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Cellar Lead - Ray's Station

Vintage Wine Estates

Hopland, CA

Job Description:

Wines produced at ‘Ray’s Station’ deliver the highest of quality. In addition to our well-known Cabernet and Merlot, we also produce a handful of small-lot wines from hand-selected barrels in our cellar. Down the road from the Russian River in the southern hills of Mendocino County, our expert winemakers crafts powerful yet approachable wines. Starting with meticulous vineyard management and continuing through harvest and fermentation, wines produced at ‘Ray’s Station’ deliver the highest of quality. In addition to our well-known Cabernet and Merlot, we also produce a handful of small-lot wines from hand-selected barrels in our cellar.

The Cellar Lead is responsible for overseeing and helping to execute cellar work for a given shift. The Cellar Lead will ensure that work orders assigned by winemaking or the Cellar Manager are executed accurately and in a timely fashion. This position will perform cellar work directly as well as assigning work to and supervising work by Cellar Workers.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:

Execute cellar work orders directly or by assigning to cellar workers for a given shift, ensure good communication of ongoing work orders to the next shift
Prioritize work orders for cellar crew based on time sensitivity and work flow efficiency
Monitor cellar for cleanliness and address issues promptly.  Promote and maintain 5S system in accordance with winery goals.
Participate in weekly cellar meetings
Provide input on all cellar SOPs and help ensure the cellar crew is trained and following them
Ensure tank gassing schedule is completed weekly.
Advise winemaking of any wine quality issues such as VA, films, or other wine defects
Manage scale house traffic so grape trucks are properly weighed and directed to appropriate locations
Help develop and improve cellar safety program in conjunction with Safety coordinator, Cellar Manager, and Winemaking team.  Maintains a “safety culture” within the cellar.  Lead safety trainings and ensure cellar crew abides by all safety protocols.
Assist in hiring, training, mentoring, disciplining cellar personnel in conjunction with Winemaker and / or Cellar Manager
Provide feedback for and participate in Cellar employee annual reviews
Instruct team members on the safe and proper use of all equipment and techniques
Work with Cellar Manager and winemaking to hire and manage temporary harvest help
Inventory cellar supplies as needed
Maintain cellar supply storage area in a clean and tidy fashion, remove expired materials from inventory
Receive cellar supplies and assign lot numbers
Place supplies orders with Purchasing

REQUIRED SKILLS:

Familiarity with the use of all types of winery equipment is essential 
Good English written and verbal communication skills
Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred, ability to converse in Spanish a plus

QUALIFICATIONS:

High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
5+ years of cellar experience at medium to large size winery
1+ years of cellar supervisory experience required
Must share company values: integrity, respect, value creation, compliance, customer focus
Versatility, flexibility, and a willingness to work in an evolving environment with enthusiasm 

PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: 

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position
Must be able to stand for extended periods as required by job duties
Must be able to work safely, both indoors and out, in all weather conditions
Must be able to climb stairs and ladders safely
Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs
Must be able to coordinate multiple tasks simultaneously
Must work overtime as required; must be willing and able to cover any shift with reasonable notice 

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Tuesday, October 8th
Type of Work:
Full Time