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  • Operations Manager - Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA - Pontoon Brewing

    Job Title: Operations Manager
    Job Type: Full Time
    Salary Location: Sandy Springs, GA
    Department: Brewing Operations
    Reports to: CEO
    Pay range: $15 - $20/hour plus full benefits (excellent plan)

    Role Overview:
    The Operations Manager will lead efforts at Pontoon Brewing Company to maximize customer delivery performance while minimizing overall costs through efficient planning and scheduling and best practice procurement processes. This position reports directly to the CEO and is based in Sandy Springs, GA. The position works closely with the Brewmaster, Head Brewer, and Sales department to ensure optimal sales & production forecasting, scheduling of operations, material procurement, inventory management practices, master data management, and transportation coordination. Candidates must have 1-3 years Brewery Operations planning and experience with Ekos Brewery Management software ERP or a reasonable alternative ERP.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Identify and develop partnerships with key raw and packaging material suppliers
    • Negotiate supply agreements for key material categories
    • Develop and execute sourcing processes to ensure price competitiveness and low impact on COGS
    Production & Material Planning
    • Coordinate volume forecasts with sales department and brewpub operations
    • Work with Brewmaster and Head Brewer to develop brewery production schedules to deliver forecasted volume by set delivery dates
    • Develop, implement, and manage Distributor Portals in Ekos
    • Implement and execute MRP processes to ensure material availability while minimizing working capital
    • Monitor and improve costs of using rental kegs vs. in house kegs and develop strategies to minimize rental fees
    Inventory Control
    • Develop and implement inventory control procedures to maximize inventory accuracy and keep monthly variances at a minimum
    • Ensure minimal out of code beer in warehouses
    • Develop and monitor inventory levels against targeted stock levels
    • Coordinate cycle and end of month inventory counting and reconciliation processes
    Master Data Management
    • Create and maintain item master data in Ekos
    • Create and maintain all production bills of material in Ekos
    • Work with Ekos to set up new breweries as separate entities
    • Coordinate all distributor shipments with brewery operations and third-party freight providers as necessary
    • Coordinate interplant shipments between brewery operations and third-part freight providers
    • Optimize brewery sourcing model to minimize overall network cost
    • Identify and implement carrier requirements and sourcing strategy to reduce overall freight costs
    • Arrange for spent grain disposal with vendors
    Accounts Payable
    • Reconcile any Past Due balances.
    • Pay Suppliers according to terms and with the appropriate payment method.
    • Monitor and apply payment according to any current payment plans.
    Required Skills and Experience:
    • Undergraduate degree in supply chain management, operations management or related field required
    • MBA and/or APICS accreditation preferred
    • 1 to 3 years of experience in Operations Management, Procurement, or Supply Chain Management
    • Craft brewing experience is preferred
    • ERP experience is required, Ekos experience is preferred
    • Must be proactive and have a keen attention to detail
    • Must be a strong multi-tasker
    • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
    About Pontoon Brewing:

    Pontoon Brewing Company is a rapidly growing American craft brewery started in 2014 by co-founders Sean O’Keefe, Marcus Powers, Eddie Sarrine, Eric Lemus. Being the first brewery in Sandy Springs, GA, Pontoon set out on a mission to push the limits on fun new styles while being able to make world-class traditional styles. The Sandy Springs location is a 12K sqft facility in north end area of Sandy Springs, next to the downtown area of Roswell, featuring a 10 barrel, four-vessel brewhouse, a large taproom with a capacity for 300 people and outdoor seating as well. Pontoon is finalizing the second location, where the large production facility will be going in. Like Sandy Springs, the second location will feature an outdoor area and a large taproom.

    Pontoon’s recent awards and accolades include: 3rd fastest growing brewery in the state (81% growth in barrels), Best New Brewery in GA (BeerGuysRadio - 2018), Best New Sour, Best New Lager and 7 other medals (BeerGuysRadio – 2019), Gold Medal for Hazy River IPL (US Beer Open), Bronze Medal for Barrel-Aged Helios (US Beer Open), 9th ranked sour in the world for 2018, 137th ranked beer overall in the world (, 1st ranked Fruited Beer, 3rd ranked Stout and 3rd ranked Wild in the world for 2019, 61st, 63rd and 82nd ranked beer overall in the world (, 1st ranked beer in the world for 2020 (, Bronze Medal for Snozzberries Dragonfruit (2019 Atlanta Cask Ale Tasting), 13 beers rated 90+ on