It is possible to progress to the role of departmental manager, head brewer or technical director. With these more advanced roles comes a shift in emphasis, from plant or planning tasks to staff management and strategic issues.
Some technical brewers may need to move breweries or be prepared to relocate in order to progress in their career.
Those aiming towards senior posts need to be able to lead a team of specialists and maintain an understanding of new research. As well as technical and scientific knowledge and an ability to manage people, an aptitude for business is essential. For example, an understanding of financial data systems is important for a departmental manager and vital for a head brewer. Sales, marketing and commercial experience prior to joining the profession is therefore an advantage.
Larger companies may provide the opportunity to progress into logistics, purchasing, quality assurance or health and safety roles.
Some technical brewers may go on to set up their own micro-brewery once they have gained significant experience. Brewlab offers a three-day course in Start Up Brewing, which is designed for those who are considering setting up their own micro-brewery.
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