Job Status: Filled

Production Team Assistant (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Bolney Wine Estate

  Bolney, West Sussex, England

Bolney Wine Estate in West Sussex is one of the pioneers of the English wine industry and has been a family business since 1972. We are a producer of premium English still and sparkling wines, sold across all UK channels and exported to overseas markets. We have an active, vibrant on-site experience. Offering tours, events, café/restaurant and shop.

We are very proud of the passionate and talented team we have at Bolney. We strive together to continually increase the quality of our customer experiences and the wine we produce, whilst continuing to be industry leaders.



TITLE                                    Production Team Assistant


LOCATION                          Bolney Wine Estate, Foxhole Lane, West Sussex, RH17 5NB


COMPANY                          Bolney Wine Estate Ltd.


REPORTS TO                      Production and Operations Manager


RESPONSIBLE TO:            Sam Linter, Managing Director

Key Purpose

We are looking for a Production Team Assistant to work under the guidance of the Winemaking and Production teams and alongside the Production Team Leader on all day to day tasks throughout the secondary production process. This is a permanent, full-time position.


Summary of key tasks 

 ·         Assisting in execution of secondary production, covering the labelling and disgorging line.

·         Assisting in the execution of loading and monitoring bottles throughout the process, paying close attention to the quality control from start to finish

·         Making up of the dosage according to the instructions of the Production Team Leader.

·         Assisting in the setting up the machinery for the day as well as packing and loading gyro pallets.

·         Assisting in the execution of regular stock takes, reporting of faults and low stock, along with accepting and checking deliveries of stock

·         Over botting, assisting in the winery with tirage preparations & additions, bottling line set-up, cleaning and end of day break downs.

·         Strong involvement with trialling new wines for dosage and release so an interest in wine is essential

·         Basic understanding (under supervision) of how to maintain and repair of all equipment used in the above process.

·         Assisting in ensuring all routine maintenance records are completed and signed off by the Production Team Leader.

·         Assisting in the management of supplies and stock required for the secondary production process, completing paperwork around the movements of stock/gains/losses

·         Ensuring the cleanliness and hygiene of the production areas and all equipment used in the process. Completion and sign-off of records.

·         Complying with health and safety requirements in the production areas in accordance with the Company risk assessments.

·         Adherence to all SALSA requirements in the production areas.

·         Commitment to maintaining and continually improving quality in all aspects of the process.

·         When necessary, helping in the winery with day to day tasks including Transfers, racking and filtering of wine, additions and adjustments to wine and overall cleaning and sanitation of winery equipment.

·         During harvest you will be required to work in the winery which includes, assisting with the grape maturity analysis & ferment monitoring, grape sorting, receival and processing, press loading and cleaning, punch down/pump-over of red ferments, digging out of red tanks and additions and inoculations.


What you will need to be a successful applicant


·         Must be physically fit to perform all tasks - Must be able to lift 25kgs

·         Must be able to stand for long periods and climb ladders, and work in often cold and wet conditions, sometimes outside in all weathers

·         Confident on a forklift or being prepared to undergo training for obtaining a licence –  telehandler licence an advantage

·         Full rights to work in the UK - we are unable to provide sponsorship

·         Driving licence and own transport essential due to rural location

·         IT skills including Microsoft Office an advantage


Personal characteristics  

·         Enthusiasm to learn about the whole winemaking process with particular focus on the production of sparkling wines, predominantly riddling, disgorging, and labelling processes

·         Numerate and literate – confident in ability to understand what is required and record key data during the production process

·         Very strong attention to detail with internal motivation for accuracy, efficiency and cleanliness 

·         Perform scheduled and day to day maintenance and quality checks on all production lines

·         Thrives in a compliant, organised, hygienic, quality and process driven environment

·         Ability to build trusting working relationships across the wider business

·         Problem solver with good use of initiative

·         Self-motivated and able to work within a team and independently

·         Looks to proactively develop skills and expertise and apply in every detail

·         This role includes safety critical tasks therefore a fit for task assessment will be required – adjustments will be considered where possible

·         Be willing to work weekends and evenings when required

·         A flexible approach to both working hours and duties during critical times such as harvest and bottling is essential

·         Able to comprehend workings of the machinery



Commensurate with experience based on minimum wage. Training is offered where necessary to do the job, additional professional development offered after one year of service is completed satisfactorily.


40 hours Monday to Friday 7.30 to 4.00 (30 minutes for lunch) – with additional hours as required at harvest and bottling


Company pension scheme, 25 days paid holiday plus all Public Holidays, staff wine discounts on wines throughout the larger group


How To Apply

Please send your cover letter, CV and available start date/notice period to Cara Lee Dely at [email protected], the Production and Operations Manager.

Guided by Nature Since 1972
Bolney Wine Estate, Foxhole Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath, RH17 5NB

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