Current Positions

Cidery Production Foreman
BC Tree Fruits Cider Company is hiring!

The new BC Tree Fruits Cider Company is currently seeking a motivated, organized individual to join our team as a Cidery Production Foreman. Our ideal candidate will have previous supervisory experience as well as have worked within the cidery/winery/brewery industry.

The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative (BCTFC) is owned by fruit growers throughout the entire Okanagan Valley, employs approximately 500 employees, and operates multiple facilities. Representing over 500 growers, we market fresh tree fruits including, apples, pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, prunes and grapes.

The successful applicant will have the following key accountabilities:
• Managing juice pressing operation periods
• Be involved in cellar operations, including fermentation, racking, transfers, blending and filtration
• Liaise with lab technicians and winemaking team
• Supervising and running the canning line during canning periods
• Supervising cidery production staff to reduce downtime and increase output levels
• Troubleshooting mechanical issues and make recommendations to Cidery Manager as needed
• Ensuring fill-rates and output requirements are met
• Responsible for ensuring proper sanitation requirements and quality needs are met and exceeded as well as health and safety protocols are being strictly adhered to
• Effectively communicate and build strong relationships with store supervisors, internal sales and cidery team

The successful applicant will be qualified by possessing the following key attributes:

• Prior cellar/bottle shop experience with demonstrated supervisor aptitude
• Knowledge of winery or beverage processing equipment, bottling filters, safety equipment, standard processing procedures and safety practices
• Possess strong mechanical knowledge and have ability to troubleshoot various machines-Millwright certificate considered an asset
• Completion of Cellar and Winemaking courses, Wine Ambassador course or Sommelier/WSET Certificate is an asset
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Strong organizational, analytical and problem solving abilities
• Related training and/or College/University education will be considered an asset
• Demonstrated team player with the ability to work under high pressure situations
• Good understanding of business and accounting/inventory/cost control practices
• Must possess a passion of cider/ wine and the industry
• Results-oriented attitude
• Must be able to work flexible work hours and overtime if needed
• Must be physically able to perform all aspects of the position including ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds

How to apply?

BC Tree Fruits Cooperative offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Please submit your application and salary expectations to hr@bctree.com quoting Cidery Production Foreman in the subject line by May 8th/2015. BC Tree Fruits thanks all applicants for their interest. Please note that only those under consideration for the position will be contacted. Visit www.bctree.com for more information on the cooperative and future employment opportunities.

On-Farm Food Safety Auditor

Looking for an exciting new opportunity to jump start your career? BC Tree Fruits Cooperative is seeking hard-working On-Farm Food Auditors to join our team.

The BC Tree Fruits Cooperative (BCTFC) is owned by fruit growers throughout the entire Okanagan Valley, employs approximately 500 employees, and operates multiple facilities. Representing over 500 growers, we market fresh tree fruits including, apples, pears, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, prunes and grapes.

The On-Farm Food Auditor will be responsible for conducting internal audits to verify compliance with the BCTF On-Farm Food Safety (OFFS) Program and will report directly to the Safety Manager. This is a temporary 5 month seasonal position that will run from Mid-May until October.

The successful applicant will have the following key accountabilities:
• Conduct internal audits and follow up on pending sanctions as described in the OFFS Group Management System Manual
• Participate in shadow audits by OFFS Coordinator and Safety Manager to ensure high level of consistency and integrity
• Support the Safety Manager in the implementation and maintenance of the OFFS Group Management System and administrative duties and ensure that documents are completed professionally with a high degree of due diligence
• Collect and submit completed Corrective Actions Report for closure of pending sanctions in a timely manner
• Report grower status in audits, deficiencies, and any changes to grower’s operations through proper reporting structure

The successful applicant will be qualified by possessing the following key attributes:
• 2 years post-secondary studies Agricultural related / min 2 years completed of degree or diploma
• Must pass a one-day practical inspection/auditing skills course setting our basic principles of inspection/auditing.
• CanadaGAP auditor training with a minimum passing grade of 80%
• HACCP Qualifications
• Must be observant, analytical, and self-reliant
• Possess a valid licence and reliable transportation as travel is required

How to apply?
The successful applicants will be required to travel and will be hired into a specific district as required - either the northern district which consists of auditing growers from Westbank-Salmon Arm, or in the southern district which consists of auditing growers from Summerland-Osoyoos.

Please submit your application and salary expectations to hr@bctree.com quoting On-Farm Food Auditor in the subject line by May 23rd, 2015. BC Tree Fruits thanks all applicants for their interest. Please note that only those under consideration for the position will be contacted.