Operations/Vineyard Manager - Confidential
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Manager directs the daily activities and operations of the vineyards and vineyard workers. Essential duties and responsibilities of this position are listed below; however, other tasks may be assigned to the
Manager as deemed necessary by management.
Essential Job Duties
All employees are required to maintain a positive, enthusiastic and thoughtful attitude to promote and ensure positive employee relations throughout the company and with our customers, vendors, and distributors.
Strong interpersonal skills are essential, along with the ability to deal effectively with a diversity of individuals at all organizational levels and to effectively communicate with diverse client groups.
Must exhibit outstanding customer service skills and maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times.
Must be extremely detailed, highly organized and adaptable.
Fluency in English and Spanish languages (speaking, reading and writing).
Oversees vineyards to ensure vine development, vine health and fruit quality.
Directs viticulture practices including tractor force, pest control, spraying, proper pruning, suckering, tying, frost protection, irrigation, thinning, canopy management, soil nutrition, planting, replanting, erosion, and general land management.
Assigns duties and monitors quality of work; assures staff conforms to organizational policies and procedures and government regulations.
Works hands-on with crews as needed to cover the work load, demonstrate expectations and proper techniques, ensure safety compliance, train employees and develop skill levels.
Actively listens to and trouble-shoots everyday employee relations issues by counseling and documenting issues as they arise; conducts performance reviews.
Manages labor contractors and crew foremen to ensure quality and meet performance expectations.
Monitors and schedules preventative maintenance and repair of farming vehicles and equipment.
Conducts performance evaluations, addresses complaints and resolves issues; takes disciplinary action, as necessary, in coordination with Director of Winemaking and Human Resources.
Schedules breaks and approves overtime within California wage and hour rules .
Directs and assigns duties as needed to meet harvest obligations and schedules.
Manages, communicates, tracks and enforces worker safety programs and training requirements including OSHA codes/guidelines, Injury & Illness Prevention Program, and safe pesticide handling.
Oversee wastewater system operations.
Compliance reporting for water and wastewater systems.
Oversee implementation of green business initiatives.
Occasional modifications of existing buildings and equipment.
Communication with outside vendors.
Purchase equipment parts by completing the necessary paperwork (e.g., purchase orders, requisitions, receivers, vouchers, etc.).
Keep accurate records detailing maintenance, service, and repair history on all equipment.
Understand and comply with all safety regulations and procedures; assist in making sure that the facility and equipment are safe for employees and visitors.
Work in all areas of the facility.
Installation of capital projects.
Diagnose malfunctioning systems, apparatus, and components, using test equipment and hand tools, to locate the cause of a breakdown and correct the problem.
Maintain, troubleshoot and repair the following types of equipment
Drive company vehicle to pick-up and deliver parts and/or supplies.
Drive Forklift to move supplies and equipment.
Document all maintenance operations on work orders, Bills of Lading, PM, logs, etc.
Bachelor's degree in Agriculture, AgBusiness, Viticulture, or related field plus 4 years of operational experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibly; or 8 years of operational experience reflecting increasing levels of responsibility.
Frequent travel to various company owned and framed vineyards (may include extended hours, weekend and late night assignments).
Possess or obtain a California Pest Control License or Applicator License and forklift certification.
Ability to lift and move up to 50 pounds.
Possess a valid driver's license, acceptable driving record and be insurable under Company's policy.
Ability to drive forklift and haul grapes in company truck while driving up/down steep winding roads.
Dedicated to working a typical agricultural schedule that includes extended hours during harvest.
Experience supervising employees with ability to lead, motivate and supervise a team of employees.
Strong work ethic, self-managed and the ability to work autonomously with little supervision.
Proficiencywith Microsoft Office Suiteto run reports, complete accurate data entry and document information related vineyards, employees, maintenance logs, etc.
Able to communicate and work with all colleagues, vendors, growers and clients in an effective and professional manner.
Mechanical knowledge and general farm equipment operation experience.