Monday, May 2, 2016

WineTalent Classifieds: Director of Finance

 WineTalent Classifieds:  Director of Finance

Description:  WineTalent is working with our Client Long Meadow Ranch on a Director of Finance role.  Long Meadow Ranch (LMR) is a family-­owned and -operated producer and purveyor of world­-class wine and food that is economically successful and socially responsible and that employs diversified, sustainable, and organic farming methods. LMR produces award­-winning wines, hand-crafted extra virgin olive oils, grass-­fed beef and lamb, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables.

LMR has farming operations in Northern California on more than 2500 acres in Napa, Marin, Mendocino, and Humboldt counties, including three winegrowing estates in the Mayacamas Mountains, Rutherford, and Anderson Valley.  Long Meadow Ranch also operates a sustainable food, wine, and agricultural education destination located in St. Helena, CA, which is anchored by the distinctive farm-to-table restaurant, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch. New projects  are being developed on multiple LMR-owned properties, including winery production facilities, agricultural improvements (major vineyard re-plantings, water systems, livestock handling facilities, etc.), and guest lodging

LMR has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Finance to contribute to the overall success of LMR by effectively managing the financial affairs of one of its key entities, LMR Wine Estates LLC.   The Director of Finance will be a member of  the executive team. The Director of Finance will be responsible for all financial reporting for LMR Wine Estates and will also be accountable for analyzing the current business and planning for future business needs..  The Director of Finance will provide high quality financial planning and analysis, including providing detailed financial modeling for established and potential projects.  

The Director of Finance will lead the development and maintenance of control and management information reporting systems. This position requires excellent verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal relationship skills and a commitment to integrity.   

Responsibilities:

Financial accounting and reporting

   Develop and maintain timely and accurate financial statements and reports that are appropriate for the users and in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)
   Develop, implement, and ensure compliance with internal financial and accounting policies and procedures
   Document and maintain complete and accurate supporting information for all financial transactions
   Develop and maintain financial accounting systems for cash management, accounts payable, accounts receivable, credit control, and petty cash
   Review monthly results and implement monthly variance reporting
   Prepare and maintain monthly, quarterly and annual cash flow forecasts
   Oversee the accounting manager including maintenance of the general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll

Payroll preparation and administration
   Oversee all payroll functions to ensure that employees are paid in a timely and accurate manner

Budget preparation
   Establish guidelines for budget and forecast preparation and prepare the annual budget
   Assist the executive team with the preparation of budgets
   Drive development and maintenance of a three-year forward-looking financial plan.

Cash flow
   Develop and maintain 24-month rolling forecasts of cash flow
   Manage line of credit and tactical relationship with banks

Project management accounting
   Maintain financial records for each project in a manner that facilitates timely management reporting
   Ensure that accurate and timely financial statements are prepared in accordance with agreements with lenders and investors
   Provide accurate and timely reporting on the status of individual projects

 Financial Administration
   Oversee the management of all leases, contracts and other financial commitments
   Monitor all legislation relevant to the organization (employment policies,, occupation health and safety, etc)

Qualifications and Requirements:
   Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting or Business
   Certified Public Accountants preferred
   Distinctive finance and accounting experience of 5 years or more within diversified agricultural organizations
   Proven understanding of finance and accounting issues related to agricultural production (cash basis), winery and restaurant businesses highly desirable
   Extensive experience with Quickbooks required  
   Experience using Targit Decision Suite sales analytics software highly desirable  
   Prior experience implementing new accounting software systems and/or ERP required

Compensation and Benefits

   Competitive compensation depending on experience plus benefits including medical/dental insurance, paid vacation and 401(k).

WineTalent Classifieds: Current WineTalent Openings

WineTalent is working with several different companies in Northern California to find exceptional talent. We are confidentially searching for top wine talent for the following roles:

Metro NY Sales Representative: WineTalent is working with Long Meadow Ranch to find a salesperson to represent LMR wine brands in the greater metropolitan New York area. Reporting to the Eastern Sales Manager, this person will be working in conjunction with LMR's distributor partners in the New York market, with additional sales support responsibilities in NJ, New England, PA, MD and DC. This role will work with the distributors’ sales teams to sell, establish and maintain relationships with on and off premise accounts in these markets. This position requires prior sales experience in the Metro NY area in the broad market.  

Director of Finance: WineTalent is working with Long Meadow Ranch to find a Director of Finance. The Director of Finance will contribute to the overall success of LMR by effectively managing the financial affairs of the wine estate. The Director of Finance will be a member of the executive team. This role will be responsible for all financial reporting and will be accountable for analyzing the current business and planning for future business needs. Requirements include a Bachelor's degree in Finance, Accounting or related with at least 5 years of finance and accounting experience in the wine industry. A CPA is highly desirable.  

Safety Manager: WineTalent is working with a well established and well respected family run winery in the Central Valley to find a Safety Manager to continue to foster a safe work environment. The Safety Manager will be interacting closely with many departments and will be providing routine training and safety oversight. Requirements: 5 plus years of safety work experience. Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience. Bilingual highly desirable.

Member Relations Manager: WineTalent is working with a Napa Valley based nonprofit to find a Member Relations Manager who will handle outreach to vineyard owners throughout the county. This position will represent the nonprofit in a highly professional manner at all times and exhibit a commitment to the agriculture, vineyards and vineyard owners of the Napa Valley. Strong communication skills, both written and conversational are required. Excellent MS Excel experience required as well as the ability to use various office productivity tools including email, MS Office and online software tools.  

WineTalent provides complete confidentiality to any interested candidates. All conversations and interactions will be kept completely confidential.  

For more information about WineTalent, please visit www.winetalent.net

WineTalent Classifieds: Metro New York Sales Representative

 WineTalent Classified Listing:  Metro New York Sales Representative

WineTalent is working with our client, Long Meadow Ranch, to find a Sales Representative to represent the company's wine brands in the greater New York area.  Long Meadow Ranch (LMR) is a family-­owned and -operated producer and purveyor of world­-class wine and food that is economically successful and socially responsible and that employs diversified, sustainable, and organic farming methods. LMR produces award­-winning wines, hand-crafted extra virgin olive oils, grass-­fed beef and lamb, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables.

LMR has an exciting opportunity for a Sales position to represent LMR wine brands in the greater metropolitan New York area.  Reporting to the Eastern Sales Manager, the person will be working in conjunction with the company's distributor partners in the New York market, with additional sales support responsibilities in NJ, New England, PA, MD and DC.  This role will work with LMR's distributors’ sales teams to sell, establish and maintain relationships with on and off premise accounts in these markets.  Additionally this role works collaboratively with the entire LMR sales team on national and chain account development and maintenance.  

Responsibilities:  
  • Work closely with Regional Sales Manager to understand pricing, programming and incentive plans.
  • Represent and sell LMR wines in the region through account calls.
  • Work with  on and off premise accounts to develop relationships and foster the sales growth of the LMR brands in the market.
  • Manage special sales projects including winemaker/owner dinners, VIP tastings and industry events.
  • In conjunction with the National Sales Manager, the Eastern Sales Manager and the LMR executive team, support the development of a sales plan and support  meetings with key distributor management members to further establish and maintain the relationship between LMR and the distributor network.
  • Track shipments and depletion reports.  Work to eliminate any discrepancies.
Qualifications and Requirements:
  • At least 4 years of wine sales experience in the NY and or NJ market for either a supplier or a distributor.
  • The candidate must have a track record of success with distributors and/or brokers in the region.
  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Additional wine education highly desirable.
  • High proficiency in office productivity tools including Google Drive, Google Docs and email.  Understanding of Targit software a plus.  
  • Valid Driver’s license and clean driving record required.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
Compensation and Benefits
  • Competitive salary and bonus program depending on experience plus benefits including medical/dental insurance, paid vacation and 401(k).

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

DIY Resume Writing Resource Canva

For anyone looking to write or revamp your resume, check out Canva, https://www.canva.com/create/resumes/.

Canva is a 2 year young web design platform and has very cool looking templates, easy to use tools and some good graphics to make a resume that will set you apart.  Remember, we resume readers like interesting resumes, and I like colorful ones too!

And to see what content you should put on it, check out my past blog post here:  http://winetalent.blogspot.com/2009/03/what-to-put-on-your-resume.html  and for my quick and dirty template: http://winetalent.blogspot.com/2009/04/cranky-recruiter-resume-template.html .  And one old but true post:  http://winetalent.blogspot.com/2007/01/black-and-white-and-never-read-how-to.html

Happy resume writing!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

WineTalent Classifieds: Member Relations Manager

Member Relations Manager

WineTalent is working with our client, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, to find a Member Relations Manager to support the organization.  The Napa Valley Grapegrowers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Napa Valley’s world-class vineyards.  The Member Relations Manager will be responsible for the overall development and execution of NVG’s membership outreach plan.  The successful candidate will have a strong sales and marketing background with a proven track record of increasing growth.  The Member Relations Manager will exhibit exceptional professionalism, analytical skills, communication abilities and strategic vision.

Responsibilities:

1.  Membership Outreach
  • Develop and manage membership outreach plan to increase membership
  • Host regular meetings and events with potential NVG members to communicate the value of membership. Leverage the contacts of NVG Directors and other active member and supporters 
  • Responsible for meeting membership growth and budget goals as established annually


2.  Member Relations
  • Act as staff liaison to NVG membership
  • Personally meet with and regularly communicate membership benefits with existing members
  • Manage membership database of over 700 members
  • Manage membership dues renewal process and work with the Director of Finance to ensure that accounting and reporting is accurate and timely
  • Assess value for each membership category and make recommendations to enhance membership benefits
  • Actively solicit feedback from NVG members about ways to add value
  • Assist with the management of the members-only section of the NVG website
  • Provide direction and content for membership events including, but not limited to, the Annual Membership Meeting and the Annual Dinner


3.  Provide general support to the Board of Directors and the Executive Director
  • Prepare monthly Board of Directors membership report
  • Prepare biannual Board of Directors membership presentation

4.  Working with the Marketing & Communications Committee, fulfill the
      membership objectives of the 2016 Communications Plan

5.  Manage the Volunteer & Hospitality Committee for the NVG’s signature     
       fundraiser, Harvest STOMP
6.   Assist the Executive Director in running the annual Napa Valley Grower of the
       Year award program 


7.    Miscellaneous administrative duties

Qualifications:
  • At least 5 years in related position
  • Superior writing and verbal communication skills
  • Experience or interest in Napa Valley winegrape growing
  • Highly motivated work ethic and organizational skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an outgoing personality
  • Advanced abilities to create, maintain, and report budgets
  • Demonstrated success managing accounts and performing analyses
  • Proficiency in Excel, Word, and Access or other database management
  • Experience with the sales and management of a luxury brand a plus
  • Ability to assist with event set up, breakdown, and coordination
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Clean driving record with the California DMV


Interested candidates should email a resume to amy@winetalent.net.  All inquiries are completely confidential.