Friday, August 5, 2016

Positive Job Report Today

Today the US Job Report came out, showing nonfarm employers adding 255,000 jobs in July.  This was well above expectations.  Job gains are running at about 190,000 for the last three months.  This will be bringing more people back into the labor force.  Unemployment remains at a national rate of 4.9 percent.  This reflects more people actively seeking work.

Other good news showed the average hourly wage increasing about 0.3% for July.

And this is exactly what I am seeing with my workload.  The number of recruitments has been steady for the last 6-8 months, and wages are inching up.  While I am not seeing a lot of new people enter the workforce, I am experiencing an extremely tight labor market.  Right now it is a job seeker's market.  Good time to be talking to a recruiter for career advancement.  Call me!

For more on this, view Bloomberg's article here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Resume Writing Service in the Wine Industry

Job Seekers:  Here's a resume writing resource I just learned about:  www.thederbingroup.com .  Leslie Derbin reached out to me last week, and I know it is hard to find a resume writer with wine industry experience.  Here she is!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

WineTalent Classifieds: Restaurant Service Manager

WineTalent Classifieds:  Restaurant Service Manager at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena, CA.

WineTalent is working on a Restaurant  Service Manager role for Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch located in St. Helena, the heart of the Napa Valley.


Position:  Restaurant Service Manager
Description:  Long Meadow Ranch is a family-owned and operated producer and purveyor of world-class wine and food that is economically successful and socially responsible using diversified, sustainable, and organic farming methods.
Long Meadow Ranch’s restaurant at Farmstead showcases the seasonal, ingredient-driven American farmhouse cooking of executive chef Stephen Barber.  Housed in a former nursery barn, our 110-seat restaurant features an authentic farm-to-table menu.  The ingredients are foraged from local sources and feature Long Meadow Ranch’s award-winning wines, handcrafted extra virgin olive oils, grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables.
Long Meadow Ranch has an exciting opportunity for a Restaurant Service Manager to manage the delivery of a consistent, customer focused experience.  The Service Manager will provide staff training and coaching to reach operational excellence.  Actively involved on the restaurant floor, the Service Manager will provide oversight of the staff and will address customer service issues.  This role will also manage the day-to-day operations of the restaurant including ordering product and optimizing profits.
Responsibilities
Direct Service and Staff on the Floor
  • Actively engage in service for the majority of working hours. Directly perform hands-on work on an ongoing basis to manage employee performance, provide feedback and coaching, and otherwise role model appropriate behaviors in the restaurant.  Lead by example and maintain a strong floor presence.  Support staff throughout the day- get your hands dirty.
  • Maintain procedures and standards for team service. Correct and coach employees as needed.
  • Ensure positive guest experience in all areas. Respond promptly to complaints and take action to resolve guest issues.  Maintain guest satisfaction by monitoring and auditing food, beverage and service offerings.
  • Build relationships with preferred patrons, recognize special occasions and PX guests.
  • Ensure that all food safety, food quality standards, workplace safety standards, customer service standards and company policies are met. Comply with all Department of Environmental Health food safety regulations.
  • Maintain a facility that is safe, secure and healthy as well as consistently “inspection ready” in all areas including front of house and back of house. Following systems established by the General Manager, maintain facilities as needed including mechanical systems, equipment, operation of lights, music and decor.
  • Maintain standard operating procedures as established by the General Manager
  • Under the supervision of the General Manager, manage the recruitment, selection, training, counseling and discipline of front of house staff. Maintain written documentation of discipline on company templates.
  • Lead daily pre-shift meetings and communicate menu features, service points and beverage training. Develop weekly focus topics for service points.
  • Open and close the restaurant as needed. Support the management team when someone on the team is out on leave or sick.
  • Keep the General Manager fully informed of all issues and take prompt corrective action when necessary or suggest alternate courses of action.
  • Maintain a favorable working relationship with all company employees to foster and promote a cooperative, positive and respectful workplace culture.
Administrative and General
  • Collaborate with the General Manager to develop an effective plan for training including food & wine education, one-on-one training, communication of company standards & policies and Long Meadow Ranch brand training.
  • Manage the weekly distribution of the front of house schedule.
  • Conduct regular staff performance reviews and provide growth opportunities.
  • Meet restaurant financial objectives by helping to analyze variances; initiate corrective actions; develop and implement strategies to increase average meal checks.
  • Order restaurant supplies as needed including coffee, tea, guest supplies, menu paper. Approve and code invoices per company standards and policies.
  • Be responsible for all cash handling, banking and accounting procedures including end of day reconciliation and tip cash out systems.
Qualifications and Requirements
  • At least 5 years of management experience in a fast paced restaurant.
  • Proven experience managing and coaching service staff in a fast paced restaurant setting.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills to manage staff, interact with management and resolve customer service issues.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and maintain a safe driving record.
  • A pre-employment background check is required.
  • Able to lift 40+ lbs.
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).
INTERESTED:  Email your resume to amy@winetalent.net

WineTalent Classifieds: Restaurant General Manager

WineTalent Classifieds:  Restaurant General Manager for Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch in St. Helena, CA

WineTalent is working on a Restaurant General Manager  for Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch located in St. Helena, the heart of the Napa Valley.

Position:  Farmstead General Manager
Description:  Long Meadow Ranch is a family-owned and operated producer and purveyor of world-class wine and food that is economically successful and socially responsible using diversified, sustainable, and organic farming methods.
Long Meadow Ranch’s restaurant at Farmstead showcases the seasonal, ingredient-driven American farmhouse cooking of executive chef Stephen Barber.  Housed in a former nursery barn, our 110-seat restaurant features an authentic farm-to-table menu.  The ingredients are foraged from local sources and feature Long Meadow Ranch’s award-winning wines, handcrafted extra virgin olive oils, grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables
Long Meadow Ranch has an exciting opportunity for a Restaurant General Manager to manage the daily operations of the restaurant.  The General Manager will hire, train and mentor employees.  As the Restaurant General Manager this role is responsible for managing the operation and ensuring guests have an exceptional dining experience.  Additionally, the Restaurant General Manager will look at ways to increase efficiencies and optimize profits. 
Responsibilities:
Manage Daily Operations
  • Actively engage in service for the majority of working hours. Directly perform hands-on work on an ongoing basis to manage employee performance, provide feedback and coaching, and otherwise role model appropriate behaviors in the restaurant.  Lead by example and maintain a strong floor presence.  Support staff throughout the day - get your hands dirty.
  • Ensure positive guest experience in all areas. Respond promptly to complaints and take action to resolve guest issues.  Maintain guest satisfaction by monitoring and auditing food, beverage and service offerings. 
  • Build relationships with preferred patrons, recognize special occasions and PX guests.
  • Provide overall leadership for the front of house staff as well as recognize and motivate staff and coach for operational excellence. Provide continuous, constructive feedback and guidance to the restaurant management team via weekly meetings. 
  • Ensure that all food safety, food quality standards, workplace safety standards, customer service standards and company policies are met. Comply with all Department of Environmental Health food safety regulations.
  • Maintain a facility that is safe, secure and healthy as well as consistently “inspection ready” in all areas including front of house and back of house. Develop systems and awareness to repair and maintain facilities as needed including mechanical systems, equipment, operation of lights, music and decor.
  • Develop standard operating procedures; determine and implement system improvements as needed.
  • Oversee the recruitment, selection, training, scheduling, counseling and discipline of front of house staff and managers. Maintain written documentation of discipline on company templates.  Communicate job expectations and assign accountability to managers for restaurant priorities and tasks.
  • Lead daily pre-shift meetings and communicate menu features, service points and beverage training.
  • Evaluate reservation books against traffic patterns to optimize restaurant seating. Adjust books seasonally to account for the patio and outdoor bar.
  • Open and close the restaurant as needed. Support the team when a manager is away on leave or sick.
  • Keep the Director of Destination Operations fully informed of all issues and takes prompt corrective action where necessary or suggest alternate courses of action.
  • Maintain a favorable working relationship with all company employees to foster and promote a cooperative, positive and respectful workplace culture.
Administrative and General:
  • Meet restaurant financial objectives by helping to prepare forecasts and budgets; analyzing variances; initiating corrective actions; developing and implementing strategies to increase average meal checks. Deliver financial performance meetings to the front of house managers and kitchen managers.
  • Develop and maintain an effective plan for training including food & wine education, one-on-one training, communication of company standards & policies and Long Meadow Ranch brand training.
  • Conduct regular manager performance reviews and provide growth opportunities.
  • Provide weekly traffic projections to the restaurant managers to most efficiently schedule employees and manage labor cost.
  • Review and approve payroll, approve hourly rate and status changes for employees. Approve and code purchases and submit promptly to the finance team.
  • Collaborate with the finance team to process end of month accounting procedures in a timely manner, following company procedures.
  • Manage restaurant purchases and inventory by negotiating prices, monitoring usage and taking corrective action.
  • Develop systems to manage the ordering of restaurant supplies, usage and organization.
  • Be responsible for all cash handling, banking and accounting procedures including end of day reconciliation and tip cash out systems. Submit change orders weekly to replenish the safe.
  • Identify competing businesses and make changes to the offerings and operations of the restaurant to stay relevant.
  • Manage the restaurant manager schedule to best suit the needs of the business and approve time off requests.
Qualifications and Requirements
  • At least 5 years of management experience in a fast paced restaurant.
  • Proven commitment to creating a great first impression with the ability to consistently provide excellent guest experiences.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills to manage staff, interact with management and respond to guests’ needs.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Valid driver’s license and maintain a safe driving record.
  • A pre-employment background check is required.
  • Able to lift 40+ lbs.
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)
INTERESTED:  Email your resume to amy@winetalent.net

Monday, June 27, 2016

WineTalent Classifieds: Program Manager in Napa

Program Manager

WineTalent is working with our client, the Napa Valley Grapegrowers (NVG), to find a Program 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 Program Manager will be responsible for the development of educational seminars, the logistics of all events and will be responsive to the needs of NVG membership.  The Program Manager will exhibit exceptional professionalism, analytical skills, communication abilities and organizational skills.

Napa Valley Grapegrowers routinely puts together educational seminars to support the needs of the membership.  The Program Manager will work with the Associate Director to identify potential seminar topics, develop the content, reach out to industry experts to support the seminars and handle all of the logistics of these seminars.  The Program Manager is also interacting with the membership and the Board of Directors to identify topics and programming for seminars.  Additionally the Program Manager will play a key role in all special events NVG puts on.  This will include venue selection, vendor contract negotiation and scheduling all actions that must happen to create a professional and seamless event.  To support and build on the mission of the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, the Program Manager will manage the website content related to the position, assist with the grant process including all necessary reporting, and administrative duties as needed. 

Responsibilities:  

  • Seminars & Events
    • Responsible for coordinating all event logistics from start to finish
    • Create event timelines and checklists
    • Manage all aspects of event registration and work with Director of Finance to ensure payment is received
    • Manage all event budgets reporting regularly to NVG Associate Director
    • Coordinate all vendor logistics – catering, event rentals, audio visual, set up, breakdown, d├ęcor, etc.
    • Secure event venues and oversee all rental and contract agreements
    • Assist with sponsorship outreach and details
    • Create attendee folders, handouts, and event materials
    • Manage event volunteers and ensure staffing needs are met
    • Responsible for all event follow up and wrap up
    • Manage and plan the annual Afternoon in the Vineyards event

  • ROOTSTOCK
    • Assist with the management, planning and execution of the NVG annual exhibition & symposium
    • Assist NVG Associate Director and ROOTSTOCK Event Coordinator in managing the marketing & promotion schedule, timeline, printing and mailing requirements for signs, postcards, event program, billboards, online & print ads, etc.
    • Work with event committee on the development of seminar topics and overall program
    • Assist with sponsorship outreach efforts and coordination of sponsor benefits
    • Assist with the management of the event budget
    • Manage all aspects of event registration and work with bookkeeper to ensure payment is received
    • Assist with all aspects of event logistics and execution


  • Harvest STOMP
    • Provide event planning support to NVG Associate Director and Harvest STOMP Steering Committee
    • Assist with all event logistics and execution
    • Assist in creating overall event design and decor
    • Assist with managing event staff, vendors and volunteers

  • Research, Reports and Services
    • Assist with the coordination of the NVG Vineyard Trial Program

  • Website Management
    • Responsible for creating all website pages for NVG events and seminars
    • Responsible for day-to-day updates of website to ensure information is current and accurate
    • Responsible for creating all online event registration pages

  • Grants
    • Responsible for assisting Associate Director with grant reporting and budgeting
    • Responsible for keeping annual grant program folder up-to-date with all relevant reporting information
    • Act as co-coordinator for all grant activities

  • Administrative duties for each of the above programs and associated committees

  • General support to NVG Associate Director



Interested candidates should email a resume to amy@winetalent.net.  All inquiries are completely confidential.   PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE NVG OFFICE DIRECTLY.