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Legal Counsel

Date: Mar 14, 2023

Location: Gurgaon, HR, IN

Company: Beam Suntory


With two centuries of family heritage, Beam Suntory is a world leader in premium spirits. As a truly global business, we bring together the best of our culturally diverse heritage. We value both agility and long-term thinking, we share a collective commitment to excellence and a dedication to craftsmanship. Across borders and roles, we collaborate to delight our consumers responsibly whilst contributing to a more sustainable society for all our stakeholders.

Our Vision is Growing for Good and our mission is to be the world’s most admired, fastest-growing premium spirits company. We’re a business that runs on responsibility, integrity, ambition and drive, and we celebrate exceptional performance. We welcome our people to dream big and tenaciously pursue ambitious goals – we call it our Yatte Minahare Spirit.


We are looking for people who bring something unique to Beam Suntory – themselves. We value differences, and we appreciate what each of us can contribute. We inspire each other, and challenge ourselves to innovate, improve, advance new ideas and try new things. We create endless opportunities to Unleash Your Spirit every day in a culture that is charged, creative, challenging and fun.




Beam Suntory is world’s number 3 premium spirits company, Beam Suntory is crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Owned by Suntory Holdings Limited, Beam Suntory has a dynamic portfolio with unparalleled expertise in whisky, led by Bourbon and Japanese Whisky, and global strength across many key categories including tequila, vodka, cognac, rum and cordials. The work environment is fun & friendly. Every Beam Suntory team member is an owner of our future. We hire people who have an ambitious and adventurous streak. Employees share a commitment to their teams, a passion for our products, and above all, a bold work ethic that produces winning results. Our business has long standing roots, but dont be fooled. Beam Suntory doesnt look or act its age. From distilleries to offices, we thrive together in a work atmosphere employees love charged, creative, energetic, challenging, collaborative and just plain fun. Beam Suntory’s structure of minimal hierarchy gives our employees the opportunity to take personal ownership of projects that matter from day one. The best way to learn, improve and grow your Beam Suntory career is to witness the impact you can have.  



Mission of Role

The organization has ambitious growth plans and as a senior member of the Legal and Compliance Team the incumbent is a key member of the extended leadership team to support the growth plans 



Role Responsibilities

India remains a highly complex and regulated environment for alcohol producers with significant associated risk. She/he will be responsible to:

  • Manage the process, negotiation, drafting and monitoring of legal documents involving the India entity
  • Manage dispute procedures, including litigation and pre-litigation claims, negotiations, arbitration, mediation and other forms of dispute resolution
  • Provide overall legal support to the Supply Chain team including legal advice on footprint expansion, product regulation, environmental, and health/safety issues involving the plants, in coordination with internal and external regulatory experts
  • Strong and proactive partnerships with all external stakeholders- industry associations, regulators
  • Advisory on all company matters including but not limited to HR matters, labour complaints, banking matters and applicable statutory laws. To be part of RCC Committee and updating the members regarding ongoing risk matters impacting the company
  • Preparing relevant documents for statutory authorities relating to the alco-bev industry and appearing in meetings before such authorities. Dealing with the state excise authorities in several matters including the approval of labels and replying to the state excise authority on frequent basis i.e. alleging the non-compliance of laws, price increase etc
  • Independently handling of the regulatory matters for the company relating to alcobev industry, including but not limited to FSSAI, Legal Metrology, excise laws, customs, etc
  • Liaising and Coordination with various statutory authorities like RBI, State Excise, CESTAT, Custom Tribunal, Officer of Legal Metrology, Officer of FSSAI, Banks, Financial Institutions, Local Authorities, etc
  • Responsible for handling ongoing customs and excise matters
  • Playing a key role in annual project of label registration, reviewing the excise policies, providing of all legal documents for applying the label registration of 33 states/UT i.e. MOA, AOA, Authorization letters, list of directors, Board resolution, Power of attorney, FSSAI certificate, Affidavits, Undertaking, etc
  • Responsible for advising the business on State Excise laws on suspension of licenses, route to market, marketing activities in various states etc
  • Conducting and framing trainings on applicable Anti-corruption laws FCPA, Anti-money Laundering, Antitrust, Code of Conduct and Prevention of Sexual Harassment


Qualifications & Experience

  • Minimum 8+ yrs experience
  • LLB
  • In-depth understanding of the alco-bev industry
  • Travel 30-40 % mainly domestic but some international travel may be required
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical & project management skills
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders including the senior management and executive level
  • Responsiveness and preference for fast moving environments. Orientation to results by keeping high working standards and achieving deadlines. Highly organized individual who knows how to establish priorities and drive teams to achievement.
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Communication and Presentation / Facilitation Skills (verbal & written): Effectively transfers thoughts and expresses ideas orally or verbally in individual or group situations. Ability to work with others even in virtual environment




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.

We welcome applications from all members of society irrespective of age, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion, or belief. All recruitment and hiring decisions are based on an applicant's skills and experience.  We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, and to perform crucial job functions. Please contact us if you require assistance.

We offer a competitive salary, bonus package and benefits, including an attractive parental leave and flexibility policy. In 2021, we have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.