Director of Production

Golden State Cider

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Golden State Cider is searching for an experienced Director of Production to join our growing team! The Director of Production is responsible for scheduling and overseeing all aspects of the Production Department.  

Job Responsibilities:


  • Build, develop and lead a team of passionate, effective production employees by facilitating an environment that fosters strong team dynamic through success recognition, team empowerment, active coaching, staff education, and project orientation 

  • Develop operational goals and objectives for cidery operations, build relationships with GSC partners, Distributors and Vendors

  • Establish best in class processes and programs associated with cidery operations and safe work practices


  • Manages all production elements for Core Cider Production

  • Continuously innovate and improve SOPs to meet CQI Initiatives

  • Identify technologies and opportunities to improve operational efficiency and drive a culture of continuous improvement throughout production team

  • Develop and review QA/QC program to ensure consistent, quality finished goods

  • Develop and propose strategic goals for cidery operations and establish KPI metrics; effectively communicate the plans and development steps to meet goals

  • Develop best practices for operations throughout the Cidery, and oversee all design and operation improvements to the facility systems and equipment


  • Contribute to large-scope production planning and forecasting, and manage and maintain production budgets

  • Manage and oversee the budget for equipment purchases and other major expenditures. Assess capital equipment purchases and provide short term and long-term capital recommendations to facilitate continued growth and sustainability

  • Oversee the purchasing and negotiations for all supply chain inventory items, as well as the inventory management of above and finished products

  • Support expansion of GSC business into adjacent areas of interest


  • Develop, maintain, and improve facility programs. Set initiatives to ensure compliance of OSHA and other related organization’s standards

  • Ensure compliance in practices with TTB, ABC, and associated government agencies

  • Actively lead and participate on the Safety Committee, to ensure organizational compliance in equipment, training, and communication to the team is adhered to

Skills & Qualifications:

  • 10 years of experience in a related production environment, especially in a cidery, brewery, or winery setting with 5 years of experience in a management position

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Fermentation Science, Food Science, or equivalent experience

  • Proficiency in Google Suite, Microsoft Suite, and winery management software. Ability to learn additional cidery management programs necessary.

  • Forklift Certification and proven ability to safely operate a forklift, scissor lift, and pallet jack

  • Excellent communication skills, with experience managing employees in a manufacturing setting

  • Strong reading, writing, and mathematical skills, as well as mechanical aptitude required

  • Strong and proven work ethic, and ability to multi-task workload

  • Commitment to excellence in an ever-evolving, exciting field of work

Work Environment & Physical Requirements

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

?      Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 55 pounds

?      Ability to work on a platform ladder at heights up to 20 feet

?      Must be able to participate in critical assessment of ciders.

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 usually that of a winery.

?      The employee may work with hazardous materials.

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

?      The employee regularly works around alcohol, high voltage electricity, hot water, and steam.


Golden State Cider has been independently and proudly producing our hard cider in Sonoma Countyl, California since 2012. Our team is unlike any other, it takes a village to make what we believe is the epitome of California-style cider. Here are some of the reasons we think Golden State is a pretty rad place to call home:

Health Care & 401k

For a fairly fresh company, we offer an incredible benefits package. Golden State Cider pays for our employee’s Medical, Dental and Vision coverage – In Full. Golden State Cider also offers a 401k matching program.

Wellness Allowance

In addition to a generous Health Care package, Golden State Cider recognizes the importance of our team member’s overall health and wellbeing and provides a monthly wellness allowance which can be used towards a variety of things that promote physical activity, wellness and work-life balance. The goal of the Wellness allowance is to provide Golden State Cider employees as many options and as much flexibility as possible to find an activity which promotes aerobic exercise, flexibility, strength training as well as emotional health including coverage for passes to Regional, State or National Parks.


Paid Time Off

As part of our commitment to our employees’ health and wellbeing, Golden State recognizes the need for work/life balance as well as the value of rest and relaxation. We begin our offering with seven Paid Holidays per year. In addition, we offer six days of paid Sick leave per year. As for our Paid Vacation package- Golden State offers three weeks of paid vacation during an employee’s first year with tier increases annually.


Cider is our passion, it’s in every part of our culture and we love to share it with our employees through our allotment program ~ just another perk of the job!


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