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Research Scientist II

Date: Jun 8, 2021

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.



The following position is open in Clermont, KY., - Research Scientist II


What makes this a great opportunity?

This position will report to a Group Manager on the RTD & Flavored Spirits team within Global R&D. This role will work with cross-functional partners in the creation of innovative consumer and customer driven new products/platforms, quality improvements and cost savings, to drive Beam Suntory profitable growth and business success.  This position provides broad exposure to operations, marketing/business teams, finance, sourcing and other internal and external partners, providing R&D support on cross functional teams especially in relation to Ready to Drink products.


  • The spirits industry is an exciting, dynamic, and fast-paced business.  Beam Suntory is a top player in the spirits business and focused on driving both category and brand growth. 
  • Responsibility to help further develop RTD capabilities alongside cross-functional teams and external agencies driving a key strategic priority for Beam Suntory.
  • Opportunity to work closely with internal cross-functional teams to help create and commercialize products and processes. 
  • Opportunity to provide global category, development, and production expertise and provide input into strategies to capitalize on the growth of RTDs. 


Role Responsibilities

  • Lead low to moderate complexity cost savings, line extension, and innovation projects with guidance from manager and senior scientists as part of a cross functional project team.
  • Translate consumer/customer needs into relevant product design elements meeting consumer, cost, quality and regulatory requirements. 
  • Demonstrate and share understanding of the US RTD alcohol and non-alcohol market and technologies and effectively incorporate this learning into business plans and to drive new idea potential. 
  • Consistently and accurately provides data, tracking, samples, solutions, etc on projects, observing and reacting to situations in the lab and adjusting/re-calibrating as necessary. 
  • Proactively manages and handles workload and next steps.  Seeks out answers to questions to eliminate ambiguity and ensures progress is made in areas of both personal and team responsibility. 
  • Plan and execute experiments using established laboratory/pilot plant/operation methods: interpreting results and translate into solutions, often leading much of the work with other team members.  Follow best practices and SOPs for development and promote process improvements for procedures and practices. 
  • Participate actively in team building and broader Beam Suntory and external initiatives.


Qualifications & Experience

  • M.S Food Science or related preferred with 2 years experience, or B.S. degree with 4+ years experience. 
  • Minimum 2 years work experience in food and/or beverage industry.  Experience in research initiatives and in ready to drink alcoholic beverages or carbonated soft drinks a plus. 
  • Ability to develop strong cross functional relationships within R&D as well as with Marketing, Supply Chain, Procurement, Engineering, etc. to drive strong collaboration and results.
  • Proficient skills in planning and performing experiments, data collection, analysis and interpretation. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including timely follow-up and commitment to deliverables, and openness to give and receive feedback.  
  • Desire to help build and maintain a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture within Global R&D and broader Beam Suntory.
  • Ability to travel globally to partner in project work with internal and external clients, as well as support implementation at Beam Suntory facilities – travel approx. 5-15% with half local Kentucky operations and Chicago/NYC corporate offices, and balance other Beam Suntory locations. *When COVID restrictions allow.
  • Physically fit for work primarily in a lab, pilot plant and manufacturing environments, which includes long periods of standing, moving, and carrying or lifting up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to taste limited quantities of alcoholic beverage samples in accordance with evaluation/research needs




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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