Lab Technician (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  CheckMate Artisanal Winery (http://www.checkmatewinery.com)

  Oliver, British Columbia

Lab Technician

CheckMate Artisanal Winery

Location: Oliver, British Columbia

Schedule: 6-Month contract starting immediately with possibility to extend

About Us:

CheckMate Artisanal is a small, ultra-premium producer, focusing on small lot artisanal Chardonnay and Merlot that expresses the unique terroir of the Southern Okanagan Valley.  At CheckMate, we produce new world Chardonnay and Merlot with old world elegance.  Learn more about CheckMate at www.checkmatewinery.com.

Life of a Lab Technician

Laboratory Duties:

  • Analyze incoming finished product samples by conducting analysis (microbiological analysis an asset) as well as observing packaging
  • Follows regular sampling schedules within a specific environment and understands the different environmental climates while working in them
  • Able to analyze and evaluate new products in clinical trials
  • Use and maintain standard laboratory equipment and supplies in a clean and orderly condition
  • To know and understand lab operations and sanitation of all lab equipment
  • Document sample receipts and laboratory results
  • Prepare reports as requested
  • Understands the HACCP environment or other related food safety programs
  • Able to coordinate inventory supplies both ordering and receiving
  • To continue to learn and increase knowledge, skills and ability concerning winemaking procedures and lab practices at all times.
  • Perform any other assigned work, as required.
  • Enter analysis and work orders into winemaking database.

CellarHand Duties as Required:

  • Identify, action and monitor completion of required cellar activities
  • Assist coordinate bottling (as required) – organizing bottling materials, equipment maintenance, labour requirements, finished goods shipping, production records and any other related details.
  • Order and maintain all Cellar Equipment year-around – this included ordering supplies and equipment (in consultation with the Winemaker), liaising with Vendors for repair and maintenance of equipment that cannot be done in-house; shipping equipment to and from vendors; cellar inventories (all equipment); completing all in house maintenance.

Do you have what it takes?

  • Related degree or diploma (e.g., Science, chemistry, microbiology, food science) or related discipline is preferred 
  • 2+ years of laboratory experience including chemical and microbiological testing, preferably in a food and beverage technical role
  • 1 year of quality assurance experience preferably in the beverage industry.
  • Knowledge of testing/quality assurance procedures, methods and equipment
  • Proven problem solving and analysis skills
  • Excellent computer skills including winemaking, quality assurance and statistical analysis software
  • Attention to detail
  • Effective oral and written communication skills

The successful candidate will be a respectful individual with the ability to work with a strong sense of urgency in a fast paced, dynamic environment. Please submit your application to careers@checkmatewinery.com

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