Estate Manager (Wine Estate) - Mkt related

Saturday, 18 May, 2024
Emma Austen     0832872741
Western Cape  

Our client is searching for a dynamic, innovative and hardworking Estate Manager who has strong leadership abilities, as well as excellent planning and communication skills.

The purpose of a Estate Manager job is multifaceted and includes overseeing all aspects of farm operations to ensure efficient and successful production and the successful operations of all estate facilities. This role reports directly to the owner of the farm.

The successful Candidate's key responsibilities will range from management of farm workers and maintenance teams and include among other things, full operational management of vineyards, including crop protection and promotion, water management, financial management. A more detailed job spec will be made available to shortlisted Candidates.

Requirements :

  • Grade 12 Certificate
  • Diploma in Agriculture
  • Minimum 3-5 years winegrapes & crop farming experience
  • Code 10 & 14 drivers license
  • Good interpersonal, record keeping and administrative skills
  • Strong Mechanical skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Vineyard Management experience (Non-negotiable requirement)
  • Must be able to draw up a farm's budget and manage the budget
  • MS Office
  • Knowledge of quality control measure, compliance and wine industry regulations

Other knowledge and skills required:

  • Good planning ability (short, medium, and long term);
  • Knowledge of all audits;
  • Must be able to manage costs effectively;
  • Knowledge of cultivating plants to produce fruit to the required standards;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • A work ethic that prizes accuracy, thoroughness, drive, and integrity;
  • Demonstrable management and leadership qualities;
  • Must be physically fit to perform the work;
  • Valid Driver’s licence;
  • Able to speak, read and write in English or Afrikaans. (Ability to speak Xhosa or Sotho will count in your favour);
  • Strong numerical skills;
  • Strong organisation and planning skills in meeting deadlines;
  • An action orientated approach with an intense sense of accountability;
  • Able to work under pressure;
  • Self-disciplined, collaborator;
  • Hard worker with a strong sense of accountability & resilience;
  • Great sense of showing initiative;
  • Display strategic vision to improve operations


  • Candidates already living in the Western Cape, specifically the Winelands, Paarl, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch & Helderberg areas will be preferred 
  • applicants must be South African Citizens or hold valid South African Permanent Residency


Applicants are requested to submit a complete, up to date CV to Emma Austen at showing:

1.  Details of all previous employment, Company Name, Positions held and exact start & end dates  (most recent position first)

2.  Reasons for having left all previous positions

3. Written references or irrevocable proof of employment from previous employers,

4. Proof of High School Education and all tertiary qualifications

5 . A recent colour profile photo.  

6.  Current notice period / Availability & current / most recent salary

If having been retrenched due to Covid-19 in the past, we require written proof thereof from an ex-employer or a copy of the letter of notice received.

Due to the large amount of Applications we receive, we are unfortunately only able to respond to those Candidates who meet all of our Client's specific requirements