Vineyard Operation Manager (Wine Jobs: Vineyards & Cellars )

Full Time

  LeaderBrand Produce Ltd (

  Gisborne, Gisborne


LeaderBrand Produce is one of New Zealand’s largest and most diverse horticultural businesses.  A significant part of this is our vineyard and subsequent wine production.  Based in Gisborne, the operation covers 300 plus hectares of Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer vines.  We see a strong future in the Gisborne wine industry and have plans for significant growth over the next five years.

About the role

Reporting to the Viticulturist the Operations Manager will co-ordinate and supervise the day to day machinery operations across our Gisborne vineyard sites.

Key responsibilities:

-    Work programme planning and implementation

-     Provide support to operation and field crews

-     Play a key role in training and mentoring  

-     Co-ordinate harvest operations

-     Manage livestock while onsite

-     Manage operational side of vineyard development programmes

-     Oversee R&M scheduling and preventive maintenance.


About you

The successful candidate will have a minimum of three years’ experience across all viticulture disciplines with a sound understanding of canopy management, pest and disease control, and a strong background in machinery operations.  You will also have experience in implementing scheduling work programmes and the ability to manage development projects.  Flexibility and the willingness to work extended hours at peak times of the year is a must. 

You will have strong communication skills with a focus on team work along with a sound understanding of health and safety leadership and compliance.  A strong work ethic and a can-do attitude along with attention to detail is a must.

This role provides an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to join an established, successful company and to take their career in viticulture to the next level.

Please forward cover letter and CV to [email protected]


LeaderBrand can offer you a laid-back lifestyle close to beaches, challenging and rewarding role, great bunch of workmates, attractive benefits programme, and supportive company culture. Compensation will be discussed with successful candidate.

How To Apply

Please forward cover letter and CV to [email protected]

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