Head Brewer, Sprig & Fern Brewery, Nelson

The Head Brewer will be responsible for brewing our range of high-quality craft beers and ciders, as well as recipe development for new products. This is a hands-on role and includes responsibility for brewing, packaging, quality control and safety in the brewery. Above all else, this role requires a passion for craft beer and the ability to lead and work effectively within a team.

Sprig & Fern Brewery is an multi award-winning craft brewery based in Richmond, Nelson. We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic brewer to lead our talented production team and support our exciting growth plans.It is the same level and care and attention to detail that we expect from our close-knit team  Every batch is hand brewed with a level of care and an attention to quality that has earned us a solid reputation amongst real craft beer drinkers throughout New Zealand.

We are based at the Beach Road, Richmond, premises about 10 minutes from Nelson city.

About the Role

You will have exceptional attention to detail, be creative and innovative whilst retaining a passion for consistency and quality above all else. You will have a willingness to coach team members and look to promote Sprig & Fern Brewery both internally, in the wider community and nationally.  You will be expected to lead the wider operations team as well as being 'hands on'.  You will be an integral leader in the award-winning Sprig & Fern Brewing team required to produce high quality, award winning beers and ciders.

This role will also support the Master Brewer and will include new product development and production/operational planning.

This is a hands-on job, involving physical work, so a good level of fitness is required.

We’re looking for someone with:

Previous brewery team leader experience                ·

New Product / Recipe Development expertise                ·

Knowledge of automated equipment and be mechanically minded                ·

Knowledge and good understanding of a Food Control Plan                 ·

Chemical handling and cleaning standards knowledge / experience                 ·

The ability to be a team player                 ·

Be computer literate - good Excel skills essential                ·

The ability to troubleshoot and drive continuous improvement                ·

Qualifications in Brewing (desirable)                 ·

Forklift licence                ·


At Sprig & Fern we focus on our value drivers or community, quality and consistency. We have a strong focus on personal accountability, collaboration and we’re looking for people who are passionate about working and winning in teams as this is at the core of everything we do and enables us to achieve our goals.

If you are looking for a culture where you can showcase your leadership, brewing and recipe development skill coupled with your operational prowess, are inspired by the thrill of the brewing award winning beer & cider, then take the next step and apply now! 

This is a full-time position, however, shift work or weekend work may be required in peak times or to cover holiday periods as well as fermenter checks as needed.

Only applicants with relevant experience and skills to apply.Any applicant must be eligible to work within New Zealand either as a resident or by holding a current work visa.


Cathrine Van Venrooy