Brown-Forman Lead Accountant Corporate Accounting in Louisville, Kentucky

Job Description:

Position Summary:

Serving as a business partner with the corporation and its operating units, this individual is responsible for managing, facilitating, and coordinating financial accounting, reporting, and analytical activities with a focus on communicating quantitative and qualitative information in a clear, accurate, and timely manner.


  1. Manage financial reporting & analyses activities associated with the corporation and/or operating unit(s). This also includes, accounting, analysis and reporting for the Corporate functional area. Interpret and explain unusual variances to management.

  2. Lead initiatives related to activities to be centralized at Corporate (e.g. brand expense accrual accounting and analysis, balance sheet account reconciliations involving multiple regional activities. This will involve working with Regional Controllers and other cross functional departments.

  3. Prepare balance sheet account reconciliations.

  4. Review Corporate journal entries & reconciliations as assigned.

  5. Provide financial support and service to senior management and lead research activities and analyses of selected financial statement accounts related to balance sheet account fluctuation analysis.

  6. Identify and coordinate financial systems (SAP, BW), procedures, reports, and timing requirements. Conduct reviews of financial activity to ensure accuracy and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), tax, and legal entity structures.

  7. Ensure appropriate internal controls are in place and in compliance with corporate financial policies. Provide and implement recommendations for improvements to internal controls and policies.

  8. Manage special projects as required, such as foreign exchange analysis , strategic development projects, and corporate requests; develop presentations to management.

Additional Responsibilities:


  1. Intercompany accounting (license fees, dividends, royalty etc.), invoicing and reconciliations on Corporate books for various entities including Sonoma-Cutrer, Finlandia Vodka, Chambord, and JDPI

  2. LIFO allocation

  3. Company wide inventory reserve analysis

  4. Housing investment accounting

  5. Trial balance validation and load for companies not on B-F ERP system

  6. Slow-moving inventory analysis

  7. Coordinate other corporate groups accounting including Global brands, Government Relations.

  8. Managing year end process and accruals

  9. Manage direct charge process for corporation. Work with finance areas to ensure assessments are set up according to the planning guidance for the upcoming fiscal year. This includes requesting, receiving and analyzing information, as well as entering data into SAP

Financial Analysis and Reconciliations

  • Assist with balance sheet account fluctuation analysis as needed for regions

  • Prepare balance sheet account reconciliations, including those accounts involving multiple regional activities

  • Review journal entries and reconciliations as assigned.

Special Projects

  • Lead research activities and analyses of selected financial statement accounts related to balance sheet fluctuation analysis such discount accrual, brand expense accrual.

  • Lead Corporate initiatives to centralize certain activities such as brand expense accrual for regions, consistency in inventory reserve accounting and inventory policy, centralizing financial analysis and reconciliations for critical balance sheet accounts.

Must Requirements:

  • BS/BA in accounting or finance

  • More than 4 years of experience in the field of Accounting and Analytics

  • CPA or equivalent degree Required

  • Working knowledge or willingness to learn and understand US GAAP and apply practically

  • Superior attention to detail with top-notch accuracy

  • Ability to validate, analyze and sort through large amounts of data

  • Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills, comfortable playing an active role in presenting results in a clear, concise format

  • Thorough understanding of P&Ls

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Self-motivated to work independently and manage multiple projects within tight timelines

  • Demonstrated expertise in Microsoft Excel (including graphing, pivot tables, V-lookups and other advanced functions) and PowerPoint

Key Competencies

  • Team-player with the ability to create partnerships and build effective relationships

  • Strong intellectual curiosity, problem solving and conceptual skills

  • Comfortable with having to adjust to changes in work environment, work under pressure with a sense of urgency, meet tight deadlines and operate in a challenging data/systems environment

  • Strong sense of accountability and ownership

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About Brown-Forman:


For more than 145 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands, including Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Jack Daniel’s & Cola, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire, Gentleman Jack, Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel, Finlandia, Korbel, el Jimador, Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, Canadian Mist, Herradura, New Mix, Sonoma-Cutrer, Early Times, Chambord, BenRiach and GlenDronach. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,600 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide

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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: Corporate

City: Louisville

State: KY

Country: United States

Req Type: Exempt

AutoReqId: 3636BR