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Environmental & Sustainability Engineer

Date: Jul 27, 2022

Location: Boston, KY, US

Company: Beam Suntory

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.



Environmental & Sustainability Engineer  


The following position is open in Boston KentuckyUnited States.


What makes this a great opportunity?

As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company's brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker's Mark Bourbon brands, Suntory Whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier Cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden's and Legent Bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese Whisky; Teacher's, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch Whisky; Canadian Club Whisky; Hornitos and Sauza Tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle Vodka; and Sipsmith and Roku Gin. 


Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. Our culture is anchored deeply in a set of core values, including our East-Meets-West Culture, Yatte Minahare spirit, Giving Back to Society, Delighting Consumers, responsibly and Embracing Diversity & Inclusion.


Beam Suntory has recently established its first enterprise-wide sustainability strategy to elevate the company’s commitment to all key elements of sustainability and establish a leadership position in our industry and beyond. Inspired by the philosophy and values of our parent company, Beam Suntory’s Growing for Good sustainability strategy demonstrates our ambitions to make a positive impact on the planet, our consumers and our communities. It’s built on a simple but powerful framework distinctive to Beam Suntory – Nature Positive, Consumer Positive and Community Positive – supported by ambitious goals reflective of our unique Yatte Minahare spirit and framed by a compelling narrative.


Role Responsibilities

To support our sustainability goals, Beam Suntory is hiring a team of environmental and sustainability professionals. The Environmental & Sustainability Engineer will be based at one of our key manufacturing sites but will also be part of the larger global environmental & sustainability team. This position is responsible for ensuring the business is fully compliant with current, and future, energy and environmental legislation and targets, both internal and external, ensuring that Beam Suntory goes beyond compliance in the attainment of all environmental and sustainability objectives and targets.


  • Act as the sustainability subject matter expert (SME) on best practices to manage compliance and reduce energy, water, and waste. Develop strategies and implementation plans for Energy and Water optimization, Carbon reduction, Climate Change, sustainability management, packaging and waste reduction.
  • Work with others to develop project ideation, validate cost savings and execute projects related to the reduction of energy usage and the associated carbon footprint in existing and new systems, the reduction of the water footprint, and the optimization of all process and co-product streams towards creation of a sustainable business operation.
  • Develop energy, carbon, water, packaging, and waste key performance indicators (KPI) and report on benchmarks.
  • Monitor and track current fuel, electricity, water, wastewater, recycling, and disposal costs. Complete utility rate structure analysis and reporting.
  • Participate in capital planning, developing scopes, creating specifications, cost estimating, cash flow forecasting, presentations for approval, project execution, preparing project specifications for request for proposals (RFP), managing contractors, managing project teams, and status communication. Work with finance, production, and QMD to develop justifications for capital projects and prepare the Capital Authorization Requests (CARs) in a timely and accurate fashion.
  • Develop best operating practices for design, maintenance and operation of utility and energy management systems with regards to energy and water use.
  • Evaluate, contract, and manage consulting engineers as required.
  • Review regulatory proposed changes with regards to energy use and carbon emissions at the Federal/State/Provincial level and evaluate impact to company operations.
  • Participate as the company representative in governmental and non-governmental organizations (i.e., Chamber of Commerce Environmental Committee, Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, etc.) and report to management any impact to the organization.
  • Review and evaluate Federal/State/Provincial programs related to grants and rebates on energy reduction projects and programs.
  • Engage the production facilities in personal development, mentoring, and training about sustainability activities.
  • Interface with engineers to define project scope requirements and incorporate corporate standards with regards to sustainability.
  • Assist in the development of new installation techniques and standards. Troubleshoot technical issues related to sustainability equipment and processes. Manage technical documents related to sustainability standards and other guidance.
  • Prepare and communicate sustainability presentations to management, site visit reports, meeting minutes, schedules and routine status updates for sustainability projects. Act as the main contact with the BSI sustainability global team.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications & Experience

Bachelor of Science Degree (or higher) in: Environmental, Chemical, Mechanical, or Civil Engineering or relevant scientific discipline. Equivalent experience may be considered.

  • Ability to work toward professional certifications strongly desired.
  • 5 - 7 years’ experience in a similar role, ideally within the spirits industry or a similar FMCG environment, engaging with key Business Leaders and EHS advisors. This experience should include progressive industry experience with energy management systems related to boiler, steam production, cooling, chilling and air compressor systems. Additionally, the candidate should show progressive industry experience with water conservation related to usage rate reduction, water reuse, and watershed replenishment.
  • A strong grounding in process engineering or project management and strong technical expertise in conducting assessments at manufacturing sites, evaluating options/technology, and recommending short and long-term improvements.
  • A solid understanding of current environmental legislation and how it impacts commercial decision making.
  • Knowledge and experience of managing and developing an EMS to the ISO 14001:2015 bstandard.
  • Competent computer skills (Microsoft Office, etc.)
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics and computer-generated reports. 
  • Must be fluent in English; second language is a plus but not required. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and written, and explain technical concepts or innovations to technical and non-technical employees.
  • Physical requirements: ability to conduct visits and “gemba” activities throughout the manufacturing site- on-grade, below-grade and above-grade working surfaces.
  • All applicants must have legal authorization to work in the country in which the manufacturing site is located. The candidate must be able to travel to (and throughout) countries in which BSI has manufacturing locations (travel <25%).


A successful candidate will have a passion for sustainability and strong engineering technical skills while working collaboratively with others and bring a forward-thinking and entrepreneurial spirit to the position.




At Beam Suntory, people are our number one priority, and we believe our people grow together in diverse and inclusive environments where their unique insights, experiences and backgrounds are valued and respected. Beam Suntory is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, military veteran status and all other characteristics, attributes or choices protected by law. All recruitment and hiring decisions are based on an applicant’s skills and experience.

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