Senior Scientist- Kentucky

Date: Jul 7, 2024

Location: Clermont, KY, US

Company: Suntory Global Spirits

At Suntory Global Spirits, we craft spirits of the highest quality and deliver brilliant experiences to people around the world. Suntory Global Spirits 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. Suntory Global Spirits is a place where you can come Unleash your Spirit by making an impact each and every day.



Senior Scientist- Kentucky  


The following position is open in KentuckyUnited States.

Role Mission

This position will report to a Senior Group Manager on the Product and Sensory team within Global R&D. This role will work with cross-functional partners in the creation of complex 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.  

What makes this a great opportunity?

  • 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 Suntory Global Spirits
  • This role is responsible for the technical leadership and pipeline creation for one or more global brands and/or the direct leadership of up to three scientists.    

Role Responsibilities

  • Initiate or lead large global, cross-functional projects that pertain to the exploration, improvement, development, and implementation of new or existing products. 
  • Serve as internal technical expert with broad technical knowledge within the team. Helping to coach and mentor other scientists and engineers, often leading team initiatives or complex experiments. 
  • Build and maintain relationships across the organization, cutting across functional and location boundaries. 
  • Develop and implement new products as part of cross functional project team, translating consumer/customer needs into relevant product design elements meeting consumer, cost, quality, and regulatory requirements, with supporting guidance of manager. 
  • Collaborate with external suppliers and develop concepts to extend product possibilities and identify, evaluate, and implement new enabling technologies and raw materials. 
  • Proactively seek, demonstrate, and share understanding of the US RTD alcohol and non-alcohol market. Effectively incorporate this learning into business plans to drive new idea and technology potential. 
  • Participate actively in team building and broader Suntory Global Spirits and external initiatives. 
  • Continuous improvement mindset and ability to learn from past projects and find ways to reduce complexity, utilize learnings, and increase efficiencies within the process. 


  • M.S Food Science or related preferred with 4 years experience, or B.S. degree with 6+ years experience. 
  • Minimum 4 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.
  • Team player with cooperative, collaborative style supported by good 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. 
  • Desire to help build and maintain a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture within Global R&D and broader Suntory Global Spirits.
  • Must be able to taste limited quantities of alcoholic beverage samples in accordance with evaluation/research needs.
  • Ability to work in office at least ~60% of time, balancing work from home, as business needs require.
  • 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. 20-40% globally to various SGS locations, vendors, etc.
  • 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.

At Suntory Global Spirits, 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. Suntory Global Spirits 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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