Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Mills River, NC


Featured Companies / Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.


Nov 8

Get to Know Us
Ken Grossman started Sierra Nevada in 1980 with a hand-built brewhouse and the odds stacked against him. That passion forever changed the course of American craft brewing and launched a beer revolution that's in full force today. Turns out, good beer can do a lot of good, and Sierra Nevada became a cornerstone for both its innovation and its care for the Earth and its people. We’re committed to advancing a culture of inclusion and believe diversity in all its forms makes us stronger. We keep pushing boundaries, whether that’s in the brewhouse, with sustainability, or in the great outdoors.

Get to Know This Role
The Director of Plant Operations provides leadership and oversight to all manufacturing operations plant departments involved in the production of our world class beers and alcoholic beverages. This role is accountable for the day-to-day operations activities ensuring efficient delivery of our products while meeting all quality standards. The responsibilities are broad in scope, encompassing a wide variety of activities. The Director of Plant Operations will collaboratively develop new and existing procedures and processes to continuously improve the operations effectiveness. This role is a member of the S&OP Management Team and is responsible for plant P&L and will contribute to the company strategic goals by supporting expansion initiatives, capital planning, and alignment of operations at all sites. Additionally, this role oversees the support functions to our customer facing businesses providing maintenance, brewery support, and raw ingredients.

What's In It For You
We’re committed to our employees and work hard to prove it. For starters, we’re offering $143,890 to $215,835 base compensation for this role. Individual offers are based on skills, experience, and qualifications. This role may be eligible for our bonus program – inquire with our Talent Acquisition Partner for additional details.

But base pay is just the beginning. We support your future by offering a generous 10% company match on 401(k) contributions, providing learning and development opportunities, and fostering your safety at work with ongoing trainings, state-of-the-art equipment, and preventative care. We offer medical, dental, and vision insurance, an onsite medical clinic, as well as mental health and well-being benefits including paid sick leave. We foster a culture of work-life balance and always encourage employees to use and enjoy their paid time off.

What You Will Do
  • Accountable for the consistent performance of the manufacturing operations team by ensuring programs and procedures are appropriately developed and followed.
  • Focus on safety of the manufacturing operations employees and ensures the business is always operated with employee safety as the number one priority in alignment with the EHS&S team.
  • Partner with Quality Assurance to meet, monitor and improve product specifications; support and execute reactions and corrections to non-conforming products.
  • Ensures availability of resources including people, equipment, and training to achieve quality and food safety objectives; supports the development, implementation, maintenance, and ongoing improvement of the quality and food safety system. This includes shared resources with other on-site teams or departments.
  • Staff, develop, and performance manage direct reports; establishes robust succession plans in partnership with human resources.
  • Provides, justifies, administers, and manages the manufacturing operations P&L and capital budgets; monitors operation expenses and research ways to reduce costs while maintaining product quality and production targets.
  • Translates the overall business strategy into operational goals and objectives for the plant and collaborates with alternate site counterpart to align throughout the organization.
  • Lead and support site-wide and company-wide business expectations, goals, projects, and culture. Evaluate overall plant performance by gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data and metrics to focus continuous improvement efforts; encourages and promotes operating in a continuous improvement environment.
  • Provides ongoing direction, support, leadership, and guidance to teams to meet goals and objectives.
  • Partners with human resources to develop the organization’s people strategies including but not limited to the interview and selection process, employee training and development, and employee relations
  • This role requires the ability to work non-standard hours as needed to meet objectives

Please Apply if You Have
  • Bachelor's Degree or any combination of experience and education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved required
  • Master's Degree preferred
  • Diploma or certificate in Brewing/Fermentation from an accredited institution preferred.
  • 9 years Progressive experience in manufacturing, engineering, and/or beverage production required 
  • 7 years leadership experience required 
  • Experience leading large teams with diverse areas of expertise preferred
  • Demonstrated leadership, team building and advanced coaching skills with the ability to motivate team members and assess and develop employee skills.
    • Ability to collaborate with functional counterparts within the organization at the earliest stages of planning and development to meet plant objectives, including sharing of resources.
    • High level understanding plant operations from raw material receiving to finished goods warehousing.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality in handling sensitive and proprietary information.
    • Ability to negotiate with stakeholders to promote or sell ideas or concepts.
    • Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data to make recommendations.
    • High level of professional competence and ethical integrity
    • Excellent project management, planning, and time management skills, with the ability to balance and prioritize production and maintenance needs.
    • Extensive knowledge of industry compliance standards: including but not limited to OSHA and safety standards, Government regulatory programs, such as FDA.

    Additional Requirements to Consider Before Applying
    You must be at least 21 years of age to work for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.; Selected candidate must pass a pre-employment, post offer background check.

    Before applying for this role, please review the full job description, including the physical demands and working environment:

    ** This position will remain open until filled; online applications will be reviewed weekly **

    Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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