Assistant Winemaker (10 month contract) (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )


  Mission Hill Family Estate Winery (

  West Kelowna, British Columbia


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Firmly rooted in the Okanagan, our family winery began with an audacious vision – to redefine what’s possible for Canadian wine in the eyes of the world. With have a deep commitment to the region, and a relentless passion to produce wines that can stand alongside the best in the world. Our wines are crafted with bold precision and an uncompromising respect for the diverse vineyards and micro-climates here, expressing the extraordinary history that began with one bold dream.

Under the general direction of the President, the Assistant Winemaker assists and participates in the execution of all winemaking activities at the Mission Hill Family Estate facility related to the production of specific wines in both our British Columbia wine portfolio (VQA) and our international blends (ICB).

Core Responsibilities

  • In accordance with the specified production procedures, schedules and supervises wine production operations including harvest duties such as coordinating grape receival, tank and barrel fermentation, and ongoing winemaking and cellar operations during the year.
  • In collaboration with the other winemakers, writes and distributes work orders for cellar activities.
  • Assists in the annual blending process for all BC and CIC wines.
  • Participates in regular sensory evaluation trials.
  • Coordinates all winemaking operations for specific ICB wines to include blending, stabilization and bottling.
  • Assists in the development of procedural and quality control policies and manuals.
  • Assist Purchasing with Bulk Inventory Management for specific ICB wines, maintaining computer records for all internal wine movements and inventories.
  • Builds and cultivates a strong relationship with the cellar team, leading without authority and ensuring fluid and consistent communication occurs. 
  • May be called upon to conduct educational tours and tastings.

Skills, Education, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.S) in Enology, Fermentation Science, Viticulture or related field from a recognized university. 
  • Minimum 2 years of Harvest or cellar experience.  
  • Ability to work independently, or in a team environment.
  • Strong computer literacy, experienced with MS Office and the ability to learn and use company wine inventory system

Personal Characteristics

  • Works with a strong sense of urgency
  • Thrives in ambiguity, does not need all information to navigate effectively
  • Humble yet confident, able to put the growth of the company/team/brands first
  • Able to course correct to feedback and demonstrate agility within a dynamic environment
  • Possess a “can do” attitude and believes anything is possible with the right focus.
  • Able to work independently and “roll up your sleeves” to make things happen.
  • High intensity team player who thrives in a fast paced, high intensity, dynamic environment.
  • Constantly questions the way things are done in a constructive manner and thrives on change that improves results.
  • Open (no agendas), honest and trustworthy.
  • Effective leadership and strategic influencing skills.
  • Results oriented individual with a desire to manage change through to fruition.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across functions, business units and geographies – a strong background in a matrix organization is beneficial.
  • Effective business systems thinker and a good understanding of business process knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with others in a diverse environment.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at one time.
  • Strong stakeholder management focus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient with personal computers and business applications.

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