Innovation Brewing Manager

Lord Hobo Brewing Co


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About Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

Lord Hobo Brewing Company (LHBCo), located in Woburn, MA, is known for its hop-forward, New England-style beers like Boomsauce, Glorious, and Hobo Life, to name a few. We are currently investing in our facility, equipment, and people to continue with our aggressive growth plans and we are searching for strong candidates to join our team. If you are excited by the challenge of fast-paced growth, and if your skills, experience, and career aspirations fit the opportunity described below, then we’d love to hear from you.

About the Innovation Brewing Manager role:

The Innovation Brewing Manager role will serve as the primary source of new recipe development and optimization of existing recipes, while leading and mentoring the existing brewing team. The Innovation Brewing Manager will join a cross-functional product development team that includes Operations, Sales, Marketing, and the Senior Leadership Team. The focus of the Innovation Brewing Manager within the product development team includes; R&D, identifying market opportunities, conceptualizing new beer profiles, designing new recipes (or updating existing recipes), developing bills of material, sourcing materials, brewing recipes (or assigning/supervising brews), critically tasting recipes, iterating recipes, scaling recipes, and managing other administrative requirements required to launch brands on-time and on-budget.

In addition to recipe development and optimization, the Innovation Brewing Manager will join LHBCo’s continuous improvement efforts and will be responsible for identifying process improvement opportunities and implementing best practices across operations (some areas of focus include improving brewhouse efficiency, yield, quality / consistency, etc.). 

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop recipes across many styles, but with a strong focus on modern, hop-forward beers

  • Lead the product development lifecycle, including: formulating, brewing, iterating, scaling, and project managing

  • Train and mentor a brew staff on systems, processes, and recipe development

  • Represent LHBCo and participate in industry and public events as the face of the brewing team, including attending festivals, events, and conferences throughout the year

  • Identify improvement opportunities in recipes, processes, and quality

  • Implement best practices in brewing and cellaring

  • Remain at the cutting edge of trends within beer and “beyond beer” styles, ingredients, brewing processes, brewing science, etc.

  • Identify and lead collaboration brews with other like-minded breweries

  • Manage recipes, brewing processes, and staff across multiple locations (additional future locations)

Qualifications Required:

The ideal candidate for this role is an established, career Innovation Brewer, recipe developer, and leader with an exceptional, modern palate and an expert ability in taking beers from concept to completion. 

At a minimum, the Innovation Brewing Manager must have the following qualifications:

  • 10+ years of relevant brewing and brewery management experience

    • 5+ years of experience as an innovation brewing lead or lead innovation / R&D brewer within a brewery of relevant size and style

    • 5+ years of experience as a production brewer and recipe developer

  • Strong leadership and team-building skills

  • Demonstrated ability to produce award-winning and commercially successful recipes, at scale

  • Expert knowledge of brewing processes, brewing science, and beer quality

  • Expert knowledge of ingredients (grain, hops, yeast, water profiles, etc.), their characteristics, and how they perform under various conditions and modern applications

  • Experience managing at least 5 direct reports 

  • Experience with project management

  • Knowledge of general brewery engineering, design, and implementation of equipment and systems

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong computer skills, including proficiency with Excel and (ideally) experience with OBeer or other ERP/MRP systems 

  • Willingness to travel for events/festivals and collaboration brewing opportunities

  • Team player with a strong work ethic and self-starting attitude

Compensation

Lord Hobo  offers competitive compensation packages and, for the ideal candidate, we are prepared to offer relocation assistance and performance-based bonuses.

Our benefits package includes: medical, dental, vision, supplemental insurances, 401k, and generous paid time off.

How to apply:

If you are ready to join the Lord Hobo team, email your resume and a cover letter to careers@lordhobo.com.

Lord Hobo Brewing Company is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


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