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Global Brand Director Jim Beam

Date: 19-Nov-2021

Location: New York, NY, US

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.



Global Brand Director Jim Beam  



What makes this a great opportunity?

Beam Suntory is the third largest Premium Spirits company in the world. We are an organization that creates brands that are a part of celebrations and our culture reflects this.

We are seeking a Global Brand Director for the number one global Bourbon brand and the name on the door, Jim Beam, to join our dynamic, progressive team of Marketing professionals in the Global Brand House.


The Global Brand Director leads the growth agenda for Jim Beam globally and act as a key support role to the Global Vice President for Jim Beam in the development as well as adoption and adaptation of the Global Brand House strategies and assets. This role will influence how global consumers think about and connect with Jim Beam as an iconic brand that aims to welcome people into Bourbon and will help steer the brand through the next phase of global growth.

With an ambition to accelerate global brand equity and penetration, this leadership role is the key point of contact for our North America markets (#1 region for the brand accounting for 65% of the business) and provides a global market perspective to drive the long-term brand strategy, plans and innovation strategy for Jim Beam across the flagship Jim Beam White range, Flavors, craft expressions and additional formats.

The Global Brand Director will work with stakeholders across the business as well as external agency partners, ensuring consistent brand vision across markets and channels. Additionally, this role is responsible for coaching and developing a team of four global brand marketers.


Role Responsibilities

  • Lead the team in the implementation of global brand house international expansion plans in line with the Jim Beam Brand House 12-Year Plan
  • Lead the launch of Jim Beam global brand redesign, a full visual identity transformation and packaging restage across ~1200 SKUs in brand portfolio
  • Support the VP of Jim Beam Brand House to set the long-term, risk-weighted liquid strategy aligned with brand and innovation strategy
  • Support the VP of Jim Beam Brand House to create the financial vision (consistent with brand strategy and regional corporate financial targets)
  • Co-Lead experience planning with Sr Brand Director, International and lead key agency partners
  • Develop brand strategy guidelines, develop guardrails, create brand assets for priority North America & International markets
  • Ensure handoff of strategies to regional / local marketing teams meets customer timeframes and delivers on effectiveness
  • Lead team in the development of brand performance analysis to identify key issues/opportunities, digging deep into the “what, why, and what we do about it” to ensure all primary brand market combinations and identified expansion markets can meet their goals
  • Interfaces with Regions and key Markets to ensure global/regional/local alignment and flawless, on-time delivery of projects in the marketplace.
  • Talent management: inspire, energize and coach team individuals for maximum potential


Key areas of collaboration/Processes:


  • Strat plan (12-year planning)
  • 3-yr growth planning & Brand Experience Blueprint (Brand plans)
  • Brand Investment touchpoint plan of key Primary Brand Market Combination
  • MIR / liquid laydown
  • Innovation
  • In-year marketing execution
  • In-year reconciliation
  • Long-term demand planning


Qualifications & Experience


  • 10+ years global brand building experience, including strategic planning, creative development, activation program development, activity planning, market execution
  • Proven track record of project leadership across multiple projects
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and awareness / ability to operate and develop relationships across a variety of different cultures and markets
  • Ability to perform structured analysis and provide a POV on how to approach challenges
  • A good balance of strategic, analytical and creative skills
  • Understands key commercial, financial and brand building performance metrics and the levers to pull to influence desired goals
  • Deep understanding of consumer culture, global trends, and creative value creation
  • Passionate people developer with proven track record of bolstering team performance and engagement


  • Experience in the alcoholic beverages industry





  • Strategic and influential thinker & leader
  • Pragmatic not dogmatic
  • Places customer and consumer at heart of strategies
  • Balances stakeholders and priorities
  • Organizational awareness
  • Creative energy, and a drive for success
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion




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.