Jobs

Would you like to be a part of the Founders Family? We’re an ever-growing team of hard-working beer enthusiasts that take what we do seriously but don’t take ourselves too seriously. We value all of our employees and their enthusiastic dedication to brewing delicious beer! We care about having a company where employees love what they do and regard themselves as the ultimate customers of the products we produce; we hire for personality, passion, and skill as much as for knowledge of our industry. If you’re interested in joining our team, please check for open positions below.

Even if there aren’t any open positions below, feel free to email an application and or resume our way. Please understand that you may not get a response if you send in an unsolicited application.

For all positions: Please download our application form here (right click and “download or save file as”) and submit it via email to Audrey Strieter, our Human Resources Manager, at strietera [at] foundersbrewing [dot] com. If you have a resume as well, feel free to send this along with the application!

 

Open Positions

POSITION: Regional Sales Director – California

DEPARTMENT: Sales

JOB SUMMARY:
Manages sales activities of organization by performing the following duties personally or through subordinates within the sales department.

Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Develops and implements strategic sales plans to accommodate corporate goals.
  • Directs sales forecasting activities and sets performance goals accordingly.
  • Reviews market analyses to determine customer needs, price schedules, and discount rates.
  • Directs staffing, training, and performance evaluations to develop and control sales program.
  • Directs channel development activity and coordinates sales distribution by establishing quotas, and goals.
  • Advises distributors concerning sales and advertising techniques.
  • Sometime requires heavy travel is required as needed up to 75% at times.
  • Analyzes sales statistics to formulate policy and assist distributors in promoting sales.
  • Professionally represents Founders at industry related events.
  • Delivers sales presentations to key clients or distributors in coordination with Market Managers.
  • Meets with key distributors, national and regional chain accounts assisting Market Managers with maintaining relationships and negotiating and closing deals.
  • Coordinates liaison between sales department and other sales related units.
  • Analyzes and controls expenditures of division to conform to budgetary requirements.
  • Prepares periodic sales report showing sales volume, potential sales, and areas of proposed client base expansion; Monitors and evaluates the activities and products of the competition.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Successful candidate must live in the market for which Sales Representative is responsible for, must have reliable car and be able to travel and have the ability to work a flexible schedule and ability work some week-ends. Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or three to five years related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

If interested in applying, please send an application and resume to Audrey Strieter, HR Manager  – strietera (AT) foundersbrewing (DOT) com.

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POSITION: Sales Representative – Multiple Positions, N. California & S. California

DEPARTMENT: Sales

JOB SUMMARY:
Establish and maintain a professional sales relationship with key retailers within the assigned territory.

Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Supports Founders Brewing Company Core Values and Purpose
  • Maintains constant communication with the Regional Sales Director.
  • Works directly with the assigned Founders Brewing Company territory wholesaler and their sales staff to promote sales, promote the Founders brand and achieve target distribution and volume goals.
  • Maintains consistent market visitation schedule between all assigned territories; work quarterly target account list and visitation schedule including chain and independent on and off premise accounts.
  • Develops quarterly target lists built from goals and objectives.
  • Must be able to analyze and develop sales opportunity from VIP software or other company provided sales/CRM software.
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with retail accounts.
  • Monitors beer inventory to maintain proper amounts based on sales trends, promotions, and seasonal changes; monitor product for freshness.
  • Conducts ongoing brand training.
  • Attains pre-determined sales and distribution goals.
  • Assists at all special events and festivals in the territory.
  • Performs administrative tasks as they are assigned (expense reports, monthly work calendar,  establish distribution targets, evaluate discount programs, conduct price surveys)
  • Assists in creating volume projections and marketing budgets; ensure compliance is maintained.
  • Maintains professional image and demeanor at all times.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Successful candidate must live in the market for which Sales Representative is responsible for, must have reliable car and be able to travel and have the ability to work a flexible schedule and ability work some week-ends.  Two years minimum experience working in the three tier distribution system either with a beer wholesaler or beer supplier is a must and must have strong knowledge of craft beer industry and its retail consumers.  Candidate must be knowledgeable of Founders Brewing Company brands and procedures, be draft beer knowledgeable, and have experience with sales data writing, reporting, and analysis as well as experience with sales/CRM software.

If interested in applying, please send an application and resume to Audrey Strieter, HR Manager  – strietera (AT) foundersbrewing (DOT) com.

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POSITION: Chain Manager – Midwest

DEPARTMENT: Sales

JOB SUMMARY:
Responsible for developing and managing customer relationships with large national chain accounts and for setting the accounts’ overall strategic direction.

Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Supports Founders Brewing Company Core Values and Purpose.
  • Works directly with and maintains constant communication with the Regional Sales Directors, Market Manager’s, and the assigned Founders Brewing Company territory wholesalers and their sales staff to promote the sale of the brand within the national chain accounts.
  • Maintains consistent market visitation schedule between all assigned territories; work quarterly target account list and visitation schedule including on and off premise chain accounts.
  • Develops quarterly chain account target lists built from goals and objectives.
  • Must be able to analyze and develop sales opportunity from VIP software, IRI, Nielson or other company provided sales/CRM software.
  • Manages wholesaler direction; develop and maintain positive relationships with chain accounts.
  • Monitors beer inventory to maintain proper amounts based on sales trends, promotions, and seasonal changes; monitor product for freshness.
  • Attains pre-determined sales and distribution goals.
  • Performs administrative tasks as they are assigned (expense reports, monthly work calendar, build wholesaler sales programs, establish distribution targets, evaluate discount programs, conduct price surveys).
  • Assists in creating volume projections and marketing budgets; ensure compliance is maintained.
  • Maintains professional image and demeanor at all times.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Successful candidate must live in the market for which Sales Representative is responsible for, must have reliable car and be able to travel and have the ability to work a flexible schedule and ability work some week-ends. Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year College or University and a minimum of 7 years chain account experience with the majority of the experience in the beer industry. Experience with sales data writing, reporting, and analysis. Experience with National syndicated national account sales data and /CRM software.

If interested in applying, please send an application and resume to Audrey Strieter, HR Manager – strietera (AT) foundersbrewing (DOT) com.

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POSITION: VP of National Sales

DEPARTMENT: Sales

JOB SUMMARY:
Overall responsibility and accountability for sales department including successful execution of yearly sales goals and ongoing development and management of the sales organization.

Include the following; other duties may be assigned:

Responsible for development of national sales organization.  This includes:

  • Design of the organization
  • Recruitment and hiring of human resources
  • Onboarding and training of sales staff and managers
  • Ongoing measurement, development and improvement of sales staff and manager
  • Yearly succession planning and gap assessments

Responsible for yearly goal setting and planning. This includes:

  • Working with executive team to identify yearly sales plans
  • Works with RD’s, Market Managers, and Wholesalers to develop yearly sales goals by month and package to meet executive team yearly sales plans.
  • Control and set up  wholesaler annual ABP volume goals, sales programming CE spend
  • Establishes and tracks individual RD goals to meet these objectives.
  • Develops 3-5 year rolling strategic plan with executive team

Responsible for delivery of yearly sales plan. This includes:

  • Establishes metrics and reporting to track weekly progress to goals
  • Identifies gaps and opportunities and puts corrective actions in place
  • Frequently works directly with RD’s and Wholesalers who are underperforming to get back on plan
  • Communicates any potential issues and corrective actions to executive team
  • Develops creative solutions to achieve and exceed goals

Responsible for development and successful execution of chain business. This includes:

  • Develop a 5 year and 1 year national chain strategy
  • Work with chain directors and wholesalers to track execution of chain strategy

Other Responsibilities Include:

  • Manages department budget to ensure that costs of execution are adhered to, frequently pushing sales expenses into the marketing budget.
  • Work with marketing to design and develop marketing programs that directly align to sales and brand goals
  • At all times, represent, protect, and promote the Founders brand
  • Develop, execute, track, and improve training for the national sales organization
  • Work with VP of Wholesaler network to launch new markets and transition unsuccessful wholesalers/markets
  • Assist in strategy for product development and yearly product calendars
  • Provide feedback to the organization on trends in the field
  • Report weekly to executive team on status, progress, and issues
  • Compile monthly and quarterly sales department reporting and deliver to executive committee i.e.  regional and national sales SWOT’s, wholesaler Scorecard evaluations, volume vs. goal updates etc.
  • Frequent interaction with production to ensure successful fulfillment of customer orders.
  • Develops and executes strategy for event and sponsorship participation
  • Is a visible leader in the industry at events, conferences, festivals, etc.
  • Review and approve wholesaler invoices
  • Review and approve wholesaler order change requests
  • Coordinate movement of extra brand inventories out to sales by region
  • Set up and expedite Limited and Backstage brand allocations by wholesaler
  • Set up and expedite Specialty brand pre-orders
  • Provide detailed volume needs to production
  • Provide expected shipping and retail launch dates for Limited, Specialty and one off brands to production, marketing and sales departments
  • Recommend pricing of new brands and packages
  • Process pricing set up and adjustments through finance department
  • Communicate detailed information for all sales programming i.e. allocations, pricing, chain programming, launch dates, marketing tools, brand calendars, dates coding, UPC codes, volume expectations, volume restrictions, and shipping constraints to all departments
  • Provide direction and maintain wholesaler relations
  • Organize and deliver national sales meetings

ACCOUNTABILITIES AND PERFORMANCE MEASURES
Accountable to achieve yearly national sales plan targets while simultaneously managing within budget and target wholesaler inventory levels. Other goals and metrics will be set and evaluated yearly.

SUPERVISOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
Directly supervises employees in the Sales Department (with direct reports as defined above). Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year College or University and a minimum of 10 years of strategic sales experience. or equivalent combination of education and experience.

If interested in applying, please send an application and resume to Audrey Strieter, HR Manager – strietera (AT) foundersbrewing (DOT) com.

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POSITION: Director of Finance

DEPARTMENT: Finance

JOB SUMMARY:
Provides expert financial advice, guidance and counsel supporting business objectives and decisions. Researches, evaluates and interprets financial data using advanced and emerging financial techniques and tools. Design and implementation of complex corporate/finance projects including preparing cost justification, proposals and risk assessments.

Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Maintain a documented system of accounting policies and procedures
  • Responsible for coordinating, conducting, and maintaining internal control documentation, including narratives, flowcharts and risk matrixes; assessment of controls; recommending and verifying implementation of control gap remediation plans; and reporting conclusions regarding the effectiveness of the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting
  • Leads, facilitates and monitors the financial segment of complex projects/and department initiatives
  • Acts as the primary liaison with assigned business partners to ensure successful achievement of objectives and goals
  • Conducts research activities to determine and communicate financial implications resulting from varied company initiatives
  • Forecast cash flow positions, related borrowing needs, and available funds for investment
  • Communicate and implement budgets to various departments, updating on an ongoing basis
  • Consolidates monthly financial reporting and review costs and variance
  • Prepares complex account analysis and general ledger reconciliations including the tracking of fixed assets
  • Manages and coordinates with external auditor consultants in preparation of annual financial audits
  • Responsible for the timely and accurate filing of federal, state and local tax returns. Participates in federal, state and local tax audits and prepares work papers for the Internal Revenue Service on tax audit issues
  • Engage in ongoing cost reduction analysis in all areas of the company
  • Review the performance of competitors and report on key issues to management
  • Engage in benchmarking studies to establish areas of potential operational improvement
  • Manage keg and hop inventory
  • Create additional analysis and reports are requested by management

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from four-year college or university; or equivalent business experience with 10+ years of progressively responsible experience. Preference will be given to candidates with CPA or CMA designations.

If interested in applying, please send an application and resume to Audrey Strieter, HR Manager – strietera (AT) foundersbrewing (DOT) com.

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POSITION: Boston Sales Representative

DEPARTMENT: Sales

JOB SUMMARY:
Establish and maintain a professional sales relationship with wholesalers and key retailers within the assigned territory.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Supports Founders Brewing Company Core Values and Purpose
  • Maintains constant communication with the Regional Sales Director.
  • Works directly with the assigned Founders Brewing Company territory wholesaler and their sales staff to promote sales, promote the Founders brand and achieve target distribution and volume goals.
  • Maintains consistent market visitation schedule between all assigned territories; work quarterly target account list and visitation schedule including chain and independent on and off premise accounts.
  • Develops quarterly target lists built from goals and objectives.
  • Must be able to analyze and develop sales opportunity from VIP software or other company provided sales/CRM software.
  • Develops and maintains positive relationships with retail accounts.
  • Monitors beer inventory to maintain proper amounts based on sales trends, promotions, and seasonal changes; monitor product for freshness.
  • Conducts ongoing brand training.
  • Attains pre-determined sales and distribution goals.
  • Assists at all special events and festivals in the territory.
  • Performs administrative tasks as they are assigned (expense reports, monthly work calendar,  establish distribution targets, evaluate discount programs, conduct price surveys).
  • Assists in creating volume projections and marketing budgets; ensure compliance is maintained.
  • Maintains professional image and demeanor at all times.

QUALIFICATIONS OR SKILLS REQUIRED:
Successful candidate must live in the market for which Sales Representative is responsible for, must have reliable car and be able to travel and have the ability to work a flexible schedule and ability work some week-ends.  Two years minimum experience working in the three tier distribution system either with a beer wholesaler or beer supplier is a must and must have strong knowledge of craft beer industry and its retail consumers.  Candidate must be knowledgeable of Founders Brewing Company brands and procedures, be draft beer knowledgeable, and have experience with sales data writing, reporting, and analysis as well as experience with sales/CRM software.

If interested in applying, please send an application and resume to Audrey Strieter, HR Manager  – strietera (AT) foundersbrewing (DOT) com.

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POSITION: Quality Control Lab Technician

SHIFT: Must be available days, nights, and week-ends

DEPARTMENT: Quality

JOB SUMMARY:
To assists the quality department in various tasks, and provide real time information on the health and integrity of beer production.

  • Conducts basic tests (microbial and chemical) on all primary fermentation samples
  • Record and interpret analytical test results.
  • Perform media preparation for micro testing.
  • Assist in maintaining laboratory equipment.
  • Assist in running and tracking data related to sensory panels.
  • Maintain a product retention sample library.
  • Sustain a clean and organized work area.
  • Perform various duties for the Quality Department throughout the Brewery.
  • Any other duties may be assigned by leadership.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Basic knowledge and experience in a lab environment is required (school lab time or work). Experience in food or sanitary industry preferred. HS Diploma and 2-3 years of related experience. Bachelor of Science degree is preferred.

If interested in applying, please send an application and resume to Audrey Strieter, HR Manager – strietera (AT) foundersbrewing (DOT) com.

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POSITION: Warehouse Driver

SHIFT: Must be available 7 days per week – 1st/2nd/3rd shifts                      

DEPARTMENT: Warehouse

JOB SUMMARY:
Drives gasoline or diesel powered tractor trailer combination to transport and deliver products, or materials in liquid, loose, or packaged form by performing the following duties:

  • Drives truck to destination;
  • Inspects truck for defects before and after trips and submits report indicating truck condition;
  • Maintains driver log according to I.C. regulations;
  • Assists in loading and unloading truck;
  • Operates tier lift truck or uses hand truck to move, convey, or hoist shipments from shipping and receiving platform to storage or work area;
  • Operates a Hi-Lo;
  • Complies with all safe operating instructions.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Good candidates must fit in with our enthusiastic and hardworking team environment, be a great communicator, and must be detailed oriented.  Candidates need to be able to lift up to 100 pounds, be able to twist and turn, be able to reach over your shoulders, and work in standing/walking/crouching position at a steady pace.  Candidates must have a Class B CDL License for a box truck as well as a Hi-Lo license.  (Hi-Lo license can be obtained via training at Founders).  Candidates must have a good driving history and license record.  Experience working in shipping and receiving is a plus.

If interested in applying, please send an application and resume to Michelle Stevenson, HR– michelle (AT) foundersbrewing (DOT ) com.

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POSITION: Packaging Machine Operator

DEPARTMENT: Packaging

SHIFT: Must be available 7 days per week – 1st/2nd/3rd shifts    

JOB SUMMARY:

Tends machines that perform one or more packaging functions such as filling, marking, labeling, banding, tying, packing, or wrapping containers by performing the following duties:

  • Starts machine and observes operation to detect malfunctions of machine;
  • Stops machine and reports malfunctions to Head or Lead Packing Machine Operator;
  • Makes minor adjustments or repairs such as opening valves, setting guides, or clearing away damaged product or containers;
  • Inspects filled containers to ensure that product is packaged according to specifications;
  • Feeds product to conveyors, hoppers, or other feeding devices;
  • Unloads packaged products;
  • Replenishes packaging supplies such as wrapping paper, boxes, cartons, glue, ink, or labels.
  • Mounts supplies on spindles or places supplies in hopper or other feeding devices.

 QUALIFICATIONS OR SKILLS REQUIRED

Good candidates must fit in with our enthusiastic team environment, be a great communicator, and possess a mechanical aptitude.  Frequent machine maintenance required. Candidates must be safety focused. Candidates must love to clean, constant cleaning is required. Must be able to lift up to 100 pounds, be able to twist and turn, be able to reach over your shoulders, and work in standing/walking position at a steady pace. The packaging team members rotate through all of our packaging department functions including all areas of our bottling, canning, and keg filling lines. Machine operation experience is a plus.             

If interested in applying, please send an application and resume to Michelle Stevenson, HR– michelle (AT) foundersbrewing (DOT ) com.

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POSITION: Shipping and Receiving Clerk

DEPARTMENT: Warehouse

SHIFT: Must be available 7 days per week – 1st/2nd/3rd shifts    

JOB SUMMARY:

Verifies and keeps records on incoming and outgoing shipments and prepares items for shipment by performing the following duties.

  •  Compares identifying information and counts, weighs, or measures items of incoming and outgoing shipments to verify information against bills of lading, invoices, orders, or other records;
  • Determines method of inventory rotation;
  • Identifies product with labeling information;
  • Identifies loads with shipping information;
  • Posts weights and shipment product detail to Packing Slips and Truck load Maps.  Compares both to Order Confirmation and Bills of Lading;
  • Unpacks and examines incoming shipments, rejects damaged items, records shortages, and corresponds with shipper to rectify damages and shortages;
  • Routes items to appropriate departments;
  • Examines outgoing shipments to ensure shipments meet specifications;
  • Maintains inventory of shipping materials and supplies;
  • Operates tier lift truck or uses hand truck to move, convey, or hoist shipments from shipping and receiving platform to storage or work area;
  • Ensures facility and product security;
  • Complies with all safe operating instructions.

 QUALIFICATIONS OR SKILLS REQUIRED:

Good candidates must fit in with our enthusiastic and hardworking team environment, be a great communicator, and must be detailed oriented.  Candidates need to be able to lift up to 100 pounds, be able to twist and turn, be able to reach over your shoulders, and work in standing/walking/crouching position at a steady pace.  Candidates must have a Class B CDL License for a box truck as well as a Hi-Lo license.  (Hi-Lo license can be obtained via training at Founders).  Candidates must have a good driving history and license record.  Experience working in shipping and receiving is a plus.

If interested in applying, please send an application and resume to Michelle Stevenson, HR– michelle (AT) foundersbrewing (DOT ) com.

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POSITION: Brewers Assistant

DEPARTMENT: Brewing

SHIFT: Must be available 7 days per week – 1st/2nd/3rd shifts    

JOB SUMMARY:

Responsible for assisting Brewers in the beer making process by performing the duties.

  •  General brewery cleaning;
  •  General labor work.

QUALIFICATIONS OR SKILLS REQUIRED:

Good candidates must fit in with our enthusiastic team environment and be a great communicator. Must be reliable, detail orientated and be able to follow directions. Must be safety focused and love to clean. Must be able to lift up to 55lbs. Will be exposed to wet and humid conditions and at times, extreme heat. Will work around moving mechanical parts and vibration and will be exposed to high precarious places.

If interested in applying, please send an application and resume to Michelle Stevenson, HR– michelle (AT) foundersbrewing (DOT ) com.

TAPROOM, DELI & COMPANY STORE

Have retail, hospitality and/or customer service experience? Have a passion for making people happy? Interested in working in a friendly, fast-paced environment? We may be looking for you!

At the Founders Taproom, Deli and Company Store, we are always reviewing applications and resumes from folks looking for employment in the service industry. While we may not have any immediate openings, we encourage experienced and motivated individuals to apply. Our main focus in our taproom is on beer, but we also work to offer an unpretentious, welcoming environment that is very quick moving.

If you have the skills to pay the bills, we encourage you to fill out an application and shoot it via email to strietera (AT) foundersbrewing (DOT) com today!