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Innovation Manager, Strategic Ventures

Date: Jan 13, 2022

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.



Innovation Manager, Strategic Ventures  



What makes this a great opportunity?

  • The alc/bev industry is an exciting, dynamic, and fast-paced business.  Beam Suntory (BSI), the top spirits Ready-to-Drink player (RTD) worldwide, has set its sights on becoming a top player in the dynamic, fast-growing US RTD market. 
  • BSI has made bold moves this year to accelerate its US market position by establishing a long-term strategic venture (SV) with Boston Beer to build mega-brands with portfolios that break the boundaries across FMBs and full bottle spirits. 
  • This role presents a unique opportunity to build a partnership that leverages the collective expertise of two entrepreneurial and growth-oriented industry leaders in beer and spirits. 
  • This individual will serve as an integral part of the North American’s RTD/SV innovation team building exciting product pipelines that power the P&L for the partnership both in FMBs and full bottle spirits. 
  • Opportunity to shape Beam Suntory’s long-term growth ambitions in the US -- to set and implement brand strategies in partnership with Boston Beer’s innovation group, collaborate with internal cross-functionals (R&D, Finance, Consumer Insights, etc.), and partner with sales / commercial teams to ensure products deliver upon commercial needs.


Role Responsibilities

  • Lead the innovation agenda and pipeline development for the Boston Beer/BSI strategic venture, including planning and prioritizing resources to execute agreed upon timelines
  • Serve as the day to day lead and liaison between the Boston Beer and BSI innovation teams.
  • Manage a cross functional team to deliver innovation & renovation workstreams efficiently and effectively, from ideation to launch including concept development, liquid and pack design, manufacturing commercialization and retail commercialization.
  • Work closely with brand houses and consumer insights partners to inspire and facilitate development of products that build brand equity, recruit drinkers and target emerging and unmet consumer needs.
  • Direct and influence the R&D product and packaging teams to develop excellence in taste delivery and pack presentation against an aligned set of KPIs.
  • Monitor competitive, product usage and consumer trends in needs, occasions, flavors and drink experiences.
  • Identify and implement best practices within innovation, to develop even better ideas and a more efficient development cycle


Qualifications & Experience

  • 7+ years Consumer Marketing or Brand innovation experience or a similar amount of solid experience in a related field
  • BA required
  • Up to 20% travel
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with ability to communicate effectively in a multicultural, cross functional organization and a strong ability to develop and foster internal and external partnerships.
  • Self-starter, flexible and comfortable working in unstructured environment, and able to manage multiple priorities effortlessly.
  • Passionate and determined, committed to delivering projects on-time and above expectations
  • Demonstrated experience in working across and up, within the organization, gaining credibility amongst peers, managers and other commercial leadership.
  • Resourceful, with a problem-solving attitude and willingness to think creatively to reach resolutions
  • Collaborative and able to build bridges across cross-functional teams and geographies; more specifically strong communicator, active listening skills, ability to listen for feedback and validate and address concerns; and excellent influencing and presentation skills

In an effort to ensure the health and safety of our workforce while doing our part to protect those around us, Beam Suntory is requiring proof of full COVID vaccination for US salaried employees in our offices and commercial field roles as a condition of employment, subject to medical/religious exemptions.






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.