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Assistant Production Winemaker

Location: Napa, CA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Manager/Supervisor

THE POSITION

This is a hands-on position responsible for managing and directing the production and cellar team(s), and works proactively with the winemaking team for shared responsibility for all wine with in various production facilities.

The Associate Winemaker is responsible for the overall management, direction, and coordination for winemaking in various facilities.  Responsible for wine product quality - completed by overseeing and directing all wine processing.  Responsible for representing and supporting the Company’s image and efforts in the technical field and various production facilities. 

The Associate Winemaker will participate in the development of strategies to accomplish financial goals for the winery.  Ensures company production objectives at the lowest cost consistent with quality requirements.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS

This position exhibits and fosters a spirit of team collaboration within the company and the winemaking staff.  This position reports to the VP of Winemaking.  Reporting into this position are the Cellar Master, Maintenance Foreman, Lab Technician, Cellar Workers and harvest interns.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Manages and directs production processes to maximize production capacity and efficiency without compromising adherence to the highest standards of safety, quality, regulatory compliance, and the Company’s vision.
Participates in the development of all winery facilities.
Assures effective communication among production staff along with the VP of winemaking and with all other departments and managers.
Promotes and maintains good relations between the Company and its custom crush partners through regular communication and timely addressing of grievances, in cooperation with general management.

PRODUCTION

Have working knowledge of all pieces of cellar equipment including:  sorting line equipment, destemmer/crushers, presses, cross-flow filters, micro-ox, lees filters, pumps, bottling line, other harvest equipment, barrels, etc.
Have working knowledge of all cellar procedures such as crushing, fermenting, pressing, wine movements, topping, barrel work, filtration, sterilization of equipment, bottling, etc.
Works daily in cellar, especially during harvest. (50%) Remaining time spent in administrative tasks within the Winery. (50%)
Directs the Winemaking team in the execution of the daily Work Orders for Production.  Including record keeping functions as they relate to wine inventory and production. Ensures accurate processing, inventory and compliance records required by state and federal agencies.
Direct supervision of Cellar Master, Maintenance Foreman, Lab Technician, and Cellar Crew to ensure completion of Daily Work Schedule.
Assist Cellar Master in training Cellar Crew on proper techniques for jobs such as large wine movements and barrel work, based on Standard/Written Cellar Procedures.  Develop and implement new ideas for more efficient and effective cellar procedures.
Works collaboratively with the VP of Winemaking for research, purchasing and maintenance of production equipment and for ensuring adequate physical plant supplies.

ADMINISTRATIVE

Work with VP of Winemaking on related issues.
Responsible for compliance with local, county, state and federal agencies as relates to production including, but not limited to, wastewater, stormwater, hazardous materials, and organic certification.
In conjunction with production staff, establishes and directs implementation of operational policies and overall direction of production departments.
Oversight and management of all written winemaking/production procedures and protocol.
Participate in planning, research and purchasing of major equipment.

SAFETY

Ensure compliance with OSHA regulations.
Ensures that standards for and supervision of all production departments are in conformance with or above industry standards, particularly with regard to safety.
Leads the Safety Management Committee.

PERSONNEL

Works with the VP of Winemaking in hiring and evaluation of performance of Cellar Personnel.
Working knowledge of company policies and benefits. Ensures conformance with all Company policies among Cellar Personnel.
Cooperation with personnel in other departments is always expected.  This includes day-to-day operations and major items such as:
• Harvest for production people
• Major marketing events
• Holiday season for other departments

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

Specific requirements include:

College degree required, BS in Enology/Fermentation Science or Winemaking.
Five or more years production experience, with increasing supervisorial experience.  Strong organizational skills.
Ability to work extended hours as needed.
People management experience, strong skill set required.
Minimum 2 years experience with a winemaker type software, including data entry and compliance tracking/reporting.
Strong technical skills, including a hands-on approach to management and understanding of production equipment.
Excellent mechanical aptitude with the skills to understand the workings of all winery equipment and the ability to assess need for equipment repairs.

REQUIREMENTS

Ability to effectively communicate, motivate, and function as a team leader and role model to others.  This should be demonstrated through thorough and consistent team building, leadership by example, and pride in the product produced. A sense of humor, professionalism and good people skills required.
 As with all positions at the winery, other jobs may occasionally arise outside the realm of this job description.  Doing other jobs on a fill-in basis is expected of every employee.
Computer knowledge and skills. Winemaker software fluency, along with data entry 
Ability to multi-task.  Big picture team player with strategic vision.
Strong verbal, written and presentation skills.  We are a professional organization and represent ourselves as such in demeanor and appearance.
Attention to detail in all aspects of production.
Ability to work extended hours
Valid driver’s license.
Flexible personality, enthusiasm and excellent work ethic.
Spanish language skills a plus.

If you are qualified, please submit your resume:

Benchmark Consulting

(707) 933-1500

(707) 933-1508 fax

www.benchmarkhr.com

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