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Human Resources Business Partner, Manager / Senior Manager

The Wine Group, 17000 E. Highway 120, Ripon, California, United States of America Req #73
Friday, March 13, 2020

At The Wine Group we are passionate about our people, our future and our wine. We are America’s second largest wine producer by volume with over 1,200 employees globally across 12 locations in California, New York and Australia. We are proud to be responsible for many of America’s most beloved wine brands, including Cupcake, Franzia, Chloe, Concannon, Benziger, Imagery, AVA Grace, 7 Deadly and more. We are proud of our culture which is built on values like entrepreneurialism, innovation, social responsibility and stewardship. To learn about us and our career opportunities, check us out at and then come join the exciting journey at The Wine Group.




Are you a dynamic Human Resource professional that is driven to make a positive impact? Do you enjoy being part of a successful team? Are you interested in exploring your next career move with an established and innovative company? Then come join The Wine Group, one of the world’s largest international manufacturers of alcoholic beverage products, with vineyards, wineries and production operations throughout California, as well as in New York and Australia.  We are seeking an experienced Human Resources Business Partner Senior . In this important role you will provide human resources leadership, advice, consultation and coaching to business leaders in operations across all aspects of HR including labor relations (internally and with various unions), organizational capability development, people and culture programs, and talent management development.




The Human Resources Business Partner Senior will be an on-site, individual contributor focused on successfully executing programs that support operational goals and drive improved performance, efficiencies and engagement of primarily for our Ripon winery. Essential functions of the role include:


Labor Relations

  • Conduct industrial labor relations investigations
  • Lead collective bargaining agreement updates and negotiations, working with relevant plant managers and leadership, as well as legal counsel
  • Take primary responsibility for using the grievance resolution procedures in the applicable collective bargaining agreements and legal counsel’s guidance to resolve concerns raised by unionized employees
  • Ensure the business’s compliance with all aspects of applicable union collective bargaining agreements


Human Resources Functional Leadership

  • Provide business partnership and coaching to leaders and their teams
  • Work with the business to build engaged high performing teams
  • Ensure effectiveness of key HR processes in collaboration with other functional Human Resources leaders
  • Drive continuous improvement in HR programs, proactively making recommendations for improvements in a manner consistent with the company’s mission, vision and values
  • Provide project accountability on assigned HR-specific projects and initiatives
  • Ensure employee and site compliance with company policies
  • Collaborate with the Total Rewards team to review and align on compensation changes, merit reviews and promotional recommendations for client group employees
  • Responsible for employee relations matters at assigned wineries


Talent Management

  • Assist with talent review and succession planning process that identifies top talent, mitigates talent gaps and builds leadership capabilities
  • Work with the Talent Management and Development team to train managers to coach and discipline employees effectively, respectfully and compassionately; conduct routine conferences with employees and their managers to hear and resolve employee grievances and counsel employees and supervisors
  • Ensure legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable federal, state and local HR-related requirements; conducting investigations; maintaining appropriate written records; and capably representing the organization at hearings, arbitration and investigations
  • Leverage organizational development tools and techniques to develop teams, and facilitate effective change management in collaboration with the HR and winery leadership teams
  • Encourage people and culture practices that promote retention of key talent




  • Primary work will take place in an office environment. Regional travel will be required to TWG vineyards, wineries and other facilities on a varying, but regular basis
  • Other items as requested from time-to-time by the business and/or Human Resources leaders
  • This job description reflects management’s assignment of general functions; it does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned.



  • BA or BS in Human Resources or related field
  • Minimum of 7+ years of Human Resources experience, of which at least 3 years should include specific accountabilities for a client group in a generalist capacity
  • Significant experience managing labor relations with unions required
  • Demonstrated ability to work across all levels of the organization from front-line to senior leadership
  • Strategic thinking and demonstrated experience translating strategic plans into actionable and sustainable processes, systems and/or projects and initiatives
  • Working effectively across functions and influencing at multiple levels in the organization
  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of general HR practices specifically with a deep understanding of generalist and employee relations areas in California
  • Proven ability to effectively manage multiple projects and work streams to deliver quality results on time and within financial parameters.
  • Strong analytical skills with excellent attention to detail and proven financial acumen
  • Must have exceptional presentation skills; top-tier communication skills, must be an excellent writer
  • Technically oriented; experienced utilizing productivity tools such as Microsoft Office, SharePoint and Teams; experience with Ceridian preferred, but not required
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred, but not required




  • Working environment is both indoors and outdoors, with exposure to related equipment and noise levels
  • Routine day trips to TWG’s wineries and other facilities throughout California are expected; overnight travel expected approximately 10% of the time

At The Wine Group, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to an environment of mutual respect, diversity and inclusion.
Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristic protected by law.

Other details

  • Job Family General
  • Job Function HR
  • Pay Type Salary
  • The Wine Group, 17000 E. Highway 120, Ripon, California, United States of America