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We're Hiring - Operations Manager

Great Raft Brewing his hiring for an experienced Operations Manager / Director of Operations to join our production team. This senior position will be responsible for overseeing production schedules and ensure implementation of all standard operating procedures to maintain consistency, quality and efficiency throughout the production process. As part of the management team, this position will work with other area leaders to develop and achieve our brewery wide goals. Adept at the business side of beer, you’ll orchestrate and execute production plans and budgeting timelines, holding yourself and your team accountable as you constantly seek to pioneer new and efficient ways of achieving company goals. 

The full job descriptions below. Qualified applicants can submit a resume AND a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to info@greatraftbrewing.com. Include the job title in the subject line.

Disclaimer: We brew great beer and work together to deliver a consistent experience and product to folks who expect the best. Our team is passionate, dedicated and detail focused. If you doubt your ability or bring that same commitment and passion to these positions then no need to apply. If you like hard work, amazing beer, and spreading the craft beer gospel, apply away! Previous applicants are encouraged to apply again.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Director of Operations will provide hands-on leadership and management of all aspects of operations and manufacturing, including, but not limited to:

  • Planning, forecasting, budgeting, sourcing, producing, and shipping goods.
  • Complete ownership of the production schedule and ensures that the Brewing and Cellar teams adheres to the posted schedule.
  • Hire, train and schedule brewery employees in accordance with a production schedule to maximize efficiencies and teamwork while also creating a positive working environment
  • Ensure brewing and cellar operations are conducted in a safe and efficient manner. This includes, but is not limited to, tank cleaning, tank filling, beer transfer, carbonation, and yeast management.
  • Ensure supply and competitive pricing of raw materials and other inventory items such as bulk malt and specialty malts, hops, parts and equipment. Manage all vendor relationships for raw goods.
  • Maintenance and engineering
  • Managing a small, lean team across the above areas to exceed departmental and company goals.
  • Planning, forecasting, budgeting, sourcing, producing, and shipping goods.
  • Ensure that operations run efficiently by communicating clear objectives and by managing and developing the operations team.
  • Analyze operational data and current processes to maximize efficiency and continual improvements to the cost, safety, and environmental management of operations.
  • Work with department managers and HR to develop and improve Standard Operating Procedures and ensure proper training.
  • Collaborate with the CFO to develop and manage budgets for assigned departments including cost of goods sold, operating expenditures and capital expenditures.
  • Monitor cost variances and report them to leadership in a timely manner.

Minimum Requirements

Proven ability to:

  • Work a schedule of (5) full 8-hour workdays per week, with the flexibility to work evenings and weekends
  • Work safely in a fast paced environment
  • Work independently and as part of a team
  • Lift and move up to 75 pounds 
  • Work in a factory/production setting with wide ranged temperature environment
  • Read and understand spec sheets and technical drawings
  • Troubleshoot and think on your feet

The ideal candidate:

  • Has an established career in an operational role in a manufacturing facility
  • Has a thorough understanding of all aspects of beer production, including grain handling, yeast management, filtration, packaging and QA/QC
  • Is extremely organized, detail oriented, has strong analytical skills, and can handle complex tasks
  • Has the utmost respect for quality and cleanliness
  • Has proven leadership skills and will cultivate an enthusiastic company culture for staff with accountability and ongoing feedback
  • Is a strategic thinker, has a desire to innovate, and proactively identifies and solves challenges
  • Possesses excellent communication skills and enjoys working in a team environment
  • Is honest, hard-working, and has the ability to interact effectively at all levels within the organization.
  • Has working knowledge of OSHA requirements and a proven track record of focus on building a safety culture
  • Possesses strong financial acumen and is a proven project manager
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritize tasks and handle multiple projects
  • Experience with brewing software (EKOS)