Senior Brewer, Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House - PL

Supply Chain/Logistics
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Please note that this position is being posted in anticipation of a future opening and is not a current active opening

Diageo is the world's leading premium drinks company - a business built on the principles and foundations laid by the giants of the industry. The success of Guinness, Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray and many more, over hundreds of years, led to the formation of our company in 1997. And we only thrive today because of the talent of our people to grow our brands, old and new, and keep them strong.
We have the first record of Guinness being exported to the USA in 1817, and 199 years later in 2016, Diageo Beer Company USA was born as the beer brewing, marketing and selling arm of Diageo in America.  Its purpose is to step-change Diageo's position in the US beer market and to be a vital player in the industry.
To manage relationships with 429 distributors who sell Diageo beer products in all 50 states, Diageo Beer Company USA has a multi-layered sales and support organization of 137.  The company's two biggest brands are Guinness and Smirnoff Ice and it has Smithwick's, Harp and Quaker City Malt in its portfolio as well.  It sells 2.2MM BBL a year across ~ 200 SKUs.
The US beer market has undergone a radical transformation in the last 30 years, and is now the most dynamic and vibrant in the world.  To leverage this environment, Guinness is building a new brewery on the site of the historic Calvert Distillery in Baltimore County, five miles from Baltimore International Airport, 10 miles from downtown Baltimore and 30 miles from Washington DC.  The new brewery will be a spiritual home for Guinness in the US, comprising a medium-scale 100 hL Brewhouse to produce c. 80K bbl of Guinness Blonde American Lager per annum, a new visitor center with taproom and restaurant, and a 10 hL experimental brewhouse that will be a test kitchen for new Guinness beers.  There will also be a 2bbl pilot brewing system.  There will be a focus on barrel-aging and experimentation.
Reporting into the NA Guinness Head Brewer, the Senior Brewer will be responsible for day to day operation of the 100 hL and 10 bbl brewing systems and supervision of a team of Brewers.  They will work with Asset Care to diagnose and troubleshoot problems.  They will work closely with the Head Brewer and Quality to develop SOPs and to ensure standards are met.  They will also work with the Brewmaster and Head Brewer on innovation and barrel aging projects including operation of the pilot systems and recipe development.
An experienced, creative, solutions-oriented Senior Brewer with a deep passion for beer, the industry, quality and a strong sense of integrity.  Candidates will have at least three years of commercial supervisory brewing experience and formal brewing qualifications.  Our new Senior Brewer will be confident operating a scale brewing system and will have a rigorous approach to quality standards and an absolute commitment to making outstanding beer. Barrel-aging experience will be a significant plus.  Prior experience starting up large and small brewing systems along with recipe formulation a plus. 
This is a unique opportunity to help write the next chapter in the development of one of the world's most iconic brands.  Few roles in the industry offer the same blend of scale brewing experience, team leadership and the chance to help create new world-class beers from scratch; no other role allows you to do it for the Guinness brand.

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