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Supply Chain Customer Service Specialist

Brown Forman

Location: Louisville, Kentucky

Job Type: Full time



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Meaningful Work From Day One
Manage global orders for third party partners around the world, spanning more than 170 countries and 15+ shipping points. Primary liaison between distributors, supply chain integration, Linkage group, production sites (BF owned, contract bottlers and contract manufacturing partners), foreign supplier, outside warehouses, shipping, logistic/transportation personnel, freight forwarders, IT, BF Sales and Marketing, Finance, Legal, Tax and Credit to analyze and develop a contingency plan for any order, production and or shipping issues.
*3 available positions (new positions)

What You Can Expect

Responsible for accurate, complete, and timely management of domestic and international orders for assigned markets by managing the entire life cycle from order to cash. Support BF Supply Chain Initiatives and department metrics (Perfect Order, Full Load, Out of Stock, etc.) and offer improvements on orders where gaps exist. Key liaison with internal and external partners, field sales, production sites, co-packers, logistics, pricing, common processes, route to consumer group, external manufacturing, contract manufacturing, quality assurance and shipping/warehousing personnel to manage and assess cost-reducing delays and impacts to market. Develop communication on critical information related to product and shipments with a focus on meeting partner needs timely and accurately; ultimately supporting the supply chain business strategy. Manage the introduction of new products (new SKUs/changes in configuration, innovation projects) and/or package or proof changes with partners in assigned markets focused on a seamless order experience. Manage electronic data interchange (EDI) of distributor purchase orders ensuring error-free data transfer into BF SAP System. This includes timely set-up of data tables, providing accurate information to distributor for their table set-ups to keep work-flow errors to a minimum. Prepare customer-specific proforma invoices for bank drafts, letters of credit or cash advance distributor/customer, as well as for those applying for import licenses. Ensures orders are in compliance with Letter of Credit requirements, published pricing and established incoterms with regards to buyers and sellers responsibilities to avoid delays and penalties. Perform all shipment verification activities for designated warehouse locations (drop delivery, PGI, special billing, etc.) Manages and coordinates all special Customs documents, for clearance of shipments to avoid delay/rejection of goods and to be compliant with US and foreign government regulations. Responsible for ensuring updated 301 Bond Forms for all international distributors shipping to a US Customs Bonded FTZ warehouses to be compliant with US Customs and the TTB. Manages the research and resolution of order discrepancies with warehouse or production personnel via SAP QM Module. This includes root cause analysis of discrepancies received, working closely with internal partners to troubleshoot the issue, and developing and implementing a corrective action plan.) Manages the reconciliation of government required Tax Stamps and internal control reports back to the distributor. Work with internal brand teams on allocated products, manage SAP upload process using Allocation Tracking program and SAP R3. Manage all changes, analyze production yields versus allocated quantities and then manage redistribution of allocations for all internal partners to ensure orders stay within established guidelines. Responsible for managing distributor profiles including regulatory requirements, SAP distributor master data, carrier routings, product specifications, special instructions (to execute the order), distributor guides, etc. Analyze SAP, Track and Trace and a variety of other reports to solve problems related to current status of open orders, addressing delays timely, urgent or special requests that are needed to support the order to cash process. Analyze order patterns of assigned markets for process improvements (order smoothing, maximum load shipments, full layers/pallets, review distributor inventory-for rush order requests, etc.). Execute processes to meet performance expectations and the demands of the markets assigned. Manages special assignments as required, such as ad hoc reporting.

We Are Looking For People Who

Have a Bachelor's Degree with general business or supply chain related experience; or minimum of 2-4 years of combined education and experience. Strong interpersonal skills with a demonstrated ability to develop effective working relationships with internal/external partners and all global contacts. Ability to effectively handle confidential information and materials. Demonstrated quantitative and analytical skills with the ability to apply logical assumptions. Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, supply chain procedures and processes. Problem solving skills with emphasis on the ability to diagnose and solve problems. Independently manage, plan and organize, workload within established deadlines in a team oriented, high-volume, high stress environment. Strong technical aptitude utilizing operational support software including but not limited to SAP ERP, SAP Material Management, data analysis, Microsoft Office Suite, Business Warehouse, Google, etc. Ability to manage, analyze and take action on detailed and ambiguous information with a high degree of accuracy. Actively seeks and embraces change.

What You Can Add To The Team
Bachelor's Degree in Business or Supply Chain and experience: 2-4 years of related supply chain experience

Job Competencies:

Ability to manage, analyze and take action on detailed and ambiguous information with a high degree of accuracy. Actively seeks and embraces change. Excellent communication skills. Effective follow up and time management skills. Keen attention to detail.

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