Quality Assurance & Brewery Operations Manager

Veza Sur Brewing Co.

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We are looking for an experienced Quality Assurance and Brewery Operations Manager to join our Craft Brewery startup in Miami. We opened in August 2017 and are well under way. We are a small team that is working hard on creating something truly unique and we need an experienced Quality Assurance and Brewery Operations Manager to join our team. This is still day one, and a lot has yet to be built!

Are you an entrepreneur at heart with a lot of drive to make things happen?

Are quality and integrity non-negotiables?

Are you passionate about continuous improvement?

Are you someone who takes pride in the work they do?

Are you someone who gets excited about analyzing data?

We believe that good ideas can come from anywhere. We care about driving ideas, and making them a reality while brewing amazing beers and having a great time!

You are someone who

  • Is comfortable in a lab setting, using sterile technique, troubleshooting instrumentation, and preparing samples

  • Is comfortable working along side a brewing and cellar team packaging beer

  • Has strong analytical and problem solving skills

  • Has sensory experience

  • Is the subject matter expert on food safety regulations

  • A self-starter, driven and comfortable working alone or leading a team

  • Is comfortable taking the lead on projects of all sizes

  • Has a strong attention to detail

  • Knows how to manage multiple projects with competing priorities and timelines

  • Has the ability to work well across different teams and individuals

  • Has the confidence to make strong, fact based decisions when faced with challenges and out of spec conditions

What you’ll do

  • Be responsible for managing and growing the Quality department at two production brewing locations in Fort Pierce and Miami FL

  • Refine and establish lab practices, reaction plans, and qualifying new instrumentation

  • Coordinate initiatives in the brewery that will ensure product integrity and maintain compliance with regulatory requirements

  • Interact with government agencies and officials regarding food safety and inspections for the brewery

  • Responsible for tracking and monitoring all Quality parameters including: Food Safety, Microbiology, Consumer Complaints, and more

  • Oversee and improve the sensory program. This includes: appraising packaged and work in process beer; development and training of sensory panel; establishing and updating “true to brand” standards

  • Oversee procurement of lab equipment and supplies and manage the lab budget; evaluate new suppliers in order to reduce costs and improve efficiency

  • Collaborate with the team on Innovation to develop new products and ensure the safety and quality of all new products and processes

  • Define and standardize new and existing processes and follow-through to ensure all established standards are met

  • Assist in scheduling and monitoring production schedule for the production brewery

  • Manage inventory levels and perform inventory counting to ensure all product needed is on site and available

  • Material procurement for items related to quality, brewing, and/or packaging

What you’ll need

  • Bachelor of Science degree required - Food/Brewing Science, Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, engineering or related field preferred

  • 4+ years of experience in the food and beverage industry preferred

  • In depth knowledge of both brewing and packaging processes, including plant sanitation (CIP/COP) practices

  • Working knowledge of GMPs, HACCP, pest control and allergen control. Expertise in GFSI standards (BRC, FSSC22000, SQF, etc.) preferred

  • In depth knowledge of food/brewing microbiology and microbiological methods

  • Strong understanding of Quality Assurance programs, minimum sampling plans, data reliability, statistical process control, etc.

  • Proven leadership and communication skills (both verbal and written)

  • Strong computer skills; Excel, Google Suite, OBEER, etc.

  • Experience managing and leading teams is a plus

  • Ability to travel frequently within South Florida 

Where you’ll be 

  • Located in Fort Pierce, Florida with about 30% travel to Miami, Florida

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