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  • Quality Lab Manager - Athens, GA

    Creature Comforts Brewing Company in Athens, GA is looking for a Quality Lab Manager to join our team!

    To Apply, please follow this link:

    Position Purpose:
    The Quality Lab Manager ensures that Creature Comfort’s quality tests are performed accurately and efficiently, that impacted parties are notified when adjustments are necessary or product is out of specifications, and that overall CCBC quality initiatives are supporte

    Lab Manager Outcomes and Outputs:

    Quality Testing Procedures
    • Ensure all quality tests are performed in a timely and accurate manner
    • Order lab supplies as needed and maintain the department budget
    • Keep lab equipment properly maintained and functioning
    • Ensure the Southern Mill lab space is clean, functioning, and presentable
    Quality Lab Personnel
    • Hire and train new lab personnel as needed
    • Dictate the activities of lab personnel and ensure expectations are clear
    • Manage career development and opportunities for lab personnel
    • Maintain lab personnel scheduling and performance
    • Have challenging conversations or discipline when necessary
    Out-of-Specification Product
    • Flag any out-of-specification results and implement follow-up testing when necessary
    • Make recommendations on out-of-specification product and communicate with affected parties
    • Manage any holds placed on raw materials, in-process beer, or final product by completing required testing and releasing holds where appropriate
    • Make recommendations on any CCBC processes that should be updated to prevent future quality issues, for consideration by the Director of Quality and Education
    Quality Department Support
    • Back-fill for lab personnel as needed
    • Ensure tests for other CCBC facilities are completed as requested and results communicated
    • Support Research and wider Quality initiatives through testing as requested
    • Function as the lead for Southern Mill Packaging QC program
    • Guide all Lab Technicians and Assistants in daily decision making, follow-up testing, and root-cause analysis
    Inter-department Support
    • Support other departments as they perform routine quality checks
    • Support other departments with routine data entry and associated issues
    • Participate in regular Southern Mill production meetings, foresee potential quality issues, and implement checks as needed
    • Function as a point-person for the Southern Mill lab during tours and general interactions with outside parties
    • Assist outside breweries and suppliers with testing as requested and when reasonable

    Minimum Qualifications: Five years of laboratory experience, troubleshooting expertise, and project management. Prior people management and brewery experience preferred.

    Physical requirements: Extended standing, bending, sitting, ability to move up to 165# across the floor (kegs), ability to climb stairs. Ability to work in close proximity with others, travel between facilities for sampling, and tolerance for hot, cold, and/or noisy environments.