Swedesboro Brewing Company (Swedesboro, NJ)
Job Description Summary
Swedesboro Brewing Company (SBC) is a taproom brewery based in South Jersey that is looking for an outstanding candidate to join our production team as the Cellar Worker and work directly with our Head Brewer. The ideal candidate should be passionate about craft beer and motivated to learn more about how it is produced. The Brewhouse is a physically demanding and regulated environment; as such, the candidate filling this position must have the physical health to meet job demands and have a natural ability to adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) while keeping a positive attitude and staying on task.
At SBC, we are dedicated to producing a wide variety of high-quality finished beers. Therefore, attention to detail and focus on quality standards are the most important job aspects of the Cellar Worker. This position is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the Brewhouse and all equipment associated with production, cellaring and packaging of beer, and keeping records related to the aforementioned. As an employee of SBC, the Cellar Worker is also responsible for representing the company in a professional and productive manner to the public.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Cleaning and Maintaining
- Assist the Head Brewer with maintaining cleanliness in and around all areas of the brewhouse to ensure the brewery is kept safe, functional, and up to SBC standards at all times. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, sweeping and mopping work areas and cleaning and sanitizing production equipment in accordance with clean-in-place (CIP) procedures and related SOPs.
- Clean kegs in preparation for beer to be packaged.
- Report maintenance problems to the Head Brewer and/or Brewhouse Manager immediately upon encountering a problem.
- Maintain detailed logs of tasks performed in real time.
Cellaring and Packaging
- Execute beer production operations, especially cellaring and packaging, in a safe and efficient manner according to schedules and SOPs.
- Work with the production team to both prepare for a brew day and assist in wort production.
- Aid in dry hopping according to recipes and instructions.
- Assist with transferring beer (e.g., from fermenters to brite tanks).
- Record batch measurements and test beer samples, as guided by the Head Brewer.
- Participate in quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) sensory analyses, as requested.
- Receive and handle raw materials.
- Move, organize, and stock brewhouse inventory.
- Follow SOPs to meet quality specifications to ensure proper packaging of finished goods, including kegging and canning.
- Report cellaring and packaging problems to the Head Brewer and/or Brewhouse Manager immediately upon encountering a problem.
- Maintain detailed logs of tasks performed in real time.
- Represent SBC and its brands in a professional and positive manner at all times, both inside and outside the brewery.
- Arrive on time to each shift with a positive attitude.
- Communicate regularly and effectively with production staff and brewhouse management.
- Attend brewery staff meetings, as required.
- Serve as a favorable public image of the company by attending and participating in public events such as festivals and promotions, both on site and off site.
- Work during tasting room hours or during private events in the brewery as a server, per request.
- Comply with all company policies and procedures, as a condition of employment.
- Perform all other job duties and functions that may be assigned.
- SBC reserves the right to change duties, responsibilities and activities at any time.
- High school diploma or equivalent required; college education preferred.
- Minimum of 1-year experience working at a brewery of at least 500 BBL annual production preferred.
- Experience with home brewing a plus.
- Must be at least 18 years of age and have proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
- Credentials of a beer server and willingness to work additional shifts in the Taproom a plus.
Personal Attributes, Knowledge, and Skills
- Projects a friendly and helpful attitude at all times.
- Has interest in craft beer, brewing, and the industry.
- Displays passion for learning the details of SBC beers and business operations.
- Able to be responsive and flexible to emergent/urgent requests.
- Has a good understanding of brewing processes.
- Is familiar with the four main ingredients of beer and has a cursory understanding of the role each ingredient plays in the process.
- Possesses decent knowledge of various beer styles and desires to continue learning and advancing the knowledge base.
- Has strong technical knowledge of cellaring science and techniques a plus.
- Possesses excellent listening and comprehending skills, giving full attention to instructions and demonstrating proficiency with following directions.
- Displays good verbal communication skills, providing salient feedback to production staff and asking appropriate questions.
- Has above average documenting skills, especially the aptitude for logging tasks and record keeping.
- Has or acquires proficient computer skills, namely proficiency with using brewhouse operation systems.
- Demonstrates the ability to multitask and manage stressful circumstances associated with the production environment.
- Possesses the ability and motivation to work independently, with minimal supervision and under the guidance of our SOPs and trainings.
- Capable of lateral thinking, and has quick problem-solving abilities.
Physical Demands and Working Conditions
- Lift up to 55 pounds from ground to shoulder high frequently and 110 pounds from ground to waist high regularly, as well as move up to 165 pounds along the floor occasionally, with assistance as needed.
- Shovel hot and wet grain.
- Handle hazardous materials, such as acidic and caustic chemicals, and hot and cold liquids.
- Work with potentially dangerous equipment and machinery.
- Stand and walk around the brewery for extended periods (e.g., 6+ hours) at a time regularly.
- Climb stairs, ramps, and/or ladders repeatedly.
- Perform repetitive motions of the hands and/or wrists including, but not limited to, grasping, pushing, pulling, and reaching.
- Crouch, kneel, crawl or bend periodically.
- Operate or learn to operate complex machinery including a powered industrial truck (PIT), such as a high-low or pallet truck.
- Work in confined spaces and tight congested areas.
- Work in an environment with often fluctuating temperatures (i.e., cold and hot) and moisture levels as well as wet areas with basic safety accommodations (e.g., protective gloves, water-resistant boots).
- Work in an environment with moderate-to-loud noise levels with basic safety accommodations (e.g., ear plugs, hearing protection devices).
- Utilize personal protective equipment (PPE), such as protective gloves and safety glasses, and follow relevant SOPs to work safely with chemicals and other potentially hazardous materials.
- Follow appropriate SOPs to work safely with brewery equipment sometimes using high-voltage electricity and containing high pressures.
- This position is currently part-time; however, as the Brewhouse transitions to additional days of brewing and SBC expands as a company, management will be looking to fill a full-time Cellar Worker position.
- The brewery is typically open 35 hours per week, from Wednesday to Sunday, with Monday and Tuesday dedicated to brewing.
- Brewing shifts generally run 8 to 10 hours (6 AM to 2-4 PM) on the aforementioned days but cellaring and packaging usually requires additional shifts on non-brew days. Therefore, this position requires the ability to work 20 to 25 hours per week.
- As previously indicated, this position may be given the opportunity to work additional shifts in the Taproom.
- The candidate that fills this position must be open to working on-site and off-site special events, including after normal hours if needed.
- Schedules can change based on seasonal and business needs.
Job Compensations and Benefits
- This position is paid hourly, with compensation to be discussed with management and determined prior to starting the position.
- Brewery plans to offer employer-sponsored insurance, 401(k), and/or other company benefits; however, part-time positions may not be eligible for certain compensations and benefits.
To apply for the Cellar Worker position, please submit your resume / CV to email@example.com. A cover letter explaining your interest in the position and relevant experience, if applicable, is desirable.
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