Job Title: Cellar & Quality Manager

Position Category: Full Time

Overview of Position

We are in the process of building a brewery in Waltham, MA. In September we finished the completion of our new brewery and commissioned our 30-bbl and 5-bbl brewhouses. We are looking for an experienced Cellar & Quality Manager to join our team and help manage the cellaring, yeast, and quality management operations. We are looking for someone with extensive cellaring experience, a strong mechanical background, a thorough understanding of brewing and cellaring process, and experience managing people. The candidate will ideally be able to join our team in December.

The Cellar & Quality Manager (CQM) will be responsible for managing all aspects of the brewery's cellaring, yeast, and QA/QC operations — including but not limited to kegging, canning, barrel aging, yeast husbandry, laboratory operations and all associated beer QA/QC standards. The CPM will be responsible of hiring, managing, and growing the cellaring, yeast, and quality team as needed.

The ideal candidate must have applicable brewery experience and a passion for the brewing industry. He or she will have a strong technical background in cellaring & yeast management, laboratory operations, QA/QC standards and chemical usage. The ideal candidate will have a passion for solving problems and creating value for the company and its customers. This person will provide leadership and training both internally and externally, and represent the company within the industry.

The CQM's primary responsibility will be to lead the brewery's cellaring & yeast management operations. This is a hands-on position requiring you to personally participate in all cellaring operations.


About Mighty Squirrel Brewing Co.

Mighty Squirrel was founded by friends and home-brewers Naveen Pawar and Henry Manice in 2015 and has since expanded distribution of its beers across Massachusetts through its partner Atlantic Beverage and across Rhode Island through its partner McLaughlin & Moran (best sellers include Cloud Candy NE IPA, Cosmic Distortion DIPA, Mocha Stout, and Strawberry Smoovy IPA, Mango Lassi Sour IPA and Sour Face Berliner Weisse). The company is always looking to find fun ways to interact with the community through creative events and innovative partnerships. Learn more at www.mightysquirrel.com and www.instagram.com/mightysqrl.


Responsibilities

• Follow Standard Operating Procedures pertaining to cellaring & yeast management, and update/author SOPs as needed.
• Maintain detailed data records for all cellar, centrifuge, yeast, and related activities.
• Data entry of all appropriate details in the brewery management software.
• Daily gravity readings and recordings.
• Daily CO2/DO reading and recordings as necessary to ensure product quality.
• Maintain turbidity, CO2 and O2 levels within product specifications.
• Maintain all cellar equipment.
• Operate and maintain filtration equipment.
• Follow, develop and maintain best practices for all cellaring and yeast management procedures.
• Manage yeast husbandry procedures and best practices.
• Manage all yeast disposal procedures.
• Assist in dry-hopping of fermented beer.
• Lead and manage all fining operations and best practices.
• Some forklift operations.
• Startup and shutdown of associated facility processes.
• CIP equipment preparation and operations.
• Assist with brewing operations when needed.
• Provide and receive continual innovation and improvements.
• Hire, manage, and grow the cellaring, QA/QC, and yeast management team as needed.
• Other duties include: assist with effluent processing as it relates to the above operations, cleaning and organizing standards, assist with Daily Record of Activities, festival participation and management, brewery representation at events, brewery tour participation.


Qualifications

• A minimum of two years’ experience in the brewing industry is required.
• Strong understanding of beer brewing, yeast management, and cellaring strategies is required
• Laboratory skills are strongly desired: yeast management, DO/CO2 measurement, etc.
• A college degree is preferred but not required.
• Strong organizational and multi-tasking capabilities, strong communication skills; verbal, listening and written
• Strong mechanical background; strong cleaning/sanitizing background; lab skills and microbiological understanding; yeast handling proficiency
• Ability to lift 55 lbs. and move up to 165 lbs. using traditional methods
• Ability to work in a fast paced environment yet be precise in daily tasks.
• Excellent time management, prioritization, and delegating skills
• Organized, detail-oriented, and attentive to quality and standards
• Confident, team-oriented management style
• Full availability throughout the week: ability to work morning, mid-day, evening, and or weekend shifts when necessary

*All candidates must have and maintain an acceptable driving record and pass a pre-employment background check.


Compensations & Perks
• Competitive pay
• Equity stake
• Health benefits
• Retirement plan (IRA)

Please send a resume and cover letter to team@mightysquirrel.com with “Cellar and Quality Manager” in the subject line of your email. We look forward to hearing from you!