Brown-Forman Senior Human Resources Manager - Production Europe in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Job Description:

Scope of Position :

Serve as an influential and strategic HR Business Partner to the business leaders and teams of our European Owned Organizations and our Global External Manufacturing Operations. Manage the day to day HR processes across assigned teams and functions. Facilitate the execution of EU/EMO business strategies through people and organizational development. Ensure the business goals, objectives and initiatives are supported through the execution of HR strategies, policies and procedures. Promotes a shared understanding of organizational values, operating principles, and cultural change imperatives. Manages HR related projects for EU/EMO as assigned.

Responsibilities :

  • Leadership Coaching/Organizational Development

  • As part of the leadership team, serve as a thought partner to the EU/EMO leadership team on all things related to organization and talent development, change leadership, coaching, learning and development.

  • Provide direction and support on day to day HR management processes, facilitating the execution of people and business strategies through people and organizational development.

  • Develop creative strategies, problem solving options based on evaluation of needs and clear deliverables and timelines.

  • Provide HR Leadership and direction to the HR Generalist at BenRiach, which includes three malt distilleries and warehouse operations, a bottling plant and company headquarters for the BenRiach, GlenDronach and Glenglassaugh Single Malt Scotch Whisky Brands. The HR Generalist will be the on-the-ground, day to day HR leader at the site reporting into this role.

  • Employee Coaching, Development and Training

  • Partner with leaders and employees to support people development strategies/plans, coach employees, performance management, training, etc.

  • Collaborates with other HRBPs, HR Global contacts, People Development and Online Learning platform to plan and organize training efforts for teams and individuals, enhancing employee development activities.

  • Lead the organization in the appropriate assessment of talent linked to key positions in the organization.

  • Support all employees in their development with organization-wide training focused on technical and leadership training. Coach and develop talent to ensure we have ready, capable leaders. Support development plans broadly that are customized to individuals at all levels to ensure a pipeline of talent, and readiness for roles.

  • Employee relations:

  • Manages the employee relations function by utilizing prior knowledge and experience in HR coaching and counseling for employee relations, conflict resolution and organizational development.

  • Engage regularly with the teams to create a positive and productive employee relations environment while providing feedback for pro-active intervention and resolution of people-related concerns. Encourage diversity of thought and leverage the capabilities of all people.

  • Ensures uniform and equitable application of organizational policies and procedures including investigation and resolution of employee issues, if applicable. Partners with other HR groups (Compensation, Benefits, Talent and Performance Management, and Employee Experience teams) to ensure complete and accurate processes are enlisted to support EU/EMO employees’ needs.

  • Performance Management:

  • Supports Region performance management activities, overseeing and monitoring the employee development plan process; providing counsel to managers and employees on the performance management process including: coordinating and overseeing the implementation of employee performance plans; and, managing the process to a mutually-beneficial end for all involved.

  • Provide direction and support on the process to ensure robust conversations occur between managers and employees regarding performance, including honest and accurate feedback, and the process in place to facilitate goal alignment, rating decisions, merit and bonus decisions.

  • Talent Acquisition

  • Partner with Talent Acquisition partners to manages the business’ recruitment and acquisition efforts and ensures the process runs smoothly to build the best and most capable, diverse workforce.

  • Supervise progress/process in order to ensure coverage for employee and worker vacancies.

  • Work closely with hiring managers on offers and onboarding/assimilation process for new hires.

  • Change & Diversity Management:

  • Lead by example in the diversity and inclusion strategy for the company, actively engaging in this work and creating an environment of inclusive leadership.

  • Partner with leaders in change efforts for the organization providing the structure and framework that facilitates the desired outcome.

Must Requirements (including any physical requirements):

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business or related field and 7-10 years’ experience serving as an HR Business Partner with demonstrated experience aligning HR initiatives to the business needs as part of a cross-functional leadership team.

  • HR experience in a both corporate and manufacturing organizations

  • Demonstrated ability to provide coaching and counsel on sensitive employee, leader and organization issues

  • Demonstrated knowledge of applicable employment and labor laws

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and facilitate discussions and/or training in one-on-one and group setting.

  • High degree of personal credibility stemming from the person’s ability to be objective, confidential, exercise integrity and sound judgment.

  • Demonstrated interest and willingness to engage with the organization at all levels – giving of expertise, sharing frameworks for success, and opportunities to work with and through issues, plans and projects

  • Excellent collaboration, relationship, communication, coaching and influencing skills

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: Global Production

City: Edinburgh

State: Int'l

Country: United Kingdom

Req Type: Exempt

AutoReqId: 4299BR