Senior Winemaker (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  McLaren Vintners

  McLaren Flat, South Australia

The purpose of the Senior Winemaker is to support and assist the Board and the General Manager by playing an integral part in planning and organizing the winemaking requirements of a contract processing facility. This will be achieved by working in close consultation with a select number of clients to provide a service that is committed to quality wine production.

The role will also be hands on position where the winemaker will need to manage a winemaking team with the aim of developing a passionate wine culture.

Job Requirements

Principal Supervision Duties
  • Provides leadership and technical direction to the winemaking team
  • Manages performance and development of winemaking team
  • Coordinates and controls the production of wine to ensure volume and quality are met
  • Formulates vintage crush plan and fruit intake schedule
  • Promotes continuous improvement within winery
  • Aware of legislative requirements and raises concerns with Management
  • Ensure policy compliance – quality, management systems and process improvements
  • Actively support a safe work environment by promoting quality-driven work practices
  • Provides input and expertise into capital expenditure when required
  • Oversee the development of Standard Operating Procedures and ensure that they are followed.
  • Assist in the training and development of personnel through involvement in the team.
  • Attendance at professional events as required
  • Working with the Operations Manager & Cellar Manager to coordinate and complete the required day-to-day winery operations.

Principal Winemaking Duties
  • Preparation and maintenance of base wines from fruit receival to final blending
  • Client portfolio management
  • Involved in the production and supervision of all standard winemaking processes

Work Health Safety and Welfare
  • Ensure WH&S Policies are adhered to
  • Maintain a safe work environment through quality-driven work practices
  • Write and implement Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Develop co-operative team environment
  • Ensure a high level of information flow
  • Identify training and development needs
  • Comply with all State and Federal legislation, pertaining to production of wine.

Other duties as from time to time may be required.

Change as a function of Vintage and Non-vintage.
Vintage Role lasting for approximately 3 months and it is expected that you will be required to work 12 hour shifts, 6 days per week as part of the Winemaking Team.

Knowledge, Stills, Qualifications and Experience
  • Degree in Oenology
  • A minimum of 10 years winemaking experience working in an intense production environment
  • Previous experience in managing a small team is required
  • Previous experience with Vintrace (wine management software) is desired
  • Developing leadership skills
  • Effectively communicate and articulate ideas in a team environment
  • The technical skills and knowledge to operate equipment used in winery operations.
  • A high, personal work ethic.
  • Computer Skills
  • Problem Solving Skills
  • Excellent reading, writing and arithmetic skills.

Applications close 13th of October 2021

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