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International Communications Director - Fixed Term Maternity Leave Cover

Date: Nov 8, 2021

Location: Stockley Park, SCT, GB

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.



International Communications Director - Fixed Term Maternity Leave Cover  



What makes this a great opportunity?

  • We work in an exciting, dynamic, and fast-paced industry. Beam Suntory is the third-largest premium spirits player in the world and is growing quickly.
  • This is an unusual position in the communications field, allowing you to work across internal and external corporate communications, brand PR and Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • With significant autonomy and an agile structure, there is significant opportunity to make a direct impact on the business, get involved in a wide range of projects, and work with various functions, teams and individuals across the global business.


Role Responsibilities

Responsibilities – Internal Communications:

  • Oversee regular and recurrent internal communications to the International region (e.g. organizational updates, the Unleashing Our Spirit series, Stir and Yammer content).
  • Partner with International President and ILT with regular internal communications (e.g. town hall content, strategic updates over video/email, Yammer activity).
  • Act as communications lead/consultant on key projects as they arise, in partnership with various Beam Suntory teams, covering both internal and external communications needs. This includes various change management projects, and complex communications required to specific audiences.
  • Liaise with local HR and leadership teams to oversee regular internal communications within local offices and operations sites across the region, sharing best-practices and key information to ensure all teams receive a consistent communications from local leaders and the same strategic information. This includes, but isn’t limited to, regular consultation and review of employee communications relating to COVID-19 and Future of Work.
  • Partner with the Global Corporate Communications team to drive global communications and employee engagement priorities in the International region throughout the year (e.g. recognition programs and awards, Global Town Hall content, Engagement Surveys).


Responsibilities: External Communications

  • Lead execution of International Employer Branding & Corporate PR Strategy, in partnership with our International Comms team and HR partners, to raise our corporate profile in key markets, with an emphasis on building our reputation as an employer of choice and attracting top talent. 
    • This includes overseeing local corporate communications strategies driven by International Communications team members in India, Spain and Germany, including review and approval of all content and regular consultation on strategy.
  • Ongoing proactive and reactive management of Beam Suntory’s external reputation across in the International region (managing incoming media enquiries, vetting exec interview opportunities, prepping and working with execs on media engagement or speaking opportunities, monitoring for key news regarding Beam Suntory and its peers).  
  • Lead/consult on complex communications required to distributors, customers and consumers as needed.
  • Liaise with International Marketing Team, in-market distributor, PR agency and Beam Suntory teams, and Brand PR team in Chicago to oversee brand PR activity in the International region and manage incoming brand PR media requests.
  • Work with Suntory’s PR team in Japan to support their corporate brand-building efforts in the UK and global media.
  • Manage corporate PR agency in London, Finsbury, which supports Beam Suntory with corporate PR projects and ongoing profile-raising activity, particularly in London-based global media outlets.


Responsibilities: CSR

  • Responsible for leading the International Proof Positive team
  • Oversee coordination of Beam Suntory’s Proof Positive activities in the International region (e.g. charitable giving, volunteering & 4Good platform, Together for Good Day, One Suntory Walk, Sustainability Week)
  • Lead contact for International partnership with charity: water  
  • Consult/advise the International D&I team on regular communications needs


Qualifications & Experience

  • Excellent written English is essential
  • 10+ years’ experience in corporate communications – ideally spanning both internal communications and external communications (media relations) roles
  • A proven track record of working independently and influencing senior stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across functions and geographies
  • University degree- BS/BA or equivalent
  • Effective at influencing across cultures and managing a team.


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.