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Brown-Forman Senior Data Scientist - Global Financial Planning and Analysis in Louisville, Kentucky

For 150 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 RTDs, 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, GlenDronach and Slane. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by over 4,700 employees and sold in more than 170 countries worldwide. For more information about the company, please visit https://www.brown-forman.com/.

Senior Data Scientist - Global Financial Planning & Analysis

This position is responsible for performing data analysis and modeling that supports the Global Financial Planning and Analysis (FP&A) function. This position will partner closely with the Global FP&A team, Advanced Analytics team and regional finance teams to ensure the utilization of best practices that drive significant efficiencies and enable actionable financial insights, accurate forecasting, and standardized reporting and analytics across the finance organization.

The Data Scientist will be expected to exhibit the following capabilities:

  • Developing strong analytics based on sound statistical modeling processes.

  • Providing strong stewardship around corporate resources.

  • Continuing to look for data driven gains in operational efficiencies.

  • Gaining a thorough understanding of the global financial planning and analysis function while applying best practice predictive forecasting, machine learning and AI models and capabilities

  • Partnering across the finance organization to identify strategic insights within all operating functions and geographies.

  • Ability to leverage multiple sources of data and advanced tools to develop directive analytics which includes strong visualization of the data.

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills with the ability to discuss financial/business strategies and translate into actionable plans.

Responsibilities:

Data Visualization

  • Design, Implement, and Support Business Intelligence reporting using advanced data visualization and analytics tools, with a specific focus in Tableau.

  • Design and build publication-ready data visualizations using diverse sets of structured and unstructured data.

  • Monitor and resolve performance issues specific to dashboard development and delivery.

  • Lead the development of the organization’s visualization techniques.

Predictive Modeling & Machine Learning

  • Strategize in collaboration with functional teams to identify data-driven solutions to ongoing needs across the organization.

  • Collaborate with the various analytical teams within the organization to discover new and creative ways to solve leading-edge problems with predictive analytics.

  • Develop SQL code to build ETL jobs within Brown-Forman’s data lake environment.

  • Develop best-in-class statistical modeling techniques to collect, analyze and interpret data; utilizing both supervised learning through multivariate modeling as well as unsupervised learning techniques such as cluster analysis, decision tree and random forest modeling.

  • Build causal and predictive models utilizing statistical programming languages such as R based on integrated data of various structures from numerous sources stored in a SQL environment.

  • Design algorithms for building new data and features to expand modeling capabilities.

  • Assess models; provide proof and explanation for acceptance tests.

  • Create Deployment code for queries in R to run automatically on historic data and for systematic updates, and collaborate closely with the Business Intelligence team to deploy across the enterprise.

Cross-Functional Partnerships

  • Work in tandem with the Advanced Analytics team to develop distributed computing capabilities to handle large-scale data storage and computation, and deployment of such a platform for analytical purposes.

  • Summarize insights from statistical models for use across the finance organization for strategic decision-making, allowing all areas of Brown-Forman to succeed within their respective functions.

  • Strategize in collaboration with finance teams to identify data-driven solutions to ongoing needs across the organization.

  • Move forward multiple projects by employing project management techniques.

Financial Data Integration & Analysis

  • Help support the end-to-end financial data load and reporting processes in our SAP BW, Daniels SQL server and Jasper executive information system environments by ensuring master data (e.g., substitution rules, hierarchies, config tables, query variables) are configured on a timely and accurate basis

  • Diagnose and resolve data integrity issues and provide daily end user support on how our underlying results are calculated in the system

  • Optimize and automate current reporting systems/processes

Must Requirements:

Education & Professional Experience

  • MA/MS in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related fields and 3+ years work experience OR BA/BS in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related field and 5+ years of relevant work experience.

Technical Qualifications

  • Extensive expertise in analyzing large, complex, multi-dimensional datasets with a variety of tools, and accomplished in the use of statistical analysis environments, with a specific focus in R.

  • Extensive experience with Tidyverse programming in R.

  • Experience with RStudio Server Pro, RStudio Connect, and using RMarkdown for creation of deliverables.

  • Experience with relational databases such as SQL and NoSQL, as well as Hadoop-based data mining frameworks.

  • Demonstrated ability to independently prepare sophisticated statistical analysis with accuracy and calibration within an established time frame.

  • Ability to read and understand mathematical formulae with the capability of applying new concepts to existing problem sets.

  • Understanding of both structured and unstructured data, the benefits of both, and when / how to apply them.

  • Experience applying statistical concepts and knowledge to real-world applications.

  • Extensive experience with Tableau, including proven record of driving adoption.

Additional Qualifications

  • High degree of intellectual curiosity and a proactive self-starter to go looking for relevant questions to be answered, with the ability to provide objective and impartial analysis.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to discuss financial strategies and translate into actionable plans.

  • Team contributor who puts the success of the group ahead of personal ambitions.

  • Personal honesty and integrity, including ability to effectively handle confidential information.

  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective work relationships with all levels of personnel.

  • A proven desire to improve processes and adapts well to an ever-changing and sometimes ambiguous environment.

  • The ability to work independently and execute responsibilities, at time in a heavy workload, deadline oriented environment; the willingness and ability to organize, implement and complete multiple tasks with limited direction; can maintain accurate documentation and perform quality work with accuracy and attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2+ years financial analytics experience, preferably within the Beverage Alcohol industry

  • MS or MBA with specialty in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science, or related fields

  • SAP Analysis for Office query experience

  • Previous knowledge applying best practice statistical modeling and machine learning techniques for the financial planning and analysis function

Reports to: Director Financial Data Optimization

Matrix Manager: Manager Data Science

Salary Grade: 29

Location: Louisville, KY

*For this position, we are not able to offer a corporate relocation package. However, in some cases, there may be relocation assistance available.

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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 Finance

City: Louisville

State: Kentucky

Country: USA

Req ID: JR-00001490

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.

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