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Brown-Forman Director Corporate Applications and Development in Louisville, Kentucky

Meaningful Work From Day One:

Direct and manage in the areas of purchased enterprise business applications and internal developments within chosen technologies: SAP, Coupa, Concur, SalesForce, Google, Tableau, etc. Establish and maintain Brown-Forman’s corporate facing information technology assets. Ensure all internal application developments are value driven, targeted to purpose and implemented and maintained according to best practice. Lead and establish expertise in chosen technologies and ensure a depth of knowledge and coverage required to deliver and maintain business value via technology enablement. Direct and lead day-to-day activities in association with the construction, enhancement and implementation of applications utilized across geographies and business functions.

What You Can Expect:

  • Develops and leads the implementation of the application implementation, support and development for global corporate applications development environments

  • Contributed to and executes against the overall enterprise application strategy and information architecture roadmap.

  • Pursue and adopt emerging, innovative, industry leading applications, analytics tools, capabilities and methodologies to advance business process execution

  • Accountability and responsibility for information protection and privacy, information governance, data quality and data lifecycle management, along with the exploitation of data assets to create business value.

  • Responsible for leading Coupa, Concur and other application implementation and support teams

  • Works closely with IT’s Infrastructure leadership team and the Technology Architecture team to define and execute a strategy to optimize the technical architecture for Brown Forman’s key enterprise application systems

  • Oversees the development and implementation of documented processes for system operations, support, management, administration activities.

  • Manages the development and support of associated business systems, supervising and developing staff of IT managers, business analysts, technology engineers and/or external consultants.

  • Manages the development, implementation and support of applications developed with SalesForce, Google, SAP and chosen reporting and visualization tools.

  • Develops functional and industry expertise for assigned process & technology areas, works to improve and optimize business processes with technology tools.

  • Hires, supervises, and motivates a technically-skilled staff through coaching, training, and development in order to achieve maximum productivity and effective operations.

  • Develops technical and business skills of self and staff to achieve increased productivity and quality of Brown-Forman's technology operations.

  • Provides leadership in ensuring consistent use of a standard development framework, methodology and application systems development processes throughout IT.

  • Drives the importance of the Testing and QA phases across all development initiatives.

  • Identifies and capitalizes on opportunities to leverage Brown Forman’s existing applications development framework and technology assets.

  • Develops budgets, manpower requirements, and detailed schedules to ensure department and IT objectives are met.

  • Manages and controls software maintenance renewal agreements and cost-containment.

  • Develops strong vendor and partner alliances and negotiates contracts regarding technical, financial, and legal terms.

  • Effectively influence key stakeholders and team members to deliver optimal IT solutions in line with business and IT strategy.

What You Bring To the Table:

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in electrical engineering, mathematics, computer science or related field plus ten years applicable experience or equivalent experience.


  • 15-20 years of demonstrated progressive experience in implementing technology solutions enabling business processes.

  • 15 years of proven expertise in software technical design, planning, project management, implementation, and support for a variety of Enterprise Applications Solutions (ERP, financial, supply chain, manufacturing, data management, SOX Compliance, etc.), professional services industry experience a plus.

  • Direct experience in leading and supporting a successful implementation of enterprise level software across multiple business functions.

What Sets You Apart:

  • Advanced Degree in business, mathematics, computer science or related field.

  • Advanced training and experience in BW, SAP R/3, ABAP and Portal technologies.

  • Advanced Project Management training and experience.

  • Demonstrated success at managing innovation and generating new and different ways of improving a corporate technology landscape.

  • Proven experience at building and leveraging industry and other external professional relationships.

  • Experience working with consumer products, consumer durables, process manufacturing and/or the beverage industry.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Working technical knowledge of telecommunications, data networks, physical plant, client-server systems, personal computers, the Internet and related protocols, computing hardware and software platforms, enterprise systems (high availability), data center operations, network management, and data security.

  • In depth experience working with Oracle database administration.

  • Strong communication (written & verbal), presentation and negotiation skills.

  • Ability to work in a high pressure environment, meet deadlines, and ability to simultaneously develop, deploy, and coordinate multiple projects.

  • Excellent analytic, interpersonal and communication skills to influence and engage colleagues, along with a broad understanding of the businesses they support.

  • Ability to successfully engage in multiple initiatives simultaneously.

  • A track record of success and widely viewed as a business leader who works effectively with technical and non-technical people at all levels of the organization.

  • Demonstrated ability to work with, and across, multiple teams in a global organization to achieve cross-functional success.

  • Demonstrated ability to listen to clients and develop mutually satisfactory solutions to business issues.

  • An outstanding, decisive leader with an exceptional track record of building, developing and motivating a team of people for high performance and driving change.

  • A unique blend of strong technical skills as well as strong business acumen.

  • A strategic and global thinker who is creative and innovative and who also possesses a well-rounded background in information technology and a practical “can-do” attitude.

  • Excellent communication skills who can quickly grasp the nature of the business, its products and its opportunities.

  • A team player who demonstrates a partnering attitude and capability.

  • A high level of energy and drive, strong work ethic.

  • Confident, compelling presentation skills, a persuader.

  • Demonstrated ability to drive results.

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 Information Technology

City: Louisville

State: Kentucky

Country: USA

Req ID: JR-00004117