The Vineyard Director will be responsible for driving the vision, strategy and deliberate execution of company Vineyards. The Vineyard Director will be accountable for all aspects of running the vineyard within the district hierarchy by ensuring that fruit is produced to specification and that key business objectives are achieved through the application of best practice in the areas of viticulture, commercial, human resources and HSE (Health, Safety, Environment) management. Part of the director’s responsibilities will include teaching and instructing vineyard employees in all vineyard activities from planning, developing and planting vineyards, all cultural practices including irrigation and harvest. Keeping abreast of new technologies and new vineyard mechanization techniques that will enhance vineyard and wine grape quality and reduce labor. Work with certified sustainable wine grape systems to exhibit wine growing practices are ecologically friendly. Normal management practices flow through subordinate supervisory levels in order to ensure the effective pursuit and completion of projects on time and on budget. The director is a manager of managers.
The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.
• Develops strategic organizational policies and authorizes implementation of same.
• Organizes and writes the agenda for vineyard manager meetings.
• Involvement in the complexities of day-to-day operational problems.
• May also have management responsibilities in secondary or related operations.
• Organizes informational and educational meetings with outside vendors and professors.
• Assists in the recruiting, training and development of employees.
• Manages and implements career planning and professional development of employees.
• Manages and ensures annual performance reviews are effective and completed on time.
• Develops yearly operating budgets for ranches and ensure departmental adherence to the approved budgets.
• Develops and oversee budgets for vineyard development.
• Facilitates development tasks throughout the development process and into production.
• Supervises the compliance and technology manager and oversee all compliance with government agencies.
• Supervises and be knowledgeable of all chemical and fertilizer usage in the vineyard.
• Adherence and understanding of Federal and State Food Safety Standards as it applies to harvesting and transportation of grapes for juice for wine production.
• Develops a working relationships with winemaking and help implement strategies to achieve the quality objectives of the winery for given ranches.
• Involvement with industry affiliates such as CAWG, Farm Bureau and others.
• Oversee FLC’s and their relationship with TFE.
• Monitor vineyard yields and assess vineyard pruning strategies to achieve vine balance and the desired yields.
• Work involves a broad latitude for decision-making and review of actions through goal attainment.
• Stay abreast of current vineyard technology and implement pertinent strategies.
• Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture or related field. Master degree preferred.
• Minimum 5 years of vineyard experience.
• 5+ years’ experience in a leadership role.
• A strong background in vineyard development.
• Experience with mechanical and hand harvesting.
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Bilingual – Spanish a plus
• Excellent attention to detail and ability to follow through with projects.
• Excellent organization and leadership skills.
• Proactive in addressing problems for positive results.
• Robust experience with Microsoft Office Suite.
• Process oriented with focus on continuous improvement.
• Moderate to heavy physical work.
• Work site may be any one of Trinchero Family Estates’ facilities.
• Standing for long periods of time (8 hours per day).
• Must comply with all safety equipment requirements including ear plugs and safety glasses.
• Exposure to various chemicals in production areas.
• Exposure to machinery, forklifts and related production equipment.
• Long and irregular hours during peak periods or on various shifts.