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International Graduate Programme

International Graduate Programme

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From Germany to Spain, Russia to China, there are over 100 Jameson International Brand Ambassadors in over 50 markets across the globe. Jameson is a truly global brand. Therefore, we need a truly global community to represent us in the four corners of the world.

Online applications are now open for our 2019 programme intake. The closing date for submission of a fully completed application is Wednesday 16th January 2019 by 1pm. This year we are looking for over 20 graduates to join our global Brand Ambassador community.

What's the graduate programme about?

The Jameson International Graduate Programme is a three-year programme with two rotations (one for the first 12 months and the second for 24 months). Progression through each year is based on performance.

At its very core, the Jameson International Graduate Programme is a brand advocacy programme that gives graduates the opportunity to go abroad to build brand awareness for our world-renowned Irish whiskey with consumers, bartenders and influencers in various countries.

Brand Ambassadors gain experience in fields such as marketing, sales, digital, event management and much, much more.

Becoming a Jameson Brand Ambassador is a once in a lifetime opportunity to work closely with local brand teams in international markets, and introduce the world to the Jameson way of life. Brand Ambassadors work across a wide range of marketing activities such as brand education, event management and digital. You’ll work with local brand teams and off your own initiative to be on a first name basis with bartenders, distributors, agencies and influencers alike.

As our Brand Ambassadors come from a variety of backgrounds from law, arts and psychology to business and marketing (to name but a few) we ensure that our four-week induction training programme covers all the bases to make sure our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to feel confident moving to their international market to hit the ground running as a Jameson Brand Ambassador.

After your initial four weeks of intensive training in our head office in Dublin and our distillery in Midleton, you will hop on a plane, arrive in your international destination and begin to explore your new home.

Video: What is a Grad Programme?

As an International Programme, having an international language is desirable. 80% of our Graduates speak an international language and 20% speak English only The languages we recruit are French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Hebrew, Russian, Korean, Mandarin and Japanese.

Qualifications are essential. Our programme is for those who want to kick start a career in international marketing. Our graduates come from a variety of backgrounds – Business, Languages, Law, Psychology, and Arts to name a few.

We don’t just look at languages and qualifications, we look at the strength you can bring to the role. The following will also help you stand out from the crowd:

  • You're a creative thinker and a highly enthusiastic self-starter (but probably don't use phrases like self-starter)
  • You have strong business know-how
  • You're independent, self-motivated and can work off your own initiative
  • You are passionate about brand marketing
  • You're outgoing, confident and an excellent communicator
  • You're willing and able to adapt to new countries and cultures
  • You have a positive attitude towards problem solving (this is where your creativity comes in)
  • You're a hard worker, obviously
  • You embody the Jameson spirit of wit, charm, and charisma
  • You're driven to succeed (with a full driver's licence)

Apart from the opportunity to fast track your international career ambitions with the world's most iconic and best-selling Irish whiskey brand, some other perks include:

  • 4-week induction training programme in Head Office, Dublin
  • 1 week comprehensive whiskey education at The Irish Whiskey Academy in Midleton Distillery, Co. Cork
  • 3 year programme typically includes 2 international rotations:
    Rotation 1: 12 months
    Rotation 2: 24 months
    Progression within the programme is performance dependent.
  • Competitive salary
  • Two returns flights to Ireland per year (for business purposes)
  • Mobile phone
  • Laptop
  • Company car

What kind of training do Brand Ambassadors receive?

Through our multi-award winning training and development programme we support you on your journey to becoming the best professional you can be. One of the great things about our programme is that it supports both your personal and professional growth. In fact, we take this aspect of our programme so seriously that we’ve dedicated a whole section to it!

Read all about it here

Do you need to speak an international language?

Speaking an international language is not a requirement for our programme. That said, owing to the global nature of our International Graduate Programme, competency in any of the following languages is highly desirable: French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Russian, Mandarin and Japanese. Of course, fluency in English is essential as this is the business language of Irish Distillers and Pernod Ricard.

For those of you with a passion for languages the role of Brand Ambassador is a wonderful opportunity to build confidence, improve and develop fluency in an international language, while working in a fast-paced, fun environment.

So whether you’ve been speaking French since birth, or have elected to study it at University level, the Jameson International Graduate Programme offers you the perfect chance to bring your language skills to the next level.

Career Progression:
Life After the Programme

Upon completing our programme between 70-80% of our graduates move into permanent post programme roles within Irish Distillers or Pernod Ricard globally. Upon finishing the programme, graduates have gone into sales and marketing roles with some specialising in areas such as digital, experiential or brand education.

We are upfront about saying that there is no guarantee of a permanent role post programme, but we are here to support you on your next career move be that internally with Irish Distillers or Pernod Ricard or a move externally. In fact, we have a full programme to support our graduates transition from our programme into their post programme roles. This includes career workshops, one-to-one career coaching and interview skills sessions.

While a lot of the current employees at Irish Distillers have come through our graduate programme, we have alumni such as Ciarán O’Donovan across all five continents. Check out his career journey below and the Career Progression section for more programme alumni stories.

Video: Ciaran O'Donovan's Jameson journey

How to apply

We’re not looking for the finished product, we’re passionate about finding the right raw ingredients.

There are two parts of our application process:

  1. A written application
  2. A 2-minute video application

Once you've completed both the written application and the 2-minute video, you're good to go!

While we are open to graduates from all degree types applying for our International Graduate Programme you must have a full, clean driving license to apply as most Brand Ambassadors will have their own car whilst out in the market. If you're in the process of attaining your license, please put down your test date in the application form. The cut off for passing your driving test is 31st March 2019.

Read all about it here Apply now

Video: Rebecca's successful application

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