Director of Cidery Operations

Stem Ciders

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Job Title: Director of Cidery Operations

Company: Stem Ciders

Location: Lafayette, CO

Looking for a career in the Craft Beverage Industry? Stem Ciders is expanding its team and is seeking a highly motivated, hardworking individual to fill the position of Director of Cidery Operations. The Director of Cidery Operations has overall responsibility for cider operations including organizing and executing production, packaging and logistics goals within the cidery. The position is full-time, and will be offered a competitive compensation package including health insurance, company matched 401k and paid time off.  At a minimum, candidates must possess the skills below and be able to thrive in a rapidly growing, fast-paced environment.

About Stem Ciders

Stem Ciders is a craft cidery based in Lafayette, Colorado. Founded in 2013 by Eric Foster and Phil Kao, two passionate entrepreneurs with a deep appreciation for craft, and a strong commitment to reviving the cider tradition, Stem produces cider founded on three main principles: quality, style, and tradition.

The RiNo cider house doors opened in January of 2014 with three ciders on tap and a mission to share with you the cider traditions that our founders know and love. With the addition of a primary production facility and restaurant, Acreage, in Lafayette, Colorado, Stem Ciders continues to grow nationally with wholesale and retail focus. From the first batch of cider produced in 2011 – now known as Real Dry Apple Cider, to the seasonal ciders and monthly Firkin experiments, Stem is committed to producing the highest quality cider that brings those traditions to the forefront.


  • Organize daily, weekly and monthly operations of production and packaging team to meet production goals

  • Lead teams as well as develop and implement training procedures and SOPs for key processes

  • Work with our electronic record keeping system Ekos to track and organize team and labor and make sure processes are followed and recorded. 

  • Collect and analyze data gathered during production to help drive meaningful improvements to Key Performance Indicators

  • Provide technical expertise and troubleshoot problems as they arise in the production process

  • Implement industry best practices and safety across production, and packaging. 

  • Create and maintain standard operating procedures and other documentation for a successful team

  • Work closely with the owner, sales, and the production team to plan and strategize weekly, monthly, yearly, and long-term goals 

  • Always be looking for ways to make improvements in all areas of the cidery

  • Work collaboratively to manage expansion of facilities as we continue to grow our capacity and flexibility of cider/wine products. 


  • Comfortable utilizing computer systems, specifically Google Drive/ Google Docs/ Sheets/ G-Mail, Ekos(or other beverage production software) etc. 

  • Capable of receiving written/ oral instructions/ tasks, execute said tasks and if need be problem solve with minimal assistance. 

  • Flexibility to survive and thrive in an entrepreneurial environment. (Which means being able to wear multiple hats; operate without highly structured processes; and consider no task too small nor too large.)

  • Can apply critical thinking, good sense, and courage to make decisions sometimes in the absence of data.

  • Mechanically inclined and proficient 

  • Ability to handle a number of different projects simultaneously

  • Ability to meet deadlines 

  • Ability to delegate


  • Two years minimum of beverage production in a managerial capacity such as beer/ cider/ wine/ carbonated water/ kombucha

  • Desire and ability to work in multiple facets of the business of creating, packaging and moving cider from hands-on activities through desk and office work at varying hours including nights and weekends as necessary.


  • Health Insurance for all full time employees.

  • Paid time off for all full time employees.

  • 401K program, company matching for all employees.

  • Stem Ciders products and industry discounts.

This position is full time, in-house at our Stem Ciders HQ, in Lafayette, CO, with a salary starting at $60,000, depending on experience. 

If interested and qualified, please send resume and cover letter to and reference “Director of Cidery Operations” in the subject line.
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