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Brown-Forman Human Resources Manager - Germany m/f/d in Hamburg, Germany

​Imagine working for a company that welcomes you in, inspires you to bring your best self to every opportunity, and encourages you to grow and develop your career in a resilient and fun industry. Brown-Forman offers our employees this kind of career and environment and has for more than 150 years. Together, we proudly live and work by our values, striving each day to be better and do better as people, as a company, and as members of the communities we call home. Come have a seat at our table .

Meaningful Work From Day One

This position works closely with the HR Director to identify and support current and future needs of the German organization. The incumbent contributes to the HR (People, Organization, Culture) strategy development and facilitates the execution of B-F Deutschland’s business strategies through people and organizational development. The HR Manager ensures business goals, objectives and initiatives are supported through the execution of HR strategies, policies and procedures and promotes a shared understanding of organizational values, operating principles, and cultural change imperatives.

What You Can Expect:

  • Acts as an influential HR Business Partner to Brown-Forman Germany Manages the employee relations function by utilizing prior knowledge and experience in HR coaching and counseling for employee relations, conflict resolution and organizational development

  • Facilitates team workshops to drive team effectiveness and collaboration Drives the Talent and Succession Planning process within functions, providing key people insights and development areas

  • Drives awareness and initiatives which support the Diversity and Inclusion agenda Supports the HR Director and Functional Leaders to implement initiatives to increase engagement and enablement within functions to nurture our culture Partners with Talent Acquisition and hiring manager to manage recruitment and acquisition efforts and ensures the process runs smoothly to build the best and most capable diverse workforce

  • Manages personnel administration area: responsible for supervising obligatory employees’ documentation, collecting and supervision over all personnel documentation necessary for correct employment and payroll processes

  • Partners with Learning & Development on driving growth and development needs of the assigned business units, including individual, team and organizational development Supports the onboarding process, addressing both immediate and longer-term employee needs

  • Supports performance management activities, working closely with managers and employees throughout the process, including coordinating and overseeing the implementation of employee performance plans, and managing the process to a mutually-beneficial end for all involved

  • Ensures uniform and equitable application of organizational policies and procedures including investigation and resolution of employee issues, if applicable Partners with Payroll/Accounting on preparation and checking of the monthly payroll Manages HR related projects for Germany as assigned

What You Bring To The Table:

  • Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, Psychology or related field or equivalent experience

  • A minimum of 7+ years of in-depth HR management experience

  • Good knowledge of German employment law

  • Excellent collaboration, communication, coaching and influencing skills Ability to build strong relationships throughout all levels and across cultures Business fluent German and English

  • Strong organizational skills with ability to manage priorities in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment

What You Can Add to the Team:

  • Leading change through the ability to build strong relationships and influence others

  • Experience in a global matrix organization

  • Customer-focus built on business acumen and understanding of business needs Strong communication skills, and the ability to engage senior stakeholders

  • Driving for results whilst having a mindset of continuous improvement

What it’s like to work here:

For more than 150 years, the Brown-Forman Corporation has enriched the lives of generations with high-quality alcoholic brands. In the German market, Hamburg-based Brown-Forman Deutschland GmbH distributes and markets a selection of premium and super-premium spirits from the international portfolio. These include American Whiskeys Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Woodford Reserve, and Old Forester; Scotch whiskys Benriach and The GlenDronach; as well as Slane Irish whiskey. Fords Gin, Gin Mare, Finlandia Vodka, tequilas el Jimador and Herradura, and Chambord liqueur round off the range. Around 5,200 employees worldwide look after the brands from Brown-Forman, which are sold in approximately 170 countries. The family-controlled company founded in 1870 is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and has been recognized as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies©" 2022.

In Germany, the company has around 175 employees and was again certified as a Great Place to Work© in 2022/2023. Brown-Forman advocates for the responsible enjoyment of alcohol through global and local initiatives. Further information: ,

Nothing Better in the Market:

Total Rewards at Brown-Forman is designed to engage our people to ensure our sustainable and profitable growth for generations to come. As a premium spirits company, we offer premium and equitable pay & bonus for individual and company performance. We offer a range of premium benefits that reflect our company values and meet the needs of our diverse workforce.

At Brown-Forman Germany, some highlights of the competitive benefits are flexible working options for a better work-life balance, family service, product allowance, gym cooperation, JobRad, company pension as well as the opportunity to get involved in one of our employee resource groups on topics that go beyond your actual job and broaden your horizons.

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: Europe Division

City: Hamburg


Country: DEU

Req ID: JR-00005593