WANTED: Expert tea-taster!

WANTED: Expert tea-taster!

If you’re considering a career change and you have a penchant for a fine brew, Newcastle tea experts Ringtons has a rare opportunity to join the 110-year-old business as a Trainee Tea Buyer & Blender.

Based at Ringtons head office in Byker, the successful candidate will have a passion for tea; taste countless teas from all over the world; be trained and supported to become an expert taster and have the opportunity to travel to, and liaise with, specialist tea producers in origin. 

Ringtons’ teas are sourced from all over the world, most prominently Africa, India, Sri Lanka and China, and shipped to Newcastle for careful blending and manufacturing of the finished product.   The tea buying and blending team are responsible for sourcing a vast and diverse array of teas and carefully maintaining the precise blend requirements for Ringtons’ customer partners, who are speciality and luxury food retailers, as well as the famous Ringtons brand.

Ringtons head of tea (what a job title!) James Jobling said: “Ringtons was founded on tea and it remains the cornerstone of our business.  We have the pleasure of working with a wonderful product in tea, which is so important to so many people.  We are very proud of the quality and diversity of teas we source and what we do is held in extremely high regard by our colleagues and customers.

“Tea tasting and buying is a continuous process for us, and each tea is tasted multiple times by our tasters before it reaches the customer to ensure quality and consistency every time.  This Trainee vacancy offers a rare opportunity to join a passionate and proud north-east business in what can become one of the company’s most fulfilling roles.

“In the industry, we would normally say that it takes between 5-7 years of tasting to become a fully-fledged tea taster, so the Trainee Tea Buyer & Blender role is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual looking to progress within the company and carve out a unique career. 

“However, in reality tea is so fascinating that you never really stop learning. The person we are looking for has to be committed, passionate about tea, organised and dedicated to helping us continue to source our teas to the very highest standard.” 

Ringtons was established in 1907 by Samuel Smith who delivered tea to households throughout the north east via horse and cart.  Today the family-business operates throughout the UK via it’s doorstep delivery service, business-to-business division Ringtons Beverages and online store.

The closing date for applications is 26th May 2017 – applicants are asked to send a covering letter and CV to Daniel Smith Daniel.smith@ringtons.co.uk.