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LOCATION: Middleburg Heights, Ohio

PURPOSE: To be responsible for overseeing all lab functions and personnel in order to ensure a high quality, sanitary, and safe product. Problem solving and attention to detail are a must for this important role that allows our consumers to safely and consistently enjoy high quality Fat Head’s beer.

• Coordinate daily lab operations
• Identify staffing needs, interview and hire qualified staff, and set work schedules
• Provide ongoing positive and disciplinary performance management
• Train new and current employees on proper company policies and lab practices
• Analyze and troubleshoot issues to arrive at a solution that maintains or improves product quality
• Collect samples and run routine testing to determine gravities, pHs, Alcohols, IBUs, color, VDKs, etc
• Perform daily cell counts of yeast and fermenting wort
• Complete package testing for CO2, TPO, DO, HSO, AE, alcohol, density, pH, bottle fill heights, crimp checks, secure seal, seam checks on cans/kegs
• Perform microbiology testing including membrane filtration, media preparation, spread plating and identification
• Harvest, move and pitch yeast while maintaining overall yeast health
• Manage daily sensory panel
• Perform regular equipment cleaning, maintenance and calibration
• Write, update, and improve Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the lab

• Maintain a clean, sanitary and safe working environment
• Report any and all health or safety hazards noticed
• Follow instructions and directions regarding the use of chemicals and supplies
• Use required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
• Adhere to all Safety policies and procedures
• Other duties as assigned

• Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Food Sciences or related field
• Previous lab experience, in a production brewery preferred
• Superior math, statistical and analytical skills
• Obsessive attention to detail and record keeping
• Ability to operate computer, microscope, pH meter, spectrophotometer, GC, centrifuge, autoclave, etc.
• Flexibility and adaptability to varying schedule preferred
• Ability to work well in a team environment and independently
• Comprehensive communication skills
• Innovative, ambitious, safety conscious, driven yet caring and dedicated

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. When possible, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

• Regularly required to use hands; handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear;
• Regularly required to stand; walk; stoop; kneel; crouch; and crawl
• Occasionally required to sit; climb; and balance
• Regularly lift, push, pull or move objects up to 55 lbs.
• Occasionally lift, push, pull or move objects weighing more than 60 lbs. and rarely more than 165 lbs.
• Required vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus
• Work is primarily performed in a production brewing environment and lab environment. May be exposed to temperature changes, wet or humid conditions, noise, vibrations and other brew production related hazards
• Will require weekend work

Fat Head’s Brewing, LP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for any employment decision without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex (gender), national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, and public assistance. In addition to federal law requirements, Fat Head’s complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training. Fat Head’s expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment. Fat Head’s is an at-will employer and this job description does not constitute a contract of employment. This job description is subject to change at any time.