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General Manager - Confidential

Location: Paso Robles, CA

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Manager/Supervisor

Reports to:  President/Owner

Location:   Paso Robles, CA

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Directly supervises the Winemaker, Director of Sales and Marketing, and Bookkeeper.
  • The General Manager has complete fiduciary responsibility while directing the winery in its day-to-day operations.
  • The GM has authority over all personnel and operates under policies and budgets approved by the Board.
  • Responsible for executing and monitoring short and long term goals of the company.
  • Works closely with the Board to determine winery goals.
  • Ensure executive team is working toward company’s short and long term goals.
  • Highly involved with winery operations and maintenance, sales, marketing, financial record keeping, and staffing.
  • Communicate regularly with ranch and vineyard team.
  • Oversee employee relations.
  • Develop business and marketing plans and evaluate progress.
  • Analyze company’s financial health and project growth.
  • Develop employee development and training programs.
  • Work with Board and Corporate on policy development and implementation.
  • Ensure employees are performing at proper levels and are complying with policies.
  • Attend Board meetings.
  • Liaise with department heads to ensure proper staffing.
  • Stay up-to-date on regulations and trends.
  • Provide recommendations regarding growth strategies and investments.
  • Oversee annual budget.
  • Provide vision and leadership in fiscal planning to ensure the continuity  and solvency of the winery.
  • Work with Production to ensure accurate documentation of data and records.
  • Advocate and ensure high safety standards at all times.
  • Maintain general oversight of records including A/R, A/P, Inventory, etc.
  • Assist in development of programs to increase company efficiency.
  • Ensure direct to consumer and wholesale compliance requirements are met.
  • Manage compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Post payroll and commission journal entries.
  • Communicate with HR on regular basis.
  • Act as a professional, personable, and responsible brand ambassador while at the winery and while representing the company outside of the winery.
  • Other duties as assigned by President/Owner/Board

 Secondary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support Sales and Marketing team with events, tastings, and marketing projects.
  • Support Production team with quality control, planning, and analysis.
  • Help with IT tasks at winery.
  • Assist with Ranch projects.

Job Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong managerial skills.
  • Proven skills in business and financial management.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Effective mediation skills.
  • Ability to make accurate observations, analyze and solve problems.
  • Strong, practical business sense and judgment.
  • Ability to effectively lead people and develop a positive work environment.
  • Capable of training others and sharing knowledge.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively speak in front of audience.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to recognize and act on highest priorities first.
  • Multitask/work on multiple projects at once.
  • Efficient in Excel and Word.
  • Willingness to travel by both car and plane – up to 10% of the time.
  • Up-to-date on industry trends and regulations.
  • Ability to generate data and reports.
  • Ability to analyze data and reports.
  • Team player.
  • Ability to cope with conflict, stress and crisis situations.
  • Good documentation abilities.
  • Self-motivated and self-managing.

 Education, Experience, Certification, and Training

  • Minimum of 5 years’ managerial experience
  • MBA
  • Wine industry experience
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