Map your Future Many candidates looking for a new job do not take the time to examine their skills and long-term goals before applying for new opportunities. This lack of focus can adversely affect their chances of getting a job offer they seek. Before you start networking or applying, look carefully at your resume. Take note of what you have accomplished in three broad areas—leadership, teamwork and acquired knowledge. The first two are easy to understand. The last pertains to specific skills you have acquired that set you apart from the rest. This could include wine knowledge, sales techniques, organizational skills or distributor management. After this review is finished, reflect on what you want to accomplish in your professional life. Then compare that to what you have learned so far. Be realistic. Decide what you need to learn to get where you want to go professionally. Reduce these down to a plan of action—a map, if you will, of what steps you need to take to get to that goal. Only apply for positions that keep you on or very near your map. Leverage you success in one position up to the next step. Look to work for organizations that can internally give you room to grow and learn. This process will help you get the offer you are seeking, and to have a very productive long-term career.
We take the time to understand your abilities and goals to help ensure success and satisfaction in your career path.
We are rigorous in our understanding of your sales skill set. This is accomplished through interviews, personality assessment and a writing assignment. No other search firm has such an in-depth and thorough process. Also, to help guarantee your success, we advise you of potential challenges before you take a new job position.
Benchmark is hired by quality organizations that are willing to invest in the process. Over the past decade we have had a 95% success rate. That’s why we can offer our client’s up to a 3-year guarantee on our work. Our success is tied directly to your success.
We understand your work environment and conduct searches in all facets of wine marketing:
Benchmark Consulting has extensive experience conducting searches for Direct to Consumer Marketing positions. We understand the challenges and rewards of this increasingly important sales channel. We have a solid understanding of the needs of our clients and can assess your skills and experience related to their needs.
The Right Match Our process works to match your strengths and aspirations with the needs and potential of our clients’ positions.
Our process maintains your confidentiality, allowing you to explore career advancing opportunities without risk to your current position.
Benchmark understands the dynamics of winemaking teams. It’s the combination of various backgrounds working toward a common goal and vision, with the foundation of experience and knowledge. From our 20 years in the business, we understand that recruiting vineyard and winemaking talent is not just based on education and experience. The right candidates understand your brand and vision – which is to understand the very foundation of your business.
Benchmark’s base in the Napa Valley has allowed us to network in an incredibly broad market, providing not only local access, but also in-depth knowledge of the many different nuances of winemaking in the domestic and international wine world.
Our process works to match your strengths and career aspirations with the needs and potential of our clients’ positions.
Our process maintains your confidentiality, allowing you to explore career-advancing opportunities without risk to your current position.
In addition to working with larger wine companies, a high percentage of our general management searches are conducted on behalf of smaller wine producers. Beyond relieving the owner of day-to-day responsibilities, the right manager can add to the strategic resources of the winery. These searches are critical to the future success of our clients.
Prior success is a good indicator of future performance. In addition to focusing on individuals who have “been there and done that,” we also interview candidates who have been successful in similar positions, but who currently lack a general management title.
Personality fit is a critical factor in a general management search. Ideally, the candidate hired will represent all that the winery stands for both internally and to the consumer. A shared vision of the future is vital. To ensure this, Benchmark goes to great lengths to understand the client’s vision and management style before launching the search.
Our knowledge and reputation in the wine business and related industries (luxury goods, beverage and consumer products) enables us to find extraordinarily talented and motivated individuals for our clients.