Brown-Forman Purchasing Specialist / Buyer in Barcelona, Spain

Job Description:

General Information:

Brown-Forman Corporation is one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies - and among the top ten largest global spirits companies. Brown-Forman Spain is the Spanish subsidiary of this worldwide operating and expanding enterprise of the consumer goods industry, with its headquarter in Louisville, Kentucky, USA (Net sales in Fiscal Year 2016: 4.1 Billon USD; approx. 4,000 employees). Brands of the Brown-Forman portfolio are, amongst others, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, Finlandia Vodka and Woodford Reserve. The office in Barcelona is responsible for the Spanish business. For this market, Brown-Forman is currently setting up its own distribution organization, starting operations July 1, 2017


This position will manage and control the whole chain of purchasing activities including Point of Sales Materials (POSM) and Promotion materials of B-F Spain. It will serve as first point of contact for internal customers, such as the Marketing, Trade Marketing and the Sales department with regards to all purchasing activities of the required materials or services. The position includes the optimizing of purchase prices and securing the availability of the materials in the expected time, quality and quantity as well as reporting and controlling activities. The position will report to the Supply Chain Operations Manager.

Basic Function:

  • Control and manage all Spain purchasing activities including POSM and Promotion materials (e.g. Displays, apparel, print-materials, glassware, etc.)

  • Identify, select and negotiate with new and existing vendors and service providers

  • Be the interface to our external storage providers for POSM and Promotion materials as well as to external agencies

  • Co-operate with other departments (e.g. sales, trade marketing, marketing) to ensure availability of the material or services in the right time, quality and quantity

  • Develop and execute analyzing and reporting processes

  • Control and optimize all prices and maintain these in the ERP System (SAP/MM)

  • Perform profitability analysis on regular basis

  • (Pot. Future Outlook) Manage and control all purchasing activities with regards to the online stores of B-F brands

  • Interact on a regular basis with our European Licensing & Sales Promotion Team, European Purchasing Community and our Global Strategic Sourcing Team to mutualize purchases and standardize processes

Must Experience:

  • Bachelor or similar education (apprenticeship in commercial profession)

  • 2-5 years post qualified experience in purchasing department/area


  • Very good communication skills

  • Native/Expert command of Spanish language , speaking and writing

  • Good English language knowledge, speaking and writing

  • Solid knowledge of Financial / ERP System – SAP (MM, SD) Applications

  • IT literate (good knowledge in MS Excel)

  • Analytical skills

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About Brown-Forman:


Brown-Forman, founded in 1870, is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, Brown-Forman currently employs about 4,000 people and has offices or facilities in 30 cities across the globe. Starting in the mid-1950s, the company began a series of acquisitions that would place it among the top 10 largest spirits companies in the world, selling its brands in more than 135 countries across the globe. These include many of the most well-known and best-loved wines and spirits brands, including Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia Vodka, Old Forester, Woodford Reserve, Herradura and el Jimador Tequilas, and Korbel champagnes. For more information about the company, please visit

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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: Europe

City: Barcelona

State: Int'l

Country: Spain

Req Type: Exempt

AutoReqId: 3593BR