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EN: fluent
JP: fluent
Employment Type
Full time

Job Description

**This person must be Bi-lingual English & Japanese and live near Sapporo**

Cedarfield is growing and we’re seeking a experienced project manager who is goal-driven, shows good judgement, is able to work independently and who understands our business and objectives. This role involves the day-to-day management of the Japanese capital project, vendor and utility relationships, budget tracking, and aiding in the compliance and regulatory requirement in the building of our Japanese facilities.


  • Collaborate, manage, and articulate company objectives to architects, engineers, utilities, and construction teams to develop appropriate sites, structures, systems, and controls to meet the Company’s business and operating requirements
  • Work with vendors to conduct analysis and design of our Japanese distillery campus
  • Support the application and compliance, for relevant incentives, subsidies, and/or inducements related to the construction projects
  • Collaborate with Cedarfield Management to identify, vet, and develop RFPs for potential professional service firms, contractors, and vendors in relation to the Japanese distillery project
  • Aid in the development and maintenance of the capital project budget and initial OpEx model(s)
  • Be a point of contact with external consultants to support project permitting and relevant governing authority compliance
  • Leveraging past experiences and expertise, provide feedback and perspective on the project layouts, designs, and operational plans
  • Collaborate on the development of operational plans and execution strategies to complete the projects in a timely manner while adhering to the agreed upon budget and ensuring project quality. This includes development and management of project schedules.
  • Aid in value engineering exercises as needed
  • Prepare project status reports for director, executives, investor, and stakeholder review upon request
  • Work collaboratively with other Company teams to ensure project remains aligned with Company legal, financial, and business goals, standards, and requirements
  • Support the design and implementation of facility maintenance and upkeep programs


  • Bilingual, must be fluent in Japanese and English (verbal and written)
  • 3+ years of experience in construction project management and/or large scale production facility management
  • Must possess technical experience and demonstrate understanding of construction means and methods
  • Must be highly organized and able to manage complex projects
  • Exhibits a comprehensive understanding of financial calculations, budget creations, contract administration, and strong analytical skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills, along with excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be self-motivated to contribute to the success of the project
  • Ability to rapidly learn about new businesses, industries, and business processes
  • Ability to travel both locally within Japan, and internationally upon occasion
  • Willingness to work and conduct project meetings in multiple time zones

About the Company

The Cedarfield Group (“Cedarfield”) is a Los Angeles-headquartered global spirits company. The Company was founded six years ago by Isser Elishis, the founder and CEO of Waterton Global Resources, a multi-billion-dollar Toronto-based, private equity firm - exclusively backed by institutional investors with the vision of building a global spirits conglomerate.

Cedarfield entered the spirits industry, in 2017, with the launch of IJW Whiskey Company, LLC (“IJW”). IJW, which is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, currently has over 70 employees, a fully integrated infrastructure, and the largest independent inventory of bourbon in the world. Building on the success of IJW, Cedarfield has enlarged its footprint in Kentucky and expanded into other spirits categories across the globe. The Company is currently constructing largescale distilleries in both Kentucky and Japan, has executed investments in leading companies in other spirits categories, and is assessing scaled acquisitions and/or structured financing transactions across additional verticals in the back- and front-end of the global spirits industry. These opportunities include both brands and infrastructure in other spirits categories, such as largescale carve-outs from multinational conglomerates as well as independently owned assets.