Vineyard Maintenance Manager (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Trinchero Family Estates

  Elk Grove, California

Job Summary:

Supervise and organize maintenance activities for a fleet of vineyard equipment at Trinchero vineyard farming operations.

Essential Functions:

The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned.  Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.


  • Facilitates the development of an empowered work team and mentors team members
  • Promotes a culture of innovation and process improvement
  • Develops a cohesive team through interpersonal skills and leading by example
  • Manages and implements the required training of team and ensures adherence to all policies, procedures and governmental regulations. 
  • Manages and implements career planning and personal development of staff.
  • Manages and ensures annual performance reviews are effective and completed on time.
  • Manages disciplinary actions for direct reports. 
  • Collaborates with other department leaders and works to solve problems
  • Responsible for the selection of top talent and on the job training for new hires and coaching for       top performance.
  • Manages and ensures adherence to Company policies and team standards.


  • Leads TFE Communications with weekly staff meetings
  • Effectively presents ideas and concepts to groups through presentations and use of media
  • Ensures smooth and effective shift turnovers
  • Provides timely communication to team regarding company and departmental updates, opportunities, events, etc.
  • Communicates effectively through email, phone or face-to-face.
  • Effectively presents topics to a group audience of direct reports, peers or upper management.

Safety Management:

  • Facilitates a safety culture of accountability and engagement
  • Ensures adherence to all TFE Safety Programs
  • Ensures all timely safety training, hazardous awareness and general housekeeping and documentation updated in LMS
  • Accountable for understanding and ensuring compliance with the Food and Quality Management System, including the ISO Food Safety & Quality Policy
  • Responsible for understanding Quality Management System related activities, including the quality policy and ISO awareness
  • Food Safety Responsibility: Report problems with the food safety management system to Manager
  • Owns and/or assists in designing sustainable systems to support a safe work environment


  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office software; Word, PowerPoint, Excel.
  • Creates Reports to quantify performance and identify improvement opportunities.
  • Able to facilitate groups in project execution and problem solving.
  • Manage time and attendance in an accurate and timely manner
  • Manage work schedules (ensures lunch and breaks)
  • Develops team metrics in People, Quality and Service, shares with his team and holds the team accountable.
  •  Assist with labor planning needs for the maintenance department and responsible for selection of top talent
  • Ensure management of work orders through the work order system
  • Interact with vendors and assist in the correct ordering of parts to support maintenance of equipment
  • Able to Develop yearly budgets and ensure adherence to that budget through the year
  • Ensure timely processing of invoices


  • Manage the training, advancement, safety and evaluation of the maintenance team
  • Continuously improve processes within the maintenance function to drive out waste and improve the work
  • Adherence and understanding of Federal and State Food Safety Standards as it applies to harvesting and transport of grapes for wine.
  • Supervise and direct the daily work of the maintenance team in all activities
  • Ensure effective scheduling of work orders and job assignments for the maintenance crew
  • Training: Manages training and development of the employees through identification of training needs and follow-through to accomplish desired results
  • Complete special projects as directed
  • Oversee maintenance of vineyard equipment, utilities, vehicles, and buildings
  • Plan jobs, projects and equipment for repair and maintenance
  • Supervise implementation of new equipment


  • Education: Technical or College degree (or equivalent experience)
  • Years of Experience: 5 or more years previous experience in equipment maintenance supervision of staff
  • Strong agricultural equipment knowledge preferred
  • Language: Bi-lingual preferred
  • Strong mechanical aptitude
  • Valid California driver’s license and ability to maintain a clean DMV record
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, proven ability to communicate effectively and work well with other employees, be a team player.
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to follow through with projects
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Proactive in addressing problems for positive results
  • Process oriented with focus on continuous improvement
  • Work independently without Supervision, as well as part of large groups and teams.
  • Strong Computer skills (Microsoft Word and Excel) to write reports
  • Accurately carry out written and verbal instructions
  • Proven track record of working safe, efficient and in cooperative manner
  • Stay current with changes in the maintenance procedures and techniques
  • Support and model all Company policies and procedures
  • Background in fabrication, welding, electrical, plumbing, auto repair and/or other related mechanical fields preferred

Working Conditions:

  • Moderate to heavy physical work
  • Work site may be any one of Trinchero Family Estates’ facilities
  • Standing for long periods of time (9 hours per day)
  • Must comply with all safety equipment requirements including ear plugs and safety glasses
  • Exposure to various chemicals in production areas
  • Exposure to machinery, forklifts and related production equipment
  • Long and irregular hours during peak periods or on various shifts (this includes some night shifts during harvest)
  • Extensive walking and lifting of up to 55 pounds
  • Some weekends are required

Trinchero Family Estates provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Trinchero Family Estates complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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