Quality Lab Technician

SweetWater Brewing Co


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SweetWater Brewing Company is looking for a few folks to work in our lab. These nerds, I mean techs, are responsible for carrying out routine process control testing, analysis and reporting of a commercial brewery – basically all of the important stuff to make sure that we are sending out quality brews that keep you coming back for more!  Got what it takes?  Drop us a line and send over your resume!

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Quality Control Laboratory Functions:

  • Raw material analysis & specifications
  • Microbiological assay program
  • Analytical process control & monitoring
  • Yeast propagation & management
  • Packages and packaging materials
  • Sensory evaluation program
  • Analyze production data
  • Assists with conducting quality audits throughout the production environment

Physical Requirements:

  • Performance duties of this job include regularly being required to sit, stand, walk, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; talk, hear, and smell.
  • Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 20 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.
  • Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and climb.
  • Must be able to participate in organoleptical assessment of beers.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The Ideal Candidate Would Have:

  • QA/QC experience in commercial brewery or food/beverage industry 
  • Minimum of 1 year experience in related field with Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline
  • Brewing education from a recognized institution.
  • Microbiological assays
  • Analytical instrumentation
  • Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills and be comfortable addressing diverse groups
  • Interpersonal skills sufficient to be comfortable leading in a team environment with a great deal of interdepartmental coordination.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office Suite)
  • The ability to safely handle reagents and other potentially hazardous chemicals and train others in safe practice.
  • Flavor panel experience with formalized training
  • Statistical process control

Materials/Machines Used:

  • Brewing laboratory equipment
  • Cleaning agents, sanitizing agents, microbiological media, organic solvents, and other hazardous laboratory chemicals, including some carcinogens.

Work Environment:

  • The employee frequently must work in a sterile environment.
  • The noise level in certain parts of the brewery is occasionally loud (80-90 dB).
  • The employee regularly works around high voltage, flame, hot water, and steam.
  • The employee regularly works with hazardous materials.
  • The employee works on wet floors and with wet equipment.

SweetWater is an Equal Opportunity and Drug Free Workplace.

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