Winery Operations Manager RedHeads

at RedHeads Wine
Location South Australia, SA
Date Posted 17th May 2017
Category Production
Job Type Full-time


Overall Job Purpose:

Direct Wine Production (DWP) is the production, sales & brand division of Direct Wines’ winemaking operations in Bordeaux, South Australia, and England’s Thames Valley. Our key customers include the group’s international retail businesses as well as an expanding and diverse band of external trade customers operating in non-conflicting sales channels.

DWP is looking for an exceptional & ambitious Winery Operations Manager to oversee its wine production business in South Australia and to project manage the construction of a new (initially) 500 tonne winery.

The role is based in South Australia (Barossa &/or McLaren Vale) with travel to Sydney, London, and Bordeaux as required. Additionally, there may be some international travel as required to support sales.


Key Responsibilities:

General Management

Lead, manage, coach & develop the team at RedHeads (salaried & casual)

Deliver required digital marketing support to ensure our brand is properly represented (blog, Instagram, Facebook etc.)

Ensure the wider brand bible is relevant and followed across all wines under the RedHeads brand

Responsibility for negotiations of all winery contracts :- grapes, contract processing, storage, bottling, dry goods, utilities etc.

Ensure RHS is delivering the best service for all customers (internally & externally).

Provide monthly – or as often as required – updates on progress and performance

Responsible for Government/TTB, administrative & regulatory compliance


Project Management

Directly support the GM in development of Construction budgets, timelines, project planning & appointment of professional services for construction of a new winery

Day-to-date management of the construction project team (architects, planners, builders etc.) and reporting progress & development back to GM

Highlight challenges and propose solutions to issues that arise.


Production & Operation Management

Oversee all cellar & maintenance functions (inc day-to-day operations)

Production planning and execution

Manage execution and closure of all work orders

Working with the group sales plans drive the annual production planning processes, forecasts & budgets to meet group requirements

Liaising with the group’s own-label wine producer (DWSA) manage the relationship for supply of wines to HCW including price negotiations and stock provisions to ensure flow of wine to our wider customer base.

Responsible for purchase and inventory control of winery raw materials including maintenance supplies



BSc or higher in Sciences or other appropriate fields



Winery construction experience (desirable)

Wine industry background (essential) & winemaking experience (essential)

Knowledge of Standard and advanced winery equipment

Negotiation, business planning & budgeting experience at high level

Strong leadership skills

Communication (written, oral, ability to correspond with all levels of organisations)

Proven history of HR skill set

Entrepreneurial but flexible

Critical thinking skills

High integrity

Ability to develop people

Working knowledge of regulations


Personal Qualities and Skills

Outstanding negotiation skills (essential)

Personally Effective

Ability to achieve financial targets and a desire to exceed them (required)

Proficient in Microsoft Office – Excel, Word, PowerPoint (essential)

Constantly strives for high standards and consistently achieves them.

Ability and willingness to travel worldwide and be away for a period of time (essential).



Competitive salary plus excellent benefits package



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