QA Manager

WeldWerks Brewing Company

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Job Title:   QA Manager

FLSA Status:  Exempt

Reports To: Production Manager


General Summary:

WeldWerks Brewing is a fast growing, locally owned and operated craft brewery in historic downtown Greeley, Colorado. We execute our unique and original product line with the highest quality ingredients, a state-of-the-art brewing system, and the newest brewing practices. The core to our ethos is delivering a high quality and consistent product, superior customer service, and putting a huge amount of love and trust in our co-workers.

As a key part of our business, our QA/QC department is responsible for monitoring quality aspects of all stages of the process from raw materials through post-package analysis. The primary duty is ensuring that all products across all formats are sampled, tested, and determined to be of the utmost quality prior to release all the way through depletion of stock.

The perfect fit for us will go the extra mile in both ability and desire. Beyond being a part of the production crew, we are looking for a trusted team member that can contribute to our long term success. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. - Act as the primary brewery contact for all quality communications and activities
  2. - Lead production team in execution/implementation of quality initiatives
  3. - Conduct routine and non-routine analyses of all raw materials, in-process materials, environmental samples, finished goods, stability samples including both physical (i.e. DO, CO2, etc.) and biological (i.e. media, plating, ATP, PCR, etc.) parameters
  4. - Track and manage yeast health, cropping, storage, generations, pitching and performance
  5. - Facilitate sensory panel activities and data analysis
  6. - Through routine audits, ensure facility quality procedures are being followed
  7. - Identify and troubleshoot laboratory equipment problems
  8. - Ensure lab cleanliness and safety standards are maintained
  9. - Develop and maintain both lab and general facility SOPs pertaining to quality
  10. - Monitor testing procedures to ensure that all tests are performed according to established item specifications, standard test methods, and/or protocols
  11. - Identify quality related opportunities and assist in identifying solutions
  12. - Recommend QA/QC best practices and laboratory capital investments
  13. - Continually evaluate and approve upon analytical methods and procedures
  14. - Manage all quality related record keeping and compliance documentation
  15. - Assist with taproom operations as needed (releases, special considerations)
  16. - Attend all required staff meetings and events


Job Specification:

  1. Skill and Knowledge:
    1. - Minimum 2 years experience performing above duties in a production brewery
    2. - BS in Microbiology, Chemistry or a related field
    3. - Passion for craft beer and strong understanding of the brewing process and craft beer industry
    4. - Strong verbal and written communication
    5. - Strong work ethic and can do attitude
    6. - Strong understanding of maintenance needs of laboratory equipment 
  2. Personal Competencies:
    1. - Remain calm under pressure or when dealing with unexpected challenges or changes
    2. - Be a strong and trusting team player
    3. - Maintain relationships with coworkers, vendors and other breweries
    4. - Advanced problem solving skills
    5. - Excellent communication skills
  3. Supervision:
    1. - Uses autonomy in setting objectives and deciding how to proceed
    2. - Duties are given in the form of broad goals or areas of responsibility
    3. - Stay busy through slow periods 
    4. - Use company applications to communicate and update other employees 
  4. Hours, Travel and Physical Requirements:
    1. - Work weekdays, weekends, early mornings and/or evenings
    2. - Work in a standing position for long periods of time
    3. - Request time off two weeks in advance
    4. - Ability to work in heat, cold and wet
    5. - Ability to work with hazardous materials typical of a brewery lab


Benefits:
We believe in a culture of autonomy and trust and our benefits reflect this ethos. The right fit for us will understand how to strike a balance of responsibility while still enjoying the freedom provided by our framework which allows for team and industry engagement, boundless educational opportunities, and a solid work/life balance which is always our number one priority for our staff. Benefits includes unlimited vacation time for all salaried positions, employer paid health insurance and a robust 401k program with matching. Additionally, we cover 100% of all educational outlets for any employee if the employee can make a case for its use/purpose benefiting the employee’s professional growth and development.

 

WeldWerks is an equal opportunity employer and will not tolerate discrimination against any employee or applicant seeking employment on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, public assistance status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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