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Bottling Supervisor

Location: Geyserville, California


Job Summary:

In coordination with the Director of Bottling, responsible for day-to-day bottling line activities via direct staff in accordance with cellar operational policies to ensure maximum productivity and efficiency and the high quality of all wines produced. Responsible for constant daily supervision of all Bottling operations on day shift; Able to perform all bottling related activities. Will supervise, manage and train all Bottling personnel in accordance with established bottling procedures, ensuring bottling operations meet FFC’s safety, quality and production efficiency goals. Covers certain responsibilities of the Director of Bottling in their absence.


Reasonable Accommodations Statement: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Safety Statement

All employees shall follow safe practices according to the Injury and Illness Prevention Policy (IIPP), render every possible aid to safe operations, and report all unsafe conditions or practices immediately to any management employee or Human Resources.


Supervisors and Leads are fundamentally responsible for ensuring safety in their own departments and to uphold the following safety standards:


  • Demonstrate a positive attitude toward safety.
  • Ensure work is performed in a safe manner and all safety rules, regulations and instructions are in compliance.
  • Report and investigate workplace injuries in a timely manner; identifies ways to eliminate risk of reoccurrence; complete audits; conduct monthly safety meetings and trainings; maintain compliance with hazardous materials program; inform/train new employees on specific safety aspects and procedures with the department and location; participate in monthly management safety meetings


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

Productivity Management, Planning and Organizing (

  • Creates and executes daily shift work plans. Reviews and prioritizes daily workload, adjusts labor plan accordingly to ensure staff and equipment resources are appropriately allocated. Leads daily shift start-up meeting, delegates work orders keeping in mind safety, quality and productivity objectives and Bottling Technician skill development goals.
  • Ensures all packaging material is counted and staged in support of Bottling Production.  Assure all post production packaging is accurately counted and returned to its proper location.
  • Monitors all bottling activities throughout the day, monitoring production for actual vs plan, checks compliance with safety, quality, productivity standards reinforcing correct performance as needed; provides training and revises or recommends revisions to standard work where needed; reports equipment performance issues promptly.
  • Maximize employment of Bottling labor resource, by ensuring start and break times are managed and reporting attendance issues to the Director of Bottling.
  • Ensures bottling equipment is available and in safe, optimal working order to meet winery production needs.  Includes ensuring proper use and care of bottling equipment by employees and communicating maintenance needs and priorities to the maintenance department.
  • Assists with monitoring of bottling supplies, materials, and equipment to ensure availability to support department functions.
  • Assists in the development and maintenance of productivity standards including identification of production rates and metrics and interprets data to improve operational efficiencies.
  • Actively participates in and promotes 5S system and other Lean Management Systems as relevant to bottling operations.
  • Actively embraces the continuous improvement process by identifying opportunities for improvement or misses in actual vs plan, understanding the business impact, using problem solving techniques to resolve issues and ensures follow-up to implement solutions.
  • Assists Director of Bottling& Logistics Manager in Long term and weekly work planning, including development of workforce requirements for both harvest and non-harvest periods.

Quality (

  • Manages quality of all bottling operations by ensuring a culture of accuracy, thoroughness, attention to detail and commitment to excellence is present at all times.
  • Completes work in a manner that maintains quality and enhances the overall appearance and sanitation of the bottling areas in keeping with the winery business goals. Includes maintaining a clean work area, aesthetics, general good housekeeping & hygiene, and maintaining bottling area temperature and humidity as appropriate.
  • Assists with the development and maintenance of Bottling SOPs to ensure quality standards and risk aversion are built into all production processes.
  • Communicates with Cellar, Laboratory and Winemaking to ensure wine meets specifications per Bottling Spec sheets.
  • Works with QA, Packaging and Logistics dept to ensure packaging materials and quality of complete packages meet the quality and presentation expectations of the business and the consumer.
  • Ensures bottling employees are trained on SOPs and have the appropriate skills, knowledge, tools and supervision necessary to perform quality work before they are authorized to perform tasks with or without supervision.
  • Focuses on continuous improvement - conducts on-going assessments of bottling operations to ensure quality goals are met or exceeded. Looks for ways to measure, improve and promote quality.
  • Ensures accuracy of packaging and case goods inventory


Government Compliance – Personnel and Food Safety, Environment (20%)

  • Actively promotes and ensures a safe and positive environment for all persons working in (but not limited to) Bottling.
  • Must become familiar with FCW’s Injury & Illness Prevention Plan (IIPP) and ensure the enforcement of and adherence to all OSHA and FCW safety policies, procedures and guidelines. 
  • Following the principles of the IIPP, ensures all FCW employees, contractors and visitors are informed of and protected from hazards in the Cellar work environment. Includes providing effective training, PPE and safety barriers, and communicating hazards before personnel are authorized to perform tasks or access certain environments. Performs continuous self audit systems to identify potential hazards and unsafe acts and identifies and implements or recommends timely solutions to eliminate, isolate or minimize hazards.
  • Reports and assists with investigation of all accidents, incidents and near misses and identifies ways to eliminate risk of recurrence.
  • Assists with Bottling security and is responsible for Bottling opening/closing duties. Reports suspicious activities.
  • Supports environmental compliance as pertains to bottling. E.g. Storm water Pollution Prevention Plan
  • Practices, promotes and assists with the implementation of sustainable practices, including energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction and recycling and the use of sustainable materials wherever possible.
  • Assists with implementation of Bottling practices that comply with government food safety regulatory standards (e.g Bio-terrorism Act 2002, Chemical Hygiene) or meet standards for any food safety certifications held by FCW e.g HACCP.
  • Delivers safety training throughout the year as per the company safety training schedule and as additional training is deemed necessary.
  • May be required to complete Train the Trainer/certification courses in order to provide effective training and certification for company personnel on topics such as forklift operation. Assists with identifying additional safety training needs.


Leadership and influence, Team building & partnering (20%)

  • Will be required to lead a shift on a daily basis, sometimes without onsite availability of regular winery management.
  • May be required to cover certain Director of Bottling responsibilities in their absence e.g timesheet approvals.
  • Demonstrates leadership and professionalism and serves as a role model in the development of a positive and progressive company culture that is conducive to maximizing safety, quality, productivity and efficiency, promoting open communication, teamwork and respect for others.
  • Assists the Director of Bottling in managing development and performance of Bottling technicians as individuals and as a group. Assists with writing and delivering bottling performance and development reviews. Provides timely and constructive work performance feedback to bottling individuals and reports performance issues to the Director of Bottling.
  • Assists Director of Bottling in development and maintenance of the Bottling skills matrix by providing bottling technician performance feedback.
  • Schedules, monitors and tracks the work hours of bottling employees.  Evaluates staffing needs and coordinates with Team Leads to maximize labor resources. 
  • Coaches and supports individuals and groups towards achievement of set goals. Utilizes Bottling Procedures in training and as a reference to ensure bottling quality and productivity performance is maximized.
  • Assists with selection process when hiring employees for the Bottling


 Other duties and responsibilities as assigned (10%)

  • Able to perform any Bottling Operation to a high skill level that includes being able to problem solve and train others.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervises both day and swing shift, both fulltime and temporary bottling & bottling warehouse technicians.


Job Requirements: (minimum required.)



  • Minimum of three years of Packaging Equipment (filler, corker, labeler, case packer and capsule machine) operating experience.
  • Minimum of two years management/supervisory experience in a process environment.
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of a packaging operation.
  • A good understanding of quality control is an advantage.



  • Excellent written and verbal communication in English. 
  • Able to read, understand, and possess High School graduate level math skills.
  • Able to handle multiple competing tasks and priorities.
  • Excellent leadership, teamwork, supervisory and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and document workflow.
  • Demonstrated ability to allocate resources of personnel and equipment to see that production tasks are performed in a timely, efficient, and safe manner.
  • Use proper safety equipment and safety procedures.
  • Detail-oriented and able to perform quality work efficiently with minimal supervision. 
  • Able to problem solve and use initiative to adapt / change processes to improve operational performance.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office required, and ability to use PLC interfaces for operating and adjusting machine centers as well as interfaces for programs such as Winemakers Database, Bigfoot maintenance, Express Net payroll.


Knowledge: Knowledge of various aspects of winemaking operations, quality, personnel supervision, workflow scheduling, equipment and facility maintenance, equipment operation, capacity planning, procedural practice and development, and process improvement. Knowledge of safety regulations pertaining to production equipment operation and maintenance


Physical: Must be able to climb stairs to work on platforms 12 feet or more in height. Able to stand, walk, and climb stairs for eight to ten hours per day. Able to lift and carry 55 pounds. Work flexible shifts and schedules, including overtime.


Other: Must be at least 21 years of age.



Physical Demands:



N (Not Applicable)-Activity is not applicable to this occupation.

O (Occasionally)-Occupation requires this activity up to 33% of the time (0-2.5+hrs/day)

F (Frequently)-Occupation requires this activity from 33% - 66% of the time (2.5-5.5+ hrs/day)

C(Constantly)-Occupation requires this activity more than 66% of the time (5.5+ hrs/day)


Stand-C , Walk-F ,  Sit-O, Handling/Fingering-F , Reaching Outward-F , Reaching Above Shoulder-F, Climb-F , Crawl-O , Squat or Kneel-O ,  Bend-F , Working at the computer-O




10 lbs or Less-F

11 – 20 lbs-O

21 – 50 lbs-O

51 – 100 lbs-O

Over 100 lbs-O



12 lbs or Less-F

13 – 25 lbs-F

26 – 40 lbs-F

41 – 100 lbs-O


Other Physical Requirements

Vision (Near, Distance)

Sense of Sound (i.e. Machinery/tractor sounds)

Sense of Touch

Ability to wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (Steel toe boots, safety glasses)


Work Environment: Must be able to work outdoors in variable weather conditions.


About The Family Coppola

The Family Coppola encompasses all of the things Francis loves most—cinema, wine, food, resorts and adventure—and embraces quality, authenticity and pleasure as a backbone to each of these vibrant business endeavors.

Our people are driven by the cultural values of respect, integrity, innovation, passion, teamwork, and embracing change. Our employees love working here for our sense of “family” community. We’ve been recognized as one of The Best Places to Work in the North Bay multiple years in a row.




Posted: May 07, 2021



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