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About the Company:
The Bruery is a boutique craft brewery located in Orange County, CA. The company goes to market under three brand names; The Bruery, Bruery Terreux, and Offshoot Beer Co, each offering a high quality, unique offering. The Bruery specializes in barrel aged and experimental ales, Bruery Terreux is focused on innovative wild and sour ales, and Offshoot Brewing Co. is the company’s newest brand that focuses on a rotational hop-forward offering.
The company has built a strong following among a passionate base of customers, and more than half of The Bruery’s overall sales are direct-to-consumer through the company’s society membership programs and Orange County tasting rooms. The company selectively distributes its products to a network of distributors across the U.S. with a focus on craft beer-centric retail and restaurant accounts.
Founded as a small, family-run business in 2008, The Bruery takes its unique moniker from founder Patrick Rue’s family surname.
Patrick picked up home brewing as a hobby, which later became an obsession, as a distraction from the banality of law school. Early on, while driving his wife Rachel mad with the messes that he would leave on the kitchen stove, Patrick was winning awards for his beers. Upon finishing school, he took it upon himself to draft a business plan for The Bruery rather than study for the California Bar exam – a risky endeavor that still shows through today in the creative, genre-tilting beers that The Bruery prides itself on.
The Bruery was founded on the excitement that Patrick felt in his early years of homebrewing and continues to strive for that same passion in every aspect of its business today. The company has never stopped challenging itself to develop distinctive and imaginative beers, and constantly pursues improvement. The Bruery produces dozens of original beers each year with a perpetually growing list of ingredients and inspirations . Nearly half of The Bruery’s beer is aged in wine or spirit barrels bringing forth flavors reminiscent of the Belgian countryside or classic American distillers.
About the Role:
The Packaging Supervisor contributes to the packaging operations of the brewery by leading by example, following all procedures and guidelines and ensuring that the quality of our beer is being maintained throughout the entire packaging process.
Duties include but are not limited to the following:
- Packaging of beer into kegs, bottles, or cans following all standard operating procedures.
- Mastering all aspects of two packaging lines including labeling, filling, assemblage of carriers, palletizing, CIP, and maintenance.
- Training and professionally developing a strong team of production employees.
- Documentation of key quality parameters and verifying packaged beer meets specifications.
- Cleaning in place of fillers, transfer hoses, keg lines, and all applicable equipment.
- Manage keg inventory. Determine keg washing needs on a daily and weekly basis. Manage in-service vs out-of-service kegs, and repair/rebuild as time permits.
- Organize, track, and audit inventory of finished beer, and packaging supplies.
- Work with Production Manager to keep sufficient packaging goods in stock, and ordered in a timely manner.
- Process packaged beer in Orchestrated Beer (SAP).
- Focus on and promote preventative maintenance. Support maintenance department with packaging repairs/maintenance.
- Keeping the cellar and packaging areas clean and organized at all times, while holding others accountable to the same standard.
- Keep and maintain packaging records, and file on a weekly basis.
- Recognize and react to low fills and improperly filled/packaged product.
- Communicate with Production Manager, and Warehouse Manager on the status of the packaging department.
- Write and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for packaging equipment and processes.
- Help Quality department monitor TPQ of packaged beer (dissolved oxygen, total packaged oxygen, carbon dioxide, etc.).
- Building The Bruery’s brands through promotional activities (festivals, beer dinners, etc.).
- Any and all brewery-related tasks that may require assistance.
- Skills to lead a strong packaging team at a renowned brewery that puts safety and quality first.
- Understanding of complex brewing and manufacturing procedures.
- Understanding of cleaning and sanitation requirements in the food and beverage industry, with general understanding of HACCP principles.
- Experience with complex packaging equipment, i.e. Depalletizers, sanitary rinsers, date code printers, pressure sensitive labelers, rotary fillers, etc.
- Mechanical aptitude with experience repairing complex equipment, including filler valves, butterfly valves, seamers, etc.
- Focus on behavior-based safety. Always look for ways to make The Bruery the safest production environment possible.
- Organized and accurate record keeping.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- 2 years experience operating packaging equipment.
- Previous supervisory experience preferred.
- Able to frequently lift heavy materials (up to 55 lbs) shoulder height.
- Requires working in a non-temperature controlled environment, handling of hazardous materials, and exposure to complex machinery.
- Ability to work in confined spaces and refrigerated, damp and wet environments.
- Work on a ladder periodically.
- Ability to operate a forklift, or willingness to learn.
- Work at sour production facility, and warehouse, when needed.
- OT may be required.
- Travel may be required to trade shows and beer related events.
- Must be available to work occasional Saturday and Sundays as required.
- 21 years of age, proof of authorization/eligibility to work in the United States.
The Bruery is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Pre-employment background check required.