Environmental & Sustainability Engineer

Beam Suntory
Glasgow, Scotland
May 17, 2022
May 30, 2022
Position Type
Engineer, Staff Engineer
Organization Type
Firm, Consulting Engineering
With two centuries of family heritage, Beam Suntory is a world leader in premium spirits. As a truly global business, we bring together the best of our culturally diverse heritage. We value both agility and long-term thinking, we share a collective commitment to excellence and a dedication to craftsmanship, and across borders and roles, we collaborate to delight our consumers responsibly, and contribute to a more sustainable society for all of our stakeholders.

Our Vision is Growing for Good and our mission is to be the world's most admired, fastest-growing premium spirits' company. We're a business that runs on responsibility, integrity, ambition, and drive, and we celebrate exceptional performance. We welcome our people to dream big and tenaciously pursue ambitious goals - we call it our Yatte Minahare Spirit.

But perhaps most importantly - we value difference, and we appreciate what each of us can contribute. We inspire each other, and challenge ourselves to innovate, improve, advance new ideas and try new things. We create endless opportunities to Unleash Your Spirit every day in a culture that is charged, creative, challenging and fun.

What makes this a great opportunity?

Beam Suntory has recently established its first enterprise-wide sustainability strategy to elevate the company's commitment to all key elements of sustainability and establish a leadership position in our industry and beyond. Inspired by the philosophy and values of our parent company, Beam Suntory's Growing for Good sustainability strategy demonstrates our ambitions to make a positive impact on the planet, our consumers, and our communities. It's built on a simple but powerful framework distinctive to Beam Suntory - Nature Positive, Consumer Positive and Community Positive - supported by ambitious goals reflective of our unique Yatte Minahare spirit and framed by a compelling narrative. The company plans an external announcement of its strategy in Q1 2021.

The Role

To support our sustainability ambition, Proof Positive , Beam Suntory is hiring a team of environmental and sustainability professionals. This Environmental & Sustainability Engineer will be based in Scotland, supporting our full UK&I Estate (Scotch, Irish and Gin). This role will also feed into the larger global environmental & sustainability team. Reporting into the Environmental & Sustainability Manager (UK&I), this position is responsible for supporting business compliance with current, and future, energy and environmental legislation and targets, both internal and external, through the identification and delivery of improvement projects focusing on water, energy & carbon. This important role will help ensure that Beam Suntory goes beyond compliance in the attainment of all environmental and sustainability objectives and targets as we work toward our Proof Positive and Scottish Whisky Association ambitions.

Role Responsibilities

  • Act as the sustainability subject matter expert (SME) on best practices to manage compliance and reduce energy, water, and waste.
  • Identify improvement projects and implementation plans for Energy and Water optimization, Carbon reduction, general efficiency improvements and waste reduction.
  • Work with others to develop project ideation, validate cost savings and execute projects related to the reduction of energy usage and the associated carbon footprint in existing and new systems, the reduction of the water footprint, and the optimization of all process and co-product streams towards creation of a sustainable business operation.
  • Develop additional, and manage current energy, carbon, water, packaging, and waste key performance indicators (KPIs) and report on benchmarks.
  • Monitor and track current fuel, electricity, water, wastewater, recycling, and disposal costs.
  • Develop best operating practices for design, maintenance and operation of utility and energy management systems with regards to energy and water use.
  • Evaluate, contract, and manage consulting engineers as required.
  • Engage the production facilities in personal development, mentoring, and training about sustainability activities.
  • Interface with engineers to define project scope requirements and incorporate corporate standards with regards to sustainability.
  • Assist in the development of new installation techniques and standards. Troubleshoot technical issues related to sustainability equipment and processes. Manage technical documents related to sustainability standards and other guidance.
  • Prepare and communicate sustainability presentations to management, site visit reports, meeting minutes, schedules, and routine status updates for sustainability projects.
  • Deputise for the Environmental & Sustainability Manager in matters relating to the global environmental & sustainability CoE.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications & Experience
  • Bachelor of Science Degree (or higher) in: Environmental, Chemical, Mechanical, or Civil Engineering or relevant scientific discipline. Equivalent experience may be considered.
  • Ability to work toward professional certifications strongly desired.
  • 5 - 7 years' experience in a similar role, ideally within the spirits industry or a similar FMCG environment, engaging with key Business Leaders and SHE advisors.
  • A strong grounding in process engineering or project management and strong technical expertise in conducting assessments at manufacturing sites, evaluating options/technology, and recommending short and long-term improvements.
  • Knowledge and experience of managing and developing an EMS to the ISO 14001:2015 standard.
  • Competent computer skills (Microsoft Office, etc.)
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings, schematics, and computer-generated reports.
  • Must be fluent in English; second language is a plus but not required. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and written, and explain technical concepts or innovations to technical and non-technical employees.
  • Physical requirements: ability to conduct visits and "gemba" activities throughout the manufacturing site- on-grade, below-grade and above-grade working surfaces.
  • All applicants must have legal authorization to work in the country in which the manufacturing site is located. The candidate must be able to travel to (and throughout) countries in which BSI has manufacturing locations (travel
  • A successful candidate will have a passion for sustainability and strong engineering technical skills while working collaboratively with others and bring a forward-thinking and entrepreneurial spirit to the position.


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, colour, 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.