Specialist wine employment and networking service winejobsonline.com is the creation of Paddy and Heather Battersby from Auckland, New Zealand. When they're not connecting wine employers and jobseekers, their company Battersby HR Consulting provides human resources consultancy to small and medium sized businesses.
was founded as a natural extension of Battersby HR's services. The online wine jobs service simplifies the beginning of the employment process - providing a vital recruitment tool. Paddy and Heather help employers with all their HR needs - providing expertise to navigate the potential minefield of employment law.
has over 18 years hands-on experience in HR management, as well as a broad understanding of business from a wide range of industries. Paddy is experienced in all sectors of the wine industry, from the vineyard to the winery, distribution through to retail, and has a Diploma in Business (Human Resources Management and Employment Relations) from the University of Auckland.
Did you know you could have to pay up to $10,000 ($20,000 from 1 April 2011) if you breach the Employment Relations Act? For example, employing staff to work for you without written employment agreements? It's illegal. Not knowing is unfortunately no defence. Paddy and Heather will take the worry out of it for you.
From interviewing for staff, drafting employment agreements and position descriptions through employment legislation, Health and Safety, Performance Management and Employee Development, Paddy and Heather can help you do it yourself, or do it for you - and avoid hefty fines for not having the right documentation in place for all your employees.
"My passion (after wine and golf) is people, and helping employers identify and implement practical Human Resource procedures - taking care of the boring and compliance bits of employing people so you can spend your time on the part of the wine industry that you do best.." - Paddy Battersby
Heather Battersby's life in wine began by accident more than 20 years ago in South Australia on a working holiday which included a time as Max Schubert's Secretary. Since then she's worked with Penfolds Wines in New Zealand - where she met future husband Paddy - and for 11 years was Jim Delegat's personal assistant.
Heather has seen first hand New Zealand's wine industry grow from 170 licensed winemakers to over 600. Her knowledge and expertise gained from years of experience is extensive and covers most areas of the industry.
As well as running winejobsonline.com, Heather is a freelance PA and functions co-ordinator offering a personal and professional service to select clients. She is available to work with companies on a contract basis for special projects and functions, or just when another pair of hands is required in busy times.
As well as the successful www.winejobsonline.com website service, Paddy and Heather launched www.LIQUORJOBS.co.nz in June 2006 to provide an employment service especially for the rest of the New Zealand liquor industry - beer, wine, spirits - sales, admin, marketing, retail, brewing.....