Production Assistant (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Hattingley Valley Wines Ltd (http://www.hattingleyvalley.co.uk/jobs/)

  Lower Wield, Hampshire, England

We are looking for a Production Assistant with a focus on the storage, riddling, disgorging, labelling and packaging part of the process.

Reporting to the Production Manager, the right candidate will have a willingness to assist in producing the highest quality wines for both Hattingley and our clients. They should be keen to learn about quality sparkling winemaking along with a desire to ensure quality is maintained whilst meeting health and safety regulation.

Working with the Production Manager you will assist with the running of the daily operations in the warehouse and production cellar for all wines. This will include maintenance and cleaning of the machines, assisting with the riddling and disgorging schedules, labelling and packaging of finished goods for Hattingley Valley and our clients. All with a focus on quality management, safety and efficiency. It requires careful maintenance and monitoring of both wine stock and dry goods for numerous product lines.

The most technical part of the sparkling winemaking process, utilising semi-automated lines imported from the Champagne region of France, we understand there will be a need for training and time to get the right candidate comfortable with the disgorging process. We feel it is more important to recruit for attitude and aptitude, offering on the job training for the specialist aspects. This is an ideal role for someone who wishes to gain a full understanding of the whole sparkling wine process and wants to get involved with the burgeoning domestic wine production industry.

There will also be the opportunity to work in the winery cellar, particularly at peak times such as harvest and bottling; as well as assisting with logistics, events, tastings and tours for the public and trade on and off site.

·         A practical aptitude for problem solving and attention to detail is essential

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

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

·         Ability to work under pressure at times

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

·         Forklift licence and/or a telehandler licence would be an advantage, as well as having confidence driving either or.  Willingness to learn to drive a forklift (full training given) is essential if no licence held

·         Driving licence and own transport essential due to rural location

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Training is offered where necessary to do the job, eligible additional professional development offered after one year of service is completed satisfactorily.
Hours: 37.5 hours Monday to Friday 8.30 to 4.30 (30 minutes for lunch) – with additional hours as required at harvest and bottling
Benefits: Company pension scheme, 25 days paid holiday plus all Public Holidays, staff wine allowance and discounts, opportunities to taste a variety of wines both English and from elsewhere

How To Apply

Please send your application to the Production Manager, Alastair Goddard: [email protected] or alternatively post to: Hattingley Valley Wines Ltd, Wield Yard, Lower Wield, Alresford, SO24 9AJ

T: +44 (0)1256 389188 | E: [email protected] | W: www.hattingleyvalley.co.uk

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