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Logistics Sustainability Manager, NA

Date: 18-Mar-2023

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.



Logistics Sustainability Manager, NA  


The following position is open in Clermont IllinoisUnited States.



What makes this a great opportunity?

With two centuries of family heritage, Beam Suntory is a world leader in premium spirits. As a truly global business, we bring together the best of our culturally diverse heritage. We value both agility and long-term thinking, we share a collective commitment to excellence and a dedication to craftsmanship, and across borders and roles, we collaborate to delight our consumers responsibly, and contribute to a more sustainable society for all of our stakeholders.


Our Vision is Growing for Good and our mission is to be the world’s most admired, fastest-growing premium spirits company. We’re a business that runs on responsibility, integrity, ambition and drive, and we celebrate exceptional performance. We welcome our people to dream big and tenaciously pursue ambitious goals – we call it our Yatte Minahare Spirit.


But perhaps most importantly – we value difference, and we appreciate what each of us can contribute. We inspire each other, and challenge ourselves to innovate, improve, advance new ideas and try new things. We create endless opportunities to Unleash Your Spirit every day in a culture that is charged, creative, challenging and fun.



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. The company plans an external announcement of its strategy in Q1 2021.


The Role


To support our sustainability goals, Beam Suntory is hiring a team of environmental and sustainability professionals. The Logistics Sustainability Manager will be a member of the global environmental & sustainability team but report into the Global Logistics Function. This role will have a key focus on the needs of the Beam Suntory Global Logistics Team and help develop and execute the Supply Chain Sustainability Strategy.


Role Responsibilities

Role Responsibilities 

  • Contribute to and deliver the International Supply Chain Sustainability strategy bringing strategy to life and delivering the key projects that will drive us towards our sustainability targets.
  • Ability to bring our Sustainability agenda to life with our key suppliers and customers and actively engage with them to align our needs with their sustainability agenda.
  • Represent Beam Suntory in meetings with external partners, bringing a solid understanding of customer needs related to environment and sustainability.
  • Compile required information and make strategic inferences from various sources including Commercial, Global Sustainability, Marketing, Operating Units, Procurement and the customer when dealing with in bound queries (such as Valpak, carbon & waste reduction throughout supply chain including logistics, GS1 requirements, ethical standards and practices relating to procurement) from retailers and our internal stakeholders.
  • Participate in and oversee Innovation projects (Seed to Sip) to bring a sustainability lens, particularly on carbon reduction, environmental and packaging waste.
  • Serve as project manager for Global supply chain sustainability program execution, in partnership with established PMO.
  • Serve as North American supply chain subject matter expert in Environment, Sustainability, and ESG reporting for the BSI Nature Pillar: water, CO2, farm, field, and packaging.
  • Develop and implement plan for collecting, storing, validating and distributing Sustainability & ESG data and content for reporting and responding to requests from key stakeholders.
  • Partner with relevant functions and teams to establish process, rhythm and communication methods for data and content coordination, as well as for other key projects and programs.
  • Complete internal and external reports as required.
  • Work consistently and effectively with stakeholders across the enterprise, including Supply Chain, R&D, Brand House/Commercial, Finance, Legal, IT, HR, Diversity & Inclusion, Communications and others on Sustainability & ESG strategy, projects, and actions.
  • Coordinate and support environmental & sustainability communications with Corporate Communications… to ensure alignment with BSI and Suntory Sustainability Strategies. 
  • Engage directly with a variety of stakeholders, including third-party auditors, on increasing expectations and trends for material data disclosure, data tracking, reporting, and transparency.
  • Maintain awareness of global Sustainability & ESG trends and tools, metrics and KPIs, and share updates and implications with broader Sustainability & ESG team and beyond.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Qualifications & Experience 

Qualifications & Experience

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Management, or related program is preferred. Professional experience working in the areas of Environment, Sustainability, and/or Corporate Social Responsibility may substitute for educational background and requirements.
  • 3-5 years of experience managing environmental and sustainability needs for customers in the food and beverage industry.  Experience in the beverage alcohol business is desired.
  • 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.
  • Must be proficient with project management methodology (Preferably APM, Prince 2 or agile) and have demonstratable ability to coordinate multiple tasks among different business functions and departments.
  • Advanced computer skills (PowerPoint, Excel, online meeting software, web based KPI reporting software) and expert PowerPoint presentation development and delivery.
  • Familiarity with Sustainability issues and trends, and a working knowledge of leading ESG frameworks (SASB, TCFD, CDP, etc.) and ESG rating organizations ranking schemes.
  • External sustainability reporting experience (larger retailers & country-specific requirements), with a successful track record of helping to build strategies and improve scores/rankings.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with ability to adapt to different formats (press releases, annual reports, website, etc.).
  • Comfortable working in a new department amidst ambiguity and transformational change.
  • 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 technical project management skills while working collaboratively with others and bringing 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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