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Assistant Farm Manager: Plaisir de Merle

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Distell Ltd, a leading producer of wines, spirits, ciders and flavoured alcoholic beverages of high quality invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced individuals for the below mentioned position based in the Fortified Wines department at the Plaisir de Merle Farm in Simondium, Franschhoek.

Plaisir de Merle

Reporting to the Farm Manager you will possess a farm owner mind-set in the execution of your duties and will be responsible for: • the effective management of farm and vineyard activities • the effective management of
employees • the effective planning and utilisation of seasonal contractors • the effective management of all related administration • the maintenance of all farm buildings, vehicles and equipment • assisting the Farm Manager with the budget • training of employees • maintaining sound employee relations and discipline.

To be brilliant in this role, you must be action orientated and preferably have: • a relevant tertiary qualification (degree in Viticulture/Oenology/Soil Science or Elsenburg diploma) • at least 5 years’ relevant experience in a
similar role • knowledge of soil management, pest and weed management, canopy management, and grape harvesting and handling • a valid driver’s licence • the ability to work extended hours and on weekends as and/or
when required • good mechanical knowledge of vehicles, tractors, farming equipment, etc. of a successful vineyard farming operation • management experience • team player qualities with strong relationship building abilities.
Computer literacy in MS Office suite with SAP/Fraxion knowledge will be advantageous as well as knowledge of cattle farming and Donkerhoek Data time and attendance/wages software.

If you are interested and meet all requirements, please apply via e-mail at

We offer a market-related remuneration package, incorporating the valuable benefits of a large company.

Reference number: 15488
Closing Date: Friday, 1 March 2019

Distell is committed to diversity within its workforce and encourages applications
from suitably qualified persons. Preference will be given to previously
disadvantaged individuals in line with Distell’s National Employment Equity Plan.

If you have not heard from us within one month after the closing date, please
assume that your application was unsuccessful. We hereby thank you for
your application.
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