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General Manager (Wine Jobs: Management & Administration)

Full Time

  Monte Christo Winery (

  Central Otago, Otago

The Role:

We are seeking a dynamic and adaptive General Manager who possesses a blend of servant leadership skills, operational expertise, wine sales experience and a passion for delivering quality and excellence in the wine and hospitality industry.

This role requires an individual with the ability to motivate and inspire our close-knit team.  A keystone position within our young organisation, you will oversee the management and direction across departments including health and safety, hospitality and cellar door development, operations, sales, marketing, viticulture, winemaking, finance & human resources.

As a family-owned business, you will also be working closely with and reporting to a Company Director to ensure we are meeting and exceeding ambitious business goals.

An extremely varied role, the General Manager will initially be focused on the completion of in progress and future planned development projects and setting the stage for future expansion within the Central Otago region.  You will also collaborate with our existing department managers to define and execute annual department plans and budgets, while growing and enhancing the existing framework of our company culture.

This position requires someone who is excited by rapid growth and development, and who demonstrates a pragmatic, collaborative and systematic approach to problem solving when challenges arise.

Key Responsibilities & Attributes

  • Lead the companies Heath & Safety focus for all staff and customers.
  • Proven experience in managing a diverse team, fostering a positive work environment, and promoting teamwork and collaboration using the servant leadership model.
  • Excellent organizational and problem-solving abilities with a keen attention to detail.
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders, including guests, vendors, associations and industry professionals.
  • Defining, developing and upholding company policies and standards.
  • Act as the main point of contact for matters related to Human Resources; managing staff hiring and developing meaningful performance evaluations
  • Develop and manage the annual budget for all aspects of Monte Christo Winery, ensuring financial objectives are met.
  • Monitor and analyse key performance indicators (KPIs) to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of operations.
  • Identify opportunities for revenue growth and cost optimization, making recommendations for process improvements.
  • Strong knowledge of winemaking processes, vineyard management, and wine production.
  • Familiarity with regulations pertaining to winery operations and hospitality.
  • Experience in growing a brand to gain domestic and international market share.
  • Passion for wine, sustainability, and delivering exceptional customer experiences.
  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, and flexible hours, as needed, to accommodate winery, hospitality operations and events.
  • Relevant wine industry experience required, and a minimum of 5 years of related experience in business management, finance and hospitality management.

About us:

Founded in 1864 by Jean Désiré Féraud, Monte Christo is the birthplace of Central Otago wine. Located in Clyde, we are family owned and operated, focused on producing high-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from our organic estate vineyards.

We opened our doors in late 2023, and our current development includes the adaptative reuse of the original 1864 Féraud Winery building into a cellar door, an underground wine cellar, and indoor/outdoor wine tasting and dining areas. There are three holiday accommodations, a prep kitchen & food trailer, storage, and staff offices. Additionally, we have recently begun construction onsite for a 200-ton production winery, wine education and tasting area.  We have further development plans commencing at a nearby location in 2025.

We are very excited for what the future holds, and recognise our unique position in reviving a property of historical importance to the NZ wine industry, growing a premium wine brand internationally, and building an enduring family legacy.

What is in it for you: A competitive salary, benefits, working with an experienced and ambitious team, and leading the journey of resurrecting one of New Zealand’s oldest wineries and turning it into one of the country’s most iconic brands.

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