustainable practices. We are creative people who work together to create real tasty beverages, working with local farmers and supporting local causes.

    Job Summary:

    The Production/Cellar Lead is responsible for production of cider and mead, cleaning & maintenance of cellar and all associated equipment and supplies, and production related record-keeping. Duties include, overseeing the production of products from beginning to end, maintaining a safe work environment, managing the cellar crew and their schedules. The cellar lead will work closely with the production manager and head cider maker to ensure products remain of the highest quality and consistency and that production goals are met. Cellar crew members are expected to have a positive attitude and should expect a fast-paced work environment.

    Cellar Lead Responsibilities (Additional duties may be assigned):
    • Supervise production from start to finish:
      The cellar lead will oversee and assist in daily operations in our cellar. Duties include receiving juice, yeast re-hydration and nutrient additions, managing and maintaining fermentations, cleaning tanks and equipment, running crossflow filtrations, and preparing the finished product for sales and distribution
    • Management of cellar crew:
      The cellar lead will supervise the cellar crew and make sure they understand their roles and are performing their duties adequately. Ensure team members have the right tools, knowledge and equipment required to do their jobs effectively and safely. They are responsible for training new cellar crew members. They will play a role in hiring new crew members. They are responsible for working with the production manager to schedule all production tasks and work schedules for their team.
    • Standard operating procedures and recipes:
      The cellar lead will be responsible for making sure recipes and SOPs are followed and maintain competency in all areas of production. Will work with the production manager and head cider maker to make sure all recipes and SOPs are up to date.
    • Work with packaging team:
      The cellar lead will work with the canning/packaging lead to ensure the product is ready for packaging.
    • Work with the head Cider Maker:
      The cellar lead will work closely with the head Cider Maker to formulate recipes for large-scale production runs and ensure those recipes are correctly followed. The cellar lead will work with the head cider maker to schedule equipment, materials and ingredients to support the development and production of small batch ciders and mead.
    • Management meetings:
      Attend management meetings with department managers, production manager, and head cider maker.
    • Ensure products remains high-quality and consistent:
      Cellar lead will be responsible for collecting and logging fermentation, conditioning, pasteurization and QA data in Ekos.
    • Continually improve production processes:
      The cellar lead must adopt a philosophy of continual improvement. They will constantly look for ways to make products more efficiently and increase the quality of the finished product. They will also troubleshoot any problems that occur in the production process.
    • Logging all production data in EKOS:
      Responsible for keeping Ekos uptodate with all production data. All products must be logged in Ekos from beginning to end. Responsible for maintaining all required paperwork and records.
    • Enforce occupational health and safety standards:
      They must ensure the cellar is a safe place to work and they play a role in enforcing safety standards.
    • Ensure the cidery is extremely clean and complies with food regulations:
      Monitor and perform preventative maintenance on a weekly/monthly basis as required and ensure the cellar crew follows all Cleaning & Maintenance Schedules. Direct cellar crew to ensure they are completed regularly and to the appropriate standard.
      The cellar lead will be vigilant when it comes to workplace cleanliness and hygiene. Ensuring that all production equipment is correctly maintained, cleaned and sanitized.

    • Excellent leadership skills, the ability to motivate a team and to maintain positive morale in the workplace
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
    • Team player
    • Able to function in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment.
    • IT skills, Knowledge of EKOS is a plus.
    • Passionate about Cider and Mead
    • Excellent time management, planning and organisational skills
    • Personable, approachable and pleasant demeanour
    • Strong knowledge of cider making practices
    • Strong understanding of process controls
    • Willing to help in any way with any job for the benefit of the department
    • Problem-solving and decision-making skills
    • Strong work ethic, ability to multitask, and work independently
    • Attention to detail and accuracy
    • Physically fit and able to work in a demanding environment

    Required Minimum Qualifications
    • 21 years or older.
    • Valid North Carolina drivers license and acceptable driving record.
    • Able to kneel and stoop and climb stairs, ramps, ladders.
    • Able to lift and laterally move by hand filled half-barrel keg (154 lbs).
    • Able to lift 55 lbs. from ground to shoulder high
    • Able to work in small and confined spaces
    • Able to execute reasonable safety procedures, including working with chemicals
    • Able to work in a loud environment
    • Able to move heavier items such as kegs, drums, totes, and pallets, using tools such as a hand truck, pallet jack, or a forklift.

    Desired Qualifications
    • Minimum 6 months of alcohol production experience in a commercial cellar.
    • Experience using filtration equipment, crossflow filter experience highly desired.
    • Forklift proficiency and certifications.
    • Proficiency with G suite, Ekos, and the internet.
    • Looking for a long term job opportunity.

    To Apply

    Please submit the following documents to

    1. Your resume

    2. A cover letter that describes any previous alcohol production experience

    Resumes submitted without cover letters will not be considered. Please, no phone calls

    about this position.

    Noble Cider is an equal opportunity employer.

    Lief Stevens
    Production Manager
    Noble Cider LLC
    Asheville, NC