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QA Analyst

There’s Always a Seat at Our Bar 

The Lagunitas Brewing Company began on a kitchen stove in Northern California in 1993 and has always looked to the future – whether supporting local communities by turning beer into money for the cause, or fueling stories, songs, and experiences with our IPA. Wherever you go: Beer Speaks, People Mumble. 

About the Role

To ensure that sampling and product analysis (analytical, microbiological and sensory) are performed. Perform off-line and in-line calibrations/verifications (Analytical) are performed. Ensure troubleshooting process analysis in production.


What You'll Do


  • Contributes to a clean and tidy working area without unnecessary losses of consumables/chemicals, in line with the defined and implemented safety standards and following 5S and HACCP standards at the workplace.
  • Promotes safe practices of PPE and GMP in all areas of the brewery, cross functionally and interdepartmentally.


Quality & Execution of Analyses

  • Makes all the quality checks and acts as internal LSS auditor to maintain the LSS quality system as well as in-line measurements as laboratory analyses, in line with the standards and procedures on sampling and analyses.
  • Supports Sensory Evaluation, participation of the taste test activities.
  • Audits quality data for completeness against sampling program and reported OTIF.
  • Executes analyses in the laboratory, to calibrate in-line meters.
  • Executes Analytical and Microbiological analyses, including sampling, sample preparation and reporting results, in line with the valid Laboratory Methods. Executes also complex analysis, which are not covered by in-line meters.
  • Participates in simple activities for the local Sensory Panel.


TPM & Continuous Improvement

  • Participates and plays a pro-active role in improvement teams related to laboratory and supports implementation of these improvement opportunities or corrective actions in the laboratory (ISO9001, LSS, TPM, HACCP, etc.).
  • Maintain 5S methodology
  • Support KPI and metrics


Equipment & Material Management

  • Performs maintenance, calibration, verification and troubleshooting of off-line and in-line analysis equipment (in laboratory and production environment).
  • Additional tasks as needed or directed by Quality Manager


What We’re Lookin’ For

Knowledge and Experience

  • B.S. in science discipline, Food/Agriculture, or Brewing is preferred. A combination of education and experience with the ability to display proficiency as a Quality Assurance Analyst in a brewery will be considered.
  • Minimum 1 years quality laboratory experience.
  • Understanding of brewing science and beer packaging operations, General Certificate in Packaging or brewing a plus.
  • Ensures compliance with food safety program. SQF, ISO, HACCP, PCQI training a plus.
  • Experience in TPM / Lean / Six Sigma a plus.


Functional Competencies

  • The ability to act in a way that contributes to maintaining a safe environment for employees, contractors and visitors according to Lagunitas, OSHA and local regulations, policies and procedures.
  • The ability to work in accordance with the quality systems in place, thus contributing to the excellence of the finished product.
  • The ability to maintain a safe optimal laboratory environment and to safely operate and maintain laboratory equipment, ensuring that the basic conditions are in place to facilitate the generation of consistently reliable results.
  • The ability to work in accordance with laboratory standards and operate laboratory equipment to the desired level of control to ensure the generation of consistently reliable analytical results.
  • The ability to provide technical and analytical support for the Production process in accordance with the Lagunitas standards and local procedures, thus contributing to the optimization of process control.
  • The ability to collect and report reliable data in a timely way and to effectively communicate with the relevant stakeholders in order to facilitate optimal decision making.
  • Intermediate with aseptic microbiological techniques.
  • Proven team player.
  • Excellent organizational, self-management and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite.


Key Relationships

  • Reports directly to the Quality Manager
  • Internal: Quality, Packaging, Brewing, Maintenance, Utilities and Logistics.


Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift up to 55 lbs. and move 165 lb. kegs of beer.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, lift and bend repeatedly throughout regularly scheduled and extended shifts.
  • Must be willing to work in a rotating shift environment to support a 24/7 operation. Weekends, holidays and overtime, as needed.

Come as You Are 

At Lagunitas, we welcome people (and dogs) 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. Love, progress, and acceptance will always have a seat at our bar.  

Nearest Major Market: Santa Rosa
Nearest Secondary Market: Petaluma

Job Segment: Quality Assurance, Logistics, Lean Six Sigma, Six Sigma, Supply Chain, Technology, Operations, Management

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