Packaging Manager


The Packaging Manager of Highland Brewing Company is responsible for managing the 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 beer by streamlining process and removing any non-value adding waste.  The manager must have a strong mechanical background, and a deep understanding of lean/ process improvement, electrical troubleshooting, and critical systems of the brewing industry.


FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: VP of Operations
Location: Asheville, NC

Essential Job Functions


·         Works with QA to ensure that product is ready for packaging

·         Manages inventories of packaging materials

·         Works with the Supply Chain Manager and QA to ensure the quality of packaging materials   

·         Interviews and selects staff for Packaging Team

·         Evaluate staff performance in 90 day and annual evaluations

·         Manages staff performance daily and provides coaching for improvement

·         Oversees the training and supervision of packaging staff

·         Coordinates with Brewery Operations Manager, Supply Chain Manager, and Sales Department to ensure correct mix of packaging is produced

·         Maintains packaging equipment; including preventive maintenance, spare parts inventory, and adjusting equipment as needed  

·         Oversees the installation of new equipment or modifies existing machinery

·         Works with QA to makes improvements on quality and processes

·         Ensures packaging staff follow safety procedures and wear PPE

·         Performs other duties as assigned




·         Bachelor’s degree in engineering, industrial maintenance or related field  

·         OSHA 10 preferred



·         Three years mechanical experience in a production facility

·         Two years in leadership role

·         Beverage packaging experience preferred


Specific Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·         Excellent mechanical skills

·         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 lbs. 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.