Tuesday, November 6, 2018

WineTalent Classifieds: Culinary Farm Manager with Long Meadow Ranch

WineTalent is working with our client, Long Meadow Ranch, on a search for a Culinary Farm Manager.  

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. We produce award-winning wines, handcrafted extra virgin olive oils, grass-fed beef, eggs, and heirloom fruits and vegetables.
Long Meadow Ranch has a unique opportunity for a Culinary Farm Manager to manage the extensive organic and sustainable farming operations of Long Meadow Ranch, including fruits, vegetables, herbs and eggs. The Culinary Farm Manager will handle all purchasing of seeds and supplies and handle routine farm maintenance.  This position is responsible for supply to wholesale, retail, farmer’s markets and the award-winning farm-to-table restaurant, Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch.
  • Develop strong relationships and communications with the restaurant management and farm team
  • Coordinate annual fruit & vegetable crop plan with the restaurant farm-to-table manager to meet the highest possible percentage of restaurant needs
  • Create an annual budget and production plan that is consistent with the crop plan and will ensure they are properly implemented
  • Conduct regular trainings for farm team and farmstead chefs to meet and maintain Good Agricultural Practices and Food Safety standards
  • Maintain compliance with CCOF organic certification standards for annual crops, orchards, poultry, and value-added products
  • Supervise and organize an efficient and productive greenhouse propagation program
  • Execute successful orchard program for fruit production and value-added products
  • Execute successful poultry program for pasture-raised egg production and heritage turkeys
  • Supervise the management of farm production labor
  • Execute basic maintenance of farm equipment, irrigation, greenhouse, landscape and property.
  • Oversee the pest management program; obtain and renew Private Applicator License.
  • Maintain compliance with the Long Meadow Ranch Good Agricultural Practices Manual; and renew self certification annually
  • Assist Agricultural Operations Coordinator with record-keeping of planting and production, including meeting all organic and other certification requirements
  • Maintain a clean and effective farming environment that is visited by the public
  • Participate in occasional company consumer/trade events
Education, Experience and Requirements
  • 5 years of organic farming experience
  • Proven experience in crop management, budgeting and forecasting
  • Ability to operate tractors and other farm equipment
  • Ability to perform a wide array of farming operations
  • Proven ability to manage and lead a team of workers
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills highly preferred
  • Proven experience in budget management
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Strong work ethic, organizational skills and integrity
  • Must have a valid California driver’s license and maintain a clean driving record
  • Ability to work in various settings including outside and in inclement weather when needed
  • Ability to lift 75+ pounds
  • A pre-employment investigative consumer report and pre-employment physical are 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).
All inquiries will be kept strictly confidential.
Please visit Long Meadow Ranch's online job board to apply online

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Friday, November 2, 2018

The Formula for a Career Hot Streak

Witnessing an athlete's hot streak is very exciting.  Are hot streaks exclusive to athletes?  Nope.  A group of researchers at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management recently published their findings on hot streaks, based on their study of over 30,000 professionals including artists, film directors and scientists.  The main findings were that hot streaks last four to five years and some people have more than one hot streak.  Hot streaks can occur at any point in a career. 

How can I get on a hot streak?  As the famous golfer Arnold Palmer is often quoted as saying, “The more I practice, the luckier I get.”  In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell wrote that for  creative professionals “ten thousand hours is the magic number of greatness."  Both of these quotes relate success with practice.  If practice really does make perfect, you need to get practicing.  

How can I practice in the business world?  Well, first of all, you have to show up.  And when you do show up, you have to put in the hours, sign up for new assignments, and stretch yourself a bit.  Put your hand up when a difficult yet interesting project comes up.  Show up for a meeting prepared and ready to present your opinions and information.  And if a great opportunity comes along, whether you think you are completely ready for it or not, put yourself in line for it.  

Put in the Time:  I do believe that to get ahead you have to put in the work.  The harder I work, the luckier I've always gotten.  Putting in the time, you are building your career "muscle memory" to be agile when it is needed.  By putting in the time, you will have the knowledge and ability you will need when the time comes to use it. 

Not Simply Doing the Work:  While hard work can result in job security, you also need to work smarter not just harder.  Being strategic where you invest your time and effort is as important or perhaps more important than how hard you work.  Don't try to be the best at completing the same work the same way every time.  Figure out new things that need to be done, solve problems your company is facing and create efficiencies wherever you can.  

Find a Mentor:  Identify people you interact with at work and in your profession that you admire and respect.  Asking to be that person's protege may seem awkward, but it never hurts to ask.  Put yourself out there and do it.  This includes showing up at work, doing the work, and taking the time to build relationships with potential mentors.  Great mentors will have excellent advice on how to find greater career success.

Keep Learning:  To be successful and promote yourself, you have to keep learning.  Get up in the morning and make sure you are up on the current events.  Read industry publications to know what’s going on in your industry and gain insight to find solutions and make strategic decisions.  Interact with successful people and learn from them.  Often, industry leaders are profiled online or in local publications.  Read their interviews and see what you can glean for use in your own career.  If something really strikes you from something you see, reach out to that leader.  They may just invite you in for a meeting. 

Say Yes:  If you are given an opportunity to attend a new seminar, take a class, or meet an influential person, say yes.  Raise your hand high and volunteer.  You may just find yourself in the right place at the right time to further your career. 

Ignite Your Own Hot Streak:  While it will take hard work and sticking your neck out from time to time, career advancement is personally and financially rewarding.  Doing the work and being strategic can lead you to your own hot streak.  I'm hoping it will be the first of many.  

Monday, October 29, 2018

WineTalent Classifieds: Southern California Sales Representative

WineTalent is working with our confidential client on a sales role in the Southern California territory.  The Sales Representative will actively represent the winery in the Southern California market. This position will be responsible for managing relationships with the distributor sales team, key accounts, and wine buyers in the area.  The winery is a boutique, luxury wine project featuring a talented winemaking team and excellent estate fruit. 

·     Manage the Southern California market through new account prospecting, key account development, existing account relationship management and fostering a strong partnership with the distributor. 
·      Actively network with key decision makers to increase new sales opportunities and build on past sales successes. 
·      Working with the company’s management and sales team, set up sales goals and account lists.
·      Working independently, manage daily, weekly, monthly and quarterly sales activities to create a strong presence of the wines in the market.
·      Actively sell to on-premise and off-premise accounts both in partnership with wholesale team and through self-initiated sales calls.
·      Identify and manage relationships with high volume and/or high potential accounts.
·      Foster relationships with luxury dining, lodging and hospitality venues.  This includes private club and resort accounts.
·      Represent the winery at select trade and consumer events. 

Qualifications and Requirements:
·      Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Business or closely related field.  Work experience in lieu of a degree will also be considered
·      At least 3 years of fine wine sales in the Southern California market.
·      Proven experience selling luxury wine brands to both on-premise and off-premise accounts. 
·      Past work experience in a distributor sales role highly desirable.
·      Established relationships with buyers in private venues such as country clubs, yacht clubs, etc.
·      Experience with Bordeaux varietals and blends.  Excellent tasting palate with an appreciate of Bordeaux blends and Cabernet Sauvignon.
·      Ability to take ownership of sales responsibilities in the market.
·      A dedication to hard work and “getting the sale.”  Smart and tenacious salespeople only need apply. 

All Inquiries will be kept strictly confidential
If you are interested in applying, please email your resume to amy@winetalent.net
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