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Posted September 8th

Brewing Manager

Galesburg, MI

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Posted September 8th

Brewing Manager

Galesburg, MI






Full Time

About The Position
Provides the direction, leadership and management that builds and sustains a world-class, safety-driven, quality-focused, high-performing and diverse brewing team.
JOB TITLE: Brewing Manager
LOCATION: Comstock Brewery
REPORTS TO: Production Manager
FLSA POSITION TYPE: Full-time, Salaried Exempt
POSTING DATES: 9/7/2021-9/27/2021

Provides the direction, leadership and management that builds and sustains a world-class, safety-driven, quality-focused, high-performing and diverse brewing team.

•Adheres to and advances the “Safety Always” culture of Bell’s Brewery, Inc., and is accountable for the safety of their department.
•Embraces how diversity and eccentricities make Bell’s a better company. Operates in a spirit of open and honest cooperation while valuing the inherent self-worth & dignity of every employee.
•Successfully builds rapport, respect and camaraderie, both inter- and intra-departmentally, through exceptional coaching, teambuilding and training.
•Trains and mentors Brewing Department Technical and Team Leaders.
•Assists the Production Manager in developing and implementing training programs for the Brewery staff. Aligns with Bell’s Brewery Training Program to guide Brewing On-The-Job Trainer in implementing training programs for Brewing Staff.
•Works closely with the Brewing Personnel Manager to address developing personnel concerns.
•Leads meetings of direct reports to ensure effective communication throughout the department and company as a whole.
•Ensures that a quality focus is integral to all aspects of brewing department operations.
•Oversees department initiatives that ensure brewing areas are organized, clean and sanitary, aligned to established GMP schedules and Bell’5S
•Works with Brewing Innovation Manager to develop new product recipes, formulation development, and processes and oversees the effort for scale up from Innovation to Production sized batches.
•Oversees brewing formulation to compensate for changing raw materials.
•Oversees accuracy of Microsoft AX brewing information.
•Supports the Maintenance Manager to ensure all equipment is running safely, at high efficiency and maintained to the highest standards.
•Works in conjunction with Maintenance Manager and Process Support Manager to schedule and develop preventative maintenance routines and equipment calibration procedures.
•Troubleshoots equipment problems within the department.
•Interfaces with the Engineers to design and install new brewing equipment as needed.
•Reviews and develops new ProLeiT brewing step sequences.
•In conjunction with Brewing Scheduler, works to assure that an effective planning and communication process for brewery production is promoted throughout the Bells organization.
•Continuously improves safety, quality and efficiencies while reducing cost and complexity.
•Establishes key performance indicators and associated feedback processes to assess Brewing Departments' performance against standards and objectives.
•Calculates and authors periodic Brewing Material Efficiency, Quality, and Production reports.
•Extracts data and produces reports from the ProLeiT software.
•Ongoing review brewing raw material reports; including but not limited to malt, grain and hops.
•Works with Quality Department on investigation of Beer Lover Concerns.
•Maintains Traceability of Raw Materials per HACCP protocols.
•Oversees the development and upkeep of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
•Is informed about, educates on, and implements industry best practices.
•Conducts critical assessment of Bell’s beers through active participation in beer sensory panels.
•May use the company vehicle for deliveries and travel.
•Assists brewing shifts, as needed.
•Flexible schedule. 24-hour, 7-day on-call status, required.

Additional duties may be assigned as necessary


•Two (2) Brewhouses ( 50bbl and 200bbl )
•Five (5) direct reports (Brewing Personnel Manager, 3 Technical Brewers and the Brewing Trainer)

 To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 
•Must possess a valid driver’s license
•Access to a personal vehicle.


•Microsoft Operating based computer
•General Office Equipment (i.e.: copy, fax, scanner and postage machines)
•Computers and other process automation systems
•Brewing raw materials
•Cleaning and sanitizing chemicals
•Pumps, hoses, valves, clamps, gaskets, and other brewery equipment
•Fork lift/aerial lift truck
•Compressed air or other gasses, including CO2

•Exceptional leadership skills.
•Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills and be comfortable addressing diverse groups.
•Strong computer skills necessary to quickly learn Bells’ software systems.
•An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards who will positively represent Bell’s Brewery both internally and externally.
•A well-organized and self-directed individual who is a team player.
•Outstanding attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple processes at one time.
•Self-motivated with good time management skills.
•A demonstrated ability to assess priorities effectively.
•Strong problem solving and analysis skills.
•Interpersonal skills sufficient to be comfortable leading in a team environment with a great deal of interdepartmental coordination.
•An understanding of the role of sanitation in the brewing process.
•The ability and aptitude to work with and troubleshoot brewing equipment.

•Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Science, or other relevant field.
•A minimum of five(5) years Management/Leadership experience, preferably at a brewery or other food production facility.
•Strong working knowledge of brewing equipment including plant electrical controls, process instrumentation and Programmable Logical Controllers.
•Significant experience in a production brewing environment.
•Brewing education or accreditation from a recognized institution.
•Flavor panel experience, formalized training a plus.

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.
•Ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl and climb.
•Ability to frequently talk, hear, and smell.
•Ability to lift and/or move up to 55 pounds and occasionally maneuver with mechanical means/assistance 165 lb kegs.
•Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms. Use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls.
•Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and the ability to adjust focus.
•Must be able to participate in critical assessment of beers.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
•Work is primarily performed in an office environment with frequent trips to operational areas required.
•The work environment is that of a brewing and packaging facility.
•The employee frequently must work in a sanitary environment.
•The noise level in the packaging facilities is frequently loud (90+ dB).
•The employee regularly works around high voltage, hot water, steam and flame.
•The employee regularly works with pressurized vessels.
•The employee comes in contact with and has to handle broken glass.
•The employee handles hazardous materials.
•The employee works near moving mechanical parts.
•The employee works on wet floors and with wet equipment.
•The employee may occasionally enter a confined space.

Bell’s Brewery is an equal opportunity employer. At Bell’s Brewery we believe diversity and eccentricities make us a better company. Across every department and at every level, Bell’s Brewery is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion because it's who we are. We value and recognize the inherit self-worth and dignity of every employee and strive to uphold a work environment that allows every employee to thrive as their full selves.

Galesburg, MI
Function Details
  • Reports To Production Manager
  • Direct Reports 10