Experienced Cellar Supervisor needed for busy, high-volume Sonoma County winery. This is an opportunity to work with a great team and company. We make everything from 100 case to 100,000 case lots.
The Cellar Supervisor assists with coordination of all cellar activities and programs. The position is primarily responsible for the supervision and leadership of the cellar and bottling teams, supplies and equipment, compliance with established safety protocols and regulatory compliance.
• Maximize use of cellar labor resources to ensure a smooth and seamless workflow.
• Optimize use of employee skills, knowledge and ability and best use of staff hours while minimizing overtime.
• Ensure cellar equipment and cellar supplies are available and in optimal working order to meet winery production needs. Ensure proper use and care of equipment by cellar employees, and communicate maintenance needs and priorities to the Facilities department.
• Ensure that adequate cellar supplies, materials and equipment are on hand to support cellar functions.
• In conjunction with Winemaking and the Operations Manager, develop and maintain Cellar Standard Operating Procedures to ensure quality steps and risk aversion are built into all production systems and processes.
• Ensure employees are trained on SOP’s and have the appropriate skills, knowledge, tools and supervision necessary to ensure quality work.
• Conduct on-going assessments of cellar operations to ensure quality goals are met or exceeded.
• Manage overall sanitation and appearance of all cellar areas.
PLANNING AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT/LEADERSHIP
• Create, direct and adjust cellar work plan and resources to ensure production, quality and budget goals are met.
• Develop workforce requirements for both Harvest and non-Harvest periods. Hire to meet production needs.
• Manage the storage and maintenance program for all barrel and tanks.
• Contribute to winery safety program development and ensure the enforcement of and adherence to all OSHA regulations and internal safety policies. Ensure staff is protected from hazards in the cellar work environment.
• Communicate to management any employee or workplace safety violations, and note new or developing hazards.
• Demonstrate leadership and professionalism and serve as a role model in the development of a positive and progressive company culture.
• Play an instrumental role in the development of a company culture that is conducive to maximizing productivity and efficiency, promoting open communication, teamwork and a spirit of cooperation and effective management of employee relations.
• Provide input to Winemaking and Operations Manager to accomplish master planning and other winery business goals.
• Promote and implement sustainable practices (water conservation, recycling, energy efficiency).
• Ensure compliance with government regulations and manage regulatory issues.
• Continually evaluate and document employee performance and provides constructive feedback. Responsible for the writing of annual performance reviews.
• Ensure the cellar team is developed to meet the level of skills and knowledge required to operate the winery.
• Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
• Must have 5 years related experience and knowledge of all production areas including harvest crush, winemaking, barrels, bottling, cellar, safety procedures and sanitation.
• 3-5 years of Supervisory and/or Management experience.
• Well-rounded knowledge of major aspects of winemaking operations, personnel supervision, workflow scheduling, equipment operation, capacity planning, procedural practice and development.
• Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) communication skills.
• Excellent (English) verbal and written communication skills, with commensurate math skills.
• Must be available to work irregular shifts (including weekends) and long hours may be required during harvest.
• Computer proficiency in Excel, Word, E-Mail and winemaking software is preffered.
• Must have valid Driver’s License and ability to be insured under the company’s auto insurance policy.
• Working conditions in certain areas of the winery are cold, wet, slippery and noisy. Involves exposure to hazardous conditions.
• Frequent walking, including going up and down stairs and ladders, dragging wine hoses and bending.
• Must be able to lift 55 lbs.
• Respiratory certification required to work on any projects that require the use of a respirator.