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Brown-Forman Supply Chain Manager - Japan in Tokyo, Japan

Meaningful Work From Day One

The Supply Chain Manager will be taking the lead to support the Japan market from a Supply Chain perspective. This position is an all-round role involving a variety of fundamental disciplines

that are critical to the success of the market, which is expanding with a lot of opportunities. It is a key role to drive further expansion of our business in Japan.

What You Can Expect

Supply Chain Strategy & Planning

  • Support financial targets by proactively manage any issues related to supply, stock, warehouse and logistics, and order processing

  • Develop strategies for managing supply risk through identification, assessments and prioritization of risk in supply area and constraint planning

  • Take a Lead role in monthly forecast review meeting with Commercial Leaders and develop a consensus forecast, identify forecast gap and changes

  • Participate in monthly demand planning calls with Louisville Planning team

  • Manage replenishment orders to Japan local warehouse based on latest demand and inventory level

  • Support Portfolio development by completing new brand, product and SKU introductions / rationalizations, including any special pack/ label requirements

3PL Warehouse & Inventory Management

  • Monitor performance of 3PL warehouse, in terms of inventory accuracy, on-time delivery of inbound and outbound shipments, customs clearance, documents & data accuracy

  • Lead contract renewal process, manage logistics cost and negotiate favourable rates and terms

  • Manage overall inventory holdings and stock turns

  • Monitor inventory level to ensure continuous supply; present risks, scenarios and proposals to Commercial Leaders

  • Develop and Implement inventory strategies which cater for markets needs

  • Monitor Slow moving/ aged stock, collaborate with Commercial Leaders for depletion plan

  • Manage monthly inventory reconciliations and yearly stock take

  • Identify and coordinate requirements of VAP Repack and relabelling activities

  • Manage inventory of POSM items

Order Fulfillment & Logistics

  • Monitor outbound orders and shipments, facilitate communications between 3PL warehouse and customers on all logistics matters to ensure timely shipments

  • Manage the research and resolution of customer order discrepancies

  • Manage importing requirements including documentation, certification, analyses, samples and all other related requirements

  • Monthly calls with Louisville Operations team to review open replenishment orders and all logistics issues

People Development

  • Ability to grow and develop direct report(s), focusing on teaching them to work toward solution-oriented initiatives and advancement of supply chain

  • Serve as strategic thinker, helping to project outward on ways to grow and simplify the complexities of the supply chain and logistics workflow

  • Ability to challenge the status quo and to teach the same for direct report(s)

  • Serve as a strong coach and partner to both direct reports and peers

What You Bring to the Table

  • Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, or related field

  • 10 years experience in Supply Chain function, preferably in alcohol beverage or FMCG industries

  • Fluent in Japanese and English

  • Good knowledge in Importation and Local Customs regulations, Logistics, S&D planning,

  • Warehouse Management and Order Fulfillment

  • Experience in ERP system e.g. SAP

  • Able to work a flexible schedule to meet demands of the role; experience in MNC is preferrable

  • High degree of independent judgment and decision making

  • Key problem-solving skill in developing strategies and actions

  • Strong engagement and leadership skills with the ability to communicate well with stakeholders across various functions

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 Supply Chain

City: Tokyo


Country: JPN

Req ID: JR-00005222