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Brown-Forman Supply Planning Analyst in Louisville, Kentucky

Manage, facilitate, and coordinate Supply Chain inventory planning, reporting, and analysis process for Brown-Forman bailment warehouses. Participate as a member of the Sales & Operation Planning team and work in conjunction with Supply Chain, Production Operations, Marketing / Sales, Finance, and Customer Service management to support the supply chain management process.

Management of supply chain inventory levels and replenishments. Monitor network inventory levels and requirements, replenishing inventory to meet Supply Chain Planning targets including inventory investment and customer service levels. Communicate with demand planners / plant master schedulers to translate forecasts into supply requirements for all brands within Brown-Forman’s portfolio. Conduct ongoing reconciliations and audits to ensure inventory reporting balances to BF’s perpetual inventory balances.


  • Evaluate demand plans vs. actual activity, plan inventory replenishments to network distribution centers and bailment warehouses that meet supply chain goals, and provide updated supply requirements to assigned production facilities and suppliers.

  • Maintain the inventory planning model which includes SKU maintenance, parameter maintenance, and network maintenance.

  • Measure and report inventory actual balances vs. targets. Report corrective action taken to alleviate out of tolerance conditions. Manage deployment of short supply materials.

  • Reconcile reported field inventories to Brown-Forman perpetual inventories. Periodically audit field inventories to insure the accuracy of field reported inventories. Audit warehousing invoices, allocating cost to various brands.

  • Participate in the Sales & Operations Planning process for the purpose of;

  • reporting aged and un-saleable inventory, obsolete and/or de-listed materials to reach consensus on disposition

  • planning re-packs as required

  • planning deployment of short supply materials

  • re-defining inventory planning parameters

  • resolving other inventory exceptions and supply constraints

  • Conduct Operational Analyses as requested by the Lead Supply Planning Analyst.

Must Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 2 - 4 years planning or related business experience; or 4 - 6 years of combined education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to understand and apply standard analytical concepts and inventory planning methodology.

  • Basic understanding of inventory planning processes and how inventory planning supports the supply chain effort.

  • Problem solving skills with a heavy emphasis placed on the ability to diagnose and solve problems.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with a broad range of business associates.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, and complete work with speed and accuracy within established time frames.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to perform and adapt in a rapidly changing environment as necessary.

  • Ability and willingness to travel 5-10% of the time.

  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work necessary overtime to ensure successful accomplishment of assigned tasks.

Preferred Requirements:

  • APICS certification

  • SAP/APO experience

  • MBA

  • Strong information technologies aptitude

  • Diverse logistics background (Production Planning / Inventory Planning / Operations Management / Distribution Planning)

  • Planning experience with an APS, i.e. APO, I2, Manugistics; APO preferred

  • Experience with SAP R/3 environment.

Grade 26 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-00000278