Viticulturist / Maintenance Manager

Friday, 4 October, 2019
Ilze van Niekerk     r
Stellenbosch  

Join our #MarianneDreamTeam as Viticulturist / Maintenance Manager

An exciting position is available to a dedicated and hardworking Viticulturist / Maintenance Manager at Marianne Wine Estate in the beautiful Stellenbosch Wine Region.

Production Management: vineyard and citrus orchards

- Plan farming activities using budgeting techniques to achieve production targets, in close co-operation with the owner and the owner’s viticulturist.
- Source required supplements to achieve production targets
- Develop and implement an annual nutrient management plan, in conjunction with the owner and according with the soil analyses reports
- Develop and implement crop control, folia management (determent by the season) and vines establishing, soil program discussed with the owner
- Manage irrigation schedule, weeds and pests to ensure optimal crops.
- Liaise with key rural professionals e.g. fertilizer rep, chemical rep and contractors to ensure smooth operation of the farm
- Work within best practice environmental guidelines
- Ensure any development work is undertaken with appropriate consents.

Estate Maintenance / environment

- Develop, review and manage repairs and maintenance schedule for all plant, machinery and infrastructure (buildings: guesthouse, staff houses, farm buildings).
- Design and enforce security rules and policies on the farm
- Ensure all relevant company policies are understood and adhered to.

Business

- Work actively as a team member in developing and achieving Company objectives;
- Work with the General Manager and/or Owner to develop the Business Plan and annual budget
- Monitor seasonal expenditure in line with the budgeted cash flow.
- Supervise day-to-day activity, organize rosters and schedule tasks/activities that need to be undertaken
- Provide training/coaching to staff to enable them to competently carry out tasks required of them on farm
- Conduct an annual review of staff performance and maintain employment records
- Ensure that health and safety policies and procedures are understood and adhered to
- Review, implement and improve health and safety policies and procedures
- Ensure new staff are inducted and aware of company policies and are given role clarity.

Requirements

• Experience in similar position for 5 to 10 years.
• Relevant training/qualifications in Viticulture/Farming management
• Skills in building maintenance, electric, mechanical
• Team player, open to new ideas and advice.
• Experience with IPW, WIETA certification and audits is a plus.
• Experience abroad is a plus

This position will report to the General Manager.
Direct Reports: General farms workers and gardeners (team of 8 – 10).

If you are interested, apply online at www.m3online.co.za before 09:00 on 11th of October 2019. For more information, contact M³ Human Capital Management.

If you do not hear from us within two weeks of the closing date you can assume that your application was unsuccessful.

*Marianne wine estate is committed to fair and unbiased recruitment initiatives. This position will hence be subjected to relevant Employment Equity alignment where possible.