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Vineyard Manager

COMPANY DESCRIPTION
The Wine Group is one of the top leaders in the wine industry. As a privately held management-owned company with 12 wineries in California, New York, and Australia, we strive to win with exceptional people who share our values. We produce many well-known brands including Franzia, Cupcake, Chloe, Flip Flop, Save Me San Francisco, Insurrection, Concannon, Benziger and Imagery. We are a successful company looking to employ talented individuals on our team who are self-motivated, positive and energetic. If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply!
JOB SUMMARY
The Wine Group and our Benziger and Imagery wineries in Glen Ellen are seeking an experienced Vineyard Manager to supervise and coordinate all the various farming activities for assigned vineyards. Assignments involve the execution of general vineyard management work requiring broad skills and knowledge in the areas of biodynamic farming, including pruning, irrigation management, weed control, applications, disease and pest control, cultivation and canopy management and harvest. The ideal candidate has 7+ years of vineyard management experience, is skilled and familiar with biodynamic farming methods, and thrives on managing and developing others.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
Manages all vineyard development activities including land preparation, reservoir trellis and irrigation system installation, planting and grafting, equipment selection, etc.
Manages all interfaces with Farm Labor Companies including creation of annual farm plans, labor management and budgeting
Functions as first point of contact for landlords at the leased vineyards
Directs work assignments, delegating work to field personnel in an effective manner
Trains personnel in the areas of scheduling procedures, safety and regulations related to vineyard functions
Maintains close supervision of field crews and/or contractors assuring proper procedures and quality of work
Directs a workforce consisting of labor crews, equipment operators, mechanics, irrigators, etc. as well as contractors
Monitors crops for insect and disease pressure; plans and implements fungicide, pesticide and irrigation programs
Keeps accurate records of pesticide and chemical usage and inventories
Maintains records of daily events and work schedules
Prepares the annual capital expenditure and operating expense budgets and reviews monthly
Manages the requisition, operation and maintenance of all tools, equipment and vehicles
Reviews all expenditures to ensure that all operations are within budgetary parameters
Interprets company policies to workers and enforces safety regulations
Implements safety training programs
This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned
QUALIFICATIONS
Degree in Viticulture, Agribusiness, Enology or equivalent experience required
Seven or more years of relevant vineyard management experience
Must have operations experience including budgeting, contract management, etc.
Computer skills in Microsoft office; strong functional ability with MS Excel
Good written and verbal communication skills
Support and model all company procedures and policies
Must embrace and demonstrate The Wine Group Core Values - Performance, Empowered and Cost-mindful, and keep them in mind when making all decisions
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Position requires significant travel between vineyards
Primary work activities are in the environmental elements
Employee is exposed to wet or humid conditions
Exposed to inclement seasonal weather, summer heat, cold weather, ran
Must be able to move and lift up to 50 lbs
May be exposed to moving mechanical parts, fumes, or airborne particles, farming chemicals and fertilizers
The Wine Group is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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