Plant Operations Director

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company


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Get to Know Us

Ken Grossman started Sierra Nevada in 1980 with a hand-built brewhouse and the odds stacked against him. That passion forever changed the course of American craft brewing and launched a beer revolution that's in full force today. Turns out, good beer can do a lot of good, and Sierra Nevada became a cornerstone for both its innovation and its care for the Earth and its people. We’re committed to advancing a culture of inclusion and believe diversity in all its forms makes us stronger. We keep pushing boundaries, whether that’s in the brewhouse, with sustainability, or in the great outdoors.

Get to Know This Role

The Director of Plant Operations provides leadership and oversight to all plant departments involved in the production of our world class beers and alcoholic beverages. Reporting to the Chief Supply Chain Officer, this role manages the day-to-day activities ensuring efficient delivery of our products while meeting all quality standards. The responsibilities are broad in scope, encompassing a wide variety of activities. The Director of Plant Operations will collaboratively develop new and existing procedures and processes to continuously improve the operations effectiveness. This role is a member of the S&OP Management Team and is responsible for plant P&L and will contribute to the company strategic goals by supporting expansion initiatives, capital planning, and alignment of operations at all sites. Additionally, the Director of Plant Operations oversees the support functions to our customer facing businesses providing safety, security, maintenance, sanitation, and raw ingredients.

What You Will Do

  • Accountable for the overall safety performance of the site and commercial teams by ensuring safety programs and procedures are appropriately developed, followed, and ensures the business is always operated with employee safety as the number one priority
  • Partner with quality assurance to meet, monitor and improve product specifications; support and execute reactions and corrections to non-conforming products
  • Ensures availability of resources including people, equipment, and training to achieve quality and food safety objectives; supports the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the quality and food safety system
  • Provides, justifies, administers, and manages the plant P&L and capital budgets; monitors operation expenses and research ways to reduce costs while maintaining product quality and production targets
  • Translates the overall business strategy into operational goals and objectives for the plant and collaborates with alternate site counterpart to align throughout the organization
  • Evaluate overall plant performance by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data and metrics to focus continuous improvement efforts; encourages and promotes operating in a continuous improvement environment
  • Provides ongoing direction, support, leadership, and guidance to teams to meet goals and objectives
  • Partners with human resources to develop the organization’s people strategies including but not limited to the interview and selection process, employee training and development, and employee relations
  • Partners with our retail functions to understand support needs and provide required resources in maintenance and sanitation
  • Ensures plant compliance with all legal requirements and environmental regulations; maintains ongoing knowledge and awareness of all legal and environmental requirements

Please Apply if You Have

  • Bachelor's Degree or any combination of experience and education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved is required
  • Master's Degree preferred 
  • Diploma or certificate in Brewing/Fermentation from an accredited institution preferred
  • 9 years Progressive experience in manufacturing, engineering, and/or beverage production required
  • 7 years Leadership experience required 
  • Experience leading large teams with diverse areas of expertise preferred
  • Ability to collaborate with functional counterparts within the organization at the earliest stages of planning and development to meet plant objectives
  • High level understanding plant operations from raw material receiving to finished goods warehousing
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in handling sensitive and proprietary information
  • Ability to negotiate with stakeholders to promote or sell ideas or concepts
  • Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data in order to make recommendations
  • High level of professional competence and ethical integrity
  • Demonstrated leadership, team building and advanced coaching skills with the ability to motivate team members and assess and develop employee skills
  • Excellent project management, planning, and time management skills, with the ability to balance and prioritize production and maintenance needs
  • Extensive knowledge of industry compliance standards: including but not limited to OSHA and safety standards, Government regulatory programs, such as FDA

Additional Requirements to Consider Before Applying

  • You must be at least 21 years of age to work for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co
  • Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment, post offer background check
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