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Brown-Forman Associate Brand Manager - Ready To Drink Portfolio in Louisville, Kentucky

This Associate Brand Manager role is like no other at Brown-Forman; It sits at the confluence of the fastest growing category (Ready To Drink), the most well known spirits trademark in the world (Jack Daniel’s) and one of Brown-Forman’s most important relationships (with Pabst). Life is fast paced in the Ready To Drink world so innovation and thinking differently live hand in hand with creating long term strategies and protecting our trademarks. You’ll learn, you’ll teach, you’ll work hard and you’ll partner with fabulous people.

Meaningful Work From Day One

The Associate Brand Manager is responsible for supporting the creation, execution, and evaluation of innovative and effective brand-building, marketing, advertising, and promotional programs and will have full ownership of their implementation while owning selected projects from start to finish. In addition, this role is accountable for the creation of business building ideas and for activating the brands’ annual marketing plan with our partner, Pabst Brewing Company (PBC), and within the Brown-Forman sales organization as applicable. This entails collaborating with, and often directing through critical conversations, multiple internal and external contacts including sales partners, agencies, consumers, distributors and retailers. This ABM will be an expert in the fast moving category of RTDs by partnering with the insights team and business and distributor partners to stay abreast of industry news, serving as a conduit between the brands and all stakeholders.

What You Can Expect

Strategic Partnership Management

  • Support concept and brief writing with Pabst partners to bring new products to market, ensuring alignment across all internal stakeholder groups through adherence to the Pabst/ BF Innovation Gate Process.

  • Work with US and Global brand teams to ensure that all promotional items adhere to B-F equity guidelines.

  • Serve as a connection point to the Jack Daniel’s and El Jimador brand teams, creating consistent communication cadence and processes.

  • Act as primary facilitator of meetings between B-F and PBC, including business reviews, ideation and relationship building.

  • Connect and cultivate relationships across functional areas where synergies between B-F and PBC may exist, including special events, National Accounts, licensing and e-comm, Technical Services and Insights.

Portfolio Strategy / Product Development and Commercialization

  • Support Project Management Office process through development and rollout of additional RTD innovation in the US.

  • Develop winning promotional platforms that solve business issues and better meet the markets’ needs, owning the sales promotion process for below-the-line activities.

  • Work with key stakeholders to identify and source brand-appropriate tool kits.

  • Work with National Accounts and field teams to develop sales promotion tools that amplify and extend brand messages and create consistency across innovation products in the US.

  • Work with B-F Commercial Teams, including Marketing Managers, to execute local branding opportunities.

  • Partner with the Integrated Marketing Communications team to develop CRM and digital programs that drive consistent 360 messaging around promotional platforms.

  • Support RTD Director in development of agency SOW, budgets, contracts and creative development as needed.

  • Conduct effective two-way communication, develop action plans, write project briefs, conduct annual SWOT analysis, provide key learnings, give professional feedback, and share project evaluation.

What You Bring to the Table

  • A minimum of 5 years relevant marketing experience in a consumer goods environment, with a particular focus on new product commercialization and innovation.

  • Demonstrated success managing external partnerships.

  • Demonstrated success developing, executing and managing brand programs.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; ability to articulate well and create clear images through words.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to operate effectively in a highly collaborative environment.

  • Experience working with agencies.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence internal and external partners.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute innovative “big ideas” that grow brands.

  • Strong analytic skills and the ability to turn insights into actions.

  • Strong results orientation and demonstrated success managing financial resources effectively.

  • Ability and willingness to travel approximately 20% of the time, including some weekends.

What Makes You Unique

Spirits/beverage alcohol industry experience, particularly in the RTD or Beer categories.

Working Arrangement

Office Hybrid - Louisville, Kentucky

Who We Are

We believe great people build great brands. And we know there is Nothing Better in the Market than a career at Brown-Forman. Being a part of Brown-Forman means you will grow both personally and professionally. You will have the opportunity to solve problems, seize opportunities, and generate bold ideas. You will belong to a place where teamwork matters and where you are encouraged to bring your best self to work.

Many Spirits, One Brown‑Forman - We believe that an inclusive culture, one that values the diversity and unique perspective of each individual, allows us each to bring our best self to work and leads to greater teamwork, creativity, and trust. Cultivating a Caring Culture- We know that our strong culture is one of the many reasons people love working at Brown‑Forman. Enriching Life. Enriching Careers- At Brown‑Forman, we craft products known for bringing people together. Our employees have made us what we are today and are the reason for our success. Do not just take our word for it. Brown‑Forman is consistently recognized as a Great Place to Work® in countries around the world.

What We Offer

Total Rewards at Brown-Forman is designed to engage our people to ensure sustainable and profitable growth for generations to come. As a premium spirits company, we offer equitable pay structures for individual and company performance alongside a premium employee experience. We offer a range of premium benefits that reflect our company values and meet the needs of our diverse workforce.

Brown-Forman Corporation is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is the policy of Brown-Forman Corporation to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status.

Business Area: USA & Canada Division

Function: Marketing

City: Louisville

State: Kentucky

Country: USA

Req ID: JR-00007302