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Manager, Maturing Liquid Planning

Date: Mar 16, 2023

Location: Clermont, 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.



Manager, Maturing Liquid Planning  


The following position is open in Clermont KentuckyUnited States.


What makes this a great opportunity?

As part of the Brand House structure, JBBDCo. Operations is an area of strategic growth. This position reports into the Director, JBBDCo. Maturation and is instrumental to the company’s current and future success.

The Manager, Maturing Liquid Planning partners with the JBBDCo. Brand House and Operating Units in KY to manage the short – and long-term inventory of maturing bourbon aligned to the 12-year plan. Opportunity to interact with different levels and departments in the organization to provide strategic view of inventory and support innovations.


Role Responsibilities

Primary focus areas include:

  • Long-term strategic planning for all JBBDCo. maturing inventory across KY locations.
  • Partner with finance function to provide supply updates and adjustments relative to MIR (Maturing Inventory Review) and strategic planning processes.
  • Partner with finance function to set distillation volumes as well as barrel fill projections
  • Conduct data analysis and provide recommendations that supports continuous improvement of the matured inventory supply and other related business processes, improves efficiency, productivity, and IT systems.
  • Update barrel reservations to ensure accurate delivery of 12-year demand plan.
  • Collaborate with the Brand House, blenders, and product developers to plan for and utilize appropriate maturing inventory for all SKUs and future innovations.
  • Ensure latest innovations are included in supply positions.
  • Forecast production needs for secondary-aged barrels and ongoing specialty products
  • Track monthly barrel movements vs. budget
  • Oversee that barrel dumps adhere to budgeted BOM
  • Analyze long-term trends in liquid quality to improve forecast accuracy e.g., liquid recovery, color.
  • Coordinate bulk export and domestic liquid supply and monitor performance.
  • Build network relationships based on respect and trust.
  • Support and nurture high levels of employee engagement.
  • Champion a culture of transparent reporting and decision-making.
  • Comply with all legal requirements and ethical standards relating to the management of people, assets, suppliers and third parties.



Qualifications & Experience

Qualifications & Experience

Education- Bachelor’s Degree Required, BS in Engineering, Finance, Accounting, Data Analytics, or similar. Post-graduate degree is a plus (MBA)

Years of experience – 5 - 10 years in operational roles with increasing responsibility.

Level and type of experience:

  • Experienced with ERP systems, advanced planning & optimization
  • Flexibility to work in a high-change environment
  • Ability to manage cross-functional workflow on multiple projects simultaneously

Industry experience - Prefer a background in a World Class Company (Distilling Industry, Chemical, Pharma, CPG, automotive)

Travel 5 % - Role based in Clermont, Kentucky. Travel will be required to other sites within Kentucky as well as occasional travel regionally or internationally as needed.

 Additional Competencies:

  • Advanced Excel and Microsoft. Experience with ERP systems (SAP APO)
  • General understanding of spirits industry.
  • Ability to work independently in leading plan development and execution of short and long-term tasks.
  • Ability to develop strong cross functional relationships within Operations as well as with R&D, Marketing, Sourcing, Engineering, etc. to drive strong collaboration and results.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including timely follow-up and commitment to deliverables, and openness to give and receive feedback.
  • Must be able to consume limited quantities of alcoholic beverage samples in accordance with evaluation/research needs.
  • Self-starter, flexible, comfortable working in unstructured face-paced environment, able to manage multiple priorities effortlessly.
  • Team player with collaborative style and strong listening and partnering skills.  Culturally sensitive, with ability to work in a global multicultural cross functional organization, requiring ability to work effectively across cultures, time zones to accommodate global responsibilities.



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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