Job Description Template: Sommelier

How to use this template: Expertly craft a post for the open Sommelier position at your organization using this BambooHR job description template as a guide. Simply work with your hiring managers to customize each section to fit your company’s vision for this role.

Sommelier Job Description

Full-Time | Remote/Hybrid/On-Site | Location

$49,000–$65,000 (Suggested salary range for this role per Payscale)

Why [Company]?

Introduce your organization in 3–5 sentences. This is the perfect place to explain what you do and why your company is a great place to work! For example, here's our bio:

Our mission is simple: we want to set people free to do meaningful work. People love our software—and it turns out that people love working here, too. BambooHR has been recognized as a "Best Company to Work For," and we're proud of our team for creating software that makes an impact in the lives of HR pros and employees all over the world.

About Your Role

Give a general overview of what this person will do at your company. For example:

Our Sommelier is the in-house wine expert. As such, you’ll have the ultimate authority to select our wines and recommend them to guests. You’ll also manage the inventory and storage conditions in the wine cellar and source wines to keep it fully stocked. In addition, you’ll train servers on how to pour and sell wine to create an amazing experience for all of our guests.

What You'll Do

List specific job responsibilities. For example:

  • Recommend food and wine pairings to chefs and the management team
  • Help guests choose wines based on their meals, preferences, and budget
  • Work with chefs and management team to maintain the restaurant’s wine list
  • Create and update wine descriptions for the menu
  • Maintain proper storage of all wines to preserve the taste
  • Check inventory to ensure the wine cellar remains fully stocked
  • Source high-quality wines and negotiate pricing with vendors
  • Train servers on available wines, pricing, pouring technique, and age verification
  • Ensure adherence to all health and safety regulations and standards


What You'll Need to Get the Job Done

List what a qualified candidate needs to do their job effectively. For example:

  • Bachelor’s degree in hospitality administration or management preferred
  • Completion of a Sommelier certification course
  • Passing scores on all three sections of the Certified Sommelier Exam administered through the Court of Masters Sommeliers
  • 2+ years of proven experience as a wine steward or sommelier
  • In-depth knowledge of local wineries and wine suppliers
  • Extensive knowledge of wines, regions, and the wine-making process
  • Proven sales and business negotiation skills
  • Available for evenings, weekends, and extensive travel (including travel abroad)

What Will Make Us Really Love You

List the soft skills or "nice-to-haves" that will help your candidate be successful. For example:

  • Professional written and oral communication
  • Supervisory experience in a hospitality setting
  • Friendly and inviting demeanor with staff, guests, and vendors
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Knowledge and expert implementation of sales techniques
  • Ability to remain calm while working in a fast-paced setting
  • Understanding of the importance of continuing education
  • Organization and attention to detail

What You'll Love About Us

Describe your company's benefits, culture, work environment, and anything else that makes your organization stand out. For example:

Though the work environment in our restaurant is fast-paced, we’re a family-oriented business. We take the time to ensure our entire team is thriving. Here’s a glimpse into the generous benefits package we offer to ensure your well-being:

  • Healthcare: Medical, dental, and vision care for full- and part-time employees
  • Life insurance: Group plan provided to all employees at no cost
  • PTO: All employees have 10 days of PTO with the ability to accrue more
  • 401(k) access: 3% employer match for all employee contributions
  • Career development: Tuition and continuing education reimbursement
  • Family care: Up to 20 weeks of maternity and paternity leave

More About Our Company

Add your equal employment opportunity (EEO) statement, a note about required background checks, and other things a candidate may want to know before applying.

All team members are required to undergo a background check and drug screen prior to their hire date.

[Company] is an equal opportunity employer.

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