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Brand Manager, Maker's Mark - Control

Date: May 12, 2022

Location: Chicago, IL, 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.



Brand Manager, Maker's Mark - Control  


The following position is open in IllinoisUnited States.


What makes this a great opportunity?

This position will be based out of the Beam Suntory Chicago office. Highlights include:

  • The spirits industry is an exciting, dynamic, and fast-paced business.  Beam Suntory is a top player in the spirits business and is focused on driving both category and brand growth. 
  • Serve as critical in-market liaison to facilitate communication, planning, and execution between the National Marketing team and the Control Region team.
  • Ownership of key regional projects, with the autonomy to drive decisions.
  • Opportunity to provide regional category expertise, create regional brand strategy and provide input into the national brand strategy.


Role Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of the regional marketing strategy on the Maker’s Mark portfolio, delivering against market plans, KPIs, brand health and volume/sales/profit growth objectives each year. 
  • Lead regional planning and work with markets on specific needs.
  • Set and implement regional brand strategy in conjunction with cross-functional groups (Sales, Commercial Marketing, Finance, Consumer Insights, etc.)
  • Liaise with National Brand Team and Commercial Marketing on gaps in Global plan to drive Maker’s Mark in the Control Region.  
  • Responsibility to lead cross-functional teams and external agencies to develop regional brand plans, driving a key strategic priority for Beam Suntory: localization to be brand led, market fed.
  • Work with many stakeholders across the organization: distillery, sales, finance, marketing, and eCommerce. 
  • Lead, inspire and motivate a team of 3


Qualifications & Experience

  • 4 – 6 years consumer marketing experience
  • MBA preferred
  • Proven ability to execute flawlessly on brand/marketing projects that align with overall Brand strategy
  • Self-starter with an ability to deal with ambiguity in a new strategic role within the organization
  • Experience repositioning of brands locally
  • Experience working in or with commercial sales or field marketing is a plus
  • Multicultural marketing experience is a plus
  • Demonstrated experience in working across and up, within the organization, gaining credibility amongst peers, Managers and other commercial leadership
  • Experience with beverage alcohol industry and/or three-tiered distribution system a plus (soft drinks, beer, and other wholesale-distributed products)
  • Flawless communication skills in writing, meetings, and presentations
  • Demonstrated personal characteristics to be brand evangelist to local teams
  • Travel 20-25% (primarily domestic)



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.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago