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Human Resources Business Partner - Central Valley

Req ID: 4784 

Department: Human Resources 

Status: Full Time, Exempt 

Location: Lodi, California (US-CA) 

Job Summary:

Under the general direction and in collaboration with the Winemaking HRBP, this role will provide HR support for the vineyard team and lead vineyard specific HR initiatives, projects, and operations.  The role will collaborate with HR Centers of Expertise and partner with other HRBPs in areas such as recruitment, performance management, compensation and benefits, employee relations, and training and development.  A special emphasis is placed on Workers Compensation as the role will be responsible for tactical execution of the workers’ compensation program, general liability, and property insurance claims on behalf of TFE.  This includes monitoring claims, generating reports, and communicating with employees, managers, insurance carriers, medical staff, etc., under the direct supervision of TFE Human Resource Department and supported by TFE Risk Management representative(s).  This role requires the ability to think strategically, execute tactically, and collaborate across many teams, levels, and situations. 


Essential Functions:

The following reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this job but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned.  Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

HR Business Partner:

  • Leads the HR activities for the Vineyard team and partners with leaders and their teams to further the business objectives of the client group and company. Collaborates with other HR professionals assigned to Centers of Expertise (e.g., Compensation & Benefits, Training & Development, Performance Management, etc.) in support of the goals of the client group.
  • Coach Vineyard leaders and team members to successfully manage core HR processes (performance management, succession planning, compensation planning, etc.)
  • Partner with Vineyard leaders on workforce planning strategies, recruitment & selection strategies, and onboarding process.
  • Provides day-to-day performance management guidance to line management (e.g., coaching, counseling, career development, disciplinary actions, etc.) while balancing the needs of both employees and the company. Must understand their advocacy role and play it honestly and earnestly.
  • Identifies training needs for business units and individual executive coaching needs and collaborates with T&D Manager to find a solution. Participates in evaluation and monitoring of training programs to ensure success. Follows up to ensure training objectives are met.
  • Works closely with management and employees to improve work relationships, build morale, improve safety, and increase productivity and retention.
  • Provides HR policy guidance and interpretation. Consults with line management, providing HR guidance when appropriate. Defines, measures, analyzes, and interprets trends and metrics in partnership with the other HR partners to develop solutions, programs, and policies.
  • Manages and resolves complex employee relations issues including safety concerns. Conducts effective, thorough, and objective investigations. Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements related to day-to-day management of employees, reducing legal risks and ensuring regulatory compliance including safety. Partners with the legal department as needed/required.
  • Partner with Vineyard Leadership to execute HR related programs that enable a strong collaborative culture of respect, continuous improvement, and innovation. 
  • Ensures compliance with all federal, state, and local employment laws including but not limited to Agriculture wage orders and safety rules


Worker’s Compensation:

  • Provide assistance to employees to fill out claims
  • Review claims filed by employees for completion and timely submission related to incident
  • Oversee that medical documentation submissions falls within acceptable time frames
  • Track claims from initial filing through follow-up with employee supervisors
  • Notify H&S of employee incident and claim mgt changes to support OSHA 300 recordkeeping
  • Support the collection on information for incident investigation
  • Support HR team members with management of incident case files and ensure employee access to information
  • Provide information concerning compensation claims for medical or rehabilitation costs
  • Help document contacts with employee while away from the workplace on medical or disability leave
  • Coordinate with payroll personnel concerning continuation of pay or light duty hours
  • Contact medical providers to confirm employee’s work status
  • Stay in contact with the employees the entire time they have an open worker compensation claim. 
  • Brief weekly to the HR team members how our employees on WC are doing and what if any decisions need to be made.
  • Track all employees on TAD and make sure we update their TAD agreements every 30 days.  Ensure the TAD jobs are meeting work restrictions.
  • Direct resource to help work with each clinic to ensure we mitigate risk and unnecessary treatment.
  • Help monitor actions from claim reviews are being taken both by TPA and TFE
  • Monitor plans and strategies for cost effectiveness and regulatory compliance
  • Suggest program improvements



  • Education:  Minimum Bachelor’s degree in HR, business, or related discipline or successful completion of Human Resources Certificate program and/or HR Certifications such as PHR, SPHR, SHRM-CP, or SHRM-SCP.
  • Experience:   Minimum 6  years experience as human resources generalist or HRBP or relevant experience in an HR COE role..  Previous WC experience handling claims, working with a captive and TPA is highly desirable.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish required– verbal and written translation abilities.
  • Experience working with Farm Labor Contractors highly preferred.
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, analytical skills, attention to details and the ability to follow through on projects with minimal supervision
  • Self-starter and ability to be pro-active with process improvements.
  • Demonstrates professionalism, and diplomacy, and can serve a wide range of employees with equity, fairness, and tact. 
  • Good judgment, versatility, flexibility
  • Outstanding computer skills with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook).
  • Ability to coordinate a variety of activities simultaneously and prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain discretion and confidentiality.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with a diverse group of people at all levels of the organization.
  • Valid drivers’ license and reliable transportation.  Must have transportation to travel between winery and vineyard locations.


Working Conditions:

  • Office environment
  • Extensive computer work
  • May be required to work at any of TFE’s locations
  • Frequent deadline pressures
  • Numerous projects in progress at any given time
  • Comply with company safety regulations

Trinchero Family Estates provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Trinchero Family Estates complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Nearest Major Market: Stockton

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