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Positions Vacant

We currently have the following position available:


We are located centrally within the famous terra rossa strip of Coonawarra, South Australia. We offer contract services such as grape processing, winemaking and storage to a diverse range of clients, as well as creating our very own award-winning Jack Estate wines. We have an exciting opportunity for a Laboratory Manager to join our winemaking team and take charge of our ongoing production requirements in our laboratory.

The successful applicant will be self-motivated, passionate and driven with strong leadership skills and the ability to work with limited supervision. Managerial skills are a must, with an understanding of the wine industry and previous laboratory experience being highly regarded.

The primary purpose of the role is to effectively and efficiently manage the laboratory operations at Coonawarra Jack Winery in a manner that minimizes risk to quality, health, safety and the environment. This will be done whilst working closely with the winemakers and cellar team.

Reporting to the Winemaker, key tasks will include but not limited to the following:

  • Managing all aspects of the laboratory and winery record keeping including co-ordinating and delegating work program and work load to ensure efficient and accurate laboratory results, quality samples and up to date records at all times
  • Supervise and manage laboratory staff, work assignment and hours over vintage including weekends
  • Assistance in training other staff
  • Maintain laboratory safety requirements
  • Collaboration with winemaking to ensure tastings, samples including trade, pre-shipments and external analysis, wines for events, routine testing is conducted and recorded accurately
  • Managing and participating in day-to-day operations of the laboratory:
    • Collection of samples
    • Routine analysis of wine, juice, ferments and grapes
    • Preparations of standard solutions and quality control
    • Winemaking blends and trials
    • External client analysis
    • Ability to interpret and understand out of specification instances
    • Data entry into required programs including office suite and dedicated winery management system
    • Maintain stock levels and services of equipment

Reporting to the Winemaker the successful candidate will possess the following qualities:

  • Current Drivers Licence is essential
  • At least 3 (ideally 3-5) years in a managerial role
  • Qualification in chemistry or food science advantageous
  • Must be flexible to work the required hours, which involves extended hours during vintage (February to May typically)
  • Ability to plan, organise, follow instructions and work under pressure, within a team environment or independently
  • Must be highly organised with the ability to meet deadlines and co-ordinate others to complete activities
  • Excellent analytical, problem solving and decision making skills to ensure high quality outcomes
  • Great record keeping with strong attention to detail
  • Aptitude to learn, use and maintain complex laboratory equipment
  • Strong communication, literacy and numeracy skills
  • Well developed computer skills, experience with Microsoft Office suite and winery management systems is preferrable
  • Hands-on laboratory work experience highly regarded
  • Knowledge and understanding of WHS policies and procedures

Applications are requested to be submitted as soon as possible whereby applicants will be assessed on receipt. Applicant required to start when circumstances permit. Applicants must have Australian citizenship/residency.

Please forward your application and CV including two professional referees, and to be marked Confidential, addressed to or via mail to:

Human Resources
Laboratory Manager
Coonawarra Jack Winery
PO Box 322, Coonawarra, SA, 5263