Brown-Forman Jack Daniel's Purchasing Manager in Lynchburg, Tennessee

Job Description:

Scope of Position:

Lead the Jack Daniel’s purchasing team, in the procurement of all Lynchburg site goods and services, while optimizing the value delivered to stakeholders. Provide guidance and development for the JD Cooperage Senior Buyer. Lead Sourcing across multiple sites for assigned categories. Support major corporate Sourcing systems, processes, and projects as needed. Help develop and implement the B-F Strategic Sourcing evolution, as a member of the procurement functional leadership team. Staff size of 3 direct reports and 1 matrix report. Responsible for approximately $150 million in annual expenditures.

Basic Function:

Sourcing of commodities and ingredients for multiple B-F Ops sites as assigned.


Implement and maintain Sourcing best practices and initiatives via cross-functional coordination.Optimize the Sourcing value delivered in the areas of Quality, Service, Innovation, Risk Mitigation, and Cost.

Develop the Purchasing team members professional capabilities, and help them achieve their career aspirations.

Lead major RFP, negotiation, contract, and supplier performance activities for goods and services, to include achieving Supplier Diversity goals.

Build strong relationships with key internal stakeholders and suppliers, and align them to Sourcing plans and actions.

Ensure policies, procedures, processes, and financial controls are effectively implemented, while adhering to B-F values and maintaining the highest level of ethics

Support and help lead major corporate projects and efforts as assigned, including system implementations, and Sourcing initiatives and strategies across categories, functions, and sites.

Foster a positive team environment that promotes diversity, inclusion, employee engagement, integrity, respect, trust, teamwork, and continuous improvement towards excellence, while Building Forever.

Must Requirements (including any physical requirements):

  • Bachelor’s degree, with minimum 10 years of experience, and 5 of those in procurement.

  • Ability to develop strategic sourcing plans and implement through exceptional execution, and to adjust as needed

  • Strong negotiation skills; and the ability to create effective partnerships with suppliers

  • Ability to build excellent relationships with stakeholders, and align them with Sourcing strategies and plans

  • Strong communication skills. Able to persuade, and build support for key initiatives by delivering clear, concise presentations

  • Ability to influence decision making when working in cross-functional teams, and lead initiatives among peer groups

  • Strong financial and analytical skills, with the ability to apply to them to plans, evaluations, and decisions.

  • Fundamental understanding of contract terms and conditions, and how to optimize contracts.

  • Ability to prioritize multiple initiatives effectively, to ensure the business needs are met

  • Ability to give team members effective feedback, develop them professionally, and help them achieve their career aspirations

  • Demonstrated ability to influence and drive change

Ability to travel domestically and internationally, up to 25% of the time.

Preferred Requirements:

  • ERP system experience (SAP and Coupa preferred)

  • Experience with logistics and supply chain operations

  • Distilled spirits, beer, food and beverage, or other CPG industry experience

  • Master’s degree#SM#TSM

About Brown-Forman:


Brown-Forman, founded in 1870, is a diversified producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands. Headquartered in Louisville, KY, Brown-Forman currently employs about 4,000 people and has offices or facilities in 30 cities across the globe. Starting in the mid-1950s, the company began a series of acquisitions that would place it among the top 10 largest spirits companies in the world, selling its brands in more than 135 countries across the globe. These include many of the most well-known and best-loved wines and spirits brands, including Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia Vodka, Old Forester, Woodford Reserve, Herradura and el Jimador Tequilas, and Korbel champagnes. For more information about the company, please visit

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: Lynchburg

State: TN

Country: United States

Req Type: Exempt

AutoReqId: 4514BR