McTavish Brands – Operations Assistant – Brewbound.com Craft Beer Job Listing

Job Title: Operations Assistant

Department: Operations

Status: full-time, not exempt

Reports to: Production Manager

Remuneration: Salary @ $22 per hour

ABOUT MCTAVISH BRANDS – 101 CIDER MAKING AND PULP CULTURE

The McTavish Brands family focuses on the “better for you” alcoholic beverage category and is made with 100% locally sourced freshly squeezed juices, herbs, teas and adaptogens. Our products are sugar free, vegan and keto friendly, and have one of the lowest calorie counts in the alcohol business.

Our products have quickly become a staple at major national chain stores such as Whole Foods, BevMo, Sprouts, and Total Wine, as well as independent liquor stores and restaurants across California. We are growing fast! We are distributed in 9 states with 3 more finalized by the end of January, plus 3 Canadian provinces and Japan with more being added. We’re still relatively small, so everyone who joins our team is integral to our success.

101 Cider House is the original “adults only” juice bar. We work with local farms to produce raw juice, using only verified fresh ingredients. Our juice is pressed in small batches, then fermented and aged for 3 months to produce a naturally alcoholic, certified probiotic drink.

Pulp Culture was dreamed up by two fitness-conscious foodies turned social entrepreneurs, created by mother nature and loved by ambitious, fun-loving people who believe in better things. Better nights. Better mornings. Better life. Pulp Culture is the result of finding the best with a focus on adaptogenic functional fermented beverages.

THE BIG PICTURE

The Operations Assistant reports to the Production Manager and is responsible for many aspects of the day-to-day functions of the cider house. They play an active role in creation, cellaring, packaging and cleaning. The Operations Assistant will follow cider house procedures and recipes established and approved by McTavish Brands. Applicants must share McTavish Brands’ commitment to quality, safety, business ethics and continuous innovation.

THE DAILY VIEW

  • Reception, storage and recovery of raw materials for mixing

  • Production and addition of cider base/cider blend, on various batch sizes dictated by the recipe card

  • Adhere to fermentation protocols, prescribed record keeping, noting any abnormalities and performing associated mathematical equations such as mixing ratios and ABV target dilutions

  • Properly engage/disengage valves and variable frequency drives associated with transfer and mixing processes SOP

  • Follow established SOPs to clean all cider house equipment with safe handling of cleaning chemicals

  • Use associated equipment to fill or empty wooden drums, casks, barrels, etc., and safely move containers onto their storage rack with a forklift

  • Thorough understanding of Cider House operations, vessels and CIP to ensure production of high quality cider

  • Carbonation and packaging of the finished product in kegs, cans and bottles

  • Troubleshooting various equipment such as canning line, pumps and keg washer

  • Execution of batches according to schedule and availability of tanks in a timely manner

  • Some laboratory work, including pH meter and Anton-Paar equipment

  • Be a team player and able to interact with all levels of the organization

  • Comply with and enforce all applicable local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations

  • Communicate clearly within the department and company effectively via Slack and Email

  • Other duties may be assigned as needed

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Must be 21 or older at time of application

  • Able to pass a post-offer and pre-employment background check

  • Minimum 1 year of experience in commercial/artisanal production in a cider house/brewery required or college/technical training specific to a cider house/brewery

  • Forklift operator certification (willing to learn to obtain certification)

  • Prior experience driving a forklift and pallet truck

  • Strong work ethic and self-starting attitude

  • Strong interpersonal skills and a love for meeting and interacting with people

  • Attention to detail and desire to take initiative

  • Must follow company policies and procedures

  • Desire to work in a dynamic and growing company

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS

  • Some evenings, weekends, availability may be required

  • Ability to work any shift in a production environment required

  • Able to stand for long periods

  • Able to stoop, crawl, twist, turn, lift, kneel, climb ladders and stairs

  • Able to handle valves and clamps

  • Able to read and follow written instructions in English

  • Able to regularly lift/carry 44 pound boxes and empty 30 pound drums

  • Able to regularly twist, turn, kneel, climb, bend, bend, crawl, lift and carry supplies and equipment weighing up to 75 pounds using techniques and appropriate tools

  • Able to lift/move 165 pounds with proper equipment and/or assistance

  • Able to efficiently stack and move barrels on barrel racks

  • Able to comply with safe chemical handling procedures, including personal protective equipment such as gloves and goggles

  • Able to both work and thrive in a high stress environment with calm to moderate noise level

  • Able to read and follow written instructions in English

  • Able to safely navigate the tasting room and snack bar areas, including crowded spaces

  • Able to work in a factory/production environment which can be noisy, slippery, humid, cold and hot

  • Able to work in indoor and outdoor environments with moderate noise and sometimes slippery floors

  • Able to adhere to and enforce all health, safety and personal hygiene policies and standards

BENEFITS AND ELIGIBILITY FOR BENEFITS

  • Health benefits (with monthly employer contribution to any scheme)

  • Dental benefits

  • Visual benefits

  • $50 for a monthly gym/health membership

  • 2 weeks paid vacation (subject to manager approval)

  • Eligible to participate in 401(k)

  • Free Cider and Hard Juice Benefits

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY FOR EMPLOYMENT

McTavish Brands strongly supports equal employment opportunity for all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, national origin, ancestry , citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law.

HOW TO REGISTER

Submit a cover letter and resume to ben@mctavishbrands.com. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

**PLEASE NOTE: ALL MCTAVISH BRANDS EMPLOYEES MUST BE FULLY IMMUNIZED AND GET A RECOVERY IF AND WHEN THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ONE. **

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