Craft Beverage Quality Assurance Lab Technician

Schilling Cider


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About the Position

We are looking to add a Quality Assurance Lab Technician to our production team. The ideal candidate has a passion for cider; a background in food science or food production, enology or wine-making, chemistry, microbiology, or related academic field or equivalent work experience; and a willingness to get dirty -- you won’t be working exclusively in the lab! 

Schilling Cider has always strived to create a fun and productive workplace that every employee can be proud of. We foster a culture of creativity and continuous improvement with many avenues of potential growth, no matter where you start. Bring your craft beverage passion and experience to Schilling Cider!

** Schilling Cider is an Equal Opportunity Employer **

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support the Director of Quality Assurance in day-to-day operations 

  • Perform routine analyses on ingredients and finished products to ensure the production of high quality products. Analyses may include: TA titration, SO2 titration, in-can oxygen, ethanol content, juice YAN assay, glu/fru assay, and sensory evaluation

  • Follow lab and production SOPs

  • Assist in batch preparation including calculations, evaluation, and troubleshooting

  • Bench-trial recipe or ingredient changes and perform necessary analyses

  • Support Research & Development of new products

  • Ensure compliance with Federal and State regulations through accurate measurements, thorough recordkeeping, and effective communication

  • Identify and track quality issues and trends

  • Assist in the maintenance of lab equipment

  • Ask for help when needed

Requirements

  • Must be 21+ years of age

  • An understanding of the basic quality parameters of alcoholic beverages and of the general fermentation process

  • Attention to detail: accurate recordkeeping is critical to this position

  • Ability to troubleshoot and take corrective action on the line

  • Ability to work in an environment that may be hot, cold, wet, slippery, and/or loud

  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry, microbiology, enology or food science OR work experience in beverage production, chemistry labs or the wine, beer or cider industry

  • Preferred: hands-on experience with titrations, UV/Vis spectroscopy, distillation

  • Plus: experience and certifications related to food safety / HACCP 

Pay and Benefits

  • Starting salary $40-55k annually depending on experience and qualifications

  • Medical/ dental/ vision, matching retirement plan, PTO, annual hobby stipend, and cider of course!

  • Fun working environment in a growing industry 

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, or how this would be determined, please feel free to contact colin@schillingcider.com to discuss your application.

 

**Schilling Cider requires candidates to be fully vaccinated for COVID, or have their second shot appointment scheduled if the job they are applying for requires them to interact in person with other employees or with customers and vendors.**

 

How to Apply

Please email your cover letter and resume to Kate Pinsley at kpinsley@schillingcider.com

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