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Pernod Ricard
Lebanon, Kentucky, United States of America
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Manager, Human Resources 



Lebanon, KY

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Position Title: Manager, Human Resources – American Whiskeys
Location: Lebanon, KY

Careers that unlock the magic of human connection 

Who we are 

Pernod Ricard is a global premium spirits and wine company. We’re the team behind leading brands such as ABSOLUT® Vodka, Jameson® Irish Whiskey, Malibu®, Kahlúa® Liqueur, Beefeater® Gin, and Avión™ Tequila, as well as many more superior wines and exquisite champagnes! 

Working at Pernod Ricard is all about igniting conviviality in that all that we do. Derived from the French word, convivialité…it means human connection, authenticity, friendly, and jovial. Conviviality is energy and spirit with a splash of je ne sais quoi and is a core philosophy around how we live and work at Pernod Ricard. Here, we are team players, dream makers, trailblazers, movers and (cocktail) shakers. We have a passion for living life to the fullest, making a new friend every day, and realizing our potential as people and as a business! 

At Pernod Ricard, your safety and well-being are our top priority.  As of December 1st, 2022, Covid vaccinations will not be required of new and existing employees, but we strongly encourage everyone to follow local public health recommendations, including keeping vaccinations up to date.

The salary range for this role, based in Louisville is $84,600 to $126,800, range will vary if outside of this location.  Base salaries are determined during our interview process, by assessing a candidate’s experience, skills against internal peers and against the scope and responsibilities of the position.

Position Summary

This role understands the American Whiskies Operations business strategy and translate it into the highest impact HR work, with emphasis on partnering with Site leaders to build high performing leadership teams, create a highly productive and engaged workforce as well as greater Demand agility in the organization. It also partners with the Site Directors at the various American whiskey distilleries (Jefferson, Smooth Ambler, TX Whiskey and Rabbit Hole)) and other Operations business leaders at these sites to execute core HR strategies focused on talent management, organizational effectiveness, workforce planning, performance management, employee engagement and cultural development. As needed, provide business leaders with data-driven recommendations that improve organization capability, performance, retention, and the overall employee experience. Fosters continuous transformation, shaping processes and a culture that together improves the organization’s operational effectiveness as well as its capacity for change. Acts as the employee champion when required, vigorously representing employee concerns to senior management and at the same time working to increase employee commitment to the organization and their ability to deliver results.

Key Responsibilities

  • Supports the Sr Director HR, North American Operations and the VP Operations American Whiskies in the development and execution of a People plan tied to the Division’s strategic priorities.
  • Leads execution with the various Site Operations Leaders on key HR processes such as Performance Management (goal development, alignment. assessment) Talent Assessments, Development and Succession Planning, Employee Engagement analysis and action planning, Reward management, and Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Serve as the content and functional expert regarding organizational development for the America Whiskey’s Operations group, including assisting in the development and implementation of change strategies/management; mergers and acquisition integration; organization structure/role changes; organization culture improvement; role clarity /process improvements; team performance and effectiveness; and Greenfield site people strategy development and execution.
  • Partners with the HRCOE’s to develop the right attraction and retention strategies to find, assimilate, develop, compensate, and retain the right and best talented.
  • At the Jefferson Greenfield site, partners with the Operations senior leadership team and the Sr HR Director HR/ HRCOE to build the required organization architecture (in terms of its culture, competencies, rewards, governance, work processes, and leadership) to maximize employee contribution and commitment through a self-directed team-based organizational structure. Actively participates in and champions the Plan through the execution phase. Conducts audits post-execution and takes the lead in proposing state-of -the-art best practice changes to the Operations team.
  • Advises and coaches Operations Leaders on how to manage employee performance matters through early intervention and appropriate corrective action.
  • Visits the various sites regularly to serve as a key resource for employees through being visible, sensing, listening, providing coaching, and, where required, directing inquiries to the appropriate HR Centers of Expertise (COE)/Shared Services.
  • Manages agreed American Whiskies HR budget to minimize expenditures and optimally utilize resources.
  • Partners with Finance, HRCOE, VP America Whiskey’s and the America’s Whiskey’s Site Operations Directors in the development of the annual COGS budget for the various facilities, with an emphasis on people related costs. Tracks progress throughout the year and recommends needed adjustments.
  • Works on assigned HR and business facing projects that support the American Whiskey group and/or overall HR priorities; manages small, medium, and large projects simultaneously with excellent attention to detail and proficiency.

Required Skills & Abilities

  • Business -facing Human resources leadership experience in a multi-site manufacturing organization
  • Experience developing and fostering a culture of empowerment deep into the organization that facilitates and enhances a self-directed team structure and ways of working
  • Proven experience developing strong partnerships with key stakeholders (Local Site Operations leaders, HR COE) particularly in supporting them through
  • successful execution of significant organizational change initiatives and in organizational effectiveness and design initiatives
  • Strong Business acumen, organization assessment and strategic organization architecture design and execution capability
  • Courage to champion employee concerns when required
  • Understanding of TQM and Lean Manufacturing principles and Organizational Design work around Purpose and Values implementation would be an asset
  • Hugely passionate and curious to create something new and different
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills (openness and empathy to build trust), and quantitative analytical abilities
  • Strong talent management experience, including the ability to assess talent and build robust leadership pipelines
  • Ability to navigate complex and challenging situations with poise and resiliency
  • Track record of communicating to varying levels across the organization with an ability to effectively tailor presentation style to the audience
  • Comprehensive knowledge of USA employment laws


  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources
  • Preferred: Master’s degree in Human Resources or Business


  • Required: 3-5 Years Human Resources Business Partner experience in a Manufacturing environment
  • Preferred: 6 + Years Human Resources Management; with experience in a Distillation Manufacturing environment

Ready to work with spirit? Read on…

Life and perks at Pernod Ricard 

Proud to belong – Just as we help to create moments that matter for our customers, we lead by example every day…bringing our whole self to work and building bonds that celebrate the human spirit, diversity, and foster deep connections.  

Empowered to soar – We set high expectations and seek to get the most out of life. Through flexibility and a hybrid workstyle, as well as unique learning opportunities, generous tuition reimbursement, and one-of-a-kind learning programs, we passionately grow our skillset. 

Committed to care – We are deeply committed to the long-term sustainability of our people, our industry, and our planet. We call this return on responsibility. From environmental sustainability to supporting local communities, our commitment is steadfast. 

Inspired to dream – We treasure new experiences and are proud to develop as people, not job titles. From rich immersive learning programs in Paris to exciting high-profile events, we blend a love of exploration into all that we do. 

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