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California: Vineyard Director

Ensure strategic planning for annual and long term viability of vineyard operations.  Works with winemaking teams to insure highest value of fruit use. Responsible for managing and long term planning of Capital. Manage hiring & monitoring of FLC’s as well as day to day operations in vineyards. Manage budgets for vineyards to ensure that actual comes in below budget. Maximizing efficiency will be done in conjunction with viticulture practices which match the price point targeted along with sustainable property management. Develop farming strategies to ensure long term efficient farming of high quality grapes.

Key Responsibilities:
• Working with Regional Vineyard Director, develop long term operations strategy for vineyard operations and ensure transition.
• Work with winemaking teams to ensure highest value use of fruit.
• Manage leases, assets and capital.
• Under general direction, protect and develop all vineyard assets, including identifying, developing, and implementing effective programs to accomplish grape quality and quantity objectives.
• Develop and recommend short and long term plans for vineyard operations, in conjunction with CWUS goals and all legal and regulatory requirements.
• Responsible for selecting and managing sub-contracted seasonal labor for hand work, equipment operations, pest control, and harvest.
• Execute Operations and Capital budgets.
• Assist in ensuring necessary capital improvements and operational needs are identified.
• Hire, develop, and supervise vineyard operations staff; direct vineyard activities through these positions, including establishing vineyard procedures and training staff in the implementation of new procedures.
• Ensure development and management of training and safety programs to enhance job performance and knowledge; ensure training is provided to subordinates in accordance with State and Federal safety regulations. Prepare required chemical reports for the State of California.
• Assure that vineyard operations follow administrative and personnel policies and procedures.
• Ensure crop estimates are performed and achieve accuracy within 10% on a block by block basis.
• Responsible for organizing harvest in concert with the Winemaking teams as a means to achieve winemaking goals.
• Ensure maintenance of computerized databases and reporting systems for Vineyard Operations. Responsible for integration into winery Viticulture and Finance systems.
• Direct programs that assure cost effective and efficient performance of operations within wine growing and quality goals; control and track financial performance of the vineyard operations.
• Assure consistent, effective working relations and communication with other department managers as well as the winemaking team.
• Participate in continuing education programs and research within the industry.

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