Director of Brewery Operations

Hangar 24 Craft Brewery


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Hangar 24, is seeking a Director of Brewing Operations to join its senior leadership team at their headquarters in Redlands, California.  Hangar 24 is an independently owned craft brewery, driven by its mission to provide their fiercely loyal following with consistently great American-made craft beer. Hangar 24’s breweries are designed and operate with the belief that the adventures we share can make our world a better place and that we have the power to craft the kind of world we want to live in.  If you have a similar love for adventure and are committed to the pursuit of excellence in craft beer, this may be the opportunity for you.

Location

Redlands, the home of Hangar 24, is one of the oldest and most historic communities in Southern California, originally founded as a wintering destination for wealthy East Coasters. In the late 1800s it became the largest navel orange producing region in the world, and Hangar 24 has drawn from this history in pioneering the use of Oranges in its beer, most notably with Orange Wheat, but with many other varieties as well.

Redlands is also aptly suited to serve as the base for the experiencing the company’s tagline – Adventures We Share – as its central location in Southern California affords customers and employees many opportunities to enjoy a variety of outdoor and social activities. The winter and summer seasons around Big Bear Mountain are equally appealing. The desert seasons and mid-century charm of nearby Palm Springs have international appeal. And the world-class beaches, museums and metropolitan diversity of Los Angeles are just to the west, close enough for a visit but comfortably situated apart from the community feel of Redlands.

 

Position Summary

The Director of Brewery Operations is a key leadership role and is responsible for all aspects of brewing, packaging, and logistics.  Expectations include aligning department objectives with those of the entire organization, supporting/developing all employees within the Brewing Department, and managing a leadership team. The Director of Brewing Operations should model a balance of the passion and fun of working in the craft beer industry with the business and leadership skills required to drive progress and get the job done right.  All members of the leadership team are expected to support and engage in the organization’s mission to brew beer at the highest level, deliver excellent customer service, and provide full and engaging experiences – nothing less. 

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

 

Leadership

  • Lead, manage and communicate priorities with the production / brewing manager, supply chain manager, and warehouse manager and ensure their teams are optimized and efficient.

  • Formulate production, operations and logistic strategies.

  • Act like an owner and run the brewery as such to ensure the highest standards are being met and the brewery is running at peak performance.

  • Advise the CEO on key decisions.

  • Brew the right amount of quality beer.

  • Participate as an active member of the senior leadership team.

  • Confer and consult with other department heads.

  • Represent company at trade associations, guild meetings and speaking engagements to promote company and products.

 

Brewery Operations

  • Oversee all brewery operations including production, packaging, maintenance, logistics and quality control.

  • Develop, implement and evaluate improvement initiatives designed to facilitate greater production efficiencies and quality.

  • Direct, coordinate and manage short and long term production planning in accordance with sales forecasts and demands.

  • Research industry trends to continuously enhance the brewery, product offerings and operational standards.

  • Collaborate with the brewery leadership team on the development of brewery policies, procedures and protocols.

  • Ensure policies, procedures and protocols are upheld and exceeding expectations through audits and inspections to deliver quality, sanitation and safety standards in all areas.

  • Assess equipment improvement projects and purchases to maximize benefit from capital investments.

  • Provide review and oversight of Quality Assurance / Quality Control techniques and procedures to continuously improve the quality and consistency of our products.

  • Collaborate on new beer development, including recipe creation, evaluation of new ingredients and styles.

  • Responsible for all inventory within the company covering grain to landing on the back dock of distributor warehouses.

 

People

  • Lead a team of department managers, including production / brewing manager, supply chain manager and warehouse manager along with their staff.

  • Monitor staffing, expenses and resource management to fulfill requirements.

  • Plan and direct staffing, training, and performance evaluations.

  • Communicate regularly with the entire brewery staff to keep them apprised of company and brewery objectives and performance levels.

  • Assume a teaching role in staff development, program creation / implementation and evaluation.

 

Safety

  • Comply with local, county, state, and federal government requirements.

  • Ensure a safe working environment for employees by maintaining facility equipment in optimal working condition.

 

Reporting

  • Use financial statements, sales reports and other data to measure production performance and determine areas for cost reduction and improvement.

  • Establish key metrics and develop plans to provide accurate lean accounting and inventory controls to drive cost effective actions.

  • Prepare budgets and approve budget expenditures. 

 

 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will be a proven leader in the industry with the following qualifications:

  • BA/BS in a natural science, business, engineering or related field.

  • Formal brewing education or equivalent hands-on experience in the trade that can be used in place of formal education.

  • A minimum of 10+ years of progressive experience within a brewery environment.

  • Working knowledge and passion for the craft beer industry.

  • Leadership skills with a proven ability to lead and motivate team members.

  • Strong decision-making and analytical skills.

  • Ability to manage a complex, fast-paced environment through multi-tasking and prioritizing to easily adapt to changing situations.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Proficient in business, analytics and organizational tools such as Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • Acute sensory perception to distinguish subtle differences in color, taste and smell.

  • Proficient in MRP / ERP software.

  

Working Conditions / Environment

  • Brewery & warehouse environment with manufacturing hazards, such as hoses and chemicals.

  • No Air Conditioning / Heating in office, so it is hot in the summer and cold in the winter.

  • Persistent hum in the Director of Brewing Operations’ office caused by production equipment.

  • Surrounded by beer and like-minded beer enthusiasts.

  • Travel once per month to off-site brewery in San Jose, CA and up to twice per year for various trade conferences.

 

Hangar 24 provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex (gender), national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, public assistance or any other legally protected category.  Hangar 24 complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment.  Hangar 24 expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment. The company offers a highly competitive compensation package, including benefits.

 Baker Tilly Vantagen has been engaged by Hangar 24 to assist in the management of this search process.  Interested candidates should apply by clicking on the link below.  Please provide a cover letter, resume and salary requirements.

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