Brown-Forman Stave Inspector Lead in TBD, United States

Job Description:

Basic Function:

  • Conducts physical inspection / evaluation of stave and heading for purchase from external vendors or internal mills.

  • Communicates with mill and operations’ management, analyzes inventory and production data and evaluates available wood inventory supplies to plan and perform stave/heading inspection and purchasing activities.

  • Evaluates industry trends, inventories and other pertinent data in recommending and establishing material prices for both sales and purchasing quotas.

  • Provides input into budget and operations’ planning and manages operations within established budgets.

  • Insures inspection/procurement activities adhere to all applicable local, state, federal regulatory, environmental, legal and Brown-Forman policies and requirements.

  • Establishes standards for safety, quality and productivity and performs to or manages areas of responsibility to these standards.


  • Coordinates with the head inspector, individual mill managers and outside vendor mills to schedule, conduct and report stave/heading inspections, “take-ups”. 60%, 1

  • Follows standards and practices and completes record keeping, data and information gathering and other administrative tasks and duties accurately and in a timely manner. 10%, 1

  • Develops, cultivates and maintains long-term relationships with wood industry suppliers, vendors and regulatory officials and negotiates and cultivates long-term procurement agreements with suppliers. 10%, 1

  • Assists in log procurement activities and directly purchases, scales, measures and arranges log purchases as needed. Coordinates log, stave and heading transportation and delivery to mill sites as needed. 5%, 1

  • Provides input and feedback into quality of stave / heading evaluation standards and policy for stave inspections (and log grading as required) and recommends guidelines for stave, heading and log purchases, pricing and inspection and manages operations to insure goals and guidelines are achieved. 5%, 2

  • Stays abreast of local, state, federal or other regulatory, environmental, legal or transportation rules and requirements and operates to comply with all applicable procedures. 5%, 1

  • Establishes and follows safety standards and working practices and procedures in areas of responsibility and performs to those standards. 5%,1

Must Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Biology or similar field with at least 3 years’ experience in hardwood procurement or a minimum 10 years log/stave procurement and/or stave inspection experience specializing in white oak or a combination of commensurate education and experience such as lumber grading. Broad-based knowledge of forestry practices and procedures, logging and timber harvesting practices, hardwood markets and trends, wood technology and general knowledge of wood handling equipment and procedures. Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal direct supervision. Excellent interpersonal and negotiating skills. Ability to travel in a 10 state area up to 80% of the time.

Preferred Experience : Ten or more years’ experience in the cooperage industry with stave inspection and log buying experience.

Skills: Working knowledge of Word and Excel programs, Multi-Tasking Ability, Negotiation Skills, Oral & Written Communication Skills and Analytical Skills.

Competencies: Planning, Strategic Thinking, Judgment and Project Management

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: TBD

State: TBD

Country: United States

Req Type: Exempt

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