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Packaging Manager

Highland Brewing

Last Updated: 8/11/22

Job Description


Job Title: Packaging Manager

FLSA Status: Exempt Salaried

Reports to: Brewery Operations Director


The Packaging Manager of Highland Brewing Company is responsible for overseeing the staffing, operation, maintenance, and scheduling of the kegging, bottling, and canning operations. The manager is responsible for leading a dynamic team of full-time employees to safely and efficiently package quality beer by streamlining processes and reducing non-value add activities with ongoing attention to employee engagement. The manager must have experience working on packaging equipment, a deep understanding of lean manufacturing and process improvement, an understanding of critical systems of the brewing industry, and a commitment to quality control and assurance.


  • Works with the entire brewery team, including operations, brewing, sales, marketing and hospitality to develop a packaging schedule that meets production needs and constraints
  • Manages the packaging team, creating staffing schedules and overseeing daily performance
  • Maintains SOPs and procedural documents for the packaging equipment, and conducts frequent reviews of practices for efficiency and efficacy
  • Maintains inventory of all packaging supplies
  • Encourages professional development of packaging staff by assisting with training and continuing education
  • Ensures packaging staff performance evaluations are performed at 90 days, for annual review, and on an as needed basis
  • Interviews and selects staff to create a dynamic and successful packaging team
  • Works with Quality to ensure that product is ready for packaging, and that quality is maintained throughout the packaging process
  • Works with Quality to develop quality standards for packaged product
  • Work with Quality to identify critical control points within the packaging processes and develop control measures at each point
  • Work with Quality on GMP and food safety standards, assists with training and education, and ensures execution amongst staff
  • Work with management to develop safety standards and best practices
  • Assists other management in conducting lean process and SOP evaluations throughout the brewery and all aspects of production
  • Performs other duties as assigned or as needed


Education :
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, science, or brewing related field preferred

Experience :
  • Three years of experience in a production facility
  • Two years in leadership role
  • Beverage packaging experience preferred
  • Knowledge of quality procedures, lean manufacturing, and HACCP a plus

Specific Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Working knowledge of the craft brewing industry and the brewing process
  • Ability to motivate and supervise personnel
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks and projects
  • Ability to troubleshoot and solve equipment problems
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications

Working Conditions:
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and do physically demanding work is required.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds is required.
  • Willingness to work on and around potentially dangerous equipment/machinery is required.
  • Willingness to work in an environment with high noise levels is required.
  • Willingness to occasionally work events on evenings and weekends is required.

At-Will Employment : Employment with Highland Brewing Co. may be terminated by either Highland or the employee at any time with or without cause or notice.

Company Details

Asheville, North Carolina, United States
“We are a small, family-owned company bent on making consistently excellent beer while embracing constant change. If the challenge of creating systems collaboratively appeals to you, Highland might be a good fit.” – Leah Ashburn  Our Mission is to cultivate and celebrate beer, business, people, and place. Highland was born from a pioneering spirit and we continue...