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Director Digital Commerce

Denholm Associates
Closing date
27 Feb 2021

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Do you have demonstrable experience in digital commerce, delivering transformational change? Do you possess first-class leadership skills and the ability to build high performing teams, working seamlessly with a wide range of senior stakeholders?

If so, this could be an exciting opportunity for you. Edrington-Beam Suntory UK - the UK's number one whisky supplier - is looking for a Director of Digital Commerce to spearhead a brand-new 'Centre of Excellence' for digital and e-commerce.

We are delighted to be partnering with Edrington-Beam Suntory UK on this rare and special opportunity. Officially recognised as one of the UK's Best Workplaces 2020 and a Centre of Excellence in Wellbeing, the company also clinched 'Employer Brand of the Year' at the Marketing Society awards 2019 and is formally recognised as a Great Place to Work for Women.

As the custodian of the UK's most admired spirits portfolio, including The Macallan, Maker's Mark, Jim Beam, Highland Park and The House of Suntory range of Japanese craft spirits, Edrington-Beam Suntory UK offers a dynamic, friendly and forward-thinking working environment, with a strong and positive culture.

The Director of Digital Commerce is a newly created role reporting directly to the Managing Director and sitting on the UK Executive team. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development of the new 'Centre of Excellence', transforming the organisation's digital commerce capability and accelerating growth within the UK channel, whilst also playing a strategic function within the senior digital commerce teams of global shareholders - Edrington and Beam Suntory.

This fantastic role has both strategic and operational responsibility for the growth of the exceptional brand portfolio in the digital commerce channel and broader digital space across the UK, working in partnership with key functions to deliver brand P&Ls and equity goals. Leading a newly created team, you will be responsible for recruiting and retaining a 'best-in-class' digital commerce function to help Edrington-Beam Suntory UK achieve its ambitions. Developing and embedding the UK digital commerce strategy and being an ambassador for digital commerce internally will be an essential part of your remit, including establishing a digital leadership team.

What does it take to be successful in this role? We are looking for candidates who possess excellent leadership skills with the ability to inspire, bringing high levels of curiosity and agility, with the ability to work collaboratively to deliver results. Strong commercial acumen is imperative, and current knowledge of the UK market, as well as the ability to translate that to working with international/global teams.

Complex stakeholder management skills are key, and it is vital that you can demonstrate your ability to build key relationships and influence at all levels. Experience of working in a fast-paced environment with a track record of developing high performing teams is also key. We are looking for a proven track record in digital commerce where you have been instrumental in driving growth and capability within a business. We are open to industry experience across spirits, wider FMCG, as well as luxury brands and retail. First class communication and influencing skills are essential, whilst being able to seamlessly switch between tactical and strategic topics and deliver successfully within the joint venture structure. This is a tremendous chance to join a growth focused, dynamic and ambitious team where you can make your mark on the success of the business for many years to come.
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