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Sr. Manager, Brewing Operations, Packaging Innovat
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Reference Number: MJB3866

Job Title:

Sr. Manager, Brewing Operations, Packaging Innovation & Technology


Reporting directly to the Senior Director, Brewing Operations, Procurement / Production / Technical, this position is the primary liaison for the Brewing Operations team to both internal and external stake holders for Packaging Innovation & Technology related activities. This role is responsible for leading the technical development & execution of packaging innovation initiatives, with a primary focus on Supplier related activities including but not limited to technical specifications & graphics. This role will lead all efforts with packaging and artwork suppliers, ensuring alignment to overall strategic objectives as defined by Brewing Operations and Pabst executive leadership.

Job Duties:

  • Maintain and drive prioritized focus on Safety, Quality, Productivity & Financial Performance for project execution and operational business objectives •Provide daily / weekly / monthly update reports to colleagues and Brewing Operations leadership team with effective verbal and written communications •Identify issues with projects before they arise and implement preventative measures •Develop & manage relationships, capabilities & deliverables with packaging raw material suppliers as well as with contract brewing & packaging partners •Utilize creativity and innovation in approach toward project execution and continuous improvement, with key focus on tracking and communication transparency •Establishes key metrics and develop / implement plans to achieve initiative targets & business objectives •Partner closely with Senior Manager, Procurement to ensure all packaging raw material supplier activities are consistent and aligned with defined strategies for each partner; work with buyers to ensure initial set-up of procurement activities supporting innovation projects are accurate and complete •Own the TTB COLA process for owned and partner operations, collaborating with brewing colleagues on SOP processes, with regulatory and legal colleagues on state and other required processes, and with sales operations / distributor services colleagues on wholesaler authorizations & pricing •Manage artwork process with responsibility for 3rd party operations processing all necessary items from marketing & graphics team to “production ready” documents used for COLAs and for all suppliers to use for delivering finished packaging raw materials to production operations •Co-lead weekly and ad-hoc innovation meetings with Brewing Operations as well as sales and marketing colleagues, facilitating the flow of all appropriate information to ensure initiatives are on track and all stakeholders are properly informed and tasked with required action items •Subject Matter Expert (SME) on packaging material design and technology for a variety of packaging primary, secondary & tertiary materials •Participate in SWOT analysis and strategic planning of the Procurement, Production & Technical (PPT) team activities, providing industry analysis and trend data inputs to ensure the group is supporting the company and departmental vision & goals •Monitor expenditures and resources to fulfill project requirements •Other responsibilities and duties as assigned

Background Requirements:

  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes, procedures, and machinery, with familiarity around all brewing operations processes, including but not limited to brewing, cellar / filtering / releasing, quality, packaging lines, warehousing, shipping & maintenance processes •Strong analytical skills, highly focused on providing a structured, systematic approach to delivering data-driven solutions •Proven ability to manage customer relationships, develop business plans, focus on goals & objectives and displays sense of urgency with bias towards delivering results •Effectively operate in a team environment and experience with leading and directing the work of others through direct management and indirect management with strong influential skills •Excellent interpersonal, management, critical thinking and technical problem solving skills •Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage time and multiple projects and easily adapt to changing situations •Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with the ability to rally and motivate an internal and external audience •Forward thinker with positive attitude and influence who actively seeks opportunities •Proven ability to create and implement policies/programs while influencing change •Detail and multi-task oriented; demonstrated ability to successfully juggle competing priorities and sometimes conflicting goals •Computer proficiency required, including experience with Excel, Word, Outlook & PowerPoint •Willingness to work flexible and extended hours as needed, including weekends and off-shifts as necessary – 24/7 role! •Passionate about the craft of brewing…lives and breathes beer! •Understands Lean principles with a focus on processes Education and Experience Requirements: •Bachelor’s Degree required, technical degree highly preferred; Master’s Degree beneficial •7+ years’ business work experience, majority preferably in production / manufacturing facilities •3+ years developing & managing projects •Previous work in beverage / CPG industry; brewery experience beneficial •Professional certifications in brewing, quality, operations or supply chain management or similar from organizations such as APICS, MBAA, etc. beneficial •Six Sigma belt certifications helpful
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