Benchmark Consulting is locating and screening candidates for this producer of fine wines. The Company is committed to the pursuit of excellence and best practices in all aspects of its wine business. This is a confidential search and therefore certain information may be withheld until the candidate completes the screening process. For more information regarding Benchmark Consulting or to submit your resume, please visit www.benchmarkhr.com.
The General Manager will be responsible for leading and directing the wholesale marketing efforts, managing the winemaking and DTC leadership already embedded in the company, and will collaborate with the owner to create and manage the strategic planning and related budgets.
The General Manager position reports directly to the Owner.
Direct responsibility for executing a national wholesale marketing strategy which is consistent with the focus of the brand.
Manage and help direct the other key management players and ensure the team is well motivated, informed and focused on the company’s goals and objectives and understands the economic impact of their efforts.
Ensure that the company’s activities and culture are always consistent with the near and longer term objectives of the strategy and brand.
Work directly with the owner to keep the mission and direction of the company aligned with the longer term objectives and mission of the brand.
5+ years in a senior management position of a winery with an emphasis on marketing (preferably with higher end wines).
Exposure to and comfort with strategic thinking and problem solving.
Strong leadership, communication and presentation skills.
Ability to consume information analyze it and devise appropriate responses to said information.
Bachelor’s or higher degree would be preferred.
Valid driver’s license; physical ability to travel both by car and plane and to visit multiple locations both inside the winery and in the vineyards; ability to climb stairs; ability to sit and operate a computer and ability to lift and carry 40+ lbs.
Specific understanding of luxury retail environments and their operations.
Comprehensive analytical, strategic and tactical skills (i.e. must be able to both create and execute ideas).
Proven P&L responsibilities with a solid understanding of how efficiency and results correlate with expenditures.
Entrepreneurial style with experience in a structured environment.
Adaptability and openness to change.
Well-rounded interpersonal skills including ability to coordinate with multiple departments.
Excellent analytical and creative skills.
Keen attention to detail with effective time and project management skill.
Passionate about wine and the varying dynamics specific to the wine business.
In addition the selected individual will share the company’s culture that includes a passion for excellence and innovation. Compassion, patience and a highly developed sensibility are also necessary for success.
Our workplace values communication, continuous improvement, punctuality, reliability and customer delight.
The client company and Benchmark Consulting are committed to an equal opportunity hiring policy and work environment.