Assistant Brewer

LOCATION: Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba, MI

REPORTS TO: Production Manager

POSITION TYPE: Full Time, Hourly Employee

POSTING DATES: 07/14/2014 – 08/03/2014

POSITION SUMMARY: The Assistant Brewer is responsible for performing a variety of fundamental and support tasks befitting a production brewery, including all cellar, packaging, and general housekeeping operations, with assistance in brewhouse and maintenance duties as needed.


ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Adheres to and advances the “Safety Always” culture of Upper Hand Brewery.

  • Assists in and performs beer production operations, including cellar and laboratory processes, filtration, vessel CIP, and other beer production tasks.

  • Assists in and performs packaging operations, including keg and bottle filling, labeling, palletizing, wrapping, and warehousing.

  • Assists in and performs essential warehousing functions, including accepting and fulfilling shipments, and inventorying materials.

  • Cleans and performs preventative maintenance on facilities and equipment as assigned.

  • Supports fellow brewery staff in their respective responsibilities as assigned by the Production Manager.

  • Stands, walks, crouches, and lifts regularly throughout duration of shift, including continual dragging, carrying, and manipulation of hoses, pumps, parts, buckets, carts, tools, and reservoirs.  

  • Must have a flexible schedule to accommodate demands of production.

Additional duties may be assigned as necessary


SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • None


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 
MATERIALS/MACHINES/EQUIPMENT USED:

  • Grain handling, brewhouse, fermentation, packaging, and warehousing equipment.

  • Cleaning agents, lubricating agents, and other potentially hazardous chemicals.

  • Brewery utilities, including: electrical, air compression, steam, water, compressed gasses, and glycol refrigerant.

  • Standard safety systems, including confined space air meters, fall restraint, and personal protective equipment.


IMPORTANT SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • The ability to work unsupervised while maintaining established safety and quality standards.

  • A desire to learn and demonstrate best practices and assist in developing a quality-oriented standard of protocol in a new brewery setting.

  • An understanding of Lock Out / Tag Out, Confined Space Entry, and other important core safety protocols.

  • The capacity to manage multiple processes simultaneously and adapt to the irregularities of a shifting production schedule.

  • Fastidious workmanship and attention to detail.

  • Excellent communication skills and a collaborative attitude.

  • Exemplary productivity and self-directedness.

 
AN IDEAL CANDIDATE WOULD POSSESS:

  • Professional experience in a brewing or food/beverage processing facility.

  • Formal and documented education in brewing or packaging science, or a degree in Science, Maintenance, Engineering, or a similar field.

  • Computer proficiency including Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel) and Internet browsers.

  • Prior experience operating a lift truck preferred.  Additional training and certification will be provided by the employer.

  • Enthusiasm for craft beer and a commitment to understanding and supporting beer quality.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and climb.

  • Ability to frequently talk, hear, and smell.

  • Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.

  • Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms. Use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls.

  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  

  • The work environment is generally that of a brewing, packaging, and shipping facility.

  • The employee regularly works with hazardous materials and utilities.

  • The employee works on wet floors and with wet equipment.

  • The employee regularly works around high voltage, flame, hot water, steam, broken glass, and CO2 sources.

  • The employee frequently works in a sanitary environment.

  • The employee frequently works near moving mechanical parts.

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Upper Hand Brewery is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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