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Assistant Manager, Retail Sales & Hospitality

Ridge Vineyards Inc

Cupertino, CA

Job Description:

Position: Assistant Manager, Retail Sales & Hospitality (Cupertino)
Category: Full time. Includes one weekend day and some holidays

OBJECTIVE: Assume the management, maintenance, and leadership, of all aspects of the Monte Bello Retail Department in the absence of the Manager. Responsibilities include: guest services, visit & event coordination, sales, education, membership acquisition, inventory control, daily financial management, and staff supervision. The Assistant Manager will also assist the Manager in hosting on and off-site events.

•  Exemplify excellent leadership qualities, leading by example, and inspiring achievement.
•  Assume a leadership role in creating and executing new & ongoing staff training initiatives.
•  Involvement in staff meetings and tastings; regularly contributing topics of concern or interest regarding financial performance, wine industry news, tasting room best
practices, food pairing, and social media.
•  Assist in developing goals and incentives for the Retail staff, and provide input for staff reviews.
•  Contribute to the hiring process for new team members.
•  Assist with staff scheduling, including but not limited to weekend and weekday shifts, training opportunities, and staff meetings.

•  Support the Retail Sales operations as necessary including: answering phones, email, voicemail, exception reports, department projects, processing orders, and updating customer records.
•  Assist with maintaining physical organization and cleanliness of all hospitality related areas including case goods room and tasting room retail areas, back bar service, and storage.
•  Ensure that all aspects of shipping logistics (i.e. entering orders, packing orders, making labels, tracking, updating compliance and policies in the tasting room) are fulfilled
•  Ensure that daily cash management and reconciliations, including POS operations, management, and maintenance, are accurately performed.
•  Assist with wine and non-wine inventories, ensuring S.O.P.’s are consistently followed.
•  Take a lead role in the utilization and understanding of to help achieve departmental objectives.

Guest Service & Hospitality
•  Host guests visiting our property, coordinating with internal stakeholders when necessary, to ensure each experience at the winery estate is innovative, engaging, and sets a
high standard that reinforces our brand positioning. Hosting duties include but are not limited to:
o Tours, tastings, & vineyard visits.
o Accurately coordinating and scheduling visit details
o Securing wines and any accompaniments; setup and teardown of tastings
o Providing follow-up and feedback when appropriate

•  Assume a leadership role in coordinating and executing VIP consumer and trade visits to our property. This may include hosting for specialty presentations and educational
seminars (food and wine pairings, sensory analysis, etc.).
•  Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the various unique selling points of our products, properties, and production teams, accurately communicate this with customers.
•  Participate in, and contribute to, strategic planning sessions related to experience design and implementation.

Key Events
•  Contribute to the planning and execution of major annual events held at our property. Pour wine and greet guests at major annual events held at our property (including
consumer tastings, Wine Club events, hospitality Open Houses, and wine release parties, among others).
•  Periodically pour our wine and greet guests at key consumer and trade tasting events throughout the SF Bay Area and beyond, as needed.

Key Internal Partners
•  Partner closely with marketing team, production team, and wholesale sales team as necessary.
•  Partner closely with principals, their executive assistants, and winemakers to ensure communication of all key details about guests they may be hosting/co-hosting.

Research and Analytics
•  Acquire, maintain, manage, and track information obtained through guest interaction (industry trends, economic data, and product feedback) to support strategic planning.
•  Research purchase and portfolio history prior to the guests’ arrival, when possible, to determine the most appropriate guest experience and collaborate with the respective
managers, as needed.
•  Assist with community outreach and gatekeeper relationship building
•  Maintain accurate and up-to-date customer records and history in our various systems (Trade visits/CRM, Consumer/WiMS, etc.)


Performs all related duties as assigned.


•  Undergraduate college degree preferred; minimum two years’ junior college
•  Minimum three years’ experience in the luxury wine industry with emphasis on exceptional guest service
•  Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral
•  Excellent organizational skills
•  Collaborative/team operational skills
•  Ability to make empowered decisions that positively affect the customer’s experience
•  Computer proficiency: Word, Excel, Outlook, WiMS, etc.
•  Excellent attention to detail
•  Ability to travel throughout the Bay Area and occasionally beyond, as needed
•  Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Friday, November 15th
Type of Work:
Full Time