Diageo Open Gate Brewer & Beer Specialist USA in St James Gate, Ireland




Reporting Location:

St James Gate




Supply Operations

Type of Job:


External Job Description:

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks company, a business built on the principles and foundations laid by the giants of our industry.

Our purpose, celebrating life, every day, everywhere means that our brands are part of celebrations big and small. We believe that living our purpose in full is to make the most of life - to be the best you can be at work, at home, with friends, in the community, and for the community.

The Operation Excellence Delivery organisation is responsible for providing full technical support to Diageo’s beer production worldwide which is made up of the Diageo owned brewing and packaging operations in Ireland / UK, Africa, and Jamaica along with numerous 3rd party brewing/packaging operations across the world.

This role has a key leadership responsibility focussed on beer and with the potential to also support spirits within the liquid sub function of BTI.

Guinness Strategy globally is now focussed on the Open Gate Brewery (OGB) sub brand and the role holder will play a key role in development of beers for the Open Gate Brewery sites that exist ( currently in St James Gate and soon to be opened in Relay, Baltimore USA).

As Open Gate Brewer and Beer Specialist we will require you to be based in St James Gate, Dublin, Ireland for 12-18 months and then bring back that knowledge to the US brewery after that time.

OGB pipeline will be aligned and will fuel the Innovation pipelines for USA and Europe.

Work as part of the BTI team within OpEx Delivery to deliver technical initiatives including:

  • Product & Concept Development on beers (including sensory). A key element is creative brewing.

  • Product Commercialisation and rollout(including sensory)

  • Product Renovation

  • Is an advocate of and protects Guinness Brand Equity


  • Shows vision and drive to support the Pilot Plant Manager and OGB Head Brewer to grow and evolve the 10 HL brewery and Pilot Plant to a unit of ongoing value creation

  • Operates the Pilot Breweries within the Pilot Plant and both OGB sites, as the home of Guinness Innovation

  • Integrates with other internal and external facilities to provide optimal support to USA and other regions as required.

  • Operates in a determined and purposeful manner and is tenacious at achieving goals

  • Demonstrates exemplary stakeholder engagement capability

  • Prepared to make objective decisions and stand behind them

  • Engages others in new projects and initiatives as required to unlock solutions

  • Uses sound interpersonal skills to build credible relationships. Builds good network of contacts through the business.

  • Responds to change in a positive and flexible manner and is resilient when required

  • Is a strong advocate of and proficient in the use of the Concept to consumer (C2C) way of working and Navigate

Qualifications and Experience Required


  • Science / Engineering degree or equivalent preferred

  • Formal brewing qualification from a recognised body preferred


  • Product / concept development including consumer insight generation into product briefs

  • Concept to Commercialisation (C2C)

  • A self-starter who can research emerging brewing trends independently and apply them successfully


  • Hands on independent pilot or small scale brewing experience (c. 10/15 HL/BBL)

  • 3 years+ practical experience in a relevant brewing role

  • Experience of commercial brewing across multiple styles and brewing traditions

  • Deep knowledge of the USA beer landscape including emerging trends

  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a cross-functional team

  • Experience working on a mixed fermentation program involving barrel-aging and wild yeast/microflora fermentation is preferred

  • Experience in a Lead or Head Brewer role preferred

External Job Title:

Open Gate Brewer & Beer Specialist USA



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