QC Technician

Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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About Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

Lord Hobo Brewing Company, located in Woburn, MA, is known for its hop-forward, New England-style beers like Boomsauce, Glorious, and Hobo Life, to name a few. We are currently investing in our facility, equipment, and people to continue with our aggressive growth plans and we are searching for strong candidates to join our team. If you are excited by the challenge of fast-paced growth, and if your skills, experience, and career aspirations fit the opportunity described below, then we’d love to hear from you.

About the Quality Control Technician role

As we continue our rapid growth, we are looking to add some key roles to ensure that our beer continues to be world-class. Our company is seeking a full-time quality control technician to join our emerging QC/QA department. Any prospective candidates should note that he/she will be tasked with helping Lord Hobo continue to invest in and grow our already robust Quality Department.

Responsibilities of the Quality Control Technician position include but are not limited to:

  • Sample, evaluate and document microbiological status of beer both in process and in package in accordance with our quality control plan

  • Lead yeast management by performing cell counts and viability assays, determining pitch rates, yeast schedule, yeast propagation, and managing knockout O2 rates

  • Conduct forced fermentations

  • Assist in the analyzing of carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in fermenters, bright tanks, and packaged products

  • Perform and test aseptic samples of all in-process beer, finished beer, and packaged products, which include PCR and pour plate tests

  • Run and analyze beer chemistry on all wort, finished fermented beer, bright beer, and packaged products

  • Run monthly brand review meetings with the help of KPI charts on wort and finished product to assist the brewing team in process change decisions

  • Be part of the Continuous Improvement, Quality Taskforce, and Innovations teams

  • Maintain a sterile laboratory

  • Work in a careful, safe manner in accordance with company SOP’s

  • Meet with brewery management staff on a daily basis to provide any Quality guidance in daily decision making

  • Conduct daily production sensory programs as well as maintain the aged beer library, conduct discriminative tests as needed, and sensory/off-flavor training for both front of house (FOH) and Operations staff.

  • Schedule and Conduct tasting panels and aggregate resulting data

Quality Control Technician qualifications:

At a minimum, the Quality Control Technician must have the following:

  • 1-2 years of experience in a production brewery or beer pub quality control role

  • Proficiency in the production and use of differential media to identify aerobic and anaerobic beer spoilers and wild yeast

  • Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology preferred, B.S. in Biochemistry, Chemistry, or similarly related field will be considered

  • Proficient in MS Office and Google Suite

  • Strong work ethic and self-starting attitude

  • Good interpersonal skills and team spirit

  • Excellent organization and communication skills

  • The desire to work in a fast-paced, growing company 

  • Ability to work autonomously 

  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods

  • Ability to regularly lift/carry heavy supplies, like bags of grain and kegs of beer

  • Ability to work in a brewery environment which may be loud, slick, humid, and hot

  • Ability to comply with safe chemical handling procedures, including personal protection equipment such as gloves and goggles

Compensation:

We offer a competitive compensation package based on experience including healthcare, opportunities for advancement and on the job training, and of course a generous beer benefit so that you can enjoy the luxuries of your hard work.

How to apply:

If you are ready to join the Lord Hobo team, email your resume and a cover letter to careers@lordhobo.com.



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