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Fetzer Vineyards

Hopland, California 95449
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Sr. HR Specialist – Accuracy is everything

Job Description


Greek writer, Xenophon wrote “Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything.” We are looking for someone who exhibits and shares this philosophy to join our growing Human Resources team. Through careful planning and flawless execution, your efforts will directly contribute to a best in class employee experience in areas of benefits administration, employee experience and human resources support.

A Focus on Excellence:

  • Reporting to the Human Resources Manager, you will provide professional level Human Resources support with a focus in the areas of benefits administration, leaves of absence and HRIS system support.
  • Success will be demonstrated by ensuring compliant and uninterrupted benefit coverage, building relationships with all levels of employees as well as external resources/service providers and furthering the Company’s progress in exceeding goals in the areas of inclusion, wellness and continuous improvement in key areas.

  • In working for Fetzer Vineyards, a Certified B Corporation, you will grow in a company that has not only met the highest standards of social and environmental performance but conducts business as if people and place matter.

  • With nearly 100 acres at our corporate site in Hopland, California, employees enjoy seven mapped walking trails which provide stunning panoramas of vineyards, mature oaks and swaying moss. Our earth and energy friendly offices provide views of soaring hawks, bashful deer and grazing sheep.


The person:

You love detail and have an eagle eye for capturing and reporting information and data with the highest degree of accuracy. You can be trusted with maintaining the highest level of confidentiality in the day-to-day benefits administration of all health and welfare benefits - medical, dental, vision, FSA, voluntary coverage, life, disability, EAP and 401(k) - and leave of absence coordination - Personal, FMLA, PDL, Bonding and Workers’ Compensation. Accurate and compliant reporting is a welcome challenge and you find it like a puzzle where you can apply your advanced Excel and HRIS systems skills to develop more robust on-line resources and less paper and printing. Each month, you look forward to reviewing claims and contribution reports, reconciling billing statements and allocating/tracking ACA data, entering hires and terminations into voluntary benefit systems and submitting COBRA information to the third party administrator. And if you are bilingual in English/Spanish, that’s a huge benefit. 



Desired Skills and Experience:


  • Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources or related field preferred with a minimum of five years of related professional or administrative experience; or equivalent education/experience combination. CEBS, S/PHR, SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP or related designation preferred.

  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills with ability to independently manage projects to completion.

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks, independently plan, coordinate and complete projects with accuracy and within designated timeframe.

  • Requires exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of internal and external contacts, employees, vendors and guests.

  • Advanced computer skills in HRIS systems, Word, PowerPoint, Email, Excel, Publisher, Internet and related programs.


The company: 


Founded in 1968 by Barney Fetzer in Mendocino County, California, Fetzer Vineyards is an award-winning purveyor of wines from sustainable, organic and biodynamic grapes. In addition to robust offerings under the winery’s flagship Fetzer label, the winery also crafts the leading wine from organic grapes, Bonterra Organic Vineyards, named the 2016 American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast magazine. Other California-based offerings include Adorada, Anthony’s Hill, Jekel Vineyards, Sanctuary Wines and 1000 Stories, a Bourbon barrel aged Zinfandel recognized as a 2017 IMPACT Hot Prospect brand. Part of global winery Viña Concha y Toro, Fetzer Vineyards exports its diverse wines to more than 30 countries worldwide. Most recently, the winery entered the ultra-luxury wine and spirits category by forging a partnership with Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co. to sell is historic craft rye whiskey.


Our multi-site California winery operation includes 1000 acres of farmed vineyards and nearly 3 million cases produced annually. Operations include Mendocino County winery, production and vineyard locations. The company employs almost 300 across the United States.


The location:


Our corporate office is located at 12901 Old River Rd Hopland, CA 95449. Hopland is a small town of less than 800 people located at the start of the Redwoods of Northern California. It is about a two hour drive, along scenic U.S. Route 101, north of San Francisco.


To apply: Tell us about your passion for the wine industry and send your resume to:


Requires successful completion of criminal background, DMV check (if applicable) and drug screen. AA/EOE/M/F/D/V You will be required to submit verification of your citizenship or legal right to work in the United States at the time of an offer of employment.


Based in Santiago, Chile, our parent company, Viña Concha y Toro, occupies an outstanding position among the world’s most important wine companies. With consolidated sales in 2016 of nearly USD $1 billion and more than 36 million cases sold globally, the publicly traded company shows the strength of its business model and international leadership, with a presence in over 140 countries.

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