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Title Lab Manager
Employer Fetzer Vineyards
Employment Location Hopland, CA
Company Description With nearly 50 years of experience in earth-first winemaking, Fetzer Vineyards is recognized as a leader in environmental stewardship and business ethics. Fetzer Vineyards was the first U.S. wine company to operate on 100% renewable energy, the first to report greenhouse gas emissions to The Climate Registry, and the first certified by the US Zero Waste Business Council. The world’s largest B Corp winery, Fetzer Vineyards strives to find the perfect equilibrium between earth, vine and communities to regenerate ecosystems and bring wines of quality and character to the table. In keeping with these values, the company has committed to becoming Net Positive by the year 2030.

Today, our portfolio of brands includes Fetzer, Anthony's Hill, Bonterra, Little Black Dress, Jekel, 1,000 Stories, Vina Maipo, Sanctuary and more. Bonterra Organic Vineyards ('Bonterra'), the leading wine from organically farmed grapes, has been named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast.
Type Full Time
Pay Scale TBD
Employment Start Date ASAP
Job Description As Lab Manager, you will direct and inspire a technical team responsible for developing and maintaining analytical systems to assure the performance of physical and chemical analyses of grapes, grape products, alcoholic beverages and water and related materials. You and your team will calibrate equipment; carry out analyses of wines and finished products as needed in order to support winemakers, the bottling facility and production teams. It will be essential to understand and drive food safety initiatives to secure and maintain standards to ISO 20000, IFS standards, FDA and other agency requirements. You will provide data and reports in useful formats for the specific customer as needed and troubleshoot issues with analytical test results and equipment.

Essential Job Responsibilities:


• Demonstrates and directs advanced instrumentation techniques, such as GC/MS/MS, LC/MS/MS and inorganic analysis via plasma spectroscopy.
• Oversee wine quality analysis pertaining to grape maturity, fermentation, cellar/aging operations, storage, tank/line sanitation and bottling.
• Oversees routine wine analyses utilizing appropriate methods as required. Must be able to establish priorities as it relates to the urgencies of incoming samples due to bottling, adjustments, shipment certification and other requirements.
• Ensures accurate operations of all laboratory equipment/instrumentation, and ability to troubleshoot when necessary to ensure accurate results.
• Maintain and calibrate analytical instruments in the laboratory in optimum operation condition.
• Develop, document, and validate analytical methods for wine which are compliant with Good Laboratory Practices, as needed. Maintain accurate and complete records of all laboratory work, ensuring the proper use and preparation of standardized chemical solutions used in the laboratory.


• Executes the planning, data collection, analysis and reporting of monthly analysis on inventory of wines held in cellar.
• Recommends new equipment and assists in selecting suppliers and appropriate accessories for proposed equipment.
• Ensures the maintenance of inventories, ordering supplies.
• Effectively applies appropriate SOPs to projects and keeps notes.
• Identifies opportunities for improvement and makes constructive suggestions for change.

• Positively contribute to the achievement of the team objectives and goals.
• Contribute, through regular meetings, to the development and improvement of the Lab and quality team.
• Maintain positive relationships with key stakeholders.
• Assigns special projects as needed/requested by the Director of Winemaking & Winery Operations, including, but not limited to, program analysis, training and development.
• Perform statistical analysis of experimental data and equipment validation results. Present results in report, graphical and/or chart format. Draw conclusions and provide recommendations to Management as required.

• Understands and ensures compliance to all safety requirements. Drives behavioral safety culture.
• With Director of Safety and Risk Management, develops policy and procedure.
• Understands and ensures regulatory compliance and works collaboratively with regulatory/governmental agencies.

• Maintain and update IFS certifications
• Maintain and update CCOF certification
• Maintain HACCP certification
• Maintain and update GMPs

Must Requirements:
• Bachelor of Science in Food Science, Chemistry, Enology or Biology and a minimum of 5 years industry experience or equivalent combination work/education. MS and research experience preferred.
• Good working and theoretical knowledge of analytical instrumentation.
• Previous experience in wine or spirits industry with prior knowledge of commercial programming preferred.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office products with intermediate to advanced Excel
• Ability to work in an environment that has changing priorities and multiple projects
• Ability to manage a team
• Strategic thinker – demonstrates ability to see big picture, anticipate changes and impact on trends, asks what if questions, develops recommendations
• Ability to apply mathematical skills for preparing and verifying analysis with a strong attention to detail.
• Demonstrated ability to independently prepare analysis with high degree of accuracy and within an established deadlines
• Initiative and follow through – Proactively seeks information and utilizes analytical and creative problem solving skills to provide best of class support and mitigate potential issues
• Strong verbal and written communication skills and ability to articulate complex issues in concise, clear manner
• Personal honesty and integrity
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills; able to develop and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of internal and external stakeholders

Physical Requirements:

Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. on a frequent basis, carry up to 40 lbs. & push and pull up to 20 lbs. on an occasional basis; ability to sit and work at a desk for long periods of time; requires ability to walk and stand; reach outward and upward, climb, crawl, squat, kneel, and bend; requires hand and finger dexterity for keyboarding and working at computer for extended periods of time.

About Fetzer Vineyards:

Our California winery operation includes 1000 acres of farmed vineyards and over 3 million cases produced annually. Operations include Mendocino County winery, production and vineyard locations. The company employs 300 across the United States.


Fetzer Vineyards’ corporate office is located at 12901 Old River Rd Hopland, CA 95449 Hopland is a small town of less than 800 people located at the start of the Redwoods of Northern California. It is about a two hour drive, along scenic U.S. Route 101, north of San Francisco. Company vehicle provided and company housing available.

To apply:

Tell us about your passion for the wine industry and send your resume to: Requires successful completion of criminal background, DMV check, (if applicable) and drug screen. AA/EOE/M/F/D/V You will be required to submit verification of your citizenship or legal right to work in the United States at the time of an offer of employment.

Based in Santiago, Chile, our parent company, Viña Concha y Toro, occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies. With consolidated sales in 2015 of nearly USD $1 billion and more than 34 million cases sold globally, the publicly traded company shows the strength of its business model and international leadership, with a presence in over 147 countries.

Contact Info To apply:

Tell us about your passion for the wine industry and send your resume to: Requires successful completion of criminal background, DMV check, (if applicable) and drug screen. AA/EOE/M/F/D/V You will be required to submit verification of your citizenship or legal right to work in the United States at the time of an offer of employment.
Contact Address 12901 Old River Road\r\nHopland, CA 95449
Contact Phone 707 744 7600
Contact Fax 707 744 7606
Contact Website

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