Senior Quality Technician

Santa Fe Brewing Company

Santa Fe, NM, USA

Full time

Jul 10

The Senior Quality Technician at Santa Fe Brewing Co. is responsible for the physical and microbiological testing of beer, oversight of yeast and fermentation, management of the sensory program, and communication of relevant data to the Production team.

 While responsible for routine laboratory tasks, this position is best suited for an experienced, driven lab tech who has been looking for an opportunity with a lot of growth potential and input into the direction of Quality in the brewery. We are moving further into a QA model and pushing more testing out into the field, freeing up lab time for more value-added analyses and projects. Additionally, we will be onboarding a new LIMS software platform, which will include a review of which tests we run, how much data we collect, and how it is disseminated, further streamlining quality operations in the future.

 About Santa Fe Brewing Company:

We are New Mexico’s oldest and largest brewery and have been growing at a category-beating rate since 2016, producing 40,000 bbls in 2021. We have cultivated an environment that prioritizes personal freedom, responsibility, and accountability, and as such, we run lean and have a small team of highly skilled players. We truly focus on working smarter and enjoy challenging ourselves to meet new demands with novel products and solutions.

We are located in beautiful Santa Fe, NM at the base of the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. Santa Fe is a world-renowned hub for artists, foodies, environmental revolutionaries, and outdoor enthusiasts alike. We have breathtaking views, virtually no traffic, four distinct seasons, over 280 days of sunshine per year, and easy access to awesome skiing, and hiking/biking trails in every direction.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Operate physical testing equipment such as densitometers, spectrophotometers, pH meters, distillation equipment, and CO2/O2 meters to generate quality data.
  • Perform aerobic and anaerobic microbiological testing, including media preparation.
  • Monitor yeast health and prepare counts for brewers.
  • Manage sensory panels, data, and beer library.
  • Maintain quality databases and assist Production Management with data tracking projects.
  • Communicate all relevant quality data to Management to guide decision making.
  • Assist Brewing and Packaging with instrument maintenance and calibration.
  • Assist with Facilities GMP program execution.
  • Maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and materials.
  • Maintain clean, safe, and orderly work area.
  • Basic light mechanical troubleshooting and repairs to laboratory equipment when necessary.
  • Assist with and suggest process and product improvements.

 Qualifications, Skills, and Competencies:

  • 1+ year experience in a scientific laboratory setting required. Brewing or other beverage lab preferred.
  • Higher education in a scientific field preferred. Fermentation/brewing science education is desired.
  • Strong organizational, problem solving, multitasking, interpersonal, and written/verbal communication skills required
  • MS Office and general computing skills required. Strong Excel proficiency preferred.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with other departments to meet production needs.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision.

 Physical Requirements and Environmental Conditions:

  • Able to lift materials up to 55 lbs.
  • Able to work in wet, tight, or cramped spaces, and in an environment with high noise levels.
  • Able to work with hazardous chemicals.
  • Able to wear required Personal Protective Equipment (boots, gloves, apron, eye protection, etc.)
  • Exposure to hot fluids, live steam, pressurized vessels and transfer lines, particulate atmospheres, carbon dioxide, variable temperature levels, and wet floors and clothing.

 Benefits include Paid time off, Paid Holidays, 401k, Health, Dental and Vision Insurance. Wage DOE.

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