Jobs / Packaging Operator

Land-Grant’s mission is to bring our Ohio community together by building customer connections through our passion for the craft, quality, and creativity of our products and experiences.  We build those connections by taking the lead in creating an inclusive and welcoming craft beer culture. 

Land-Grant is searching for a Packaging Operator who will embody our core values: Operate with Integrity; Perform with Pride; Cultivate the Community; Foster Creativity & Fun; and Pursue with Passion. 

With direction from the Packaging Manager, the Packaging Operator plays a crucial role in our production brewery, ensuring the efficient and accurate packaging of our high-quality craft beers. This position requires a detail-oriented individual with a strong work ethic, excellent manual dexterity, and a passion for maintaining the highest standards of quality throughout the packaging process. The Packaging Operator will work closely with the production team to meet production goals while adhering to safety and quality protocols. 

This role is a full-time hourly position with benefits (non-exempt). This position will have both quarterly and annual reviews with opportunities for growth and development.

Previous experience is a plus, but not required. Training will be provided.

Responsibilities

Packaging Operations:

  • Operate packaging machinery, including canning, labeling, and kegging equipment, according to standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Monitor and adjust machinery settings to maintain optimal packaging efficiency, product quality, and minimize downtime.
  • Conduct routine equipment inspections, maintenance, and cleaning to ensure proper functioning and prevent any operational issues.
  • Monitor packaging line operations to ensure accurate filling, sealing, and labeling of products, maintaining consistency and meeting quality standards.
  • Perform quality checks at regular intervals to ensure proper carbonation levels, fill heights, label placement, and package integrity.
  • Troubleshoot minor equipment issues and perform basic repairs or adjustments as needed.
  • Keep packaging areas clean and organized

Quality Assurance:

  •  Follow SOPs and quality control protocols to ensure the highest product quality and consistency
  •  Maintain accurate and organized records of packaging activities, including batch codes, lot numbers, packaging materials usage, and any deviations from standards and record necessary information in Grist
  •  Participate in sensory evaluation sessions to identify and address any product quality issues.

Safety and Compliance:

  •  Adhere to all safety guidelines and procedures, including proper handling of chemicals, equipment, and materials
  •  Report any safety hazards, incidents, or near misses to the Packaging Manager immediately
  •  Comply with all applicable regulations and best practices related to food safety, quality control, and workplace safety

Collaboration and Communication:

  • Collaborate effectively with the production team, including brewers, logistics and warehouse personnel, and quality assurance personnel, to maintain a smooth production flow and ensure load-out schedules are met
  • Communicate any packaging-related issues or concerns to the Packaging Manager in a timely manner
  • Contribute to a positive and team-oriented work environment by fostering open communication, mutual respect, and cooperation.

Requirements

Ability to:

  • Stand for 10 hours a day
  • Lift full cases of beer continuously
  • Team-lift full kegs regularly
  • Lift empty kegs continuously
  • Frequently bend, lift, push, and kneel while maintaining adequate pace
  • Drive a forklift proficiently (training is provided)
  • Must have mechanical aptitude to troubleshoot and fix issues 

    Position Details

    Full-Time benefits:

      • IRA Match
      • Paid training and development
      • Land-Grant discounts (including free beer!)
      • Performance-based incentive plan
      • Medical, dental, and vision coverage
      • Paid time off

    About Land-Grant Brewing Company

    At Land-Grant, we welcome people from all walks of life. Anyone, regardless of their race, creed, nation of origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability status, veteran status, marital status, or age has a home here. Our “All Welcome” mantra means that love, progress, and acceptance will always have a seat at our bar.

    Land-Grant Core Values

    • Operate with Integrity – be ethical, honest and respectful – always thinking about the well-being, safety, and satisfaction of both our employees and our customers.
    • Perform with Pride – take ownership and accountability for the quality of our work, our products and our experiences
    • Cultivate the Community – be an inclusive, welcoming workplace, business and brand that invests in our partners, relationships and neighbors to strengthen connections
    • Foster Creativity & Fun – center all efforts (design, brewing, experiences) around innovation, originality and enjoyment for our customer and each other
    • Pursue with Passion – align individual skills and passions with the Land-Grant brand, while engaging with a team-first mentality to collectively achieve something greater than ourselves.

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