General Manager/Vineyard Manager – Swinney Vineyard, Frankland River, Western Australia

Swinney
1028 Wingebellup Roaad
Frankland River, WA 6396
Australia
0892004483 (Main Phone)
0428845885 (Mobile Phone)
Application Closing Date
30/06/2021
Manages Others
Yes
Experience Required
Yes
Qualifications Required
Yes
Employment Type
Employee
Work Schedule
Full Time - Permanent
Travel
Light Domestic Travel
Job Description
GENERAL MANAGER/VINEYARD MANAGER

A newly created role presents a unique career opportunity to lead an outstanding Australian vineyard and bespoke wine grape growing business.

The Swinney vineyard is a family owned 205 ha vineyard located in the Frankland River region of Western Australia. Swinney has developed an outstanding reputation as a long-term supplier of high-quality wine grapes to many of Western Australia’s premium wine producers as well as production of the family’s own Swinney wine label, which includes the acclaimed Farvie wines.

As the recent recipient of the inaugural ‘Young Gun of Wine - Australian Vineyard of the Year’ trophy, Swinney is recognised as combining both modern and Old-World viticultural techniques. These techniques are executed with precision through a combination of detailed manual work and state-of-the-art technology that are underpinned with an environmental focus.

While the vineyard is predominantly Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling, other varieties established include Malbec, Mencia, Cinsault, Counoise, Pinot Gris, Vermentino, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and bush vine plantings of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tempranillo. The business continues to expand its area under vine, with an emphasis on clonal and varietal selection.

THE OPPORTUNITY

This role represents an outstanding career opportunity to join a successful and dynamic team. This role is well suited to either an experienced General Manager / Vineyard Manager or an experienced Vineyard Manager / Viticulturist ready to take the next step in managing both a larger vineyard and developing more commercial experience.

Based in Frankland River and reporting to the Executive Director, the newly created role of General Manager / Vineyard Manager will be responsible for all aspects of the vineyard’s performance in relation to delivering the business’s vision, strategies and objectives, as set out by the Executive Director and Board – viticultural, quality, financial, OHS, ESG, other.

Key members of the management team also include consulting viticulturist Lee Haselgrove, the CFO and an Assistant Manager.

The successful applicant will receive a highly attractive remuneration package consisting of a generous salary, annual bonus, a quality four-bedroom home and a fully maintained vehicle.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Some of the key responsibilities of the role include:
• Develop both viticultural and business operational strategies and objectives and manage their implementation
• Develop and manage all budgets ensuring accurate and timely reporting
• Work closely with the Swinney wine business team to ensure fruit quality, farming methods, marketing and other objectives are realised
• Continue to elevate the quality of fruit produced across the vineyard while ensuring cost
effective operations at all time
• Drive innovation, identify growth opportunities and seek continuous improvement – both
vineyard based and across the business
• Develop and implement systems, procedures and policies consistent and appropriate for a family corporate business model (i.e., financial, quality control, OHS, ESG, other) and compliance with industry and customer standards and regulations
• Develop and implement strategies that address and counter the vineyard’s key risks – including water, frost, hail, smoke taint, fire
• Work closely with customers to ensure that all fruit produced is sold under contract and that fruit quality and other contractual requirements are realised
• Manage external stakeholder relationships, including suppliers, and generally represent the business
• Lead the vineyard management team (employees and contractors) to ensure all staff are motivated and well trained to implement operations in a high quality and safe manner
• Evaluate and develop new vineyard projects (as new plantings or through the purchase of existing businesses) consistent with the Company’s business plan
Job Requirements
The successful candidate will require:
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Viticulture and/or an equivalent qualification from a recognised tertiary institution
• At least 7 years’ experience in viticultural management positions
• Significant experience in cool climate viticulture and the production of ultra-premium quality grapes i.e. A+ grade specifications
• A passion for producing the highest quality grapes possible per site
• Experience with organic viticultural practices
• Highly developed communication skills – written and oral
• Highly organised and with an attention to detail
• Strong leadership, motivation and people management skills
• A high level of self-confidence and ambition
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Swinney
325 Frankland-Kojonup Road
Frankland River WA 6396
Australia
Swinney Matt Swinney
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The Swinney vineyard is a family owned 205 ha vineyard located in the Frankland River region of Western Australia. Swinney has developed an outstanding reputation as a long-term supplier of high-quality wine grapes to many of Western Australia’s premium wine producers as well as production of the family’s own Swinney wine label, which includes the acclaimed Farvie wines.

As the recent recipient of the inaugural ‘Young Gun of Wine - Australian Vineyard of the Year’ trophy, Swinney is recognised as combining both modern and Old-World viticultural techniques. These techniques are executed with precision through a combination of detailed manual work and state-of-the-art technology that are underpinned with an environmental focus.

While the vineyard is predominantly Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Riesling, other varieties established include Malbec, Mencia, Cinsault, Counoise, Pinot Gris, Vermentino, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay and bush vine plantings of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Tempranillo. The business continues to expand its area under vine, with an emphasis on clonal and varietal selection.

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