Operations Manager
Peju Winery Production
Description

About Peju: 


Peju Winery is a family owned and operated winery located in Rutherford, in the heart of Napa Valley. Farming organically and sustainably, our estate-grown fruit develops into award winning wines that exhibit a graceful pairing of power and elegance. Peju Winery has been awarded Best Place to Work by the Northbay Business Journal for four years running. We are a Certified Green Winery committed to protecting the environment, providing extraordinary customer service, and recruiting smart, talented people to work with us.


Essential Job Functions:


Cellar Operations Management:

  • Lead the planning and implementation of operating budgets with a focus on cost reduction and control. Assist in annual budget forecasting and development. 
  • Manage planning and tactical execution of Cellar and Bottling operations. 
  • Work with Winemaking to oversee daily schedule and monthly/annual plan with an emphasis on efficiency and quality.
  • Time manages deadlines and scheduling. 
  • Manage staffing, training, safety and performance standards of employees. 
  • Develop and update operational procedures. Ensure implementation to improve efficiency. 
  • Oversee maintenance of equipment and sanitation requirements; ensure proper operation and care of equipment.  
  • Ensure records and inventory are maintained for warehousing, packaging, cellar, bottling and laboratory. 

Cellar:

  • Work with Winemaking to coordinate wine production activities involving harvest, bottling and wine maintenance. 
  • Write work orders as needed and ensure they are implemented to the highest standard and ensure accurate entry into Vintrace software. 
  • Oversee condition of Cellar including equipment, housekeeping, inventories and sanitation are performed according to the highest standards. 
  • Work with Winemaking to coordinate wine production activities through crush, fermentation, clarification, aging, blending, and bottling. 
  • Identify capacity limitations in Cellar equipment and production facilities. 
  • Research new equipment and develop recommendations to enhance quality and efficiency. 
  • Manage inventories of supplies and proper usage and track and timely reorder 

  

Bottling:

  • Direct and coordinate bottling operations including line efficiency, set up and change overs and sanitation. 
  • Manage and train staff to ensure quality control protocols are followed and incidents are documented and resolved immediately. 
  • Oversee daily operations of bottling line and schedule. Maintain standards for quality and daily line productivity.  
  • Ensure preventative maintenance is conducted to reduce downtime and costs. 

Purchasing and Planning:

  • Execute purchasing processes ensuring best price, right quantity and on time delivery. Ensure quality specifications, inventory and planning of timely reordering. 
  • Negotiate with vendors, suppliers and independent contractors to secure optimal prices, quality work and efficiency.
  • Work with Winemaking to plan, coordinate and execute harvest activities ensuring team is aligned and workflow is efficient and safe. 
  • Work with Winemaking to order packaging supplies and ensure timely delivery.

Maintenance:

  • Oversee the installation of new and existing production equipment and develope procedures as required to train employees.
  • Ensure the effective pursuit and completion of projects within budgetary guidelines while upholding high standards of excellence. 
  • Ensure equipment is maintained in good working condition. Improve, prevent and resolve machinery problems to ensure wine quality and drive efficiency as soon as discovered. 
  • Work with Facilities to maintain maintenance records, preventative maintenance schedules and inventory of equipment. Ensure efficient utilization of all production equipment. 
  • Assist in identifying and developing capital requests.

Safety and Compliance:  

  • Responsible for maintaining a safe working environment 
  • Interface with government officials concerning inspections, OSHA regulations, and related business. 
  • Ensure training and health & safety training of operations employees.
Requirements
  •  BS in Enology, Biological Science, Chemistry or equivalent preferred; Associate degree considered with sufficient work experience. Prior experience as a Cellar Master and/or Bottling & Packaging experience strongly desired.
  • Knowledge of major aspects of wine production, supervision, organization, and scheduling of personnel, equipment, and safety regulations
  • Mechanical knowledge and bottling line experience required.
  • Proficient in MS Excel and other MS Office programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate, help document workflow, and work with little supervision.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisor and staff and work as a team.
  • Knowledge and understanding of standard tests and analysis performed in winemaking.
  • Wine knowledge necessary.
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time and manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
Salary Description
Salary Range: $90k - $115K plus bonus potential