Jobs @ Vinalchemy

We currently have the following senior position available:

Date April 8th 2024
Applications will be accepted up to and including May 17th 2024.

Job Title: Senior Winemaking Consultant & Head of Research & Development 

Location: Hybrid – Colchester, UK

About Us:

Vinalchemy is a pioneering wine and beverage technology business, founded by renowned Inventor and entrepreneur Michael W. Pritchard MBE in 2022. Our mission is to redefine the essence of wine, making it 'the wine it was born to be™' through innovative research, development, and technology. With a strong emphasis on science and innovation, we introduced our first ground-breaking consumer product, Winewizard, revolutionizing the consumer wine drinking experience. As a UK funded SEIS Government approved business, we are committed to transforming wine production with scientifically proven technology while embracing diversity, creativity, and flexibility in our culture.

Job Description:

We are seeking an exceptional individual to fill the dual role of Senior Winemaking Consultant and Head of Research & Development. You may be based within the UK or Internationally. As a key member of our small team, you will lead our research efforts and drive innovation in all aspects of wine production, from vine to glass. Your responsibilities will encompass oenological laboratory work, research and development, technical report writing, scientific publication, intellectual property management, and direct interaction with winemakers. You will play a crucial role in developing and validating our technology while educating winemakers on its implementation and use within their wineries.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct oenological laboratory work using industry-standard equipment and tests.
  • Lead research and development initiatives to enhance wine production processes and quality.
  • Write technical reports and publish scientific articles in reputable journals.
  • Manage intellectual property development and contribute to technology advancement.
  • Develop empirical evidence for our technology platform and contribute to its evolution.
  • Demonstrate expertise in standard industry test methods, viticulture to a Ph.D. level, and wine ageing techniques.
  • Work directly with winemakers to educate them on our technology, its implementation, and use within their wineries.
  • Communicate effectively with both novice and expert winemakers, adapting your communication style as needed.
  • Utilize your experience in managing wineries to provide valuable insights and guidance.

 Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or equivalent experience in Viticulture, Oenology, or related field.
  • Degree in Chemistry.
  • Significant experience in wine ageing and the use of MOX both in theory and in practice.
  • Proven track record of working with some of the world's top wine producers from around the world.
  • Demonstrably strong background in rootstock, wine chemistry, and wine ageing techniques.
  • Extensive knowledge of standard industry test methods and winemaking techniques.
  • Experience in managing wineries and leading research and development projects.
  • Strong understanding of intellectual property management and technology development.
  • Excellent communication, collaboration, and leadership skills.
  • Fluency in English, and ideally French, and Italian languages. English a must.

 Benefits:

  • Highly competitive salary. £90K PA - Pro Rata
  • Hybrid work environment with significant opportunities for remote work.
  • Flexible working hours to suit candidate.
  • Comprehensive benefits package including healthcare.
  • Potential for share options
  • Professional development opportunities and support for continued education.

How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, and any relevant portfolio or references to michael@vinalchemy.co.uk. In your cover letter, please highlight your experience and achievements in the wine industry and explain why you are the ideal candidate for this role.

Deadline for Applications:

Applications will be accepted up to and including May 17th 2024.

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Vinalchemy Ltd is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering an inclusive and diverse workplace. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and strive to create a supportive environment where everyone can thrive and contribute to our mission.

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