Monday, June 12, 2017

Winejobs Report: Winery Hiring Increases in May 2017

Just received the latest from Winejobs about winery hiring patterns.  Posts were up 16% from the same time last year, and 7% year-to-date.  DTC, tasting room and retail jobs had the most growth year to year at 17%, up 4% year-to-date.  Winemaking increased 16 percent from last year, 22% year-to-date.  Sales and marketing were also up, 4% from the same time last year.  The postings for sales and marketing are down 5% year-to-date however.


Friday, May 26, 2017

WineTalent Classifieds: Member Relations Manager in Napa, CA

Job Opening:  Member Relations Manager with the Napa Valley Grapegrowers.

WineTalent is working with our client, Napa Valley Grapegrowers, on a full-time opening for a Member Relations Manager.  This person will be responsible for the overall development and execution of the organization's membership outreach plan.  The ideal candidate will have a strong sales and marketing background with a proven track record of increasing growth.  Additionally, this person will exhibit exceptional professionalism, analytical and communication skills and strategic thinking. 

To learn more about the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, please visit their website. 


Membership Outreach

·      Develop and manage membership outreach plan to increase membership
·      Host and promote regular meetings and events with current and potential NVG members to communicate the value of membership.
·      Responsible for meeting membership growth and budget goals as established annually
 Member Relations
·        Act as staff liaison to NVG membership
·        Personally meet with and regularly communicate membership benefits with existing members
·        Manage membership database of over 700 members
·        Manage custom web-based CRM platform
·        Manage membership GIS map and update as needed (no prior GIS experience required).
·        Liaise with county Assessor’s office and the Ag Commissioner’s office to maintain current and accurate Napa County parcel data
·        Manage membership dues renewal process and work with the Head of Finance to ensure that accounting and reporting is accurate and timely
·        Assess value for each membership category and make recommendations to enhance membership benefits
·        Manage the members-only section of the NVG website
·        Assist NVG Associate Director to identify and approach members about becoming an annual NVG strategic sponsor
·        Manage the ongoing Board of Directors Liaison program
 Member Events
·      Annual Membership Meeting
§ Work with NVG Executive Director to develop the meeting agenda and overall presentation program
§ Work with Committee Chairs on individual presentations
§ Create power point presentations for each Committee Chair, and upload to laptop
§ Manage the creation of the meeting packets for attendees
§ Work with NVG Event Manager on member takeaway gifts
§ Work with NVG Event Manager on overall timeline, food & beverage needs, AV requirements, etc.
§ Prepare all follow up thank you letters and membership communication
·      Work with the Marketing & Communications Committee in the development and execution of the NVG Social Club
·      Work with NVG team and committees to develop new member events and programs to increase value and benefits of membership
 Member Communications
·      Work with the Marketing & Communications Committee to fulfill the membership objectives of the Marketing Plan
·      Maintain & order inventory of NVG membership collateral materials
·      Provide input on weekly Grower Bulletin newsletters as they relate to communicating benefits of membership
·      Prepare and send membership correspondence
 Provide general support to the Board of Directors and the Executive Director
·      Prepare monthly Board of Directors membership report
·      Prepare biannual Board of Directors membership presentation
Service the goals and objectives of the NVG Strategic Plan
Miscellaneous administrative duties and event support


  • ·      At least 5 years in related position
  • ·      Superior writing and verbal communication skills
  • ·      Experience or interest in Napa Valley winegrape growing
  • ·      Highly motivated work ethic and organizational skills
  • ·      Strong interpersonal skills and an outgoing personality
  • ·      Advanced abilities to create, maintain, and report budgets
  • ·      Demonstrated success managing accounts and performing analyses
  • ·      Proficiency in Excel and Word. Experience with CRM and/or database tools a plus
  • ·      Experience with the sales and management of a luxury brand a plus
  • ·      Ability to assist with event set up, breakdown, and coordination
  • ·      Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • ·      Clean driving record with the California DMV

Friday, May 19, 2017

WineTalent Classifieds: Director of Winemaking in Fresno, CA

WineTalent is working with our client, O’Neill Vintners and Distillers, on a Director of Winemaking position at their Parlier, CA location.  O’Neill is a family owned and operated company producing wines and spirits for customers throughout North America.  The company is a premier bulk wine producer with a state-of-the-art production facility and a team of winemakers dedicated to quality production.  This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing company. 

Roles and Responsibilities:  
  • Oversee all aspects of wine production.
  • Hire, direct and manage winemaking staff.
  • Direct winemaking and wine blending to satisfy bulk and bottling programs according to volume, specification and style. 
  • Develop and maintain consistent wine styles for key customers using sales and production data.
  • Interact with Grower Relations team on grape schedules and picking decisions.
  • Ensure safe and efficient cellar operations.
  • Interact with the Operations team on new equipment and infrastructure needs.
  • Work with the sales team to ensure availability of wines for various programs and plan for long-term inventory.
  • Ensure strong commitment to customer relationships an involvement in routine customer meetings.
  • Winemaking department budgeting, planning, and forecasting.  

  • Bachelor’s degree in Viticulture and Enology, Food Science, Fermentation Science, Chemical Engineering, Process Engineering or related.  
  • At least 7 years of winemaking experience in a winemaking facility.
  • Personnel management experience. 
  • Proven palate with the ability to evaluate wines with confidence and clarity.
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving and analytical skills.  
  • Ability to work within a dynamic organization with changing priorities and workflow.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects concurrently.  
  • Prior budgeting and P&L management experience.

WineTalent is an executive search firm focused on the wine industry.  If you are interested in applying for this position, please email your resume to  All communications will be kept strictly confidential.  

WineTalent Classifieds: Winery Controller in Oakville, CA

Help Wanted:  Controller in Oakville, CA.  

Now in its third full year of operation on the Oakville Cross Road, B Cellars Vineyards and Winery is seeking a Controller who will manage the accounting and financial functions of the business.

Description: The Controller for B Cellars will be responsible for oversight of the accounting function of the company while also maintaining the financial integrity of the business. This role will manage the workflow of the accounting department and ensure timely completion of tasks and reporting. Utilizing B Cellars’ Microsoft Navision platform, the Controller will implement the efficient use of the system for accounting, inventory, POS and costing.

  • Manage and perform the accounting and financial functions of the business, conduct the monthly close process, prepare, analyze and communicate timely and accurate monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements consistent with both internal reporting formats and GAAP.
  • Manage the bookkeeping function, which provides basic accounting (AP, AR, invoice entry and creation, payroll, sales reporting, etc).
  • Understand and upkeep the financial budget model in order to produce regular forecast updates for P&L, Balance Sheet and Cash Flow, including cash flow forecasting and department level budgeting.
  • Support communications with and provide materials for interactions with Company’s lender(s). Manage and perform necessary activities for monthly and annual bank covenant compliance.
  • Maintain accurate and timely files for all contracts, insurance and corporate records. Oversee and manage insurance programs and policies, and provide assistance with contract review and administrative oversight.
  • Manages all aspects of cash and credit card sales out of Napa Valley tasting room; includes analysis of all sales and reporting.
  • Personnel management of accounting assistant and potential future staff recruiting, hiring and mentoring as needed.

    Qualifications and Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance or related discipline.
  • At least 5 years of experience in business accounting.
  • CPA highly desirable.
  • Experience with Microsoft Navision and Vintegrate is highly desirable. Relevant experience with other
    sophisticated ERP software platforms also a plus.
  • A natural ability to manage the accounting and finance team while also being curious and interested in
    learning is crucial to this position.
  • Strong time management skills
  • Detail-oriented work style with an interest in finding solutions and creating efficiencies.