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Quality Assistant

Northern Monk Brew Co. Ltd

United Kingdom (Leeds)

Reports to: Quality Manager

Location: Leeds

Hours: 37.5 per week, over 5 shifts.

Shift Pattern: 5 Shifts per week mostly Monday to Friday with occasional Saturday & Sunday working.

Salary: £22,000 - £24,000


Northern Monk is focused on delivering the highest level of quality and consistency across the entire business. This crucially starts with the quality of our beer and is a vital element to us achieving our goal - to create the best beer experiences in the world. To be successful in this role you must show a passion and commitment to quality.

This role sits under our Quality Manager at our production facility. In this role, you will have an opportunity to shape the experience for the beer drinker. We are looking for someone who is passionate about beer, knows the importance of attention to detail, well-organised and comfortable working in a fast-paced, ever-evolving environment. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are also important, as you will be working closely with all other teams at Northern Monk, especially the brewery, cellar and packaging teams.

We’re extremely proud of our craft and will be looking for applicants that share our enthusiasm and drive for quality. Our Operations Team are at the core of our business and as a result we put their faces on the finished product so everyone knows who made the beer – you could be on there too!

We’re committed to improving the diversity of our Operations Team, so if you don’t have the relevant experience but are part of a group that is underrepresented in the beer industry, we would love to hear from you. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace and we’d love to hear from candidates who want to be part of that.

In return, you’ll be part of a team of people working together to achieve the same goal. In addition to 29 days holiday, you’ll have two days a year to volunteer with a local charity, a pension with the People’s pension, birthday and anniversary treats, free fruit at work and plenty of beer. Once you’ve been with us a year, you’ll qualify for an annual health check and the Cycle2Work scheme.

We offer the opportunity to progress professionally with access to internal and external training and the chance to attend some of the best beer events across the world.

A cover letter is an essential part of the application for this role.  


  • Experience in identifying beer spoilage organisms
  • Minimum of 1 year brewing experience (including Home Brewing)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft excel
  • Experience in data gathering, analysing reporting
  • Experience in fault finding and problem solving in a food/drink setting


  • Experience in lab work – including using a microscope, micro plating and gram staining
  • Minimum of degree in food or drink science or microbiology


  • Consistently reinforce quality across all brewing, cellaring and packaging processes and products
  • Responsible for completing analytical checks of key beer quality specs in line with our quality programme (e.g. EBC, pH, ABVs, IBU and gravity)
  • Monitoring fermentations and ensuring optimal yeast performance across generations & multiple yeast strains and mixed cultures. Propagating, counting and pitching yeast.
  • Completing checks on packaging specs of regular and mixed fermentation beers in coordination with the brew and packaging teams
  • Assist with the set-up and execution of sensory panels
  • Ensure lab equipment is always maintained and used properly and that safety procedures and maintenance schedules are upheld
  • Demonstrate a high standard of record keeping and data recording
  • Assist with management of stock and ordering of laboratory consumables
  • Provide reports and analysis as required
  • Maintain standards of health and safety, hygiene and security in the work environment.
  • Maintain and update QC stock of packaged beer and perform relevant analysis
  • Research improvements in equipment, processes, recipes, ingredients and packing materials, etc.
  • Analysing and reporting data


  • Seek out educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintain personal networks; participate in professional organisations
  • Research improvements in equipment, processes, packing materials, etc and keep up to date on relevant changes to legislation.
  • Commitment to learning outside of work


  • Attend and contribute to team meetings when required and share best practice with colleagues;
  • Represent Northern Monk at exhibitions and events (sometimes during evenings and weekends)


  • Motivate, organise and encourage teamwork
  • Provide consistent and accurate updates to line manager regarding all areas of work
  • Possess a positive attitude to a busy work environment and a willingness to work long or flexible hours when required
  • Contribute to team effort by completing other tasks as needed.

Code of Conduct: Northern Monk expects all its members of staff to adhere to standards of processes, procedures and code of conduct. Specifically:

- Working on multiple work streams to a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail

- Demonstrating the company ethos and approach to partners and contacts through your professionalism, knowledge and enthusiasm

- Protecting and promoting the organisation's values by keeping critical information confidential;

- Being a team player and contributing to the Monk values and ethos.

In return, we are committed to respecting and valuing all staff, achieving a good work/life balance, giving staff the space to learn and grow alongside the brewery and ensuring all staff play a role in developing and delivering our vision and plans.