Job Details

Title Vineyard Manager
City Oliver
Province BC

Title: Vineyard Manager – Oliver South

Reports to: Viticulture Manager - Oliver

Location: Sebastian Farms/Okanagan Valley


Sebastian Farms is an extraordinary collection of estate vineyards that showcase the remarkable character of British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. Privately owned by the von Mandl Family of VMF Estates, these diverse and exceptional vineyard sites yield the highest quality grapes for our portfolio of luxury wineries, including Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, CedarCreek Estate Winery, CheckMate Artisanal Winery and Martin’s Lane Winery. With the von Mandl Family’s continuous investments in leading-edge research, innovation and technology, we are able to produce wines of exceptional quality that capture the unique character of this extraordinary winegrowing region and can stand alongside the best in the world. We are stewards of this land and as a family-owned business we infuse sustainability into every aspect of the winemaking process in our vineyards and at our wineries.


Role Overview

Responsible to lead the team managing specific vineyard acreage in the Okanagan Valley, motivating your team to produce quality grapes. Key stakeholders are the Viticulture team, who the Manager works with closely to achieve quality and yield targets for vineyard blocks, and wine types. Demonstrate leadership, & best practices in staff training, motivation & OH&S program.



• Plan, schedule, and manage safe and productive work activities in the vineyards.

• Working with the Viticulture Manager - Oliver, create vineyard budget and manage the vineyard costs to the budget plan.

• Implement programs to ensure grape quality, and yield objectives are met.

• Provide monthly variance reporting and explanation to Viticulture Manager, along with a plan to fix variances moving forward.

• Provide understanding and insight of efficiencies and cost saving opportunities and techniques to employees.

• Manage the frost control program to ensure minimal injury to Sebastian Farms vines.

• Recruit and train motivated farm labour.

• Ensuring all employees are trained, certified and supervised for all required training. Ensure documentation is signed off, documented and stored in the employee’s file.

• Lead and manage all employees successfully, dealing with any employee relations issues that arise (ie absenteeism, discipline, safety, unprofessional conduct), holding all employees accountable to Mag Code of Conduct and Standards.

• Responsible for the documentation of employee relations issues, conferring with Human Resources when necessary and utilize progressive discipline where required.

• Champion the Occupational Health and Safety Program for Sebastian Farms, overall responsibilities for safety of all employees and providing a safe and healthy workplace, according to all legislation in BC.

• Responsible to provide monthly Occupational Health and Safety Statistical reporting.

• Set the standards and evaluate employee’s performance against these standards, and conclude an annual performance rating for each employee in March.

• Create performance plans for employees to close gaps and increase effectiveness.

• Accurately complete administrative duties associated with new hire paperwork and forms.

• Responsible to complete bi-weekly payroll; completing and approving timesheets within set payroll timeframes and quality levels.

• Champion vineyard health & safety program including ensuring training and a safe working environment

• Representing management on the Health & Safety committee

• Problem solve and resolving any issues related to the health and safety of employees

• Operate machinery, and train others in safe equipment operation.

• Work alongside vineyard workers while doing such activities as planting, pruning, suckering, thinning, spraying, and picking.

• Collect weekly PAM data, input and reconcile weekly labour data information into system.

• Fully participate in the company’s GMP program.

• Work alongside vineyard workers while doing such activities as planting, pruning, suckering, thinning, spraying, and picking.


Position Requirements

• 7+ years progressive vineyard experience.

• 5+ years experience leading and training vineyard teams.

• Education – Certificate/diploma in Viticulture or related sciences preferred.

• 5 Years experience leading a best practice OHS program and proven safety record.

• 5 years experience operating vineyard equipment including tractors, sprayers, ATV’s, RTV’s.

• Solid knowledge of all vineyard procedures and practices including planting, pruning, and picking, irrigation, IPM, and plant nutrition especially as they relate to continuously improving quality.

• Experience creating and managing a vineyard budget, showing understanding of the financial and business aspects of large scale viticulture.

• Intermediate Computer skills; MS Office, Suite, Word, Excel.

• Solid verbal and written English communication skills (Second language an asset).

• Valid BC Driver’s License.

• Valid Pesticide Applicators License.

• Valid First Aid Level 1.

• Excellent organizational skills.

• Ability to adapt to change quickly and effectively.


Working Conditions

• Some office work required.

• Outdoors in inclement weather.

• Physically demanding including lifting up to 60 lbs, pushing, pulling, twisting and turning repetitively.

• Overtime, evening, overnight, and weekend work required seasonally.


Personal Characteristics

• Possess a “can do” attitude and believes anything is possible with the right focus.

• Able to work independently and “roll up your sleeves” to make things happen.

• High intensity team player who thrives in a fast paced, high intensity, dynamic environment.

• Constantly questions the way things are done in a constructive manner, and thrives on change that improves results.

• Open (no agendas), honest and trustworthy.

• Effective leadership and strategic influencing skills.

• Results oriented individual with a desire to manage change through to fruition.

• Demonstrated ability to work across functions, business units and geographies – a strong background in a matrix organization is beneficial.

• Effective business systems thinker and a good understanding of business process knowledge.

• Demonstrated ability to deal effectively with others in a diverse environment.

• Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at one time.

• Strong stakeholder management focus.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

• Proficient with personal computers and business applications

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