Operations Manager

Location: McFarland, CA
The Company:
  • The Wine Group is one of the top leaders in the wine industry.
  • As a privately held management-owned company with 14 wineries in California, New York, and Australia, we strive to win with exceptional people who share our values.
  • They produce many well-known brands including Franzia, Cupcake, Chloe, Flip Flop, Save Me San Francisco, Insurrection, Concannon, Benziger and Imagery.

The Role:
  • The Operation Manager’s responsibility is to manage and direct the day to day operations of the facility reporting to the plant manager including oversight for plant operations.
  • This position will have progression potential to Senior Management.

  • Plan and direct work for the day to day operations with the winemaking team
  • Production planning and execution
  • Tank and barrel operations
  • Includes all cellar functions
  • Lead and manage the workforce (salaried and hourly)
  • Oversee all maintenance functions and staff
  • Manage the execution and closure of all work orders – in electronic system
  • Responsible for administration of safety and regulatory compliance
  • Responsible for Government/TTB compliance
  • Responsible for the purchase and inventory control of winery raw materials including maintenance supplies
  • This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for their job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

  • BS or higher in Science or appropriate field (Required)
  • 3+ years of previous Operations Manager experience (Required)
  • 4+ years of supervisory experience (Required)
  • 2+ years of background/experience in the Wine Industry (Preferred)
  • 1+ year of standard and advanced winery equipment experience (Preferred)
  • Business knowledge
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Communication (written, oral, ability to correspond with all levels of organization)
  • Proven history of HR skill sets
  • Entrepreneurial
  • Critical thinking skills
  • High integrity
  • Ability to develop people
  • Past working knowledge of regulations
  • Ability to Upward mobile position
  • Must embrace and demonstrate The Wine Group Core Values – Performance, Empowered, and Cost-mindful, and keep them in mind when making all decisions
  • Display integrity, character, and strong leadership skills
  • Excellent organizational & interpersonal skills with attention to detail
  • Work independently within set guidelines
  • Demonstrated reliability and punctuality, work effectively in team/crew environment, adherence to all safety regulations and operating procedures.

  • Leadership and Drive: Collaborative team leader with high motivation and strong desire to achieve in a demanding environment. Sets dramatic goals and aggressive schedules for improvement. Conveys a sense of urgency, and drives issues to closure. A team builder, who inspires, coaches, develops and leads from the trenches and by example. Holds oneself and others accountable for achieving high levels of performance and responsiveness. Attracts, retains and develops strong talent.
  • Intellectual Curiosity: Connects “the dots” quickly and perceptively. Problem solves without a road map. Fascinated by emerging consumer trends and design. Enjoys challenging conventional wisdom.
  • Communication Skills: Translates data into focused insights. Highly articulate. Excellent verbal and written communication skills; operates equally effectively in formal and informal settings both internally and externally. Well-honed influencing skills; courage to confidently express an independent point of view.
  • Cultural Astuteness and Flexibility: Is pragmatic, adaptable and focused in a fast-paced environment. Adapts strategies and approach as new information and circumstances arise. Is resilient in the face of challenging obstacles.
  • Energy: Has a very high capacity for work. Shows passion, energy/endurance, intensity and excitement. Is outcome/results focused and drives issues to closure. Resourceful and innovative; always pushing to find new and better ways of working.

  • Ability to travel between facilities when required
  • Must be able to lift and carry weights of up to 50 pounds at varying frequencies
  • Must be able to stand for long periods of time when required
  • Working environment is both indoors and outdoors, with exposure to related equipment and varying noise levels
  • Ability to perform tasks requiring bending, stooping, standing, and twisting in the performance of various task in the production environment
April A. Estes
Senior Recruiter
720-439-2609 Direct

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