Brown-Forman Procurement Category Manager - IT (position can be based remotely in the USA or an international location) in Louisville, Kentucky

This position has primary responsibility for the oversight and leadership for sourcing, vendor management, category strategy, and procurement process initiatives in the global business services (GBS) organization.

Oversee and lead IT sourcing, vendor management and consultants, provide leadership to consultants’ spend, and manage legal contracts for the GBS organization.


Vendor Management/Strategic Sourcing

  • Lead end-to-end procurement category management, from running RFP processes through to supplier contracts negotiation and implementing key performance metrics

  • Establish Service Level Agreements for managing supplier performance post-contract award

  • Lead and direct the coordination of vendor management activities across all cost centers.

  • Develop the organization capabilities to manage complex vendor interaction strategically.

  • Continuously evaluate opportunities for increased sourcing efficiency through maximum utilization of resources and adoption of new technology where appropriate while meeting B-F objectives.

  • Serve as a thought leader to the rest of the organization for the strategic sourcing activities Oversee and lead process for effective contract management and renewal for IT services and products while adhering to overall company’s guidance

  • Develop effective, consistent and equitable strategic supplier relationships while maintaining a high standard of ethics.

  • Participate in the establishment of strategic technology supplier management programs across the enterprise.

  • Monitor and establish key strategic IT supplier relationships, including a strong focus on increasing diversity suppliers

Must Requirements:

  • BS in Business, Supply Chain, Engineering, Finance or related field

  • 7+ years experience in sourcing (including 4 years experience procuring a broad range of IT hardware/software services)

  • Ability to develop strategic sourcing vision and plans, and implement through exceptional execution.

  • Strong working knowledge of IT contracts negotiation and demonstrable experience with a focus on delivering significant savings in a challenging, multi-layered global environment.

  • Superior negotiation skills.

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills. Able to persuade, motivate and compel support for key ideas and initiatives, via persuasive discussions, and delivering clear and concise presentations.

  • Ability to influence decision making, and create consensus, in cross-functional and multi-site teams, and with suppliers.

  • Knowledge of finance and financial methods, with the ability to translate analysis into strategies, actions, and results.

  • Ability to identify and focus on top priorities, and balance multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.

  • Ability to foster a high performance environment among diverse individuals, including developing procurement talent.

  • Demonstrated ability to influence and drive change among stakeholders.

  • Ability to travel internationally.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Global procurement experience.

  • World class ERP and spend management system experience (SAP/Coupa/Concur, etc.).

  • Fundamental understanding of contractual agreements including terms and conditions.

  • Spirits, beer, wine, beverages, food, pharmaceutical or CPG industry experience.

  • Experience performing in a matrix organization. Ability to move between roles of team member and team leader.

Salary Grade: 31 4B (United States grade)

Location: Position can be based remotely in the USA or an international location (salary grade internationally to be determined)

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-00000189