Sensory Scientist II

Date: Jul 5, 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.



Sensory Scientist II  


The following position is open in KentuckyUnited States.

What makes this a great opportunity?

  • The alcohol beverage industry is an exciting, dynamic, and fast-paced business.  Beam Suntory is a top player in the industry and focused on driving both category and brand growth. 
  • The Sensory Scientist II role is an influencer in liquid innovation, optimization, quality, and production across Beam Suntory’s Global portfolio, including Distilled Spirits and Ready-to-Drink beverages.
  • They will build a network across the global organization have an impactful within a short period of time as well as partner on long term research initiatives.

Role Responsibilities

  • Conducts sensory and consumer product research across a wide range of techniques, including descriptive analysis, consumer quantitative and qualitative through all stages: design, execution, analysis, and recommendation.
  • Works effectively with cross-functional teams and external research suppliers in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrates high level of accountability and self-direction to manage several projects concurrently.
  • Analyzes data and translates findings for broad audiences.
  • Creates actionable recommendations for innovation product development.
  • Stays up to date on new approaches and best practices within sensory and consumer product research.


  • Bachelor’s degree Food Science, Statistics, Psychology, or related field, Certificate or Master’s degree with emphasis in Sensory Science a plus
  • Minimum 4 years (2 years with Master’s degree) in Sensory or Consumer Research 
  • Experience in alcoholic beverages, distilled spirits, ready-to-drink alcoholic, and non-alcoholic beverages a plus.
  • 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 domestically and globally for research and project work – travel approx. 10-30%, with most to Kentucky operations and Chicago/NYC corporate offices.
  • Physically fit for work primarily in a lab, pilot plant, and manufacturing environments, which could include 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 research needs.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Louisville