Production Manager

Ghostfish Brewing Company

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Ghostfish Brewing Company is accepting applications for the position of Production Manager. This is a full-time, salaried position. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Ghostfish Brewing is a fast-growing production brewery that began producing beer in December of 2014. While maintaining deep roots in the thriving craft brewing scene, Ghostfish Brewing Company is the first and only dedicated gluten-free brewery in Washington State. We craft our beers from artisan malts created from naturally gluten-free grains not typically utilized in traditional breweries. Our award-winning beers are served out of our brewery Tap Room/Restaurant and currently distributed throughout six U.S. states and B.C., Canada in a variety of packaged formats. All brewing and packaging is completed on premise. Our brewery and retail Tap Room/Restaurant resides in the heart of Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood, an area with a vast history of manufacturing. We are carrying out brewing and packaging initiatives within a building that was originally built in 1926 for a steel foundry.

This position will oversee production activities and production personnel, scheduling of staff and ensure the development and implementation of all Standard Operating Procedures to maintain consistency, quality, and efficiencies throughout the production process. A thorough competency in all aspects of beer production including grain handling, yeast management, filtration, sanitation, packaging and QA/QC required. As with all positions at Ghostfish Brewing Company, we are looking for someone with a passion for world-class beer, a strong work ethic, solid leadership qualities, and a team player.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage the Ghostfish Brewing Company brewing operations, including a 15 BBL brewhouse, fermenters, brite tanks and a 1/2 BBL pilot brewing system
  • Shift brewing as needed
  • Manage production and packaging team schedules
  • Develop and execute Standard Operating Procedures and safety standards
  • Identify areas of increased operational efficiencies and drive continuous improvement culture throughout production team
  • Develop performance and productivity metrics for production department and hold all production employees accountable for achieving these goals
  • Monitor beer quality and provide resources for troubleshooting and data analysis
  • Maintain brewery, cellaring, packaging, and other related documentation in an organized and thorough manner
  • Monitor and assist in maintaining plant assets through proper maintenance programs
  • Assist in equipment selection required to execute growth initiatives
  • Work with production control personnel on production planning and forecasting
  • Work with ownership on key sourcing and raw material relationships critical for our core beers
  • Working knowledge of OSHA work place safety requirements
  • Lead a safety culture and attitude in operations at all time
  • Promote and model a clean, sanitary and safe work environment
  • Lead weekly production department meetings and ongoing safety meetings
  • With the QA Department, develop and review quality reports and statistics to insure consistent, quality finished goods
  • Coach and mentor production employees, lead training initiatives, create opportunities for team development, assist in hiring decisions and lead performance management and recognition
  • Conduct annual employee performance reviews
  • Adherence to department budget parameters provided by ownership
  • Lead the annual budget process for department

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the brewing industry, preferably with a degree or certification in brewing science and technology
  • Proven brewery knowledge including chemistry and biology
  • Strong mechanical and electrical abilities and operational understanding of all brewery processes
  • Solid level of experience with world class manufacturing techniques
  • Ability to create a strategy to implement continuous improvement initiatives in brewery and packaging processes to meet demand and improve consistency, quality and efficiency
  • Strong computer skills (web-based e-mail, Microsoft Office suite)
  • Project management skills related to brewery expansion and growth projects
  • Proven leadership skills with ability to lead and motivate a growing team
  • High level of attention to detail and strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Previous experience with ERP software
  • Sound knowledge of financial management tools
  • A desire to teach others about beer and the Ghostfish brand
  • Self-motivated as well as the ability to work effectively as part of a team

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand for long periods of time (8-10 hours)
  • Ability to lift heavy objects (lifting up to 55 pounds)
  • Ability to work in hot and cold environments

Ghostfish Brewing Company provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, military status, or political ideology in any of its activities or operations.

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