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Brown-Forman Human Resources Director - UK/Ireland (Fixed Term Contract) in London, United Kingdom

What’s It Like To Work Here ?

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

Responsible for providing strategic HR leadership to the UK & Ireland business, as well as supporting members of regional or international teams who are based in the UK. Provide leadership and coaching to continue the development of organization and culture strategies; lead the HR function and provide direction to each member to ensure the operational elements of the employee life cycle (hiring, onboarding, development, advancement, retirement) is driven into the business. Utilizing knowledge and experience in HR coaching and counseling for employee relations, problem solving and organizational development issues. Directs and/or leads special projects as required. Provides analysis to management at all levels i.e. workforce planning, competency modeling, performance measures, organizational chart changes and updates. Leads team members on project teams to design, implement and evaluate HR processes and create effective improvements that will serve to improve efficiency and effectiveness through standardization and consistency.

This position requires approximately 15-20% of time travelling.

This is a temporary role, 9 months contract.

What You Will Do in This Role

  • Set direction for the leadership and HR team on all strategic matters related to people, organization and culture. Provides leadership and guidance to managers to ensure complete and accurate HR processes are enlisted to support employees’ needs.

  • Provides direction to the HR team in developing and organizing materials for effective and efficient administrative processes. Oversees HR resources are effectively utilized to support all areas of HR across all levels. Lead and champion local HR team; coach and develop direct reports to meet both organization and individual goals (3 direct reports: HR Manager & 2 HR Specialist; 2 indirect reports: Office Manager, Office & Fleet Specialist)

  • Champion and embed diversity and inclusion strategy and initiatives, including active membership in the European D&I council and sponsorship to the UK D&I council

  • Drive the organization’s goal to win the war for talent; develop the supply of capable talent through sourcing and onboarding top talent. Partners with GTA to support the recruiting efforts ensuring the process runs smoothly, guiding the HR team and managers from managing the process of posting open roles, ensuring timely deposition to GTA through final offer to candidates. Interviewing for some positions will be required.

  • Oversee on leader development and succession pipeline; enable the organization to grow the quality of current and rising leadership

  • Direct and lead in complex and challenging employee relations cases and reorganizations

We Are Looking For People Who

  • Bachelor’s degree in business plus 10 years experience working in business-facing HR with 5 years at a leadership team level

  • Consistent evidence of ability to exercise good judgment, discretion and maturity in responding to requests for data, resolving problems and to effectively handle confidential information and materials.

  • Demonstrated ability to recommend and implement effective and efficient procedures and processes.

  • Ability to work independently and execute responsibilities with planning and organizing in a high volume.

  • Ability to organize/complete multiple projects with limited direction and perform work with accuracy and attention to detail amidst frequent interruptions.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to effectively develop and maintain work relationships with all levels of personnel both within and outside the company.

  • Demonstrated self-starter with a high level of initiative.

  • Analytical/problem solving skills.

  • Ability to work a flexible schedule to meet deadline demands.

  • Ability to travel as needed to support the business.

  • Excellent knowledge of UK employment law

  • Business fluent in English

  • Strong organizational skills with ability to manage priorities in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment

  • Team spirit, energy and compassion

  • Demonstrated ability to make decisions independently based on logical assumptions and factual information

  • Role models BF values and behaviors.

What Makes You Unique

  • Prior Experience in wine and spirits or luxury FMCG industries

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 equitable pay structures for individual and company performance alongside a premium employee experience. We offer a range of premium benefits that reflect our company values and meet the needs of our diverse workforce​.

In Brown-Forman UK, some highlights of the competitive benefits we offer include, but are not limited to, medical/dental insurance, hybrid-working options, product allowance and gym membership; along with global career opportunities.


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 People Places & Communications

City: London


Country: GBR

Req ID: JR-00005551