Brown-Forman Senior Supply Chain Analyst in Tokyo, Japan
For nearly 150 years, Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the experience of life by responsibly building fine quality beverage alcohol brands which are supported by over 4,700 employees and sold in more than 165 countries worldwide.
Brown-Forman Asia presents one of the largest opportunities for Brown-Forman globally and is expected to continue to be one of the most significant growth contributors to the company. B-F Asia is composed of 19 countries with 100+ employees distributed across offices in 10 key mega-cities. From a portfolio perspective, the Asia region is largely led by our flagship Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, presenting a large opportunity for our Super Premium portfolio of American Whiskeys and Single Malt Scotches.
Our Japan market is a key priority growth country, with very ambitious volume and value growth and will remain a strong focus from global leadership.
Meaningful work from day one
This new position will provide professional support between our Customer service teams in Louisville USA (Head office) and our local Japanese distributor. This role will play a key part in bridging the gap in our supply chain strategy and planning, and enhance communication across our teams. This position will also develop key processes to ensure our supply and demand objectives are met.
What you will experience
Support financial targets by proactively manage any issues related to supply, stock, and logistics
Develop strategies for managing supply risk through identification, assessment and prioritization of risk in supply area and constraint planning
Take a lead role in monthly forecast review meeting with Distributor/ Commercial Leaders and develop a consensus forecast, identify forecast gap and changes
Collaborate with Louisville Demand Planning team and ensure consensus forecast in planning system is up-to-date
Participate in monthly demand planning calls with Louisville Planning team to review forecast accuracy
Support Portfolio development by completing new brand, product and SKU introductions / rationalizations, including any special VAP/ label requirements
Establish standard processes with distributor to review inventory holdings and stock turns
Monitor distributor’s inventory level to ensure continuous supply; present risks, scenarios and proposals to Commercial Leaders
Develop and Implement inventory strategies which cater for markets needs, seasonal/ promotion spikes in particular
Monitor Slow moving/ aged stock, collaborate with Distributor/ Commercial Leaders for depletion plan
Review inventory which required write-off if applicable
Collaborate with distributor to ensure orders are in place according to lead time
Manage and follow up open orders with Louisville Customer Service team; resolve possible discrepancies in delivery of goods if needed
Facilitate communication between Louisville Customer Service and distributor
Serve as the first point of contact for distributor to address requests, queries, complaints in a timely and efficient manner
Strong experience in supply chain function, (supply and demand management)
Fluent in Japanese and English language (written and spoken)
Industry experience within beverage or FMCG is highly regarded
Expert knowledge in Importation and Local Customs regulations, Logistics, S&D planning, Inventory Management & Customer Services
Familiarity with RTC process under distribution model
Experience with SAP system is advantageous
Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration, or related field
Ability to work in a flexible schedule to meet the demands of the role
What you can add to the team
This position will require outstanding communication skills, with proven experience in developing robust, influential business relationships with various stakeholders. You will also require strong skills in problem solving, decision making and process improvement.
Who we are
Brown-Forman believes that everyone should be their authentic selves in our workplace. We strive to create an inclusive culture that empowers individuals to contribute their uniqueness. Together, our diversity is what makes our business great.
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
Req ID: JR-00002277