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Drekker Brewing Company

Position: Packaging Manager

Immediate Supervisor: Head Brewer

Are you yearning for wide open spaces and eternal brewing glory? Do you love freaky weird beers and dream of being the one who deftly places them into beautiful packages? This is your sign. Come join our team and make amazing beers with us. Drekker Brewing is an award-winning, progressive and creatively-inspired brewery located in Fargo, North Dakota. Our brewing space is a restored work of art where you can be continuously inspired and challenged to help us on our mission to provide a drinking experience unlike any other. If this tickles your innards and makes you feel all excited then get off your ass and claim your destiny!

Purpose:

The Packaging Manager is responsible and accountable for all elements of packaging operations and its staff. The role requires interaction with employees across all levels of the organization to achieve objectives as well as external partners and vendors. This is a mentally and physically intensive position that requires exceptional motivation and excellent professionalism in the face of a demanding and fast-paced environment. The Packaging Manager must be safety-minded, mechanically inclined, efficient, quality-focused, creative, have a great work ethic, a positive attitude and dedicated to being an awesome leader and team member.

Schedule:

This is a full-time position that requires primarily weekday, daytime availability with occasional evening and weekend shifts shared amongst the team.

Core Responsibilities:

Planning/Scheduling

  • Works with Operations, Brewing and Sales departments to coordinate the packaging schedules for the brewery.
  • Provides insight into labor needs for packaging to the Operations Director.
  • Reviews efficiency and consistency of packaging operations to determine what changes can be made to improve operations.

Packaging

  • Responsible for inventories and procurement of all packaging materials
  • Ensure compliance with operational policies and safety standards to ensure the health and wellness of team members
  • Operate, troubleshoot and maintain all packaging equipment
  • Ensures safe and efficient operation of equipment
  • Maintain an organized, clean, sanitary, and safe working environment through production runs by delegating responsibility for cleanliness
  • Leads, develops, and holds accountable packaging team members with a focus on safety, quality, and efficiency
  • Improve production efficiencies and yields
  • Ensures beer quality is maintained throughout the packaging process working with our Brewery Team and Operations Manager
  • Develops and maintains SOPs for safety, CIP, and pack operations
  • Measures and minimizes downtime on packaging lines via continuous improvement, preventative maintenance, and problem solving
  • Proficient understanding of running all other packaging equipment and machinery, including future upgrades
  • Understands production systems and diagnoses sources of machine failure to make necessary repairs
  • Ensure all record keeping, SOPs, and logs are accurate and up to date
  • Work closely with cellar and brewing departments to ensure smooth product flow and the timely completion of the production schedule.

Other

  • Records monthly inventory of packaging related materials
  • Provides support to Shipping & Receiving, Maintenance and Brewing departments as needed
  • Establishes metrics and reporting as needed to identify opportunities and drive improvement.

Qualifications/Requirements:

  • Ability to meet physical challenges of working in a production brewery:
    • Maneuver a 165lb keg (1/2bbl keg)
    • Lift 40 lbs repeatedly (16oz cases)
    • Stand for long periods
  • Listen, communicate, and follow directions
  • Work in a combination of indoor and outdoor environments with varying temperature control and weather conditions
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record 
  • Work with little supervision while maintaining safety and quality standards
  • Self-motivated with good time management skills
  • Manage multiple processes at one time
  • Coordinate with other staff and departments according to schedule
  • Work in a diverse team environment
  • Effectively communicate with team members throughout the brewery
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Positive attitude

Compensation:

  • Competitive pay
  • Health, vision, and dental insurance
  • Paid holidays & vacation
  • Retirement 401k plan with company match

What Drekker Brewing employees can expect:

At Drekker Brewing, we pride ourselves in creating a superb working environment. As a member of the Drekker team, you can expect to be: 

  • Compensated adequately and fairly based on responsibilities and position 
  • Involved in the evolution and growth of the company 
  • Informed about company decisions and performance as well as your own performance via biannual performance reviews
  • Empowered to make decisions that are in line with overall company goals 
  • Trusted to execute your duties responsibly and to be an ambassador of the Drekker brand 
  • Continuously challenged with increased levels of responsibility commensurate with outstanding performance 
  • Valued and appreciated for your contributions 
  • Promoted/rewarded for your efforts (merit and performance based) 
  • Provided with mentorship and learning opportunities related to craft beer and/or your position as required or desired

What we expect of you:

  • Show up to work on time with a positive attitude
  • Be an ambassador and evangelist for Drekker Brewing within the brewery and throughout the community
  • Treat all co-workers, patrons and guests with respect, compassion and awesomeness
  • Always work to uphold and improve the culture, atmosphere, and Drekker Brewing experience
  • Be honest and accountable to everyone at the brewery