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Cellar Manager

Key Performance Areas :


  • Supply the correct quality and quantity bulk product within required specifications timeously at the most cost effective manner to the production operation.
  • Responsible for the wine, Cider and spirits products.
  • Manage short and long term planning of bulk products, filter aids and Wine consumables from external suppliers.
  • Minimise losses of bulk product.
  • Minimise delays to production due to the unavailability or lateness of product.
  • Manage, plan and control annual budgets.
  • Ensure adherence to the annual maintenance plan of all equipment within department.
  • Management of all quality systems ISO 9001/2000.
  • Ensure and maintain the integrity of the taste profile of wine, cider and spirits products.
  • Liaising with all Cellar managers and logistics within the company group to ensure timely production of all products.
  • Liaising with buying departments to ensure the correct product ingredients and lead times is adhered to.
  • Develop and implement annual departmental business plans and assist in site’s business plan.
  • To establish a positive and disciplined environment with the workers and manage all HR issues within department.
  • Manage and control administrative system within department.
  • Manage department as a business unit.
  • See to skills development within department to ensure competent and motivated employees.
  • Adhere to Procedures and measure compliance (ICC)
  • Actively participate in daily and weekly management meetings.
  • Must be able to work under pressure and see to queries associated with cellar department.
  • Innovation and business improvements in support of operational and segment goals.
  • Actively involved in Department TRACC processes as well as assistance to other departments.

The successful candidate must have the following experience/skills:

  • A relevant BSc degree or National Diploma, Cellar Technology and Winemaking or equivalent qualification.
  • A minimum of 5 years Cellar experience and knowledge within the Secondary production environment.
  • Three to five years managerial experience
  • Display in-depth knowledge of bulk planning methods and procedures.
  • Display a high level of energy to persist with tasks.
  • Ability to plan tasks realistically.
  • Allocating time to prioritise and building in contingencies for the department.
  • Ability to organise resources and effectively delegate tasks to subordinates.
  • Leading people. (People management and leadership skills.)
  • Proven computer literacy in SAP & MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel) on an advance level of competence.


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