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Brown-Forman Category Manager - Technology in Louisville, Kentucky

Meaningful Work From Day One

Support category management for data and energy and lead Information Technology renewals. This includes the management of technology goods and services, software, and software as a service (SaaS) for Brown-Forman’s Global Information Technology. Work with leaders at Brown-Forman throughout the globe on the procurement of energy that supports our distillery and bottling plants.

What You Can Expect

  • Support end-to-end Information Technology, Data, and Energy procurement and category management, from running RFP processes through to supplier contract negotiations.

  • Proactively review upcoming contracts. Partner with associated technology areas to ensure renewals are completed on or before renewal date and renewal contract language is virtually similar to previous contract (not adding/changing or deleting new terms).

  • Develop effective, consistent, and equitable strategic supplier relationships while maintaining a high standard of ethics.

  • Track hard and soft savings achieved through execution of the renewal sourcing strategy. Produce monthly reports, which include savings and KPIs.

  • With direction of Senior Category Manager, create renewal negotiation strategies (including timeline) for critical suppliers. Proactively review upcoming contracts for expiration and work with the appropriate line of business to ensure timely renewal.

  • Help support Energy and Data procurement efforts as directed by the Senior Category Manager.

What You Bring to the Table

  • College/University (Bachelors or Equivalent); Supply Chain, Business, or related discipline

  • 4+ years’ experience in direct sourcing and procurement with a focus on technology license agreements, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Strong working knowledge of contract negotiations with a focus on delivering significant savings in a challenging, multi-layered global environment.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Able to persuade, motivate and compel support for key ideas and initiatives, via persuasive and respectful discussions.

  • Ability to influence decision making, and create consensus, in cross-functional and multi-site teams, and with suppliers. Demonstrated ability to influence and drive change among stakeholders.

  • Ability to review a supplier pricing proposal, extrapolate life of contract cost and create a negotiation strategy for best practice contract/pricing.

  • Ability to identify and focus on top priorities and balance multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.

  • Ability to foster a high-performance environment among diverse individuals.

  • Commitment to ethical procurement and treatment of suppliers, fosters diversity and minorities as part of the supplier base.

What Makes You Unique

  • Education: Master’s Degree (M.A., MBA or Equivalent); Business or Supply Chain

  • Ability to speak fluent Spanish and English

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: Global Supply Chain

Function: Supply Chain

City: Louisville

State: Kentucky

Country: USA

Req ID: JR-00007422