Director of Engineering

The Wine Group, 17000 E. Highway 120, Ripon, California, United States of America Req #1732
Thursday, May 18, 2023
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 dedicated to our culture 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.


The Director of Engineering will report to the Vice President of Engineering and Maintenance and will indirectly lead the engineering and maintenance functions of multiple wineries. As Director of Engineering will lead the Engineering Department, expected to mentor Project Engineers, Production Engineers, Maintenance Managers and Supervisors as well as employees tasked as Project Managers in the skills of Project Management. This role is viewed as TWG’s engineering technical leader capable of leading others to viable solutions. This person will be a resource for wineries strategic planning, capital budget development, project definition and clarity as well as supporting as resource in maintenance and design reliability efforts. As a member of Sr Operations team, this role is accountable for achieving maximum financial benefit from the winery’s capital expenditures, production equipment and fixed assets, in accordance with the company’s goals and objectives. The role will also provide expertise to the maintenance and engineering departments to improve equipment reliability and assure the effective use of manpower and equipment.


  • Function as a strategic leader and highly experienced engineering resource for the company as well as an Engineering Manager within the Engineering Department.
  • This position requires a wide breadth of familiarity and expertise. This role has historically been involved in wastewater treatment, refrigeration (NH3), solids separation, distillation, cellar processing equipment, general construction- buildings, tanks, wells, external contractor management, process improvement, bottling process/equipment, automation and controls, plant utilities, electrical distribution, State and County permitting, EHSS policies and regulatory adherence.
  • Key contributor in planning for future winery strategic planning an upgrade efforts including equipment, facility infrastructure and human capital and training.
  • Provide strategic input and direction of engineering efforts to ensure operational reliability consistent with the needs of the broader organization and to ensure the maximum availability and longevity of assets.
  • A consulting resource for multiple Plant Managers as they manage and execute their wineries projects and process refinements.
  • A resource for ongoing development and application of equipment operation and best practices. Become familiar with equipment failures, reliability trends, equipment performance to standards and associated repair or modification, total cost of ownership.
  • Become familiar with Operations KPI’s and support efforts to improve performance from an engineering aspect. Assist operations to align CAPEX implementation and schedules and expenditures to meet Operations goals.
  • Project management. Involved in the design, management and implementation of capital projects that will enhance efficiencies, improve performance, and meet growth plans. This includes helping to define the scope of work, budget, schedule, and responsibilities within cross-functional teams.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of the overall aspects of the Winery/Cellar manufacturing process and new technology.
  • Involved in developing technical qualifications of engineering personnel and technical support for production engineers for project design and management, new equipment acquisition, materials acquisition, and process changes.
  • Influence and drive cross functional problem solving to ensure the attainment of continuous improvement objectives.
  • Travel: Will office in the Ripon Winery and support wineries in Livermore, Fresno, Soledad, Cutler, McFarland, Sanger, Madera, Sonoma.


  • Must have bachelor’s degree in mechanical or chemical Engineering.
  • 15 -20 years of experience in Engineering within a food, beverage, spirits, wine, pharmaceutical or chemical manufacturing facility.
  • Experience as an Engineering manager focused on mentorship and professional growth of Project and Process Engineers.
  • Significant experience in CAPX engineering management and large project engineering management for facilities and production operations.
  • Experience in developing budgets, identifying high ROI project opportunities, Project scoping, solicitation of quotes, Project/capital request and project management to include contractor management.
  • PMP certification preferred.
  • Must have excellent communication skills in written/verbal English.
  • Support and model all company procedures and policies.
  • Embrace and demonstrate The Wine Group’s Values: Long-Term Sustainable Value Creation, Relentlessly Entrepreneurial, Empowered People, and Responsible and Trustworthy


  • Ability to perform tasks requiring bending, stooping, standing, and twisting
  • Working environment is both indoors and outdoors, with exposure to related equipment and noise levels


  • Hiring Salary Range Posted: $159,800 - $239,800
  • Actual compensation will be based on factors such as experience; skills, knowledge, and abilities; education; and other position related factor

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 Production Engineering
  • Job Function Operations
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $159,800.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $239,800.00
Location on Google Maps
  • The Wine Group, 17000 E. Highway 120, Ripon, California, United States of America