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Sr. Manager, Product & Process Development, Global R&D, Whiskies & Aged Spirits - Clermont, KY

Beam Inc.






Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Rooted in two centuries of family heritage, Beam Suntory has evolved into the world's third largest leading premium spirits company ... where each employee is treated like family and trusted with legacy. With our greatest assets - our premium spirits and our people - we're driving growth through impactful marketing, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. Beam Suntory is a place where you can come Unleash your Spirit by making an impact each and every day.

Beam Suntory currently has the following position open in Clermont, Kentucky , United States.

Sr. Manager, Product & Process Development, Global R&D, Whiskies & Aged Spirits


Lead the process and product development R&D function for whiskies and aged spirits, providing direct process development engineering support, as well as leading overall process and product development technical function and testing oversight. Role provides process development expertise and product development guidance to a wide range of innovation, cost savings and quality improvement projects from ideation through commercialization, and identifying and commercializing new enabling science & technologies for Beam Suntory that fit with consumer and strategic business needs. This position provides broad exposure to operations, marketing/business teams, finance and other internal and external partners globally.

This is a great opportunity because...

Process and product development leadership on cross-functional new product/process development teams and quality improvement/cost savings initiatives:

Plan, direct, execute, review and report on research activities involving new product/process development and process/product improvement projects. Write, review, and issues process specifications to support work.

Collaborate with others to establish and meet project success criteria. (Includes all project stages from concept development, lab/pilot plant creation, process design, commercialization/scale-up to full production).

Make recommendations on process design and materials (eg; hoses, gaskets, barels, liners, filter materials) product design, equipment selection and capital recommendations.

Initiate, design, and lead technical investigations into complex processing problems requiring new and innovative solutions

Identify opportunities to adapt/adopt new science and technologies or capabilities across BSI spirit categories including through leveraging external partners and suppliers.

Incorporate consumer drivers and related sensory, insights, packaging and regulatory considerations in designing right fit.

Maintain solid technical and business understanding of the competitive set, supplier base and adjacencies, emerging technologies, as well as on and off premise practices, trends, and other external changes that could influence industry and product direction. Effectively incorporate this learning into business plans and to drive new idea potential.

Desired Qualifications

BS or MS Chemical Engineering/Food Engineering or related. Beverage experience preferred, alcohol processing/distillation experience a strong plus. Knowledgeable in processing equipment design, capabilities and operating considerations.

Technical Process R&D experience in Consumer Products, including cross functional program/project leadership 8+ years, with demonstrated achievements in creating differentiating innovation, including design and implementation.

5+ years experience of direct people management.

Familiar with the principles and mechanics of experimental design and statistical analysis.

Ability to work effectively across cultures and time zones to accommodate global responsibilities.

Strong troubleshooting, strategic thinking skills and ability to translate technical information in a non-technical way.

Demonstrated strong project management, and managing multiple priorities. Clearly and concisely communicate key project milestones to business partners and upper level management.

Ability to travel globally to partner in project work, and lead project implementation at other BSI facilities ranging approx. 20-50% with half local Kentucky operations and Chicago corporate office, and balance other BSI global locations.

Physically fit for work in lab, pilot plant and plant environments. Willing to consume alcoholic beverage samples in accordance with evaluation/research needs. Carry up to 50 pounds.




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