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Brown-Forman Manager - Strategic Planning and Logistics in Louisville, Kentucky

Meaningful Work From Day One:

Manages all plant activities from Material sourcing, Production Planning and Logistics for Brown-Forman Distillery Operations (BFDO) to ensure uninterrupted operations of the end to end supply chain. The team includes 7 salaried members and 10 production operators. Key responsibilities include reviewing demand and Supply, Capacity planning, creating Master Production Schedule (MPS), procuring all materials for production as well as ensuring on time final delivery of productions to customers. This role collaborates with the members of the Supply chain Integration team as well as the plant operations to ensure demand meets supply.

This role utilizes long term strategizing tools to effectively use site’s resources to meet customer demands by collaborating with the Plant operations team to ensure all production requirements. The role is also responsible for all plant logistic functions. Success in this role is measured through customer service key performance indicators, minimizing out-of-stocks, and supporting company and site inventory objectives. Ability to meet all deliverables and maintain agility to respond to the growing and changing supply chain is a key expectation for this role.

What You Can Expect:

Production Planning:

  • Responsible for the Production Planning and Scheduling of 2 production lines, with annual volumes of 3-4 million cases.

  • Oversees the long term production plan for BFDO production site across several brands to include Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniels, and Old Forester.

  • Monitor Monthly Finished goods Shipment to adjust production plans accordingly.

  • Oversee Monthly production schedules to support orders and finished goods days of inventory goals.

  • Maintain and set expectations for plant DOI and communicate changes to site leadership as well as Demand planning team.

  • Participate in a Monthly Integrated Business Planning meeting to highlight 0-24 Months demand and Capacity planning to the Supply chain team.

  • Leads long term Capacity planning functions with internal and external partners to ensure cost effective models are established that meet the operational and global standards to include the execution of monthly Rough Cut Capacity Planning (RCCP).

  • Lead Data Integrity work such as Inventory Record Accuracy (IRA), Planning Parameters (order lead-time, order quantities, batch sizes, loss factors, line speeds, etc), including monthly audits of these parameters.

  • Oversees all Plant change management project with respect to material design, material artwork and updates and Sets timeline to integrate into production Schedule.

  • Collaborate with Site Finance team to review annual budget volume in accordance to site’s cost structure.

  • Responsible for creating and maintaining the plant calendar highlighting planned holidays, planned downtime as well as any special training events.

Procurement/Raw Materials:

  • Develops and implements planning procedures that meet the corporate supply chain goals of managing raw material and finished goods inventory.

  • Coordinates and monitors supplier performance reviews and enforces established policies and procedures.

  • Develops and maintains relationships with all internal and external customers and vendors.

  • Responsible for the performance of materials in the supply chain, from ordering of materials from suppliers to successful depletion in manufacturing.

  • Responsible for the material management and cost effective procurement of all products used in manufacturing of all Finished goods Bottled at the site to include glass, PET bottles, corrugated cases, closures, labels, PVC bands, and adhesives.

  • Oversees the Procurement of various flavors and bulk items to include standard orange wine, sugar, Grain Neutral Spirits, whiskeys, other high proof liquids.

  • Investigates trends in the marketplace to identify potential shortages and technical innovations.

  • Aligns the procurement strategies of buyers for JIT purchasing, cost reduction programs and inventory containment.

  • Establish key planning parameters for suppliers. This includes order lead times, Minimum order quantities, fixed zones, as well as implementation of supply chain strategies such as JIT, VMI (Vendor Managed and/or Owned Inventory), etc.

  • Establish key quality target expectations with suppliers at the plant level by collaborating with internal partners to reduce Defects per Million, and optimize Z factor.

  • Participate and collaborate with internal partners such as Packaging and PMO to execute all material changes and updates for plant operation.


  • Oversees the BFDO Logistics Operation to ensure accurate and on time delivery of production to all Distribution networks as well as customers.

  • Ensures full execution of all Regulatory and compliance mandates with respect to shipment of all Finished good productions to include Hazmat training and compliance, TTB training and compliance as well as Annual physical Inventory.

  • Maintain and Optimize Warehouse storage models to ensure efficient storage and distribution of finished goods.

  • Supports the production site with all transportation and logistic functions to include Materials, Bulk shipments and Finished goods.

  • Monitor Slow Moving Goods and propose cost efficient options to reduce product Obsolescence.

What You Bring To The Table:

  • College/University (Bachelors or Equivalent); Business Administration or Related Field

  • 6-10 years production planning experience within a consumer goods production/packaging industry.

What Makes You Unique:

  • Advanced level of computer literacy in order to operate various software packages.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead, coordinate, and manage multiple projects in a changing environment.

  • Analytical thinker with a broad base understanding of the alcoholic beverage industry in order to develop short and long term plans.

  • Effective interpersonal skills, ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with Technical Service staff and production management.

  • Experience with planning tools such as APO, KInexus, SAP etc.

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.

Nothing Better- 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: Logistics - GBS

City: Louisville

State: Kentucky

Country: USA

Req ID: JR-00007538