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Winery Operations Manager - South East England - JN182

An opportunity to establish yourself in the thriving UK wine industry by leading commercial and winemaking operations within a business opening a brand new, state-of-the-art facility.

The client is already a successful wine producer out of their flagship, market-leading UK winery. They possess a clear philosophy and commitment to sustainable winemaking. Once open in 2025, their second winery aims to process up to 1400T of grapes annually.

As the Winery Operations Manager, you'll combine three key functions; overseeing wine production, financial/commercial management and team leadership.

You'll be prepared to implement quality control measures at every stage of the winemaking process ensuring consistency and excellence in the final product. You will also conduct regular tastings and analyses to assess wine quality.

The role is open to both UK and international candidates. Overseas applicants will have support throughout the visa application process.  

 Key responsibilities:

Lead winemaking activity ensuring adherence to protocols and procedures.

Manage, mentor and recruit for an expanding team of winery staff, including cellar workers, winery operatives, and administrative personnel.

Maintain accurate inventory records for raw materials, finished products, and packaging materials.

Coordinate with suppliers to ensure timely delivery of required materials.

Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and standards governing winery operations, including health and safety regulations, environmental regulations, and labeling requirements.

Foster a positive work environment and promote professional development.

Develop and manage budgets for winery operations. Identify cost-saving opportunities and implement measures to optimise efficiency and profitability.

Stay informed about industry trends, technological advancements, and best practices in winemaking. Identify opportunities for process improvement and innovation to enhance productivity and quality. 


Proven background in a winery management role. 

Experience of people management and mentoring.

For international wine professionals interested in this position, familiarity with English wine regulations, climate conditions, and market preferences would be advantageous. 

Commercial astuteness around budget management and the ability to drive efficiency and profitability.

Strong communication, and problem-solving skills are essential for success in this role. 

Additionally, a passion for wine and a commitment to excellence are key attributes for aspiring candidates.


 Competitive salary + relocation package.

Short-term accommodation available. 

To apply:

For an informal, confidential discussion please call Jon Handley on: Office 01885 485522 or e-mail your CV and covering letter to

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