Senior Manager - Global HR Project Management

Date: Feb 9, 2024

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.



Senior Manager - Global HR Project Management  


The following position is open in IllinoisUnited States.

What makes this a great opportunity?

Beam Suntory is the world’s third largest premium spirits company with annual revenues of $5.5 billion and a clear 2030 ambition to become the world’s most admired premium spirits company.  Beam Suntory’s Global People, Culture & Communications team works across a matrixed business organization to develop and deliver talent strategies that enable the company’s ambitious growth strategies. 



What makes this a great opportunity? 

As the Beam Suntory Global People, Culture & Communications organization continues our drive to employ new HR technologies, standardize globally and simplify work, there is a need for an individual who brings an enthusiastic spirit to providing project leadership in support of our digital transformation journey. The mission of this role is to apply experienced leadership, deep knowledge of HR processes and the application of project management best practices to successfully deliver HR projects. This position reports to the Director Global People Technology and Process Excellence, within our Global People, Culture & Communications organization.

Role Responsibilities

Role Responsibilities 

  • Provide thought partnership and recommendations to the Director Global People Technology and Process Excellence regarding the prioritization, effort and resources needed to deliver projects in support of organizational objectives.
  • Apply technical expertise, critical thinking, and leadership skills to manage complex global HR projects composed of multiple team members who may have limited experience working on technology projects.
  • Responsible for all phases of project management for key projects including:
    • Develop and present the business case for approval.
    • Develop and execute project plans that address people, process, and technology changes.
    • Monitor and manage projects, deliverables, milestone achievements, dependencies, budget, and risk mitigation strategies to achieve project objectives.
    • Communicate and report on project status to the project team, HR Leadership Team and/or Steering Committees, providing the appropriate level of information to each stakeholder group.
    • Provide guidance to team members to ensure deliverables are met including assigned work, project documentation, process modifications, SOPs, training materials, training delivery, etc.

Role Responsibilities part 2

  • Develop and execute project management team member training for the HR organization to build awareness / skills in key methods, roles and responsibilities that facilitate successful project delivery.
  • Collaboratively engage the Global People Technology and Process Excellence team, functional HR teams (Talent, Talent Development, Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, DEI, People Solutions, Analytics, Total Rewards, HR Business Partners), Global Digital & IT, Legal, and Procurement in all phases of project work.


The ideal candidate is someone who:

  • Has deep hands-on experience blending project management, process improvement and change management activities into project work.
  • Understands how to lead teams collaboratively and build project team cohesiveness.
  • Thrives on being actively involved in managing multiple challenging initiatives.
  • Is excited about the opportunity to educate non-technical professionals on how to adopt project management methods and be an advocate for embedding best practices in our ways of working using basic change management practices.
  • Is exceptional at understanding how to influence stakeholders when introducing new ways of working to organizations with less mature processes.

Qualifications part 2

To be successful in this role, the candidate must have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • 5+ years hands-on experience and knowledge managing projects including:
    • Developing business cases
    • Project planning
    • Matrix management of teams to accomplish work plans.
    • Managing budgets and resources
    • Preparing and delivering project status updates to steering committee leaders and stakeholders
    • Ensuring key change management activities are incorporated in the project

Qualifications part 3

  • Formal Project Management training (PMP or equivalent training)
  • Understanding of the architecture of HR systems (e.g., HCM, benefits, payroll, etc.) and experience implementing HR technologies, including the interfaces needed to automate end to end HR processes.
  • Deep experience in the details of project work to understand which details have a critical impact on success, anticipate where problems will occur and provide focused project leadership that ensures successful completion of the work.
  • The ability to quickly understand how to be successful within the Beam Suntory culture and adapt one’s style to collaborate, influence, motivate and lead globally diverse groups.
  • Courageously drive for results and be comfortable with accountability for achieving your goals.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Success Factors experience
  • Business Analyst or process engineering training
  • Basic training in change management principles

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