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  • Full Time Lead Packaging Technician/Cellar Wanted, Littleton CO

    Living the Dream – Lead Packaging Technician/Cellar


    Workload of 35-45 hours per week
    Hours will vary based on the needs of the production schedule

    Come join an award-winning brewery dedicated to making high-quality beers with a focus on detail and all-natural ingredients. The job of the Lead Packaging Technician is to oversee late-stage cellaring and all packaging operations at Living the Dream Brewing Company.
    This will include but is not limited to; CIP/SIP, transfers, carbonation, packaging (draft and cans), maintenance and upkeep of all packaging/draft equipment (canning line, draft system, cooperage), and monitoring consumables inventory. The Lead Packaging Technician is also responsible for documenting and tracking all packaging data. This requires good communication skills and knowledge of the production area. The Lead Packaging Technician holds an important role in the chain of custody of our beer. They are responsible for cleaning kegs properly and packaging product in a sanitary manner. This role needs to be treated with the utmost care and respect to ensure our community enjoys only the best products we can produce.

    The Living the Dream Lead Packaging Technician:
    • Reports to the Head Brewer
    • Ensures product is seen through the packaging process in accordance with the goals of the Head Brewer
    • Aids in canning line operations, eventually becoming the primary operator of the Alpha 4-head canning line
    • Tracks and reports all packaging data
    • Performs weekly and monthly inventory management duties for all packaging production materials
    • Schedules and performs preventative maintenance on the packaging equipment, and the mechanics involved in their operation, including the Alpha canning line, American Stainless keg washer, cooperage, and draft system
    • Identifies and executes new processes/SOPs, determined along with the Head Brewer, to enhance the finished product and increase safety, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness
    • Coordinates product timeline and readiness with the Head Brewer
    • Requires broad thinking, innovative effort, and an imagination when it comes to problem solving

    The Lead Packaging Technician’s Primary Goals are to:
    • Master all packaging line equipment operations including, but not limited to: cleaning, start-up, normal operation, shut-down, changeovers, and maintenance
    • Have a strong focus on safety, quality, and efficiency, while constantly evaluating work practices in the spirit of continuous improvement through open and constructive dialog
    • Ensure quality control on the packaging line and finished product
    • Fulfill the required packaging plan of cans and kegs to meet sales needs
    • Demonstrate initiative, leadership, and self-motivation
    • Communicate with the Head Brewer to coordinate the flow of information between the Brewhouse, Cellar, and Packaging to set an accurate and attainable schedule

    How your work will be measured:
    • Meeting packaging goals to ensure a timely supply of cans and kegs
    • Minimizing downtime through maintenance of all equipment from cellar, to packaging, to draft system
    • Improvement of SOP’s to increase proficiency, yields, and product quality, while reducing costs and waste
    • Creation and maintenance of a safe, sanitary, effective, and efficient work environment
    • Clear communication with management level production staff

    Qualifications Required:
    • At least 2 years of experience in a commercial brewery, with a minimum of 6 months of packaging line experience
    • Formal brewing education is a positive, but not necessary
    • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule
    • Excellent sanitation and cleaning practices
    • Mechanical and problem-solving aptitude
    • Strong work ethic, attention to detail, and a “no job is too small” attitude.
    • Advanced computer proficiency, including Gsuite.
    • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to teach, manage, and motivate team members
    • Ability to multi-task and work independently
    • Ability to work in fast paced environment while maintaining safety and quality standards
    • Exceptional organizational skills, detail-oriented with process-focused thinking.
    • Good time management skills
    • Commitment to excellence and high standards
    • Creative, flexible, and innovative team player
    • Passion, enthusiasm, focus, creativity, and a positive outlook
    • Courage to take risks and exceed your own expectations. Also, the courage to be honest with yourself about your own performance and limitations
    • Forklift certification is preferred, but not required
    • Experience with EKOS Brewmaster is a plus
    • Must be at least 21 years old

    Physical Demands:
    The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job the employee is required to stand and walk for long periods of time; use fingers and hands to reach and feel objects; talk and hear; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, bend, twist, and crouch. The employee must occasionally lift, carry, and/or move up to 55 pounds in general environments with up to 165 pounds on occasion. Use of arms above or below the shoulder is sometimes required. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Requires manual dexterity and ability to quickly move hand(s), grasp, manipulate or assemble. Ability to work in a non-climate-controlled environment dealing with temperature extremes, humidity, and water

    Hours and Working Expectations:
    The Lead Packaging Technician will work closely with the Head Brewer and Cellarpersons to ensure only the best quality beer is produced and sold by Living the Dream Brewing Company. The Lead Packaging Technician will see the product through end-stage cellaring and packaging with the utmost care and the highest attention to detail. You must be independent, organized, and clean, with excellent documentation and communication skills. Maintaining a clean, sanitized, and sterile working environment is key and diligence in clear communication with brewing staff and other departmental management is a must.
    • Deputy will be used to communicate the production schedule and publicize updates throughout the company
    • EKOS will be used to track packaging and product
    • Email, phone calls, and face-to-face will be used to communicate with the rest of the production team about product status and improvements
    • Weekly production meetings

    Pay-rate and Benefits
    $17-20/hour, depending on experience.

    Benefits include:
    • PTO, employer supplemented health coverage, swag, Boot/PPE reimbursement, continuing education, and of course beer