Brewing and Beer


South West, UK ref: 1781

Our client, based in the South West, UK, has a long-standing reputation for producing award-winning ales. They are now looking to recruit a passionate, organised, and driven Head Brewer to manage, lead and be responsible for the brewing, production, and distribution teams.

Key Skills
• Working closely with, and managing our Operations Manager and Production Manager to develop, motivate and manage the brewing, production, and distribution teams.
• Production scheduling to ensure the delivery of product just in time and on budget.
• Develop and oversee implementation of processes relating to wort production, fermentation, cellaring and packaging.
• Work with the senior management team to create and manage plans to increase annual output in line with agreed sales forecasts whilst working on efficiencies and margin optimisation.
• Responsible for ensuring compliance with relevant industry legislation and food quality/safety standards, including annual audits for SALSA plus Beer, and BFBI Feed Assurance.
• Maintain hygiene, record keeping and quality control to a high standard.
• Experience of managing and maintaining standard operating procedures, together with HACCP plans and COSHH.
• Develop and manage the delivery of seasonal, one-off, and small batch beers, to a pre-agreed calendar and to appropriate costings.
• Maintain strong, open working relationships with suppliers and customers.
• Negotiate regularly with suppliers for the supply of raw material contracts and ordering of raw materials necessary to fulfil production and delivery schedule.
• Work with the sales team and operations to ensure availability and safe delivery of core products.
• Manage quality processes to maintain excellent standard of product.
• Oversee and take ultimate responsibility for upkeep and improvements to beer quality, together with managing and solving any quality complaints.
• Continuously research new methods, processes, and materials to improve quality and deliver progressive products.
• Take the lead in acquiring and implementing new equipment to improve quality and efficiencies, in consultation with company budgets.
• Manage the maintenance of all brewing equipment to ensure it is always fully functional, working with external technicians and suppliers as necessary.
• Represent at shows and events and engage with customers and key contacts to increase brand awareness.
• Work with internal stakeholders on initiatives for engagement across social media channels.
• Foster relationships with other breweries and local producers to find opportunities for mutual growth and sales.
• Manage and participate in a weekend rota to cover any brewing or production requirements.

Key requirements include:
• 5+ years’ experience in commercial brewing
• Previous experience in managing a team.
• Ideally a relevant technical degree (e.g. engineering, brewing)
• IBD qualification or similar (GCB or above, desirable)
• Passion for the brewing and hospitality industry
• Clean driving licence

Applications from candidates already eligible to work in the UK only please.

For more information please contact Julie Carling at The Carling Partnership Limited
+ 44 1483 893 100

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