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Cellar Operations Manager

Fetzer Vineyards

Hopland, CA

Job Description:

Rooted in rebellion. Commitment to regenerate.

Celebrating over 50 years of acclaimed winegrowing, Fetzer Vineyards is a leader in sustainable business practices, organic winegrowing, and craftsmanship in the cellar.

In addition to robust offerings under the winery’s flagship Fetzer label, the winery also crafts the leading wine from organic grapes, Bonterra Organic Vineyards, Other California offerings include Adorada, Anthony’s Hill, Beckon, Relay, Sanctuary Wines and 1000 Stories, the original Bourbon barrel-aged wine.

As cellar operations manager, you will be responsible for managing the cellar operations including winery harvest activities, routine and complex cellar and cleaning procedures and activities to ensure maximum productivity and efficiency and high quality of all products produced as well as winery maintenance and ensuring food safety compliance. In this capacity, you will be responsible for regular and on-going compliance and safety training and will manage all cellar and maintenance personnel and logistics activities while meeting and exceeding wine and juice quality standards as directed by the winemaking staff. This role reports to the director of winemaking and winery operations.

Fetzer Vineyards is proud of the following successes and seeks like-minded individuals who are eager to contribute ideas and work for a company which values:

•  (FSSC 22000) Certification
•  Utilizing technology such as auto red fermenter, automated barrel machines and Scada monitoring system for monitoring of most equipment
•  Team members with cellar expertise and tenure averaging 20 years

Essential Functions:

Government Compliance – Personnel and Food Safety, Environment (20%)
•  Become familiar with Fetzer Vineyards’ IIPP and ensure the enforcement of and adherence to all OSHA and Company safety policies, procedures and guidelines.
•  Following the principles of the IIPP, ensures all employees, contractors and visitors are protected from hazards in the cellar work environment. Provides effective training, PPE and safety barriers, hazard communication, uses continuous self-audit systems to identify potential hazards and unsafe acts and identifies timely solutions to eliminate, isolate or minimize hazards.
•  Investigates accidents, incidents and near misses and identifies ways to eliminate risk of recurrence.

Quality (20%)
•  Manages quality of all cellar operations by ensuring a culture of accuracy, thoroughness, attention to detail and commitment to excellence is present at all times.
•  In conjunction with winemaking, develops and maintains Cellar SOPs to ensure quality steps and risk aversion are built into all production systems and process.
•  Communicates with Laboratory and Winemaking to ensure work order analysis meets specifications.
•  Ensures cellar employees are trained on SOPs and have the appropriate skills, knowledge, tools and supervision necessary to perform quality work before they are authorized to perform tasks with or without supervision.

Leadership and influence, Team building & partnering (20%)
•  Demonstrates leadership and professionalism and serves as a role model in the development of a positive and progressive company culture that is conducive to maximizing safety, quality, productivity and efficiency, promoting open communication, teamwork and respect for others.
•  Fills direct cellar supervisory role as needed in cellar team lead’s absence.
•  Continuously evaluates and documents employee performance and provides constructive feedback.

Productivity Management (15%)
•  Ensure cellar uptime is maximized.
•  Maximize employment of cellar labor resource, by managing attendance to ensure availability of staff, advanced planning to ensure a smooth and seamless work flow and optimum use of employee skills, knowledge and ability, best use of staff hours while minimizing overtime.
•  Ensures cellar equipment is available and in safe and optimal working order to meet winery production needs. Includes ensuring proper use and care of equipment by cellar employees and managing maintenance needs and priorities through the work order system.
•  Ensures that adequate cellar supplies, materials and equipment are on hand to support department functions.

Planning, organizing and financial management (15%)
•  Develops and manages cellar long-term work plans. Reviews/adjusts throughout the year with operations and winemaking to achieve efficiency, quality and budget goals.
•  Supports Team Leads in the creation of daily cellar work plans.
•  Develops workforce requirements for both harvest and non-harvest periods. In conjunction with Human Resources, hires to meet production needs. Manages international harvest internship program.
•  Assists with development of the Barrel Capacity Plan. Manages the storage and maintenance program for all barrels. Manages receipt of new barrels and disposition of old barrels.

Strategic and Project Management (5%)
•  Provides input to accomplish master planning and other winery business goals.
•  Cellar CAPEX Projects development and feasibility studies.
•  Cellar CAPEX project implementation and control.

Other duties and responsibilities as assigned (5%)

Must Requirements:

•  Bachelor’s degree and 10+ years cellar production operations experience or equivalent education/experience combination.
•  Large barrel and stainless cellars experience.
•  Proven supervisory experience.
•  Intermediate Word/Excel skills.
•  Must have flexibility and willingness to work schedules required by cellar production demands.
•  Proven understanding of quality winemaking production practices.
•  Valid driver’s license, clean driving record.
•  Bi-lingual (English/Spanish) communication skills, a plus but not required.

Location: Fetzer Vineyards’ is located at 12901 Old River Rd Hopland, CA 95449

Apply: Tell us about your passion for the wine industry by applying online http://fetzervineyards.appone.com

Additional Information:

Job Posted:
Thursday, May 21st
Type of Work:
Full Time
Reference No:
WJCOM052120