Tuesday, February 19, 2019

WineTalent Classifieds: Financial Controller in St. Helena, CA

WineTalent is working with our client Long Meadow Ranch to find a Financial Controller in their St. Helena office.

Long Meadow Ranch is a family-owned agricultural enterprise producing grapes and wine, olives and olive oil, grass-fed beef and lamb, fruits, vegetables, and eggs in the Napa Valley, Anderson Valley and Marin County. The Long Meadow Ranch operations also include an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, a general store and wine tasting bar in the historic Logan-Ives House, an outdoor cafe, a farmer's market, a working garden and a variety of unique event spaces all located at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch.

Long Meadow Ranch has a unique opportunity for a Financial Controller to join our administration to provide quality customer service to our ranch and winery management team, our business partners, our customers and our vendors. Reporting to the VP of Finance, the Financial Controller will be responsible for review and forecasting of cash flow, implementation and monitoring of policies and procedures, recommendations for continuous improvement, and general accounting functions for multiple affiliated entities in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This position requires ethical conduct and thoroughness, along with critical thinking, attention to detail and time management.

Implement, maintain, and follow a comprehensive set of policies and procedures, in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles
Prepare journal entries and perform reconciliations in support of monthly and year-end close
Manage daily accounting tasks including: accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, bank reconciliations, and daily banking tasks
Supervise periodic inventory counts and maintain perpetual inventory system for non-financial inventory reporting
Assist with the budgeting and cash forecasting processes
Approve and monitor billing activity as processed by the Accounts Payable Specialist, ensuring accuracy of accounts payable coding by departmental managers
Ensure accuracy and completeness of company sales in financial accounting software, reconciling monthly
Record intercompany accounting transactions as deemed necessary
Monitor, track and report on all required external compliance
Participate as a team member on key business initiatives, including cost accounting, workflow management, and customer correspondence protocol
Evaluate, recommend and implement policies, procedures and systems related to company efficiency, productivity and internal controls
Solicit and act on feedback from manager, peers, and other business partners
Contribute ideas, energy, enthusiasm and support to the continuous improvement of the process
Perform other duties as assigned

Education, Experience and Requirements
Minimum of 5 years of experience in accounting and finance
Wine, consumer beverage product or manufacturing accounting experience strongly preferred
Farming and livestock specific accounting experience, a plus
Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, Business or related discipline
In-depth knowledge of accounting software, NetSuite and QuickBooks experience a plus
Experience with ecommerce and POS systems, Truvi or WineDirect preferred
Proficient in MS Office including PowerPoint with advanced MS Excel skills
Sharp attention to detail with good oral and written communication skills
Able to work in a team environment as well as operate independently
Able to lift 40+ lbs.
Valid driver’s license and maintain a safe driving record
A pre-employment background check is required

Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time, salaried position.
Competitive compensation depending on experience plus benefits including medical/dental insurance, paid vacation and 401(k).

To Apply, please complete the online application process here. 

All Inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.

WineTalent:  The Right People for the Job 

Friday, February 8, 2019

Book Review: Admissions by Henry Marsh

33574189Quick book review while I'm on the road in New Zealand.  New Zealand is quite a big place, and over the last week I've covered about 1500 miles of road on the south island.  During this time, my husband has done an excellent job of keeping us on the left side of the road while I've been reading aloud from Dr. Henry Marsh's newest book, Admissions.   This book follows on the doctor's wildly successful book, Do No Harm which I reviewed a few months ago.  Click here for a link to that review.

This book was a great read, and especially so if you have read Do No Harm.  Knowing a bit about his life and work when reading this book, you can see how his retirement from his full-time brain surgery work in England and his fear of being stricken by Alzheimers in his advancing age have led him to reflect on his life and career in this book.

This book again talks about surgeries and their outcomes for the doctor, the medical staff, the patient and the patient's family.  It also talks about Dr. Marsh's volunteer medical work in Nepal and Ukraine.  He discusses his post retirement medical work and his ongoing spiritual journey.  Additionally, the doctor works hard to get back into a big personal love of his, woodworking.  The woodworking is secondary to his purchase of a run-down shed in the town he grew up in.  While he is rehabilitating the property, he is also reminiscing about his past and looking forward to his future putterings in his workshop.

Admissions is also a confessional of sorts.  Henry Marsh discusses surgeries gone wrong, past indignities he's suffered and the torment he has put others through.  Throughout the book the doctor shows great empathy for his fellow man, and in a way is making things right in his past.

This book is a great read about a man's professional and personal life.  It is full of wit, shocking medical situations and a caretaker's perspective on life as well as death.

Monday, January 7, 2019

WineTalent Classifieds: HR Payroll Specialist

WineTalent is working with Long Meadow Ranch to find a Payroll Specialist who could also assist with HR needs. 

Long Meadow Ranch is a family-owned agricultural enterprise producing grapes and wine, olives and olive oil, grass-fed beef and lamb, fruits, vegetables, and eggs in the Napa Valley, Anderson Valley and Marin County. The Long Meadow Ranch operations also include an acclaimed farm-to-table restaurant, a general store and wine tasting bar in the historic Logan-Ives House, an outdoor cafe, a farmer's market, a working garden and a variety of unique event spaces all located at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch.
Reporting to the Director of Human Resources, the HR Payroll Specialist will be responsible for weekly and bi-weekly processing of the company’s payroll for the restaurant, hospitality, winery, and all other company entities. This position will also assist with the new hire process, on-going employee relations and employee file management. The Human Resources team is a dynamic small team that works collaboratively with all departments to build and retain a successful team of managers and employees. We are searching for an enthusiastic individual who has the passion and drive to be an advocate for employees at all stages of their LMR career.
  • Process weekly and bi-weekly payrolls accurately and timely
  • Manage workflow to ensure all payroll transactions are processed accurately and timely
  • Work with management to reconcile payroll prior to transmission
  • Set up and maintain employee payroll reimbursements, commissions, and other benefits and deductions
  • Ensure accurate employee vacation, PTO and Sick submittals
  • Coordinate employee leaves of absence and associated payroll changes
  • Process terminations, including final paycheck and paperwork
  • Respond to employee inquiries regarding payroll and communicate any payroll changes to employees as appropriate
  • Perform payroll analysis and audits
  • Ensure accurate and timely payment of payroll taxes and other withholdings
  • Manage employee profiles in HRIS system, including new hire profile creation, wage updates and work status changes
  • Maintain all employee file records according to compliance law, retainment requirements and company policies
  • Administer the unemployment claim process with HRIS company
  • Handle the worker’s comp process from initial claim to claim resolution
  • Collaborate and assist with HR team on company culture initiatives, safety and wellness programs, and charity initiatives
  • Assist with general company administration duties and projects
Education, Experience and Required Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or closely related discipline, and/or related business experience
  • 2+ years of experience in payroll processing and Human Resources
  • Wine and restaurant industry HR experience, a plus
  • Keen understanding of HR best practices
  • Extensive knowledge and proficiency of computer programs including Google Apps, and Microsoft Office
  • Well-developed skills in problem solving, prioritizing tasks and taking initiative
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills with great attention to detail, even under tight deadlines and a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to communicate and work collaboratively to build relationships at all levels
  • Must have a high level of confidentiality and discretion
  • Proficiency in Spanish verbal and written communication, a plus
  • Must have a valid California Driver’s License and maintain a safe driving record
  • Ability to lift 40+ pounds
  • A pre-employment investigative consumer report is required
Compensation and Benefits
  • This is a full-time, hourly position
  • Competitive compensation depending on experience plus benefits including medical/dental insurance, paid vacation and 401(k)
 Apply online HTTP://WWW.LONGMEADOWRANCH.COM/CAREERS or email amy@winetalent.net 
Have Questions?  Contact WineTalent at 916-802-1280
All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

WineTalent Classifieds: Operations Manager in Healdsburg

WineTalent is working with our client, Criveller California Corp, on a search for an Operations Manager to handle the oversight of the business operations in Healdsburg, CA.  Criveller California Corp is an industry leader and supplier of tanks and equipment to the wine, beer, cider, olive oil and spirits industries.  The Operations Manager performs a senior role in the Company. This involves overseeing the production of goods and provisioning of services.  The Operations Manager will be responsible for the efficient operation of the organization and meeting the expectations of management, business owners, employees, vendors and customers. 

·       Manage overall operations and be responsible for the effective and successful management of labor, productivity, quality control and safety measures as established.
·       Contribute operations information and recommendations to strategic plans and reviews; prepare and complete action plans; implement production, productivity, quality and customer-service standards; resolve problems; complete audits; identify trends
·       Forecast requirements; prepare an annual budget; schedule expenditures; analyze variances; initiate corrective actions.
·       Oversee business practices to create the highest level of efficiency possible. Daily liaison with other managers and staff.
·       Oversee inventory, distribution of goods and facility layout.
·       Develop operational systems by determining product handling and storage requirements; develop, implement, enforce and evaluate policies and procedures; develop processes for receiving product, equipment utilization, inventory management and shipping.
·       Run a safe, injury/accident free workplace.
·       Manage relationships with key operations vendors.
·       Review and approve all operational invoices and ensure they are submitted for payment.
·       Resolve customer issues.
·       Work closely with management team to set and/or implement policies, procedures and systems and to follow through with implementation.
·       Communicate all operating policies and/or issues at department meetings.
·       Work closely with the inventory manager and team to perform analysis of the inventory and ensure effective utilization of the inventory, and maintenance of solid inventory data.
·       Communicate with legal counsel and safety department to ensure all processes remain compliant with OSHA and other governmental regulations.

Human Resources:
·       Interviewing, recruiting, and hiring of new employees.
·       Training and coaching of new and existing employees.
·       Scheduling, assigning and directing work.
·       Managing the performance review process.
·       Oversight of payroll.
·       Oversight of compensation plans, with changes made as warranted. 
·       Ensure safe work environment for employees.
·       Maintain compliance with all state and federal regulations. 
·       Establish, explain and enforce company policies and procedures. 
·       Oversight of healthcare, 401(k) and any other employer sponsored benefit plans.

Computer systems:
·       Monitor computer/phone access of employees: access to local server, access to programs, all passwords used by employees

·       Overseeing day to day operations in collaboration with bookkeeper, accounts payable/accounts receivable.
·       Reconciliation of accounts, general ledgers.
·       Proper reporting of sales and other taxes.
·       Correct costing of items.
·       Approving payments to vendors, signing checks.
·       Administrator for QuickBooks accounting system.

·       Oversight of any and all possible legal situations that might arise during the regular course of business, assessing company exposure to situations and advising owners.

Inventory Control:
·       Management of raw materials, ordering of products and parts, and maintaining inventory numbering system.
·       Cost of goods allocation.

·       Places orders with European suppliers and oversees importation of equipment, including the organization of shipping container.

Qualifications and Requirements:
·       Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline.
·       8-10 years of relevant work experience with management experience.
·       Foreign language skills highly desirable (Italian, French, German, Spanish).
·       Well versed in managing a complex business operation.
·       Personnel management experience of a diverse workforce including hourly skilled trade, office administrators and salespeople. 
·       Excellent understanding of accounting practices especially in a manufacturing environment.
·       High level of business acumen and integrity.
  • Excellent computer skills and proficiency in Excel, Word, Outlook and QuickBooks.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative management style.
  • 3 plus years of work experience in a manufacturing setting.
  • A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards.
  • Proven ability to excel in a fast paced, quickly changing work place. 
  • Ability to challenge and debate issues of importance to the organization.
  • Ability to look at situations from several points of view
  • Delegate responsibilities effectively

Compensation and Benefits:
This is a full-time salaried position with benefits, plus annual bonus based upon performance

All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential
To apply:  Please visit https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/966325002/ 

WineTalent:  The Right People for the Job