Plant & Equipment Manager (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  Cloudy Bay Vineyards (

  Blenheim, Marlborough

Estates & Wines, the Moët Hennessy wine division, is a unique collection of prestigious wineries spread across 5 continents. Our vineyards are located on exceptional terroirs within their appellation and our wineries have all broken new ground by pioneering new or forgotten regions, or through innovative & distinctive winemaking techniques.

Cloudy Bay Vineyards not only captures the essence of Marlborough, but also embodies New Zealand's unique luxury: the luxury of space and time, of intimate moments and nature’s rarest qualities. At Cloudy Bay, we are passionate about creating wines that express our regional and national character through the Cloudy Bay lens.

Reporting to the Vineyard Sustainability and Operations Manager, we’re looking for a Plant & Equipment Manager to manage the provision of plant, machinery, equipment and personnel support to Cloudy Bay’s Marlborough Vineyards.

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to share your passion for wine, your operational vineyard knowledge and your management skills.

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Managing the Marlborough Plant and Equipment Section, comprising all of the Cloudy Bay Vineyard tractor and machinery assets, along with twelve permanent Vineyard Operators and up to seven fixed-term Vineyard Operators during the summer work season.
  • Assisting with the planning and implementation of all operational activities, including the herbicide and fungicide programs, canopy management tasks, soil management and vineyard re-development activities such as re-planting or re-trellising.
  • Assisting with vehicle and machinery repairs and maintenance, to ensure the fleet is in operational and safe working order
  • Coordinating operational activities by planning tasks and recording their completion in the respective works program
  • During harvest, assisting in the planning, conduct and management of vineyard machine harvest operations
  • Assisting with the implementation of strategies to build and maintain a dedicated and positive team environment, which includes participating in the induction, the training and the management of the permanent and fixed-term Vineyard Operators.
  • Maintaining and improving safety in the workplace, supporting Cloudy Bay’s Health & Safety programme at all times, and fostering a culture of safety within the work environment


In order to succeed in this position, you will have:

  • A Tertiary qualification in viticulture or horticulture certificate, diploma or bachelor is desirable;
  • Experience in first line repairs and maintenance of viticulture equipment
  • Extensive practical vineyard experience and general knowledge of horticultural systems and managing staff
  • Experience in a multi-department environment and strategic planning
  • The ability to undertake cost-benefit analysis and planning
  • Developed people management skills and understanding of employment law and Health & Safety legislation
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills, such as integrity, discretion and trust
  • Developed computing skills including Word and Excel to intermediate level
  • Class 1 License essential. Class 2, 4 W, F licenses desirable
  • DG, Growsafe, and Approved Handler certificates are desirable
  • First aid Certificate is desirable


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