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Opportunity Details

GLOBAL Pilot Brewery FLM Nottingham

Posted: 2018-01-10
United Kingdom, Luton, Porter T
About the role:

InBev is seeking an FLM in Nottingham for their Experimental Brewery in Nothingham, part of the Global Innovation & Technology Center (=GITEC), in Belgium.  GITEC is the Global R&D Center of AB InBev.

At the heart of our dynamic global growth is a simple belief: nothing should come between incredibly talented people and an accelerated career. That’s why we dream big. Why we look to the future, not the past. Why we value talent over title. And why we hire people that can be better than ourselves. At AB-InBev you’ll join a driven team that shares your desire to grow, your courage to challenge and commitment to act. In return, we will reward your achievements.
The opportunity is here. Make it yours!

Global First Line Manager 
Brewing & Packaging RPB 
Location: RPB – Research Pilot Brewery in Nottingham UK

Purpose of the Job:
  • Lead the Research Pilot Brewery (RPB) – Experimental Brewery - in Nottingham and the team of Technicians.
  • Lead the product and brewing process pilot productions (new products, value engineering, yeast & fermentation trials)
  • Lead daily RPB Nottingham planning and internal communication
  • Organize daily RPB activities and communication within RPB, maximizing RPB team & client satisfaction
  • Manage the RPB Team of Technicians on the aspects of Safety and People, providing guidance and cascading ABInBev’s standard methods and principles.
  • Support the Global RPB Excellence Program (Process and Method Management, including 5S, confidentiality, standardization, maintenance and safety programs (VPO)
  • Support and execute specialized brewing/production processes or phys-chem and microbiology analysis as needed; interpret results and propose solutions
  • Support the increase of capabilities of Global RPB, leading new capex investment projects until commissioning and validation of equipment
  • Ensure an efficient way of working inside the RPB, by proposing and developing new processes and/or procedures; integrate best practices
  • Scouting, identifying and developing new equipment, methods and processes to fill the prioritized gaps, aligned with Global Technology and Process Development Directors
  • Develop, leverage and maintain active external network in the following fields: brewing technology, brewing raw materials, flavouring, packaging technology; acquire new knowledge
  • Ensure RPB KPI’s are on track and propose solutions to close the gaps
  • Full understanding of all equipment and methods used
  • Accountable for the People Cycle for all the RPB Technicians: Leadership Competencies, Functional Competencies, 1:1 meetings regarding performance , feedback on the appraisals, Personal Development Plans (PDP) management,
  • Provide operational management and coaching to the Technicians
  • Ensure all technicians are trained on all methods/processes used

Business Environment
Main characteristics

  • Multi-disciplinary function requiring expertise in fields of technology, automation, brewing, fermentation, packaging, analytical and sensory science.
  • Part of Global Innovation & Technology Development Department
  • Global Research pilot brewery Nottingham supporting ZITEC and GITEC
  • Department setting-up, executing and analyzing product and brewing process development through pilot production trials (brewing and packing), focusing on innovation
  • Multi-cultural environment, interacting both with Corporate and Zone level
  • Target driven, fast changing, dynamic and global environment in which priorities, project scope and time schedules will be set and adjusted in order to meet often challenging business demands
Key dimensions
  • Number of Direct reports:  5 RPB technicians
  • Supporting over 50 projects per year, Supporting I&TD, ZTD and Innovation
  • Reporting to RPB Manager, located in GITEC Leuven
Key contacts
  • ABI global GITEC departments
  • ABI ZITEC’s in all zones, specifically Zone EUR Development team, Zone Pilot Breweries
  • External pilot brewing and packing facilities
  • External and ABI microbiology and phys-chem laboratories
  • ABI Leuven Brewery and ZBS Departments
  • ABI Global Excellence Program owners
About the candidate:

Leadership and Functional competencies required

  • University Master degree (Engineering, Brewing,….)
  • Fluent in English (written/spoken); other language skills are an asset
  • PC literate: knowledge of standard software programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint …)

Experience and Functional competencies

  • Minimum 2 years experience in brewery environment
  • Demonstrated ability to operate across different cultural realities
  • Strong interpersonal leadership and communication skills
  • High leadership potential – Potential to grow career in GITEC/ZITEC/Supply
  • Able to manage changing environments and requirements; open minded
  • Knowledge of the Company Management System: VPO, Excellence Programs
  • Able to connect & develop with external parties
  • Result oriented, with respect for quality and timing, Procedure and Process Oriented
  • Service minded, customer oriented and continuous improvement mind-set.
  • Good organizational skills, planning skills and able to drive prioritization.
  • Critical thinking, creative thinking, can do attitude.
  • Sound technical understanding of Biochemistry
  • Skilled in statistics, Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
  • Knowledge on brewing, raw materials, fermentation, packaging, technology, analytical and sensory science

For more info, please contact Global People Manager :  Nathalie Koninckx,

About the Company

We are AB InBev. Committed to driving growth that leads to better living for more people, in more places.  Through brands and experiences that bring people together.  Through our dedication to brewing the best beer with the best ingredients.  And through our commitment to helping farmers, retailers, entrepreneurs and communities grow.   We are building a company to last. Not just for a decade, but for the next 100 years. Through our brands and our investment in communities, we will bring more people together, making our company an integral part of our consumers’ lives for generations to come.


Our brewing heritage dates back more than 600 years, spanning continents and generations. From our European roots at the Den Hoorn brewery in Leuven, Belgium; to the pioneering spirit of the Anheuser & Co brewery in St. Louis, US;  and  the creation of the Castle Brewery in South Africa during the Johannesburg gold rush. Now, with operations in over 50 countries, and our brands sold in over 100, we are truly a world leader, and our diverse portfolio of well over 400 beer brands includes global brands Budweiser®, Corona® and Stella Artois®.