Lead QC Lab Tech

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Job Description: 
This position includes, but is not limited to, the following:
  •     Daily fermentation monitoring, including gravities, yeast cell counts/viability/vitality, temperature monitoring and adjustment, sensory testing for VDK, acetaldehyde, etc.
  •     Daily packaging quality analysis, including dissolved gases tracking, TPO, fill level analysis
  •     Sensory analysis on all brands at different production stages
  •     Daily microbiology testing including sample collection, cell culture, filter plating, PCR
  •     Coordination of sample collection and analysis for all testing methods, both for routine analysis as well as for troubleshooting/projects. Take appropriate action based on data collected.
  •     Analytical chemistry routine testing and method development, including ABV/SRM/IBU analysis
  •     Yeast collection and management
  •     Examination of keg shells and spears as part of a monitoring program
  •     Regular, standardized reporting of data to relevant departments to drive improvements
  •     Maintain calibration and proper operation of lab equipment, ensure accuracy of and help develop SOPs
  •     Independently initiate and manage projects to improve quality/consistency and brewery processes
  •     Effectively work with other departments to identify and implement quality improvement efforts
  •     Help identify, troubleshoot, and document real-time quality issues in a fast-paced environment
  •     Follow SOP and practice all Brewery Safety Procedures – safely, efficiently, and effectively work to attain department and brewery goals and objectives
  •     Must be flexible and willing to work weekends
  •     Train new lab personnel and assist with onboarding tasks
  •     Train existing personnel in new lab practices and procedures
  •     Train employees from different departments in various QA related tasks
  •     Assist with scheduling of lab personnel
  •     Plan, schedule, and coordinate all lab activities
  •     Work with the QA lab at our sister brewery to develop and improve standards and processes
  •     Drive quality and efficiency in the lab and work to improve lab processes
The ideal candidate for this position would possess:
  •     College degree in Science (Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Food Science) or Engineering. Advanced degree preferred.
  •     Working brewing knowledge and/or certification from an accredited institution (IBD, UC Davis, etc.)
  •     QA/QC laboratory experience in an applicable field
  •     The ability to work effectively, both independently and as a team
  •     Is self-motivated and thrives in a fast-paced environment
  •     Extremely strong project management skills with a propensity for enacting positive change
  •     Excellent written and oral communication skills
  •     Strong problem solving and analytical skills
  •     Loves to work hard and have fun!
Physical Requirements
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  •     Heavy physical work including climbing stairs, climbing into tanks, pulling hoses, etc.
  •     Willing to work in wet, hot and cold conditions
  •     Willing to work in consistently loud environments
  •     Ability to work safely with potentially hazardous chemicals
  •     Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 75 lbs
  •     Strong problem solving and analytical skills
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