Founded in 1963, GARDEN CREEK VINEYARDS & WINERY is a third-generation winegrowing estate in the eastern hills of the Mayacamas Mountains near the town of Geyserville, in the heart of the Alexander Valley, in Sonoma County, California. The estate has been sustainably tended with regenerative practices for the past thirty years and today are considered leaders in the movement. We, the Warnelius-Miller family planted our first vineyards in 1969 focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon at Garden Creek and share a fervent vision of fine articulate winegrowing. Today we craft 2,500 cases of wine sold predominately Direct to Consumer. We firmly believe in the intimate relationship of a farmer’s hand with the vine and land all lead by the power of family.
SUMMARY / PURPOSE:
We are seeking an experienced, highly competent ACCOUNTING MANAGER with current wine-industry experience. The position will report to the proprietors. This is a key role and will be responsible for accurate reporting of the general ledger, cost accounting, insurance, wine compliance, year-end tax preparation and banking alongside additional accounting responsibilities.
The ACCOUNTING MANAGER must have a thorough understanding of the principals of financial accounting and is responsible for day-to-day accounting operations by maintaining and producing accurate financial information and timely accounting tasks. They are responsible for ensuring the integrity and reliability of General Ledger balances.
As a small winery office, the accounting manager is responsible for the office infrastructure, office resources and other business matters for the winery, vineyards, and related entities.
KEY ACCOUNTING RESPONSIBILITIES:
General ledger maintenance with balance sheet reconciliation
Winery & Vineyard cost accounting ensuring accuracy of farming costs, production costs, inventory valuation and cost analysis
Manage day-to-day accounting operations, including payables, receivables and tax preparations
Prepare and post journal entries, monthly reconciliations and supporting schedules
Manage federal and state excise taxes, state sales taxes, direct sales licenses, CA sales tax returns and liaison with Compliance firm
Maintain all TTB & ABC licenses and permits
Manage the timely submission Federal and State tax returns, including TTB, Board of Equalization, and Sonoma County Property Statements with the highest degree of accuracy
Process daily sales entries from POS system
Inventory control and cost accounting of COGS of wines and vineyards
Manage all Payroll bi-weekly, Employee Taxes and 401(k) plan
Provide financial analyses, in particular for cost savings and pricing decisions
Maintain fixed asset register and depreciation schedules
HR administrative duties when necessary
Organization and maintain an efficient business office
Documenting the process of accounting policies and procedures
Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Business Administration or equivalent experience
Wine industry experience is preferred but not required
High Level QuickBooks user
Experience with financial reporting, general ledger and payroll
Experience in Wine Compliance and State shipping rules
Advanced Excel skills essential requirement
Able to work in a team environment and operate independently
Professionalism and self-confidence
The ideal candidate will have excellent credentials and references, along with proficiencies in generally accepted accounting practices (GAAP) as well as MS office Suite, QuickBooks, eCommerce software and other accounting software systems.
Excellent attention to detail and accuracy
Strong organizational skills and able to manage multiple tasks, and deadlines
Proactive follow-up with Senior Management & Owners
Capable of providing basic computer IT support to winery staff
Excellent verbal and written English communication skills
Ability to negotiate with vendors and suppliers
High proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel and Adobe Acrobat
Must possess a valid driver’s license, a vehicle, and insurable driving record
Ability to lift and carry a 9.0 liter (45 lbs) case of wine a plus
$80,000 - $100,000 per year, based on applicable experience
BENEFITS at Garden Creek Vineyards, LLC:
We offer benefits for superior performance and offer an inclusive work environment.
• Health Care Savings Plan
• Paid Vacation & Holidays
• 401(k) with Employer Match and Supplemental Contribution
• Employee Wine Discounts
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