Lab Technician 3

The Wine Group, 17000 E. Highway 120, Ripon, California, United States of America Req #371
Sunday, November 29, 2020
At The Wine Group we are passionate about our people, our future and our wine. We are America’s second largest wine producer by volume with over 1,200 employees globally across 12 locations in California, New York and Australia. We are proud to be responsible for many of America’s most beloved wine brands, including Cupcake, Franzia, Chloe, Concannon, Benziger, Imagery, AVA Grace, 7 Deadly and more. We are dedicated to our culture built on values like entrepreneurialism, innovation, social responsibility and stewardship. To learn about us and our career opportunities, check us out at and then come join the exciting journey at The Wine Group. 


This specialized Lab Technician III position will perform advanced routine and non-routine analytical testing of alcoholic beverages, closures, food contact materials and related samples while following department procedures and policies for safety and quality assurance. Responsibilities will include open ended projects such as development, implementation, and validation of new or improved methodologies and participation in cross-functional teams to support broader business goals. Must have 2 - 5 years of Mass Spectrometry experience, ideally in food, beverage, and/or alcohol industries.


All Lab employees

  • Actively commit to and participate in our lab and corporate safety programs: including following all safety protocols and procedures. Learning to recognize and report hazards and take appropriate action to keep yourself and others safe. Participate in safety programs, activities, including delivering safety trainings on a variety of topics.

  • Effectively communicate and collaborate with colleagues, within the team, the facility and across all functional areas the lab interacts with. Share information, participate in meetings etc.

  • Evaluate any results you generate using the various tools to ensure you and our customers can be and are confident in the Lab’s output. Includes using analytical controls, referencing standards/specifications, etc.

Specialized Responsibilities for Lab Tech III

Routine analytical work:

  • Perform analysis related to food safety and quality in wine and spirits, including pesticides, heavy metals, allergens, aroma compounds, and other chemical attributes
  • Apply in-depth knowledge to support lab quality assurance principles and objectives

  • Maintain and troubleshoot lab instrumentation

  • Write and review technical method instructions

Method Development and Validation:

  • Develop or adapt new methods to support innovation or food safety testing requirements

  • Complete method validation packages complaint to ISO 17025 guidelines

  • Improve existing lab methods based on publications, technology and instrumentation

  • Implement best in-class lab methodologies that perform best in specific alcoholic beverage matrices


  • Communicate and manage projects in cross-functional teams

  • Effectively create and manage key project deliverables and timelines


  • Must be 21 or older at the time of hire

  • Bachelor's degree in a Natural Science discipline (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Material Sciences, Physics, Astronomy, Earth Sciences) OR Food Science, plus 3 years of chemistry laboratory experience required.
  • 2+ years of Mass Spectrometry experience
  • Experience working in a regulatory environment.

  • Required to maintain 3 shift availability rotating quarterly; expected to work graveyard and swing shifts when scheduled

  • Computer skill requirements include basic MS Outlook, Word, and Excel.

  • Required to possess color vision and depth perception with correction or accommodation


  • Must be able to frequently lift and carry weights of up to 50 pounds at varying frequencies

  • Possess the ability to work in a fast-paced production environment

  • Working environment is both indoors and outdoors, with exposure to related equipment and noise levels

  • Ability to perform tasks requiring bending, stooping, standing, and twisting in the laboratory and or production environment

  • Must be able to repeatedly climb 20 feet tank stairs/vertical tank ladders

At The Wine Group, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to an environment of mutual respect, diversity, and inclusion. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristic protected by law.

Other details

  • Job Family Winery Operations
  • Job Function Operations
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • The Wine Group, 17000 E. Highway 120, Ripon, California, United States of America