Brown-Forman Warehouse Manager in Louisville, Kentucky

Job Description:

Job Summary:

Directs, coordinates and supervises the activities of 23 hourly production and skilled crafts employees in managing a barrel inventory in excess of 600K barrels, the movement of over 700K barrels annually, and processing of over 12M gallons of bulk product. Manages all operational related activities including operating budget, enforcing and promoting safe work practices, productivity improvement, employee accountability, overseeing capital execution, & scope creation. Responsible for all Warehousing and Processing activities to produce high quality, on-time, and cost efficient products. Coordinates receiving, barreling, regauge, shipping, bourbon storage, and raw materials. Champion continuous improvements.

Basic Functions:

Lead process improvement and initiate change. Supervises the administrative tasks involved in maintaining accurate inventories of materials received and used. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment. Experience in data gathering/analysis, identifying trends/gaps, building action plans, driving execution, and sustaining via routine management. Ability to facilitate projects amongst diverse teams and proven ability to gain results. Solid interpersonal skills and team orientation. Technical and problem-solving skills. Self-starter with the ability to prioritize, work in ambiguous environments, and make data driven decisions. Proven analytical, influential, and negotiation skills. Driven to deliver results against challenging performance indicators. Paramount in all of this is a commitment to safety above all else.

Job Responsibilities:

The Warehouse Manager is a member of the BFDO Leadership team. The role is responsible for strategic target setting, developing the team, and budget adherence. Develop and monitor operations plan, scheduling, and coordinate maintenance activities to meet schedules. Coordinate and communicate with multiple internal customers to include, Brown-Forman Distillery, Heritage Processing, Bottling, Scheduling as well as external suppliers to ensure efficient and effective operations. Ensures compliance with applicable Federal/State regulations and corporate policies. Long range planning to ensure proper utilization of maturation warehouses and tanks to meet inventory requirements. Monitor all maturation processes to meet quality standards. Track, analyze, and achieve operation key performance indicators.

Define and maintain standards of performance to ensure safe work practices. Ensure compliance in areas of B-F quality standards, SOP’s, GMP’s, and safety standards. Implement processes and procedures to assure departmental goals and objectives are met. Responsible for employees training, development, and discipline. Responsible for developing the capital project requirements and budget. Works in collaboration with the BFD Engineering & Maintenance Manager on capital projects.

Ensure shipment requirements are in compliance with applicable local, state and federal regulations, B-F product specifications, and Quality Control parameters for materials, ingredients and aged products. Seeks improvement and cost reduction opportunities throughout the process. Prepares and presents capital, maintenance, and departmental budgets for areas of responsibility.

Required Experience & Education:

Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Electrical or Chemical Engineering or related degree with 6+ years in-depth production related experience in alcoholic beverage, chemical, food, or related environment. In lieu of degree, 10+ years of operational management experience in a production alcoholic beverage, chemical, food, or related environment will be considered. Logistics, planning and finished goods inventory management. Previous managerial experience supervising operational teams in a complex manufacturing environment. Proven track record for exceeding budget expectations and KPI targets. Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills and the ability to prepare and present finished reports and project updates. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and ability to quickly adapt to new systems. Demonstrated ability to work with employees at all levels of an organization and in both union and non-union environments. Demonstrated ability to embrace and lead Continuous Improvement teams. Understands Quality programs, importance of consistency, specifications, and the impact to the consumer. Detailed knowledge of hazardous material transportation requirements for domestic: DOT/IMDG/TTB/NATA

Preferred Experience & Education:

Education: Master’s Degree (M.A., MBA or Equivalent).

Experience: 15+ years in Manufacturing, Quality, Engineering environments and Project Management.

Knowledge of Lean and Six Sigma principles strongly preferred.

Proficient at using SAP.#SM#TSM

About Brown-Forman:


For more than 145 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 & Cola, 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 and GlenDronach. Brown-Forman’s brands are supported by nearly 4,600 employees and sold in approximately 160 countries worldwide

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Business Area: Global Production

City: Louisville

State: KY

Country: United States

Req Type: Exempt

AutoReqId: 4356BR