Assistant Production Manager (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Bolney Wine Estate (

  Bolney Wine Estate, England


In the heart of rural Sussex lies Bolney Wine Estate, one of England’s oldest and most beautiful vineyards.

Proud to have been pioneers of English Wine, we have gone on to create award-winning still and sparkling wines on our 34-acre Sussex vineyard.

Established in 1972 by pioneers Janet and Rodney Pratt, Bolney Wine Estate in West Sussex was one of the first, and remains one of the most beautiful, English wine estates. Guided by nature – the mild climate and the sandstone soil – they discovered the best varieties of grapes to grow in their ecosystem. Today, the expert team at Bolney produces award-winning still and sparkling wines from our famous Pinot Noir and Estate Bacchus to our classic sparkling Bolney Bubbly and Blanc de Blancs. Bolney has become synonymous with quality wine in a contemporary style.

Foxhole Lane, Haywards Heath, Sussex RH17 5NB


We are looking for a Production Assistant Manager to oversee and manage a team on all day to day tasks throughout the secondary production process, this role will report directly to the Productions and Operations Manager, it is a permanent, full-time position.


Key Responsibilities

·       Tracking of stock levels in multiple warehouses, correlating back to sales and aligning with allocations in order to determine demand and schedule work orders.

·       Scheduling and running of the secondary production lines, covering riddling, labelling and disgorging lines.

·       Prioritising quality control of the wines from start to finish, keeping records, following up and addressing any complaints/reports received.

·       Setting up and scheduling trials for dosage on new vintages and releases alongside the Production and Operations Manager

·       Overseeing and executing instructions on the making up and quality control of the dosage.

·       Assisting in the setting up and troubleshooting of machinery as well as scheduling the packing and loading gyro pallets.

·       Strong understanding (with additional training) of how to maintain and repair all equipment used in the above process.

·       Ensure that all routine maintenance records are completed and signed off.

·       Setting up routine servicing schedule of machinery and further training.

·       Execution of regular stock takes, addressing of errors and low stock, along with supervising the acceptance and checking deliveries of stock

·       Reporting to the Production and Operations Manager around the management of supplies and stock required for the secondary production process, and completing all necessary paperwork around the movements of stock/gains/losses

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

·       Complying with health and safety requirements in the production areas and in accordance with HACCP.

·       Adherence to all SALSA requirements in the production areas, working alongside the winery to execute processes in order to pass annual audit.

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

·       Accountable for training and overseeing permanent and temporary staff working within production

·       Scheduling of permanent and temporary staff according to workflow and demand

·       Working alongside Production and Operations Manager to put together site improvement suggestions and upgrading of systems.

Person Specification

·       Strong winemaking knowledge and interest

·       Background in production and planning including an understanding of sales and demand

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

·       Must be able to stand for long periods, climb ladders, and work in all conditions.

·       Confident on a forklift - Forklift licence preferred or full training will be provided

·       IT skills including Microsoft Office, to understand and analyse data and reports generated by departments across the business e.g. warehouse, sales

·       Strong understanding of the workings of the machiner

We welcome applications from candidates who do not 100% meet the role requirements.





£26000 to £31000

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