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    Quality Analyst Position, Karben4 Brewing, Madison, WI

    Job Description

    Karben4 Brewing in Madison, WI is looking for a bright, self-motivated individual with great work ethic, an appreciation for innovation, and a contagious positive attitude to support and maintain our quality standards.

    In this Microbiology focused role, the Quality Analyst is expected to act as a leader and role model within the brewery. This individual will be responsible for developing, maintaining, standardizing, upholding, and enhancing our quality practices, especially those involving microbiological analysis of our product and yeast propagation scheme. The Quality Analyst will report directly to the Brewmaster, and work closely with brewery management and team members to ensure that consistent, highest quality products are always produced.

    Key Responsibilities
    • Collaborate with Brewmaster and brewery management to deliver process control data to the brewing, cellar, and packaging teams
    • Data analysis, method development and optimization of traditional and molecular microbiological methods
    • Analyze yeast health and availability for upcoming brews and communicate information to brewery management
    • Organize yeast propagation schedule, quality control sampling, and related documentation
    • Prepare reports to educate brewery staff on status of in-process products, as well as process metrics and staff performance
    • Conduct regular evaluation of the quality control plan, brewery cleaning practices, and record keeping methods
    • Escalate out of specification data in a timely fashion to initiate corrective actions in collaboration with brewery management staff
    • Independently and proactively initiate, manage, document and present projects to improve quality/consistency and brewery processes
    • Contribute to beer development, raw material analysis, and sensory analysis
    • Coordination of sample collection and analysis for all microbiological testing methods, both for routine analysis as well as for troubleshooting/projects
    • Daily microbiological sampling, plating, and analysis, including but not limited to: plating (direct, filter, dilutions, streaking, etc.), use of differential media, colony identification and characterization
    • Packaging analysis, including but not limited to DO, CO2, N2, pressure, and overall packaging integrity
    • Assist with daily fermentation monitoring, including but not limited to: gravities, yeast cell counts/viability/vitality
    • Active participation and assistance with the on-site sensory program
    • Maintain calibration and proper operation of laboratory equipment, ensure accuracy and reliability of measurements, and refine SOPs
    • Drive investigations and coordinate any action required to resolve issues. Identify, troubleshoot, and document real-time quality issues in a fast-paced environment
    • Follow established SOPs and practice all Brewery Safety Procedures. Safely, efficiently, and effectively work to attain department and brewery goals and objectives
    • Must perform exemplary work both as part of a team, as well as independently
    • Maintain a clean, orderly, and efficient workspace/laboratory
    • Assist with other department responsibilities and perform additional duties, as needed

    Minimum Qualifications
    • Must have extensive knowledge of general microbiological methods and molecular biology methods
    • 1-2 years in brewing or fermentation industry
    • College degree in Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, Food Science, or related field
    • Working brewing knowledge and/or certification from an accredited institution (IBD, UC Davis, etc.)
    • Ability to work a flexible schedule as necessary

    Preferred Qualifications
    • Advanced college degree in Microbiology, Biology, Biochemistry, Food Science, or related field
    • 2+ years of QA/QC laboratory experience in brewing or applicable field

    Physical Requirements/Work Environment
    • Ability to work at least 8 hours a day
    • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs.
    • Ability to work with long periods of sitting/walking/standing and crouching
    • Will work in an industrial setting with heavy moving machinery, loud noises, textured floors, and chemicals
    • Will be exposed to various weather and temperature conditions, both indoors and outdoors

    Compensation is DOE. This is a full-time opportunity, with eligibility to enroll in health benefits immediately upon hire.