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Brown-Forman Financial Analyst (Remote Work Opportunity) in Chicago, Illinois

Meaningful Work From Day One:

The Financial Analyst supports the US&C Lead Accountant and is responsible for various accounting and financial transactions and analyses for the U.S. and Canada Region (US&C). This position will work with US & Canada Finance divisions, Brand Teams, Supply Chain, Corporate Accounting, Global POS Sourcing, Global Business Solutions (GBS), and other cross-functional groups within the organization. The analyst will ensure the accuracy of Brown-Forman’s financial records and compliance with internal controls and will propose and participate in process improvement projects.

What You Can Expect:

Serve as a business partner to the US&C business and its Finance division, performing financial accounting and analysis. This position includes monthly, quarterly, and annual year-end accounting and closing activities as well as other important tasks and responsibilities such as:

Financial Records:

  • Ensures an accurate and timely monthly, quarterly, and year-end close

  • This position addresses tight deadlines and a multitude of accounting activities, including month-end, quarter-end, and year-end closing entries, financial analysis, year-end audit preparation, etc.

  • Oversees advertising and promotion, and other accrual calculations and records

  • Prepares or manages and respects all deadlines imposed by the company (monthly journal entries, Sarbanes Oxley controls, quarterly account reconciliations, etc.)


  • Prepare the US&C A&P (Advertising & Promotion) entry (i.e., estimate of incurred brand expense) and associated financial analysis (i.e. variance analysis)

  • Manage POS accounting and reconciliations; identify and resolve SAP and HH Global systems’ interface issues

  • Manage month-end, quarter-end, and year-end accounting close process for US & Canada divisions

  • Prepare and coordinate accounting year-end training meetings with all US & Canada employees

  • Manage journal entries e.g. brand expense; prepaid amortizations; marketing research; accruals, corporate freight and warehouse variances, inventory true-ups, reclassifications, intercompany accruals and invoicing

  • Ensure accuracy and documentation of reclass entries and year-end accruals requested by the region’s finance team

  • Manage Distributor Investment Funds (DIF) yearly contracts and reconciliations process and perform random audit reviews to ensure controls are compliant with guidelines

  • Manage lease accounting entries for US & Canada divisions

  • Prepare Balance Sheet Accounts Reconciliations and clearings

  • Ensure SOX Control compliance

Analytics and Advisory:

  • Assist with month-end financial analysis review

  • Work with US&C Finance to understand significant brand expense accrual adjustments and period variances

  • Analyze POS inventory levels and ensure they tie to HHG Global reports

  • Lead year-end accounting training to US & Canada finance and commercial teams

  • Lead/assist ad-hoc analysis projects e.g. spend types; freight accruals

  • Assist with accounting questions and provide guidance to stakeholders e.g. Expense classification

  • Develop and implement internal controls guidelines e.g. Prepaid amortization and year-end accruals trackers

  • Implement new Accounting Policies e.g. Lease Accounting

Assist/Lead Special Projects and Initiatives:

  • Ensure the accuracy of Brown-Forman’s financial records and compliance with controls

  • Participate in projects to simplify/automate processes such as prepaids and accrual estimations

  • Work with the Digital Transformation Team on assessing the right tools and systems to reach the above goal

  • Periodically review contracts and ensure related accounting entries are updated accordingly

  • Other ad hoc projects and requirements

We Are Looking For People Who:

● Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or business administration

● 3+ years of accounting or finance experience in similar roles

● CPA desired

● Proven accounting and analytical capabilities with the ability to collect, analyze, and present results in a concise format

● Proactive in recommending positive changes in procedures and leading the agreed-upon change process

● Ability to work efficiently on Excel and/or Google Sheets

● Experience in working with SAP, Business Warehouse or similar software

● Demonstrated interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective work relationships with all levels of personnel

What Makes You Unique:

● Experience in accounting in similar roles

● Proven desire to improve processes and adapt to an ever-changing, and sometimes ambiguous environment

● Strong intellectual curiosity, problem-solving, and conceptual skills

● Ability to work with minimum supervision and with heavy workloads.

● Proven ability to complete high-quality work within established time frames. Work with ambiguous situations with little supervision

● Strong sense of accountability and ownership

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

● Excellent written and oral communication skills

● Self-motivated to work independently

Nothing Better in the Market:

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 premium and equitable pay. We offer a range of premium benefits that reflect our company values and meet the needs of our diverse workforce. We are dedicated to creating a responsible drinking culture, providing a safe, inclusive, and engaging workplace, protecting the environment, and making a positive contribution to our communities.

Locations considered for this opening:

B-F Headquarters office in Louisville, KY

B-F Regional office in Atlanta, GA or Dallas, TX or Irvine, CA

Locations across the US for a remote work from home set-up

This position is posted with multiple locations, you only need to apply to one of the postings to be considered for all locations and/or the remote work option.

B-F can employ a remote worker in the majority of the states in the US, however if you are located in one of the following states, relocation would be required. VT, RI ,CT ,NJ ,DE ,WI ,MN, ND, SD, NE, KS, OK, LA, MS, NM, AZ, UT, OR, AK, HI

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 Finance

City: Louisville

State: Kentucky

Country: USA

Req ID: JR-00005407