Suntory Global Spirits

At Suntory Global Spirits, we craft spirits of the highest quality and deliver brilliant experiences to people around the world. Suntory Global Spirits 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. Suntory Global Spirits is a place where you can come Unleash your Spirit by making an impact each and every day.

What makes this a great opportunity?

As Suntory Global Spirits accelerates its global footprint, we are establishing our own commercial business in the UK. As one of the largest, most sophisticated spirits markets in the world, the UK offers significant potential for our portfolio of premium brands. We’re building a world-class team to create a new and exciting business that is rooted in strong foundations, led by our values and long-term commercial ambition.

  • Be part of the set-up of direct route-to-market to elevate SGS presence in the UK, the third largest premium spirits market globally.
  • Build highly capable and efficient operating finance team in market to support both the objectives of the function as well as meet the requirements of the business.
  • Be a key member of the newly formed UK&I LT and valued business partner to UK MD.
  • Ability to build from scratch and make your own mark on SGS’ vision to the Most Admired Sprits Company.

Role Responsibilities

Decision Support – provide high quality reporting and analysis to help the business make effective decisions:

  • Provide accurate and insightful financial reporting to the business
  • Deliver financial forecasts and budgets in accordance with timetables
  • Lead strategic planning process for UK&I business
  • Proved high quality commercial and financial input to business initiatives – customer agreements, investment plan, pricing and discount scenarios
  • Alongside the commercial teams, champion the development of RGM and drive value creation through optimization of RGM levers
  • Analyze return on investment including brand building, trade promotions, capital expenditures and opex in an effort to effectively allocate and spend resources

Financial Control – maintain an effective and robust system of internal controls, supported by local Controlling team:

  • Identify control weaknesses and address urgently
  • Ensure controls are operating effectively through regular review and testing and that there is evidence of their effectiveness – account reconciliations
  • Lead the business in establishing an effective internal control environment, including communicating process and control requirements to other departments
  • Ensure the business’ internal controls are maintained at a high standard and reflect changes in best practice

Stewardship & Compliance – ensure the business meets all relevant requirements for financial and related filings, supported by local Controlling & Tax teams:

  • Preparation of statutory accounts and filing in accordance with local requirements
  • Timely filing of local corporate returns
  • Timely submission of VAT and tax returns and associated payment
  • Working with the management team to ensure commercial activities are following local rules and legislation, with the assistance of professional advisors as appropriate

Treasury – maintain appropriate financing arrangements which support the objectives of the business, supported by Regional Treasury team:

  • Develop relationships with finance providers
  • Negotiate local facilities which meet business objectives whilst minimizing cost
  • Maintain an effective cash forecasting process to ensure requirements stay within approved limits.

Systems and Processes – lead continuous improvement of effective and efficient financial processes:

  • Ensure financial processes operate effectively
  • Continuously drive process efficiencies, and explore ways of doing things differently to reduce costs
  • Perform a robust month end close process and meet reporting deadlines

Team Leadership – develop a strong Finance team and help individuals within the team to develop their capabilities:

  • Develop a clear vision and objectives for the Finance team in line with the wider business aims, and communicate this clearly to the team and the business
  • Ensure the team has the right skills and experience to operate in a reliable and effective manner
  • Motivate the team and create a positive working environment
  • Help team members develop their careers inside the business and across the wider Suntory network.


Qualifications and experience

  • MBA Degree or equivalent with relevant Accounting/Business/Finance qualification
  • 15+ years of diversified finance/consulting experience, preferably including experience in a Finance leadership role within a multinational consumer products business

Key skills and behaviours

  • A team player who strives in a challenging and fast-moving environment
  • Role model people management and development skills
  • Ability to engage and influence people tasked with delivering planned outcomes. Help drive actions to close gaps and make trade-offs around the region
  • Excellent commercial knowledge and capabilities
  • Ability to use information to identify opportunities for improvement and to drive positive change within the business
  • Budgeting & strategic planning (inc. S&OP)
  • Embraces diversity, inclusion, and equity as a business imperative
  • Collaborative approach to problem solving
  • Intellectual Curiosity
  • Able to effectively prioritize and manage multiple tasks whilst achieving deadlines
  • Self-starter, proactive and motivated
  • Ability to work autonomously
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills

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