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Packaging Associate in MN for Surly Brewing

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  • Packaging Associate in MN for Surly Brewing

    The prequel to packaging operator this is where your adventure begins. As an associate you will train
    with our team to build your knowledge and skills regarding packaging beer and the specific machines we
    use to do it. This position does not exclusively require beer industry knowledge. If you’ve got a good
    attitude, a little mechanical aptitude, and the drive we can work with that. If you have some experience
    at other breweries, great! This is where we will build on that experience to make you one of us, one of
    us, one of us…
    • Palletizes finished cases of beer cans and bottles through the use of manual labor as needed.
    • Assists in the operation of the fillers including replenishing consumable goods.
    • Loads empty kegs into the automated washer. Palletizes full kegs at ground level.
    • Operates downline and upline equipment including cartoners, tray packers, and depalletizers.
    • Performs cleaning and sanitation functions as prescribed by SOP under direction of your lead.
    • Following forklift certification, uses powered lifts to move finished goods and raw materials.
    • Assists trained operators in the size changes to the filler and format changes to downline.
    • Monitors all printed coding to watch for errors. Reports defects to operators and/or lead.
    • Keeps an eye on finished goods for obvious defects. Reports defects to operator and/or lead.
    • Keeps an eye on the line for jam ups and break downs. Communicates problems they cannot fix.
    • Works in cooperation with operators and other packaging associates to accomplish shift goals.
    • Learns troubleshooting of common malfunctions to assigned packaging equipment.
    • Works with leads, supervisors, and maintenance to build there skill set.
    • Pursues teachable moments with skilled team members.

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Learns to operate all downline and upline equipment.
    • Learns to assist in the running of fillers.
    • Completes forklift training. Utilizes powered equipment safely and responsibly.
    • Demonstrates troubleshooting skill on all machines they operate while remaining professional.
    • Demonstrates willingness to improve their skills and abilities pertaining to work.
    • Reliably completes all assigned production and sanitation tasks. Follows SOPS.
    • Attention to detail regarding quality of the finished products and sanitation.
    • Conducts themselves professionally while in the service of the company.
    • Able to change practices as procedures are updated and improved.
    • Flexibility in schedule to work when the production schedule requires labor.

    • Occupational training in beer packaging theory.
    • Occupational training in beer quality control.
    • Occupational training in related fields such as automation.

    • Works with packaging lead to keep the run on track. This may include minor correction of fellow packaging associates through positive reinforcement of standard operating procedures.
    • Assists in keeping stock of consumable materials used in their daily functions and work to correct deficiencies through upward communication.

    • Typically assigned to a set 8 hour shift. Sometimes this will be a specialized shift to accomplish daily functions to prepare for a run or wrap up sanitation of the machines or work areas.
    • Flexibility will be required as production demands dictate how many machines need to run.
    • You will be exposed to mechanical oils, greases, cleaning solvents, water, and beer. PPE should be worn as recommended and/or required by company policy.

    The above noted job description is not intended to describe, in detail, the multitude of tasks that may be
    assigned. Rather, it’s intended to provide a general sense of the responsibilities and expectations of this
    position. As the nature of business demands change so, too, may the essential functions of this position.

    COVID - Surly will be following the upcoming mandate requiring all employees to either provide proof of vaccination or submit to regular testing. We also require masks in all public spaces. Just another way we show that we give a damn about each other and our community.

    Please note that only applicants who submit a cover letter will be considered for this role.