National Operations Manager & Winemaker

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South Australia

Employment type

Full time


$110,000-$150,000 per annum

VAF Memstar

VA Filtration (SA) Pty Ltd, trading as VAF Memstar is the developer, manufacturer and operator of a suite of membrane based processes for adjusting wine composition, condition and quality. Its

VAF Memstar is looking to appoint a National Operations Manager & Winemaker to its expanding operation. The successful candidate will have a winemaking background with significant winery operational experience.
A history of effective staff management and customer interaction is highly desirable.
The position reports directly to the Managing Director and will be based at VAF Memstar’s newly completed Barossa facility.
The key responsibility of the role is the initiation and successful completion of all VAF Memstar service and rental contracts across South Australia and the Eastern States.

Job Description:

VAF Memstar service and rental contract management
The National operations Manager is the pivotal contact with clients and customers and, as such, is responsible for all facets of fee-for-service and equipment rental contracts, including:
o Being the Client point of contact for required services.
o Short- and long-term scheduling of personnel, plant & equipment
o Responsibility for pricing & quoting and associated documentation.
o Ensuring all jobs are performed in a timely and professional manner.
Other duties include:
• Keep Operational staff engaged with a strong focus on quality operations, staff training and the maintenance of high skill levels.
• Ensure equipment is maintained in a first-class condition
• Ensure staff safety and operational compliance are maintained and front of mind.
• Always present the interests of VAF Memstar in a positive and professional manner.
• Follow-up with client regarding satisfactory job completion.

Financial Responsibility
• Prepare operating budgets and periodically report performance against agreed budgets.
• Manage client enquiries and quotations.
• Negotiate job pricing, scheduling, terms and conditions with clients.
• Ensure completed tasks are invoiced in a timely fashion.
• Strong contribution to the company’s bottom line profit

Active involvement
• Regularly visit wine regions promoting VAF Memstar services and products and support, train and work with VAF Memstar staff.
• Gain a full understanding of the VAF Memstar wine treatment processes.
• Develop and maintain the hands-on ability to operate the range of VAF Memstar equipment.
• Engage with all levels of staff and lead operational improvement of equipment, processes and procedures.
• Provide a resource for VAF Memstar’s ongoing wine technologies R&D process
• At all times maintain good working relations with colleagues, associates and clients

Equipment and Stock Maintenance
• Prepare and manage maintenance schedules for all VAF Memstar equipment
• Maintain an acceptable level of equipment spares and consumable stock.

An attractive salary, vehicle and bonus incentive will be offered to the successful candidate.

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