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Head Brewer (Cornwall, UK) - (Ref: 1133)


Our client was founded in 2012 and owns a brewery based in a beautiful area of Cornwall. They apply a progressive and innovative approach in both beer style and brewing technique, whilst honouring traditional and proven methods, they produce a range of full flavoured, balanced and creative beers. In the past 3 years they have also invested heavily in packaging and quality control. They are now looking for a Head Brewer who will lead beer brewing and packaging operations as well as quality control to meet with process and beer production goals and produce high quality and consistent beer.

Key responsibilities:

Brewery Operations

  • Oversee the supply of brewhouse materials, package goods and other materials. Managing inventory of above to keep up with production, balancing cost and cash flow considerations
  • Create and maintain a method of continuous process improvement of brewery operations with regards to efficiency, cost reduction and quality
  • Establish key metrics then develop and implement plans to meet production targets
  • Standardise and sustain brewery procedures and protocols
  • Maintain a safe working environment by keeping facilities and equipment in good condition and ensuring adherence to safe working practices
  • Assess equipment purchases and major expenditures to maximise benefit and oversee design operation and improvement of production systems 


  • Oversee the quality program and practices
  • Develop and review quality reports and analysis to ensure consistent, quality beer
  • Ensure compliance standards are consistently met and exceeded
  • Oversee and attend all tasting panels

Team Management

  • Teach, train and grow the brewing team to be efficient, educated well-rounded brewers
  • Lead team management responsibilities, including staffing decisions, disciplinary actions, performance management, training and safety
  • Ensure team members have the correct knowledge, tools and equipment required to do their jobs effectively and safely
  • Develop and manage a progressive training programme for each team member to meet their goals and the goals for a balanced team
  • Maintain constant communication of goals and objectives to the team to ensure success
  • Attend and support the team in being able to attend company events when required, representing the company with professionalism, knowledge and passion

Skills, experience and attributes:

  • A formal brewing education or professional brewing experience is considered above all else
  • Mandatory full understanding of brewing science, brewhouse, cellar operations and packaging  
  • Solid/proven knowledge of the craft beer and brewing industry
  • Ability to experiment and create new beers with support of management
  • Past brewery installation experience advantageous
  • Strong understanding of process controls (troubleshooting and process improvement will be a constant demand)
  • Excellent leadership skills with the proven ability to lead and motivate a team and maintain a positive morale in the workforce
  • Professional communication skills both verbal and written
  • Exceptional analytical, decision making and problem solving skills
  • Strong planning and organisational skills
  • A strong work ethic and the ability to multi-task, prioritise, adapt to changing situations and stay focused on objectives
  • An understanding of Laboratory Operations / Quality Control procedures
  • Extensive knowledge of industry compliance standards: including safety standards, Government regulatory programs, HACCP, and production management systems
  • Fluent with Microsoft Office, particularly Excel and Access
  • Physical fitness and the ability to occasionally lift up to 25kg and manoeuvre 60kg
  • Proper handling of hazardous materials and operation of complex moving machinery


For more information please contact Penny Zaloumis at Carling Partnership


 Telephone: + 44 1483 893 100.



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