Senior Viticulturist (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Arterra Wines Canada

  Oliver, British Columbia

Job Description:

Key Responsibilities

The table below details of the key responsibilities of the job and the approximate percentage of time spent on each responsibility on an annual basis. These responsibilities represent the major areas of work performed. 

  • Precision Viticulture – Planning and Reporting
    • Apply precision viticulture to optimize vineyard performance, in particular maximizing grape yield and quality while minimizing environmental impacts and risk.
    • Provide technical advice and accurate information on all matters of viticulture to senior management.
    • Work with senior management to produce the Annual Vineyard Management Plan with input from Vineyard Managers, to ensure best practices in the fields of
      • Winter pruning
      • Agrichemical application
      • Pest and disease control
      • Irrigation management
      • Yield management
      • Soil management
      • Frost control
      • Vine nutrition
      • Canopy management
      • Fruit maturity/ condition and harvest management
  • Ensure all plans are communicated, readily accessible to relevant stakeholders and actioned accordingly
  • Produce an annual technical calendar to ensure the timely supply of data to/ from Vineyard Operations Team.
    • Produce an annual Post Harvest report for Senior Management, Winemaking and the Viticulture team.
  • Viticulturist and Vineyard Ops Manager to foster innovation in order to achieve and evolve viticulture ‘best practice’.
  • Where relevant, attend research and development presentations/ sessions
  • Manage and develop research and development projects
  • Vineyard Advisory
    • Develop and maintain a call cycle of on-site vineyard visits with predetermined objectives to ensure that operational tasks/ program are completed to specification and on time
    • Develop an environment of collaboration by conducting on-site discussion and feedback sessions with the Operations team.
    • Provide technical information and advice including policy, guidelines and SOPs
    • Provide advice and recommendations on vineyard inputs in response to monitoring programs
  • People, Culture and Organization
  • Lead, develop and manage a high performance Technical team based on our core values where our people are connected to the vision, engaged, energized and can achieve their potential.
  • Engage and inspire team
  • Coach, develop and manage performance.
  • Develop and implement learning and development programs across the Viticulture department.
  • Develop future leaders in Viticulture Team
  • Workplace Operations Planning and Management
  • Efficiently manage people and equipment to ensure that all Technical operations are completed on time and to specification
  • Engage and manage seasonal labor for viticulture monitoring and technical support purposes.
  • Maximize utilization of people, plant and equipment to deliver Technical requirements.
  • Ensure all staff and contractors are appropriately trained in accordance with SOPs / HSE and ensure thorough understanding of agreed outcomes.
  • Monitoring and Reporting
  • Manage the technical data collection, collation, and analysis program.
  • Lead all systems development and implementation.
  • Liaise with leaders and external consultants and collaborate with internal customers.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as assigned or required

Qualifications

Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Viticulture or Equivalent (minimum)
  • Master’s Degree in Viticulture or Equivalent (preferred)

Experience

  • 5 Years of Vineyard Management and Technical Experience (minimum)
  • 7-10 Years Vineyard experience gained within a structured work environment where good process and competent management has delivered high quality outcomes. (preferred)

Qualifications, Certifications or Designations

Technical:

  • Scientific approach to growing quality fruit: deep interest in and understanding of the science of growing healthy balanced vines and quality fruit.
  • Sufficient technical understanding combined with a scientific approach to guide complex analysis and planning, taking into account a wide range of factors relating to viticulture.
  • Ability to work with technical experts to identify and evolve best practice that can be implemented into operations
  • Literacy and numerical skills ╠Á Computer skills including Microsoft Office suite (Advanced)

Personal:

  • Planning and Organizing: Plans ahead and works in a systematic way. Manages time efficiently. Identifies and manages resources required to achieve goals and tasks in large scale multi-faceted projects.
  • Relating and Networking: Establish collaborative working relationships with the team. Builds wide and effective networks of contacts inside and outside the organization. Relates to people at all levels.
  • Operational Excellence: Enthusiasm and commitment to continual improvement of organizational systems, processes and methodologies. Fosters a culture of continual improvement in order to develop world-class operations.
  • Presenting and Communicating: projects credibility and speaks clearly and fluently; expresses opinions, information and key points of an argument clearly with the audience in mind. Makes presentations and undertakes public speaking with skills and confidence. Ability to think on their feet and respond quickly to questions and feedback.
  • Attention to Detail / Live our values: promote our values as the fabric of our culture and reinforce through stories. Bring our values to life through own actions. Use our values to guide behavior.
  • Flexibility: ability to work out of hours and as the vineyard operations demand.

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