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Brown-Forman Inventory Manager (Fixed Term Contract) in Sydney, Australia

Imagine working for a company that welcomes you in, inspires you to bring your best self to every opportunity, and encourages you to grow and develop your career in a resilient and fun industry. Brown-Forman offers our employees this kind of career and environment and has for more than 150 years. Together, we proudly live and work by our values, striving each day to be better and do better as people, as a company, and as members of the communities we call home. Come have a seat at our table.

Meaningful Work from Day One

This position will manage the operation of the business inventory management and its integrity, while ensuring legal compliance with the various authorities.

*Note - this is a fixed term contract until March 2023*

What you will experience

Inventory Management

  • Manage by-monthly stock takes around the country

  • Review and communicate Best Before Date management for RTD's

  • Collaborate with the commercial team and planning to implement solutions to minimise BBD write off.

  • Review and communicate Slow Moving and Obsolete SKU management.

  • Engage commercial team and supply chain to facilitate stock write off minimisation plans

  • Monitor inventory integrity with SOH reconciliation at a batch level for Local Economy, Duty Free and eCommerce

  • Manage the SAP Error notification file (EDI issues), analyse variances, collaborate with 3PL for process improvement and update SAP inventory system

  • Investigate transport losses and create appropriate system transactions

  • Investigate, and guide stock adjustments in accordance with Customs, ATO regulations, and accounting standards


  • Manage the FICA (Food Import Compliance Agreements) Quarantine process with the Commonwealth, participating in FICA stock take and training.

  • Ensuring compliance with SOX to meet external audit requirements.

  • Reconcile Weekly Excise and Duty settlement payment in compliance of Customs and ATO requirements.

  • Collaborate with 3PL to manage inventory processes to ensure under-bond and duty paid stocks are maintained correctly at batch level to meet Customs and ATO requirements.

  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders and 3PL to ensure system duty rates are updated properly and timely in accordance to latest changes.

Co-Packing process

  • Manage the Demand Dependent SKUs (DDS) co-packing process, gift lines, mandatory requirements & NPD within SAP and work closely with planning and 3PL co-packer to achieve desired outcomes. Communicate re-packing timelines to Sales and Marketing and work closely with approved supplier and B-FC manufacturing facilities to achieve desired timelines.

  • Manage the outsource quality assurance process for noncompliance products.

Commercial and Financial Analysis

  • Manage the monthly cost per case analysis & SC KPI

  • Reconcile Weekly settlement payment to Customs and ATO

  • Reconcile quarterly duty payments for stock take gains and losses

  • Oversee the refunds with Customs and ATO for BBD, obsolete stock w/off

  • Analyze, and reconcile raw materials, and packaging at approved 3PL manufactory sites

  • Supply Chain month end - Analyze expenses and create appropriate accruals for month end.

  • Support the Supply Chain Manager with yearly budgets

  • Identify & communicate Customer SOH changes and potential impact to the business.

  • Identify current inventory within NZ & AUS and partner with BFC to ensure appropriate Insurance is applied, including co-packers and any offsite storage locations.

  • Validate and approve supply chain costs, in accordance with contract rates and guidelines.

Projects and Continuous improvement

  • Assist with ongoing project work analysis (Freight Analysis, Warehouse location and storage analysis, eCommerce and other RTC models)

  • Work closely with the Planning Manager to analyze appropriate inventory cover by SKU, pending on forecast accuracy. Make safety level proposals.

  • Process improvement for eCommerce operations and system implementation, NPD and promotional packs

Container Deposit Scheme and GS1

  • Oversee GS1 platform and ensure GS1 certificates are up to date.

  • Coordinate Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) registration for required products in Australia to support and communicate the latest list to sales team.

  • Liaise with vendor and government Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to update and renew the CDS register for container deposit refund and compliance in all states

People Management

  • Manage and lead inventory team, coach the Inventory Analyst and eCommerce Analyst for performance.

  • Manage internal and external commercial relationships with 3PL logistics, AQIS (Commonwealth government), Marketing, CMD and Sales.

Your Profile

  • Minimum 5 years experience in Finance or logistics

  • University Qualification

  • Financial mindset

  • Ability to work with people at all levels, hands on manner

  • Collaborative yet hands on approach

  • Experience in Compliance with Customs, ATO and Quarantine

  • Proven analytical experience, and reconciliation experience

  • SAP experience

Enriching life, Enriching careers

Brown-Forman believes that everyone should be their authentic selves in our workplace. We strive to create an inclusive culture that empowers individuals to contribute their uniqueness. Together, our diversity is what makes our business great.


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 Production

City: Sydney

State: New South Wales

Country: AUS

Req ID: JR-00003342