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  • Sr. Quality Technician at Victory Brewing in Parkesburg, PA!

    Senior Quality Technician


    Here’s your opportunity to join a growing organization that is revolutionizing the craft brewing industry. Victory Brewing Company was founded in 1996 and is owned by Artisanal Brewing Ventures, a top 10 regional craft brewer in the United States. Victory has been recognized in the industry for innovation in craft brewing, and is committed to producing the highest quality product.

    What an exciting time to join the team at Victory Brewing Company! With the opening of our Charlotte location with our friends at Southern Tier Brewing Company & Sixpoint Brewing, the opportunities here are limitless. Becoming a member of the VBC team means you’re joining a truly unique and progressing organization that values the employees’ enthusiasm, commitment, and desire to work with others.

    We are looking for world class candidates who share in our vision towards becoming a world class organization.

    Job Summary

    The Senior Quality Technician executes all daily quality duties in the areas of packaging, cellar, laboratory and sensory; ensuring the day-to-day operations of the lab are run according to the Quality SOPs. They ensure quality is a priority across the brewery by focusing on quality control testing, analysis, reporting, and troubleshooting in all areas of production. This includes sterile work for microbiological stability screening, fermentation tracking, chemistry, statistics, sensory, and package testing. They will need to be cross-functional in analytical, microbiological, and organoleptic testing. The Senior Quality Technician also manages lab inventory and waste disposal and provides guidance via research, trial, SOP creation and training of other Laboratory Technicians and other brewery staff when necessary.

    Reports to: Quality Manager

    Key Responsibilities
    • Executes daily quality duties across the brewery according to the staff rotation plan, including rotating through any shift that needs support as necessary.
    • Ensures that the daily operations of the lab are run according to the Quality SOPs and works with the Quality Manager to continuously improve Quality SOPs; in particular, sample workflow and record keeping.
    • Assists with the development of the Quality Management System including writing and revision SOPs, and potentially, MBSs and Cellar Notes or other logs, specification data or CV charting and action plans.
    • Collects, organizes, and reports QA/QC data from raw materials through packaging. Reviews Quality Records for completeness and accuracy. Interprets test data and recommends any process changes.
    • Manages consumables and equipment inventory, ordering, recordkeeping and 5S practices in the laboratory area and other Quality workspaces throughout facilities.
    • Helps coordinate proper disposal of all laboratory products, including disposables and waste.
    • Assists with capital improvement research and commissioning as necessary.
    • Handles small projects for Director of Brewing and Quality Manager as they arise, including, but not limited to: trial batch testing, sample mailing, sensory-related sampling and testing, short-term experiment design, setup and data collection/analysis, etc.
    • Collaborates with other departments and team members to tackle issues as they arise.
    • Maintains, calibrates, and verifies accuracy of equipment and instrumentation.
    • Performs chemical and analytical testing on product samples.
    • Execute O2 testing with and calibrate Hach 6110, Haffmans c-DGM, and Anton Paar Cbox
    • Interpret Rotech keg graphs
    • Performs can seam checks (manually and with a CMC Kuhnke) and crimp tests.
    • Performs packaging fiber tears.
    • Inspects equipment for adherences to GMP.
    • Takes sterile microbiological samples from a variety of places.
    • Performs cell counts alongside of viability or vitality testing.
    • Monitors fermentations.
    • Leads sensory panel for true to brand.
    • Using aseptic technique plate microbiological samples
    • Performs microbiological stability testing on a variety of media using aseptic technique.
    • Perform PC.
    • Perform IBU, color, and acetaldehyde testing on a UV/Vis.
    • Analyze samples on an Anton Paar Alcolyzer.
    • Analyze haze on an Optek DT9011. * Understands and follows all safety procedures and wears appropriate PPE.
    • Performs other duties as necessary.

    • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Science, or other related science field preferred.
    • Minimum four years of QA/QC experience, preferably in a production brewery (or an industry regulated by the FDA).
    • Prior experience with GMP/GLP, HACCP, ISO 9001, Safe Laboratory Operations, and/or a Brewing education is preferred.
    • Sensory panel experience preferred.
    • Working knowledge of brewing and packaging processes is preferred.
    • Understanding of the critical role of sanitation in the brewing process.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality of recipes, processes, procedures, and other proprietary information.
    • Ability to safely handle and work with reagents and other potentially hazardous chemicals.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications specifically Excel (VBA coding is a huge plus).
    • Flexibility to travel between brewing locations and provide occasional weekend and evening support. Willing to rotate between 1st and 2nd
    • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.
    • Able to discuss technical solutions to complex problems.
    • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team to accomplish lab and production goals.
    • Strong work ethic, positive attitude, and a high level of professionalism.
    • Ability to perform under pressure and prioritize multiple demands.

    Physical Demands
    • Ability to stand for long periods of time and do physically demanding work is required.
    • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. is required.
    • Willingness to work in an environment with high noise levels is required.
    • Willingness to occasionally work nights, weekends, or holidays as necessary is required.
    • Alcohol Responsibility – The candidate must fully understand that they are a representative of not only the company, but of the alcohol beverage industry. They are to conduct themselves within the limits of the law and with concern to the education of responsible consumption at all times. This includes working hours, trade shows, festivals and while entertaining in the name of the company or its affiliates. Any poor reflection or legal matters that may arise due to poor judgment may be dealt with by means of disciplinary action up to and including termination.

    Supervisory Responsibility

    This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

    Work Environment

    The Quality Technician will primarily perform work duties in a laboratory, with frequent trips to the production and warehouse areas. While performing the duties of the job, the Quality Technician is regularly exposed to a damp, wet environment with hot liquids, airborne particles, chemicals and moving machinery. There can be loud noise levels, and protective eyewear is required on the production floor at all times.

    Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

    This is a full-time, salaried position. Days of work are typically Monday through Friday. Evening and weekend work may be required as job duties demand.


    This Job Description is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks and duties.

    Artisanal Brewing Ventures is an Equal Opportunity Employer
    Last edited by mdavis2vbc; 09-10-2019, 11:06 AM.