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Brown-Forman Jack Daniel's Senior Buyer in Lynchburg, Tennessee

Responsible for purchasing goods and services for maintenance, repairs & operations and packaging materials. May be responsible for the purchase of grain for all Brown-Forman distilleries. Demonstrate problem solving and decision making skills, take initiative to collaborate, maintain a high level of integrity, confidentiality, and professional ethics. Responsible for the accurate operation and utilization of the procurement portion of SAP.


  • Work closely with maintenance and scheduling personnel in multiple production sites, to support daily plant production as well as ramp up and expediting to support two annual shutdown periods.

  • Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with all internal departments as well as 200+ suppliers and contractors.

  • Trace, monitor and expedite purchase orders and invoices and effectively communicate with internal customers.

  • Be involved with special maintenance and packaging projects from pre-project meetings to close out of the PO’s and invoices.

  • Be involved with the purchase of approximately 14MM bushels of grain for all BF distilleries.

  • Negotiate and manage contracts and blanket purchase orders.

  • Coordinate with all departments and appropriate suppliers to obtain the best quality of materials and services at the lowest overall cost.

  • Cross train with other buyers in the Purchasing department to learn their functions and provide backup as needed.

  • Manage all aspects of vending (PPE and food).

  • Resolve GRIR discrepancies in a timely manner.

  • Maintain files, records and documents related to all purchasing activities including vendor pricing, terms and lead times.

  • P card administration.

  • Vendor chargeback administration.

  • Collect, review and maintain current certificates of insurance.

  • Vendor setup.

  • Manage the weekly Material Status report, including frequent expediting.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Materials Management, Business, Engineering, or a related field, combined with 5-8 years of experience in purchasing one or more of the following: maintenance, repair, operating supplies, and other production related materials.

  • Demonstrated analytical/mathematical skills, as well as Engineering and/or mechanical related skills.

  • Comfortable giving audiovisual presentations to both suppliers and internal audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate contracts, secure bids, and evaluate requests for quotations.

  • Basic accounting knowledge.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of sales tax regulations to ensure proper application of rates.

  • Demonstrated administrative skills necessary to establish the proper work priorities; ability to act with initiative regarding follow-up and the completion of multiple projects. Knowledge of computer operation and use, with ability to learn SAP system. Experience with statistical based supplier performance management systems.

  • Demonstrated oral communication skills; ability to formulate response to detailed questions in representing corporate policy/practice within function.

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of internal personnel and external supply base.

  • Demonstrated written communication skills; ability to compose final draft memos/project reports. Demonstrated competency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Gmail, and Google applications. Demonstrated competency in Internet resources relating to purchasing research

Preferred Requirements:

  • CPSM and/or APICS certification

  • SAP system experience strongly preferred

  • Familiar with manufacturing environment

  • Experience/Knowledge of manufacturing components and suppliers

  • Masters of Business Administration

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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 Production

City: Lynchburg

State: Tennessee

Country: USA

Req ID: JR-00000026