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    Seattle-based Precept Wine is the largest privately held wine producer in the Pacific Northwest and a top 13 American wine producer. With deep roots representing more than 30 years of Northwest investments in the wine industry, Precept owns and maintains nearly 5,000 planted vineyard acres across Washington, Idaho, New Mexico and Oregon; such leading wine brands as Waterbrook, Gruet, Browne Family Vineyards, Canoe Ridge Vineyard, House Wine, Pendulum, Primarius, Washington Hills, Battle Creek Cellars, Primarius, Ste. Chapelle, Cense, Colby Red and Dearly Beloved, plus tasting rooms and hospitality throughout the Northwest. Founded in 2003 by Andrew Browne and Dan Baty, the company’s wineries have garnered more than 700 combined best buys and critical scores exceeding 90 points. 

    We are seeking applicants for the following opportunities:

    Please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@preceptwine.com

    JOB TITLE: WATERBROOK WINERY TASTING ROOM ASSOCIATE (WALLA WALLA, WA)

    The Tasting Room Associate will consistently provide above-and-beyond customer service while employing effective selling techniques in a team environment.  Meet or exceed operational standards and strengthen daily operations by working cooperatively with the Tasting Room Manager and Tasting Room Assistant Manager.

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to;

    • Provide a welcoming atmosphere and unique tasting experience to all guests
    • Describe wines, winemaking techniques, and winery history
    • Effectively suggest and sell wine
    • Encourage wine club sales and promote membership
    • Communicate with a diverse clientele
    • Create a memorable experience for customer
    • Accurately handle routine purchasing transactions, including operating cash register and accounting of daily sales; processing returns, discounts, etc.
    • Provide general tourist information and assist guests as local concierge
    • Stock both wine and non-wine items
    • Assist with hospitality special events
    • Knowledge and maintenance of POS system
    • Display sound judgment and problem solving when issues arise
    • Communicate clearly, respectfully and in a timely manner with employees and manager
    • Follow all company, state and federal policies and laws

    Desired Skills and Requirements:

    • 2 years’ customer service experience
    • 1 year sales experience
    • Must be 21 years of age with current Washington State LCB Class 12 mixologist permit
    • A passion for wine
    • Demonstrated sales ability
    • Ability to stand, walk, and talk for lengthy periods of time
    • Must be able to work days, evening special events, weekends and holidays
    • Ability to understand and accurately follow written and verbal instructions
    • Strong problem solving skills and sound judgment
    • Demonstrate strong communication skills
    • Positive and engaging attitude
    • Ability to lift items up to 40lbs

    JOB TITLE: GRUET WINERY TASTING ROOM ASSISTANT MANAGER (SANTA FE, NM)

    Reporting Structure: Reports directly to the Tasting Room Manager

    Requirements– Providing leadership, training and coaching to the team to ensure the success and development of each member; providing best of class customer service through engagement, follow up and effective selling techniques; ensuring that operations of the tasting room run effectively and efficiently through strong communication with the management team, staff members and the production team. Work collaboratively with the management team to develop event platform to ensure continued growth of private bookings including dinners, music, shows, private parties, and special events while ensuring all customer expectations are met or exceeded. Complete project requests and ensure timely and consistent promotion of events throughout the local community and in the Tasting Room

    Specifics:

    • Provide a welcoming atmosphere and unique tasting experience to all guests
    • Describe wines, winemaking techniques, and winery history
    • Effectively suggest and sell wine
    • Promote wine club
    • Connect and communicate with a diverse clientele
    • Interact with the public
    • Accurately handle routine purchasing transactions, including operating cash register and accounting of daily sales; processing returns, discounts, etc
    • Provide general tourist information and assist guests as local concierge
    • Stock, track and reorder both wine and non-wine items
    • Assist with hospitality special events planning and coordination.
    • Sell and create events scaled appropriately to the capacity of the tasting room grounds/assets
    • Comply with the tasks assigned by the Tasting Room Manager
    • Act as the direct assistant for the tasting room manager including:
      • Train and coach staff members on a daily basis
      • Model highest customer service standards consistently
      • Seek solutions proactively to problems and issues that arise
      • Communicate effectively with the tasting room manager and the rest of the management team
      • Resolve customer and employee issues
      • Oversee and manage monthly inventory.
      • Maintain appropriate inventory levels and communicate any issues to the management team
      • Oversee merchandise, wine and supplies ordering and inventory.
      • Respond to customer emails, inquiries and orders.
      • Guide staff members positively and effectively to successful sales and customer interaction. 
      • Complete various tasks as assigned by Tasting Room Manager

    Summary of Experience

    • 2 years customer service experience
    • 1 year supervisory experience
    • 1 year sales experience
    • Front of house food or beverage service experience a plus

    Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualities and Abilities

    • A passion for wine
    • Demonstrated sales ability
    • High attention to detail
    • Excellent organizational skills
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ability to multi-task
    • Work in a high energy, fast paced environment
    • Ability to stand, walk, and talk for lengthy periods of time
    • Ability to understand and accurately follow written and verbal instructions
    • Demonstrated people skills
    • Strong problem solving skills
    • Ability to address and resolve conflict
    • Strong computer skills (Excel and POS software proficiency a plus)
    • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive information
    • Ability to lift items up to 50 lbs
    • Availability to work weekends and evenings (especially during special events.)
    • New Mexico Alcohol Server’s License and Food Handler’s Certificate are required

    Job Location: Gruet Santa Fe Tasting Room, inside the Hotel St. Francis. 210 Don Gaspar Ave. 87501

    Start Date: Immediately

    Compensation: DOE

    Please stop by or email cover letter and resume to Justin Pichardo at justin@gruetwinery.com

     

    JOB TITLE: GRUET WINERY TASTING ROOM ASSOCIATE (SANTA FE, NM)

    POSITION OVERVIEW

    Reporting directly to the Tasting Room Manager, the Tasting Room Associate ensures quality experiences for guests while maintaining a professional and friendly attitude. Associate is in contact with the public on a daily basis promoting and selling our products via wine tasting and winery knowledge. Associate may be asked to work wine events after normal business hours on-and-off-site. We are looking for part-time and seasonal availability and flexibility to also work weekends and holidays.

    Location: 210 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

    Start Date: Immediately  

    Compensation: Commission on sales as well as customer tips plus base hourly rate

    To Apply: Bring resume in person to our Santa Fe Tasting Room, or email your resume to the Tasting Room Manager, Justin Pichardo at justin@gruetwinery.com

    JOB SPECIFICS

    • Conducts wine tastings

    • Applies customers service skills

    • Ambassador on behalf of Gruet Winery to the public

    • Direct-to-consumer salesperson selling bottles and cases of Gruet wines

    • Promotes Wine Club

    • Answers phone calls, takes phone orders and messages

    • Supports winery needs at special events which may be offsite and outside of normal business hours

    • Organizes the work place on a daily basis, including cleaning duties at beginning and end of shift

    • Stocks wine and retail items

    • Communicates with the Tasting Room Manager on inventory and supplies needed

    • Helps to carry orders out to customer vehicle if needed

    • Performs other, unspecified duties as needed and assigned

    • Performance will be measured on ability to work independently as well as part of a team, manage time, multitask, prioritize objectives, communicate effectively, and most importantly connect with customers while providing quality and timely service.

    PREFERRED EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

    • 1 year direct customer service or sales/retail experience

    • Outstanding customer service and sales skills

    • A passion for and sound knowledge of wine or willingness/ability to study and learn quickly

    • New Mexico Alcohol Server’s License and Food Handler’s Certificate are required

    PHYSICAL DEMANDS

    Tasting Room Associate should have the ability to stand and be mobile for long periods of time and crouch for supplies. Employee will have to occasionally lift cases of wine nearing 50 lbs. The Tasting Room work environment may be a loud and busy.

     

    JOB TITLE: PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (SEATTLE)

    Precept Wine is searching for a dynamic Product Development Manager to drive product development and new innovation for the company. They will have a strong understanding of market trends, timelines, and operations and will work collaboratively with multiple departments internally and externally to take ideas and develop them into brands. The departments they will work with include, but are not limited to, brand management, operations, design, and production.

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Drive product development and new innovations from ideation to production
    • Stay on top of newest package capabilities and innovations by creating relationships with vendors and suppliers
    • Consistent research of current consumer behaviors
    • Continuous knowledge of competitive landscape and competitive launches – what is selling, where is innovation going, where is it missing
    • Research and understand trends within the alcohol industry using Nielsen data and industry news
    • Develop and launch products  
    • Respond to customers’ requests for new products in a timely fashion
    • Lead creative briefs
    • Generate, with help from the team, brand names that are available for trademark/use
    • Background in timelines, operations, and manufacturing to be able to develop new launches within timing and industrial constraints
    • Lead the R&D team and contribute to the overall R&D strategy
    • Special projects

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • Background in Business, Marketing and/or Communication; additional background in the wine industry is encouraged
    • 4+ years of experience
    • Proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, PowerPoint, DropBox, and social channels.

    Skills

    • Strong project management skills, including the ability to take multiple projects from concept to execution, accompanied by the ability to prioritize multiple projects
    • Outstanding communication skills, including formal presentations and one-on-one communication.
    • Strong organizational skills
    • Open and collaborative working style
    • Creative and strategic thinker who brings fresh ideas, new perspectives, and a wealth of enthusiasm
    • Proven ability and experience with branding and marketing
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

    Requirements

    • Ability to lift and carry up to 45 pounds.
    • Acceptable/insurable driving record.
    • Available to work weekdays, weekends, evenings as required by events and business travel.
    • Willingness to travel, including overnight stays and air travel.

    Position is based in Seattle

    Seniority Level: Manager

    Industry: Wine & Spirits

    Employment Type: Full-time

    Job Functions: Marketing

     

    JOB TITLE:  CORPORATE & HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR (SEATTLE)

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Director of first impressions including answering phones, office inventory, conference room calendar management, distrusting mail and ordering food.
    • Manage hospitality/vehicle calendar at all corporate facilities.
    • Assist the President in company communication and meeting correspondence.
    • Preparation of meetings including food, tastings, cleanliness, transportation and guests.
    • Office vendor management and office parking.
    • Assist with sponsorship, donation and charitable requests.
    • Special event planning and facilitation as well as private tastings.
    • Wine Club management via monthly newsletter, seasonal emails blasts and local events.
    • Manage all consumer inquiries via phone and email.
    • Coordinate Wine Room orders, shipping and pickups.
    • Handle special projects as requested.

    Skills and Requirements:

    • 2+ year’s administrative assistant and front desk/receptionist experience.
    • Willingness to learn and grow into increase responsibilities.
    • Exceptional organization, time and deadline management.
    • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
    • Proactive problem-solving full cycle.
    • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
    • Must be able to deal with confidential matters and privacy appropriately.
    • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products

    The applicant must be flexible, professional, highly motivated, and must be able to manage multiple responsibilities and complete tasks with minimal supervision.

    For consideration, please include your resume when replying.

    JOB TITLE: ILLINOIS TERRITORY MANAGER (ILLINOIS)

    Position Summary This is a field-based position dedicated to selling and developing the Precept Wine Brands. Focus will be on both on and off premise channels and key accounts. Responsibilities include developing relationships with key customers and wholesaler sales team as well as calling on select headquarter buyers in the Illinois markets.

    Responsibilities:

    Market Execution

    • Responsible for sales and distribution in specified list of 100 accounts as well as developing new business in on and off premise customers
    • Identify sales opportunities, e.g. compliance and sell in with planograms, feature and display mandates, distribution authorizations, and sell in and correct as possible
    • Measure the effectiveness of volume driving initiatives and suggest new approaches to improve the impact of these initiatives on sales results.
    • Provide support and follow through for key National and Regional On-Premise account programming (e.g. program execution including closing mandated distribution gaps)
    • Share execution best practices to wholesalers
    • Provide market intelligence to their Regional Manager, continuously improving Precept Wines approach to highest quality retail execution
    • Support wholesaler training

      Develop initiatives for local and regional key accounts

    • Identify market specific business development opportunities
    • Maintain calendar of industry events, winemaker travel and marketplace activities
    • Ensure required reports and expenses are turned in timely and as necessary
    • Manage Travel & Expenses and non-price budgets to company guidelines and deliver on financial goals

    Sales

    • Achieve monthly and annual sales goals across all Precept Wine Brands.
    • Visit and review a rotating sample of key accounts within area of responsibility based on sales goals
    • Support local wholesaler with selling in all aspects of the monthly focus for distribution, display and feature support
    • Work with and assist the Region Manager in building an On-Premise and Off-Premise annual business plan including sales, distribution and promotional efforts

    New Products

    • In conjunction with Regional Manager and Strategic Account Managers, execute new product roll-out plans
    • Report weekly market activities to both the wholesaler and Region Manager

    Minimum Qualifications: 
    • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent job experience

    • Minimum four years’ experience in the beverage alcohol industry
    • Proven track record in building good relationships with customers as well as internal associates
    • Comprehensive knowledge of the Illinois markets.
    • Outgoing, self-starter, charismatic and articulate
    • Willingness to work non-traditional hours as needed (including nights and weekends)
    • Strong math skills with ability to understand wholesaler margin, retailer cost of goods calculation and market discount structures
    • Computer literate with the ability to use software applications including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
    • Extensive local travel and frequent overnight Travel required within designated Illinois territory
    • Reside in territory
    • Demonstrates diligence and ability to follow through on all commitments
    • Demonstrates strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
    • Demonstrates ability to achieve performance goals with a minimum direction

    Compensation:

    DOE + Bonus Opportunity

    Car Allowance Provided

    Travel & M&E budget provided

    Local candidates only. No recruiter inquiries.

    JOB TITLE: BRAND MANAGER, SEATTLE, WA

    The Brand Manager is responsible for the development of market driven strategic initiatives that deliver on Precept’s growth and profit objectives, as well as the creation and implementation of brand positioning and programs.

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Developing and executing the strategic planning process among multiple nationally distributed wine brands
    • Analyzing market, channel and category trends/opportunities and developing strategic performance enhancing recommendations
    • Determining brand focus areas through competitive set research and data, i.e. AC Nielsen, industry studies and trade publications
    • Monitoring brand performance and identifying new growth opportunities across all channels of distribution (on and off premise, direct-to-consumer)
    • Presenting annual brand plans, line extensions and launch strategies through clear and consistent communication
    • Partnering with multiple cross-functional teams (sales, production, winemaking, etc.) to provide strategic input towards product development
    • Reviewing and managing production forecasts, inventory, pricing, COGS and GP with Finance and Sales team
    • Analyzing effectiveness of pricing, programs and brand performance to present and share with key executive stakeholders
    • Developing and managing supporting marketing programs and tools, including robust calendar of activities, displays and collateral, point-of-sale and brand standards
    • Managing key brand deliverables and digital assets, including package development, selling tools, technical specifications and vintage specific information
    • Managing and developing cross-promotional partner relationships and outside vendors in line with brand objectives
    • Developing and managing budgets to effectively and efficiently execute key brand strategies
    • Ensuring compliance with all legal regulations and company policies and procedures
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned

    Skills and Requirements:

    • Bachelor’s degree required, MBA a plus
    • Three – Five plus years of consumer products brand marketing experience, luxury goods or wine / beverage experience preferred
    • Demonstrated analytical skills and experience in forecasting and marketing research
    • Proven track record designing and integrating marketing strategy and consumer brand positioning into product, promotions, media, public relations, branding and merchandising
    • Ability to execute effective project management skills within designated budgets and timelines
    • Strong written/verbal communication and presentation skills
    • Ability to work well under pressure and to think creatively and strategically
    • Willingness to travel as required

    The applicant must be flexible, professional, highly motivated, and must be able to manage multiple responsibilities and complete tasks with minimal supervision.

    For consideration, please include your resume when replying to this posting.

    Precept Wine is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    JOB TITLE: CENTRAL FLORIDA TERRITORY MANAGER 

    Position Summary This is a field-based position dedicated to selling and developing the Precept Wine Brands.  Focus will be on both on and off premise channels and key accounts.   Responsibilities include developing relationships with key customers and wholesaler sales team as well as calling on select headquarter buyers in the Tampa Bay & Orlando Florida markets.

    Responsibilities:

    Market Execution

    • Responsible for sales and distribution in specified list of 100 accounts as well as developing new business in on and off premise customers.
    • Identify sales opportunities, e.g. compliance and sell in with planograms, feature and display mandates, distribution authorizations, and sell in and correct as possible.
    • Measure the effectiveness of volume driving initiatives and suggest new approaches to improve the impact of these initiatives on sales results.   
    • Provide support and follow through for key National and Regional On-Premise account programming (e.g. program execution including closing mandated distribution gaps).
    • Share execution best practices to wholesalers.
    • Provide market intelligence to his/her Regional Manager, continuously improving Precept Wines approach to highest quality retail execution.
    • Support wholesaler training
    • Develop initiatives for local and regional key accounts.
    • Identify market specific business development opportunities.
    • Maintain calendar of industry events, winemaker travel and marketplace activities.
    • Ensure required reports and expenses are turned in timely and as necessary.
    • Manage Travel & Expenses and non-price budgets to company guidelines and deliver on financial goals.

    Sales

    • Achieve monthly and annual sales goals across all Precept Wine Brands.
    • Visit and review a rotating sample of key accounts within area of responsibility based on sales goals.
    • Support local wholesaler with selling in all aspects of the monthly focus for distribution, display and feature support.
    • Work with and assist the Region Manager in building an On-Premise annual business plan including sales, distribution and promotional efforts.

    New Products

    • In conjunction with Regional Manager and Strategic Account Managers, execute new product roll-out plans.
    • Report weekly market activities to both the wholesaler and Region Manger

    Minimum Qualifications: 

    • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent job experience.
    • Minimum four years’ experience in the beverage alcohol industry.
    • Proven track record in building good relationships with customers as well as internal associates.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of the NY and NJ markets.
    • Outgoing, self-starter, charismatic and articulate.
    • Willingness to work non-traditional hours as needed. (Including nights and weekends).
    • Strong math skills with ability to understand wholesaler margin, retailer cost of goods calculation and market discount structures.
    • Computer literate with the ability to use software applications including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
    • Extensive local travel and frequent overnight Travel required within designated NY/NJ territory
    • Reside in territory.
    • Demonstrates diligence and ability to follow through on all commitments.
    • Demonstrates strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
    • Demonstrates ability to achieve performance goals with a minimum direction.

    Compensation:

    DOE + Bonus Opportunity

    Car Allowance Provided

    Travel & M&E budget provided

    Next steps: With the subject line “Central Florida Territory Manager,” please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@preceptwine.com.

    Local candidates only. No recruiter inquiries

    JOB TITLE: QUALITY CONTROL TECH, WALLA WALLA, WA 

    We are looking for the best and brightest to fill an immediate opening for the Quality Control Tech at our Waterbrook Winery in Walla Walla, WA.

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

    • Perform specific duties and responsibilities based on standard operating procedures, good laboratory practices, good manufacturing practices to ensure the consistency and quality of our products
    • Perform quality control analysis of finished goods, and other materials as required
    • Is knowledgeable of particular scientific instrumentation techniques
    • Follow laboratory standard operating procedures; attention to detail is essential
    • Complete and maintain all required documentation for procedures, recording work and results.
    • Monitor and insures compliance with all applicable company policies and procedures
    • Perform basic and routine analytical on tank samples, finished goods to verify accurate results and consistencies
    • Procure all supplies needed to perform required duties and notify lead/supervisor of any issues or needs
    • Keep other personnel informed as to the status of analysis, lab supplies and equipment usages
    • Able to follow all QC Department’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’S) Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and other policies and procedures established by company
    • Takes initiative to make sound decisions in their work, communicate with operator/line lead of any adjustments that need to be made to bring quality back into specifications
    • Ensures all tasks for finalization of controlled documents are completed and saved on share drive for easy access
    • Make a positive contribution to achieving departmental performance targets for safety, product quality and throughput by operating within specified procedures
    • Ensure that all bottling line documents are completed accurately prior to the day of production.
    • Involve daily communication with management, Quality Control, Maintenance, Warehouse and all employees necessary in the operations process
    • Visually inspect products and or operations to insure quality of products and or work.
    • Safety awareness, identify and correct conditions that effect employee safety, uphold safety standards, notify supervisor of any unsafe conditions
    • Ensuring compliance to product safety procedures and report and take corrective actions for product safety and incidents within specified limits
    • Assist with departmental needs and vacancies
    • Perform other duties as assigned by manager

    Skills and Requirements:

    • Must be able to read, understand and comply with the SDS sheets
    • Ability to work an 8, 10 or 12-hour shifts or required necessary hours to meet business requirements
    • 3+ years assisting leads with QC productions.
    • Experience working with all major winery BoM’s structure
    • Strong organization skills and closer attention to detail
    • Prior experience is highly desirable including working knowledge
    • Ability to identify business process improvements and report existing deficiencies to management
    • Experience with authoring Standard Operating Procedures

    JOB TITLE: PRECEPT WINE INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS 2019-2020 – MULTIPLE LOCATIONS

    Internships at Precept Wine offer a well-rounded experience of working for a dynamic, vertically integrated wine producer, while gaining a solid understanding of the three-tier distribution system. Opportunities of focus include assignments among Brand Management, Communications and PR, Graphic Design, and Field Sales. We strive to align internships with specific areas of study while scheduled to fit student demands.

    INTERNSHIP POSITION

    • Graphic Design – Work closely with Precept Wine’s award-winning in-house design team to develop key brand tools, from packaging to marketing collateral.
    • Sales – Develop an essential understanding of the sales role within the organization, including distributor presentations, cultivating retailer relationships and exceptional field execution.
    • Accounting 
      • Program Details 
        • Step into a fast paced accounting role with a growing company
        • Learn the basics of key accounting functions and help support team members
        • Create and update process documentation
        • Prepare materials for distributor sales meetings
      • Expectations 
        • Learn basics of accounting functions and support team members with recurring processes
        • Dive into the details of key processes to find efficiencies through process change and IT automation
        • Gain firsthand knowledge on our ERP system and help identify system limitations/areas for improvement
        • Take part in process reviews and contribute to process improvement efforts
        • Build hands on experience by entering/reviewing financial transactions
        • Present what you learned at the end of internship to Accounting & Finance Management
          • Create an outline for future internships
          • Develop 3 ideas for that you believe will lead to long-term success for the Accounting Department
      • Qualifications 
        • Accounting or related major
        • Ability to self-manage to achieve given goals
        • Computer literacy: MS Office – Outlook, Excel, Word
        • Special consideration will be given to those with strong academic achievement

    COMMITMENT & PERKS

    • 150-hour commitment in Precept Wine’s Seattle office (10-15 weeks, 10-15 hours per week)
    • Hours may also be accrued through evening/weekend events or hospitality trips
    • School credit where allowed OR stipend after successful completion of internship
    • Ongoing wine education and tasting opportunities (for students age 21 and over)

    SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS

    • Open to all majors
    • Strong written and verbal communications skills
    • Excellent organization, time management, and prioritization skills required
    • Demonstrated abilities in confidentiality, initiative, judgment and discretion
    • Computer skills: Word, Excel, Power Point
    • Ability to lift and carry a full case of wine (approx. 50 pounds)
    • 21+ years of age preferred

    NEXT STEPS: Please submit your resume and cover letter stating specific area of interest, time frame and/or quarter of availability to internship@preceptwine.com.

     

    Precept Wine is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we look forward to hearing from you!