Senior Manager Spirit, Co-Man & RTD Procurement

Date: May 29, 2024

Location: Clermont, KY, US

Company: Suntory Global Spirits

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 Spirit, Co-Man & RTD Procurement  


The following position is open in KentuckyUnited States.

What makes this a great opportunity?

As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory is inspiring human connections. Inspired by our parent company Suntory’s ‘Yatte Minahare!’ spirit of dreaming big, our objective is to be the world’s most admired and fastest growing premium spirits company. With our ‘Growing for Good’ vision, we're driving growth through quality craftsmanship, consumer connections and the entrepreneurial spirit that built Beam over more than two centuries and guides Beam Suntory as a world leader in premium spirits today. The successful candidate will be joining an aspirational business.

Role Responsibilities

Global Sourced Alcohol
•    Develop, maintain, and execute a comprehensive global Sourced Alcohol Procurement category strategy encompassing Canadian whisky, Scotch, Blending Wines, Cane Spirits, Malt Spirits, and Grain Spirits across international markets, overseeing total spend of USD 70M annually.
•    Construct and update a supplier capability matrix and industry landscape for key category regions, ensuring BSI's ability to source spirits consistently in terms of quality and price.
•    Collaborate closely with the project team in Japan to identify key requirements and contribute to the development and optimization of end-to-end solutions using both internal and external suppliers for Sourced Alcohol needs.
•    Act as a strategic sourcing partner for OU Leads, Business Leaders, and General Managers, providing assessment, advice, and execution for sourced alcohol requirements.
•    Lead contract negotiations and ongoing management with all sourced alcohol vendors.
•    Drive performance in key metrics related to Quality, Sustainability, and DEI agendas in collaboration with core vendors.
•    Drive scope 3 sustainability KPIs with all core and priority vendors across spirit types
•    Assume responsibility for all aspects of supplier relationship management in the context of global sourced alcohol procurement.
•    Serve as a subject matter expert in spirit sourcing within key category markets.
Global Contract Manufacturing 
•    Develop, maintain, and execute a comprehensive Global Contract Manufacturing strategy for BSI Procurement, encompassing spend of USD 50M+
•    Evaluate existing co-manufacturing relationships and establish unit-level co-manufacturing engagement and management plans.
•    Identify new capacity availability across industry channels and maintain a standing portfolio of co-manufacturing capability matrix.
•    Engage with business leaders, R&D projects, marketing, and NPD projects to assess and advise on upcoming co-manufacturing requirements and capabilities.
•    Act as a strategic sourcing partner, collaborating with the Co-man Operations leader to deliver procurement support for co-manufacturing scoping, negotiation, and contracting.
•    Deliver on scope 3 requirements and commitments by engaging contract manufacturers to align with sustainability initiatives.
•    Be a subject matter expert on BSI co-manufacturing engagements and contracting.
US RTD Contracting
•    Develop a comprehensive procurement strategy for US RTD co-packing engagements that align with BSI’s RTD ambition. 
•    Survey the RTD industry space for supply chain capacity, availability, and capabilities, matching them to BSI requirements.
•    Formulate a strategic sourcing plan for all US RTD-related manufacturing, co-packing, and liquid sourcing capacities for all US RTD projects.
•    Engage in S2P projects to assess and advise on co-packing and liquid requirements related to new product development.
•    Issue RFPs, negotiate, and manage RTD co-packing agreements, working closely with the co-manufacturing operations leader to support business requirements.
•    Ensure a clean and successful handover of SRM activities related to co-packing agreements to the co-manufacturing operations leader.
•    Collaborate with commercial and business counterparts to understand and build a future pipeline, estimate requirements, and create a pipeline of potential 3rd party partners.


  • 7-10 years of core procurement, contract-manufacturing or project management experience is required.
  • Experience in the wider beverage or spirits, beer, RTD industry is highly valuable.
  • Ability to independently drive action, build structure and processes, and see projects through completion.
  • Resourceful, collaborative along with detail-oriented approach to problem-solving with a focus on execution.
  • Ability to synthesize large sets of information and requirements into a concise and effective strategy.
  • Capacity to work cross-functionally with diverse and global teams, building consensus to execute on strategy.
  • Familiarity with contract documents and ability to work cross functionally with Legal group.
  • Knowledge or business process design in ERP systems to help guide process set up for new vendors, contract manufacturers.

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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