Kenny Saunders had a lot to learn when he started his career with Molson Coors.
“I was young – I started when I was 22 – and had just finished school, so I didn’t know too much about the beer industry other than the fact that I liked the way beer tasted,” he says.
Fortunately, Molson Coors was the right place for someone looking to broaden their horizons.
“Molson Coors has provided great opportunities to develop my career as a long-term employee,” Kenny says, “and who doesn’t like the sound of working for a company that produces such great products?
A well-rounded start
Kenny’s career start with Molson Coors was perfect for someone looking to learn a lot in a new role.
“I was fortunate enough to be part of the Production Trainee program, working alongside great people who were more than willing to help me learn!” says Kenny.
He’s referring to a Molson Coors rotational development program which places participants in different breweries to develop a comprehensive understanding of the company’s operations.
“I got to travel to Vancouver, St. John’s and Moncton to understand how the other breweries operate and function,” Kenny explains.
This range of travel experiences matches Kenny’s equally broad experiences with Molson Coors. In his time with the company, Kenny has worked as an HR Administrator, Production Trainee, Packaging Employee and as a Team Lead. Today, he’s an Operations Support Leader.
“My main area of focus is optimizing costs and being part of long-term strategic planning,” he says, adding that he’s very enthusiastic about the different opportunities he’s had at Molson Coors.
“I’ve had five different roles with Molson Coors in the last six years, so you can tell that there’s no shortage of opportunity and growth if you invest the time and show interest!”
Learning and looking ahead
For someone who started a career not knowing too much about beer, Kenny says he’s come a long way.
“It’s amazing how much I have learned after working here for the past six years.”
Beer has been a big part of that learning curve.
“The most interesting thing I’ve learned in my career has been thoroughly understanding the entire process of making beer, from the raw materials to finished goods and everything in between,” says Kenny.
“There are so many processes in place to ensure a high-quality product from the beginning to the end,” he explains. “One thing people are always fascinated by is how fast our throughput is during the filling stage. We are capable of producing 1000 bottles a minute and 1600 cans a minute!”
Kenny’s new knowledge has coincided with some personal growth.
“Molson Coors has been great so far in supporting me to reach my career goals,” he says. “I’m always challenging myself to reach new heights in my career.”
He even hopes to become a Brewery Manager one day – pretty impressive for someone who started out just liking the taste of beer.
“There is a lot more to making beer than one would think,” he says. “It’s a science and an art that we all take great satisfaction and pride in.”