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Brown-Forman Director of Packaging in Louisville, Kentucky

Responsible for integrating the creative and technical requirements for all Brown-Forman global package development to ensure a successful package that meets quality, production, marketing, and consumer needs. Provides technical guidance on all new packages or package redesigns. Leads a group of Package Engineers and Managers, providing oversight, career development and technical training. Recognized internally and externally as primary expert on packaging and package technology.

Works closely with Global Production Strategic Sourcing group to procure Brown-Forman packaging materials. Provides technical leadership on supply contracts for materials purchased for all of Brown-Forman operations. Helps identify and evaluate suppliers for these items with the goal of leveraging Brown-Forman buying power across brands and sites to ensure the quality and efficiency.

Basic Function: Technical: Provide technical expertise throughout the package design, development, and implementation process to ensure that creative aspects of design are successfully translated into functional high-quality packages that can be efficiently run in Brown-Forman’s operations. Evaluate package development process and recommend improvements to ensure high quality packages, reduce development cycle time, minimize implementation problems and increase creative package implementation. Provides technical expertise to Strategic Sourcing group on supply contracts for materials purchased for all of Brown-Forman operations.

Leadership/Relationship Building: Ensure alignment of packaging initiatives with key stakeholders that support the overarching goals of Brown-Forman and Global Production. Provides leadership and strategic direction to managers, supervisors and engineers in Packaging. Understand and communicate business performance measures and clarify priorities for the team. Build a Packaging culture that encourages learning and continuous improvement; which includes leadership coaching as well as understanding of the team’s individual development goals and motivations.

Provide technical evaluation and guidance throughout the package design, development and implementation process to ensure successful integration of the technical and creative elements. 25%

Liaison with the packaging design team to ensure collaboration and alignment of activities for successful execution of new initiatives. 25%

Provide technical package engineering expertise and mentoring to package engineers in Beverage Packaging Group. Transfer package engineering knowledge / expertise to sustain necessary levels in the department. 20%

Conduct pre-implementation trouble shooting evaluations and post-implementation “lessons learned” evaluations. Recommend process changes for continuous improvement. 10%

Maintain up-to-date knowledge of changing package technology and provide recommendations on how such technology can be applied in BFBW. 5%

Serve as primary packaging consultant for agency brands. Provide, as requested, expertise for package improvement and/or cost savings. 5%

Identify suppliers for packaging materials and negotiate contracts leveraging BFs buying power across sites. 5%

Maintain relationships with, and knowledge of, packaging suppliers and supplier capabilities. Be the primary point person to resolve quality or capacity issues with suppliers. 5%

Required Experience & Education:

Education: College/University (Bachelors or Equivalent); Engineering

Experience: • Bachelor’s degree in engineering and a minimum of 8-10 years package industry experience.

• Broad knowledge of all packaging disciplines, including glass, corrugated, label, can and shrink-band production.

• Broad knowledge of U.S. and global suppliers for package materials.

• General knowledge of U.S. and global design agencies.

• Excellent communication skills. Ability to communicate with all levels, from senior management to line workers.

• Risk analysis and problem solving

• Influence Skills

• Communication skills

• Collaboration (internal and external)

• Organizational knowledge and savvy

• Adaptability

• Initiative

• Customer focus

• Business perspective

Technical Leadership Competencies Required:

• Mastery of Project Management tools

• Process and systems development

• Manage performance of others

• Manage technical staff

• Technical and industry networking

• Statistics and DOE

• Budgeting skills

• Stay abreast of current trends

• Ability to manage and leverage suppliers and vendors

Preferred Experience & Education:

Education: College/University (Bachelors or Equivalent); Masters Degree (M.A., MBA or Equivalent); Package Engineering

Experience: • Package Engineering degree

• Experience in Alcoholic Beverage Industry

• MBA or advanced degree

• Experience with consumer testing of Alcohol beverages

• Mastery of relevant industry regulations

• Knowledge and working experience with Consumer research tools

Grade 33 National

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: Louisville

State: Kentucky

Country: USA

Req ID: JR-00000398