Senior Winemaker and Production Director

Keel Farms and Keel and Curley Winery, Tampa, FL

What you will do:

This position will lead Keel and Curley Winery and Keel Farms Agrarian Ale and Ciders’ winemaking and brewing operations including fermentation, packaging, QAQC, compliance, safety, facility management, innovation and product development in line with our strategic goals and principles of quality, sustainability, and community.

A successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the entire winemaking process at wineries producing 50K cases or more, maintain a high level of initiative, creativity, problem solving, organization, project management and leadership skills. The candidate should also have familiarization with the commercial brewing process including fermentation, cellaring, and packaging.

* Deliver on strategies to solve business issues/needs.

* Lead production team including winemaker, brewer, cellarman, lab and packaging team
* Identify opportunities to improve winemaking and brewing procedures through written SOPs, RACIs, Forms, Templates etc.
* Lead Procurement on all indirect material product purchasing, vendor relationships, contractual obligations and cost saving opportunities. Where applicable, be able to source commercial products, test and analyze ingredients for both wines and beers, process data, report on results and realize cost savings through consolidation
* Stay current on industry trends, technical learnings, and new winemaking and brewing technology.
* Support new product development winemaking as required.
* Responsible for complying with applicable legal, quality, environmental and safety regulatory considerations.

* Lead facility and equipment maintenance program for winery and brewery facilities
* Lead the production facility safety program to ensure the safety of all employees and guests
* Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
* Bachelor’s Degree Required

* Degree in Enology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Process Engineering or related field preferred
* 8+ years’ experience in Winemaking
* 3-5 years of supervisory experience
* Production experience winery operations required, brewing operations preferred
* Highly Skilled in the use of MS Excel and PowerPoint
* Thorough knowledge of cellar, lab, bottling, and canning operation
* Knowledge of Government Regulations - specifically TTB and state regulations on alcoholic beverage production, and packaging
* Can taste alcoholic beverages and have demonstrated sensory acuity

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

Work Environment:
* Works outdoors/indoors
* Works in warm/cold climates
* Works in high places
* Works on wet surfaces
* Is exposed to loud noise, fumes and/or toxic chemicals
* Works near moving, mechanical parts and lift truck traffic
* Must be able to move up to 55 lbs.
* Must be able to work long hours, weekends, and holidays when needed

Physical Requirements:
* Requires the ability to stand, walk, and climb stairs.
* Requires sitting, operating a computer keyboard, telephone and other equipment, reading, talking and hearing for extended periods of time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
* Travel Required: 10-60% domestic travel depending on the time of year.

  • Salary range $60,000 to $80,000
  • Paid Time Off – Up to 4 weeks annually
  • Paid Holidays - 7 days annually
  • Health and Dental Insurance Offered
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WHO ARE WE? Keel Farms is 40-acre farm located just East of Tampa, FL with the mission To GROW people through community and agriculture by always providing QUALITY farm products through SUSTAINABLE practices. We manufacture beer, wine, and cider and serve over 150,000 guests per year in our on-site tasting room. Our wines and ciders can be purchased all over the state of Florida through our retail partners like Publix, ABC, Total Wine, Wal-Mart, and more. In the last two years we were voted a Top 50 best place to work in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Times, 2-time Tampa Bay Chamber Small Business of the Year Finalist, and Top 25 Fastest Growing USF Alumni-owned business.

Keel Farms is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by law, except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational requirement, and the individual is unable to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodations. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities for all individuals, employment decisions at Keel Farms will be based on skills, knowledge, qualifications and abilities.

Keel Farms will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

ADA policy: It is the policy of Keel Farms to provide reasonable accommodation for all qualified disabled individuals who are employees and applicants for employment, unless it would cause undue hardship. The corporation will adhere to applicable federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines, including, but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1970s.