Venue Sommelier & Wine Buyer (Wine Jobs: Wine Retail & Sommelier)

Full Time

  Cumulus Inc

  Melbourne, Victoria

We’ve got high expectations. Do you?

Cumulus Inc. is seeking a wine buyer. This is a unique opportunity to join Andrew McConnell’s restaurants in a senior sommelier role.

You’ll be responsible for the wine and beverage programme at both iconic one-hat restaurant Cumulus Inc. and wine bar Cumulus Up. That’s two 400-bin wine lists and a team of sommeliers and bartenders, all whilst you guide our savvy, loyal guests to that perfect bottle.

You’ll have daily access to the very best of food and wine in Melbourne. Lead our annual programme of wine-focussed events, including City Cellar Door and winemaker lunches. Maintain and build relationships with the best makers, suppliers and importers, knowing that you have true influence in building our beverage programme. Collaborate with the management and kitchen teams on the strategy and growth of the business.

This is the perfect position for a professional looking for a challenging and rewarding role. Our wine buyers can do it all:

  • You’re a leader and a motivator - training, empowering and shaping the team around you.
  • You’ve got a sound palate, with an appreciation of both the classic and the avant-garde. You recognise great wines, and great value.  
  • You excel at planning, execution and follow up. No email goes unanswered.
  • You’re forthright and driven, working in a culture where self-sufficiency and innovation are truly valued.
  • You notice the small details that make a difference, but you don’t get hung up on the small stuff. You look to the bigger picture.
  • You have a genuine love of exceptional service. The best part of your day is sharing your passion and knowledge with our guests and your team.

You’ll have a clear direction, with real autonomy and accountability. You’ll receive support and encouragement, reporting directly to beverage director Leanne Altmann and the venue manager. There will be extensive management structure, training and qualifications, all designed to help you succeed. You’ll understand everything related to purchasing, from budgets and the P&L, to stock control and forward planning. This is a hands-on role: above all, you exemplify the guest-first service philosophy that has taken Cumulus Inc. to ten years of success.

In addition to a great salary, we’re passionate about ensuring our people get real career development, allowing you to manage your own time across a balanced and sustainable roster. The team within Andrew McConnell’s restaurants deserve the recognition and rewards they receive, including flexible rosters, discounts, bonuses and real investment in training. This is a long-term career move, working within Melbourne’s premier restaurant family.

Take the reins at 45 Flinders Lane. 

Junior sommeliers or retail wine buyers - whilst this may not be the job for you, perhaps you know someone who would thrive in the role. Pass on our details (and then send in your own application too… we’re always looking for great people).

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