Packaging Director

Grimm Artisanal Ales


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Grimm is taking root in Brooklyn! Founded in 2013 by Joe and Lauren Grimm as a nomadic brewery, we are on the verge of opening our Williamsburg production facility and bar. Since the beginning, Grimm has literally been two people — Joe and Lauren Grimm, and, for the first time, we’re looking for a handful of passionate and talented brewers and technicians to join our team. As a company dedicated to quality, creativity, and innovation, we are looking for detail-oriented individuals who take initiative and seek excellence.

Please note that anyone applying for the brewer position should remain flexible regarding start dates. We expect to be operational by mid-March; however, we have no defined opening at the moment.

Position Overview:

The Packaging Director at Grimm is responsible for successful packaging activities, facilities operation, and equipment maintenance. This position contributes to the precise treatment of beer from the fermentation tank through final packaging and ensures the quality and integrity of our product. The Packaging Director works directly with the Brewer, Lab Director, and the Grimms.

Because we will have a very small production team, the Packaging Director should expect to take on a variety of tasks, small and large. Candidates must share our commitment to quality, empirical refinement, craftsmanship, creativity, and authenticity.

Essential Functions:

  • Assist in developing and enforcing proper SOP’s in all aspects of cellaring and packaging operations
  • Assist with monitoring beer fermentation, maturation, and conditioning
  • Set up, operate, and maintain the keg washer and bottling lines while adhering to quality standards
  • CIP and COP of fermenters, bright tanks, brewhouse, kegs, lines, and other areas in the brewery; keep track of clean and dirty equipment and kegs
  • Inspect and maintain tanks, foeders, and barrels
  • Troubleshoot mechanical issues and perform basic preventive maintenance of equipment (pumps, VFDs, keg washer, bottling lines, centrifuge, forklift, etc)
  • Assist in developing and enforcing safety protocols
  • Ensure that the brewery, cellar, and packaging facilities and equipment are operable, clean, and safe
  • Transfer wort and beer from and to fermentation tanks, bright beer tanks, foeders, and barrels
  • Coordinate packaging runs
  • Manage  inventory for all packaging-related materials and finished product
  • Monitor and coordinate inventory of Microstar kegs
  • Fill out cellaring and packaging logs and note any discrepancies
  • Operate a forklift and pallet jack
  • Organize pallets in loading bay in preparation for loading freight trucks
  • Load and unload freight trucks
  • Contribute to the quality assurance processes, improvements and evolution of the cellar/packaging systems to gain efficiencies
  • Assist all production team members in all aspects of their roles
  • Participate in team meetings and report on cellar and packaging issues
  • Serve as a representative at events/festivals

Important Abilities and Skills:

  • A strong work ethic and sense of urgency; the ability to multitask, prioritize competing tasks, and work independently, while excelling in a collaborative team environment
  • Must be punctual, self-motivated, and employ effective time management skills
  • Ability to problem-solve and work through challenges while remaining calm, flexible and upbeat, knowing when to ask for help to prevent mistakes and complete the task
  • Mechanical aptitude and demonstrated ability to work with brewery and packaging equipment, basic tools, and to drive a forklift
  • Writing and math skills necessary to read and write orders and to accurately complete dilution calculations, volume, flow, density, weight, length, pressure and other unit conversions, calculate beer volumes/losses, and alcohol content
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, verbal, and nonverbal
  • Ability to continuously stand, walk, lift, carry and handle 70 lbs.; frequently bend, stoop, kneel, climb, reach, and push; and work in confined spaces and close quarters with others
  • Must be comfortable in a fast-paced, labor intensive, damp and variable temperature brewery and warehouse environment and to work with hot, cold and hazardous equipment and materials
  • Flexibility in both schedule and duties; willingness to work weekends and evenings
  • Friendly, professional attitude

Required Qualifications:

  • One or more years of relevant work experience including previous packaging experience within a brewery is preferred
  • Previous experience with mechanical systems and troubleshooting problems
  • Inventory management skills
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Passion for beer!

Each person that we employ will have an immediate impact on our brewery. We expect you to be motivated and to work hard just like we do. We encourage each person on our staff to have a voice and to grow with our company.

Grimm Artisanal Ales is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, pregnancy, military status or any other category protected by law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Grimm Artisanal Ales  expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Grimm’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.

To apply, please email cover letter and resume to Opportunities@GrimmAles.com with the subject line “Packaging Director”.

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