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Head of International Supply Chain Fulfillment

Date: 09-Mar-2023

Location: Madrid, MD, ES

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.



Head of International Supply Chain Fulfillment  


The following position is is open in MadridSpain.



What makes this a great opportunity?

As a world leader in premium spirits, Beam Suntory inspires human connections. Consumers from all corners of the globe call for the company's brands, including the iconic Jim Beam and Maker's Mark Bourbon brands, Suntory Whisky Kakubin and Courvoisier Cognac, as well as world renowned premium brands including Knob Creek, Basil Hayden's and Legent Bourbon; Yamazaki, Hakushu, Hibiki and Toki Japanese Whisky; Teacher's, Laphroaig and Bowmore Scotch Whisky; Canadian Club Whisky; Hornitos and Sauza Tequila; EFFEN, Haku and Pinnacle Vodka; and Sipsmith and Roku Gin. 


Beam Suntory was created in 2014 by combining the world leader in bourbon and the pioneer in Japanese whisky to form a new company with a deep heritage, passion for quality, innovative spirit and vision of Growing for Good. Headquartered in New York, Beam Suntory is a subsidiary of Suntory Holdings Limited of Japan. Our culture is anchored deeply in a set of core values, including our East-Meets-West Culture, Yatte Minahare spirit, Giving Back to Society, Delighting Consumers, responsibly and Embracing Diversity & Inclusion.


As part of the company’s global 2030 ambition, the growth strategy calls to become the strong No. 2 premium spirits player in the U.S., including gaining two additional points of market share from the competition.  This will be done through premiumization and by developing and executing on new platforms for growth, such as ready to drink beverages, the refreshment category and the trends toward convenience and lower alcohol (and calorie) cocktails.


The people of Beam Suntory are the custodians of brands that have heritages measured in centuries.  In 1795, a farmer and grain mill operator named Jacob Beam produced the first barrel of whisky that would become Jim Beam, the company’s flagship bourbon brand now overseen by seventh-generation Jim Beam Master Distiller Fred Noe.  The history of Suntory began in 1899 when the founder Shinjiro Torii started producing sweet wines. Then in 1923, he courageously produced the first Japanese whisky.  Today, Suntory is the No. 1 whisky distiller in Japan, known for its flagship single malt whisky Yamazaki, peated single malt Hakushu and blended whisky Hibiki.


At its core, Suntory has a "Yatte Minahare" spirit that encourages its team to dream big and relentlessly pursue their ambitions.  These are the very same values and entrepreneurial spirit that have built Beam for more than 200 years and will guide Beam Suntory as a global leader in premium spirits


Role Responsibilities

The International  head of supply chain will lead will have accountability for the Supply Chain Performance in the International  Region (EMEA, South America, India, Oceania, Global Travel Retail).  The role has a regional scope in a business dimension of ~12m 9L / $1Bn, 5 OU’s, 7 Co-Packers.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Accountable for the Fulfillment Execution in the International region, including the areas of Customer Service, Warehousing, Transportation, support to short-term Supply Planning execution in BU and Markets, as well as Co-Man mgmt. for RTD sites.
  • Effectively balances costs, service and productivities across the International Region while driving reliability of processes and services under his/her direct responsibility, striving for agility through improved visibility as well as resilience through more robust business processes and effective contingencies.


  • Embraces continuous improvement mindset into the processes and teams under his/her direct responsibility by effectively embedding best practices from CoE-Fulfilment. Work with internal teams and outsourced partners to drive cost reductions through negotiations, benchmarking and other continuous improvement efforts.
  • Responsible to optimize Service levels to Customers and Distributor Partners while maintaining adequate levels of Inventories (working capital) at right costs. Sponsors International key projects (customer based) across the Region. Provides a premium support to customers and building long term business relationships with them, developing the ways of working, skills and capabilities, as well as securing outstanding KPIs. Closely manages the Relationship with our Key Distributors and Retailers, introducing collaborative practices on product replenishment and striving for a high reliability.
  • Manage relationship between BSI with 3PL providers, ultimate responsible for optimal execution, leading monthly and quarterly review meetings to discuss daily issues and future projects.


  • Oversee vendors that have a direct impact on International Supply Chain and builds a trusted partnership and driving continuous improvement initiatives, in close coordination with Global Logistics and CoE teams to implement Distribution & Logistics strategies, processes and standards, ensuring implementation of these internally and across all outsourced partners; including managing relationships internally and externally to ensure high quality.


  • Leads preparation of the Budget and the control over the monthly operational spend to ensure is in accordance with the negotiated performance-based contracts. Keeps up to date and accurate the CTS records, and use it as a way to identify cost saving or service improvement initiatives
  • Provide strategic leadership on the S&OP and S&OE Processes to effectively support these global processes, cascading relevant information and providing visibility for a more informed decision-making at global level and effectively becoming custodian of the in-stock position and service levels for International Markets in close cooperation with local commercial teams.
  • Sits in the International Leadership team representing the Supply Chain Function and interfaces with the Commercial President of the Region, ensuring a close collaboration with them to optimize Service Levels and in-stock position in Markets, ensuring Executive teams have the right business analytics for decision making process, such as inventory visibility both at BSI and/or Distributor.

This position will report to the Vice President Global Supply Chain Fulfillment and will peer with the International  Lead as well as the Global Logistics, Global Supply Planning and Customer Services Function.


Qualifications & Experience 

  • 10+ years of demonstrated operational experience in Supply Chain, managing Logistics, Customer Service and Supply Planning operations.
  • Desired familiarity with SAP ECC , SAP APO and SAP IBP
  • Demonstrated experience in leading SC-execution continuous improvement, with good familiarity on best practices across the industry.
  • Outstanding capabilities in developing talent
  • Demonstrated focus on team goals vs individual accomplishments – “we over me”
  • Demonstrated flexibility in easily moving between strategic thinking and tactical execution 
  • Master’s degree in Supply Chain Management preferred


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.