Full Job Description
This is a hands-on position responsible for managing and directing the production and cellar team(s), while working proactively with the production/winemaking team for shared responsibility for all wine within production facility.
The Director of Winemaking is responsible for the overall management, direction and coordination for winemaking in faculty. Responsible for wine product quality – completed by overseeing and directing all wine processing. Responsible for representing and supporting the Company’s image and efforts in the technical field and production facility.
The Director of Winemaking will participate in the development of strategies to accomplish financial goals for the winery. Ensures company production objectives at the lowest cost consistent with quality requirements.
This position exhibits and fosters a spirit of team collaboration within the company and the winemaking staff. This position reports to the CEO. Reporting into this position are the Cellar Master, Production Manager, Enologist, Cellar Workers, Harvest Interns and Tasting Room Manager.
- Manages and directs production processes to maximize production capacity and efficiency without compromising adherence to the highest standards of safety, quality, regulatory compliance, and the Company’s vision.
- Participates in the development of all winery facilities.
- Assures effective communication among production and cellar staff along with all other departments and managers.
- Have working knowledge of all pieces of cellar equipment, including sorting line equipment, de-stemmer/crushers, presses, cross-flow filters, micro-ox, lees filters, pumps, other harvest equipment, barrels, etc.
- Have working knowledge of all cellar procedures such as crushing, fermenting, pressing, wine movements, topping, barrel work, filtration, sterilization of equipment, etc.
- Works daily in cellar, especially during harvest. (50%) Remaining time spent in administrative tasks within the Winery. (50%)
- Directs the Production and Cellar team in the execution of the daily Work Orders for Production. Including record keeping functions as they relate to wine inventory and production. Ensures accurate processing, inventory and compliance records required by state and federal agencies.
- Direct supervision of Production Manager, Cellar Master, Enologist, Cellar Crew and Harvest Interns, to ensure completion of Daily Work Schedule.
- Assist Cellar Master and Cellar Crew on proper techniques for jobs such as wine movements and barrel work, based on Standard/Written Cellar Procedures. Develop and implement new ideas for more efficient and effective cellar procedures.
- Works with Production Manager for research, purchasing and maintenance of production equipment and for ensuring adequate physical plant supplies.
- Responsible for compliance with local, county, state and federal agencies as relates to production including, but not limited to, wastewater, stormwater, hazardous materials, and organic certification.
- In conjunction with production staff, establishes and directs implementation of operational policies and overall direction of production departments.
- Participate in planning, research and purchasing of major equipment.
- Ensure compliance with OSHA regulations.
- Ensures that standards for and supervision of all production departments are in conformance with or above industry standards, particularly with regard to safety.
- Leads the Safety Management Committee.
- Works with HR in hiring and evaluation of performance of Production and Cellar Personnel.
- Working knowledge of company policies and benefits. Ensures conformance with all Company policies among Winemaking and Cellar Personnel.
- Cooperation with personnel in other departments is always expected. This includes day-to-day operations and major items such as: Harvest for production people, Major marketing events, Holiday season for other departments.
Specific requirements include:
- 5 or more years production experience, with increasing supervisorial experience. Strong organizational skills.
- College degree preferred with an emphasis Enology/Fermentation Science or Winemaking. Or equivalent winery experience
- People management experience, strong skill set required.
- Minimum 2 years’ experience with a winemaker/blend type software, including data entry and compliance tracking/reporting.
- Strong technical skills, including a hands-on approach to management and understanding of production equipment.
- Excellent mechanical aptitude with the skills to understand the workings of all winery equipment and the ability to assess need for equipment repairs.
Required skills include:
- Ability to effectively communicate, motivate, and function as a team leader and role model to others. This should be demonstrated through thorough and consistent team building, leadership by example, and pride in the product produced. A sense of humor, professionalism and good people skills required.
- As with all positions at the winery, other jobs may occasionally arise outside the realm of this job description. Doing other jobs on a fill-in basis is expected of every employee.
- Computer knowledge and skills. Winemaker software fluency, along with data entry
- Ability to multi-task. Big picture team player with strategic vision.
- Strong verbal, written and presentation skills. We are a professional organization and represent ourselves as such in demeanor and appearance.
- Attention to detail in all aspects of production.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Hard worker with excellent work ethic.
Preferred position qualifications include:
- Spanish language skills a plus.