Our Recruitment Process
FIND OUT ABOUT OUR FOUR-STEP PROCESS
Online applications for the Jameson International Graduate Programme will open on September 27th this year.
The application process includes a brief written application and the submission of a supporting 2-minute video application. Both elements provide you with the chance to show us you have Serious Character and tell your story, your way.
Applications open September 2023 for the Jameson International Graduate Programme 2024.
If you have any questions as you work your way through your online application, you can contact us through our live chat function.
Our dedicated graduate recruitment team review your online application.
The team start by reading your written application. This is the first impression the team get of you and your application. Next, the team watch your 2-minute video application. It is important that you stick to the 2-minute limit on this. This shows that you are following the guidelines for application.
To help us select the next generation of Jameson Brand Ambassadors we invite applicants that have been successful at screening stage to attend Assessment Centres. The Assessment Centre are a great way for us to get to know you and you to get to know us as a company.
ROUND 1 Assessment Centre for the International Graduate Programme is held in mid-March and ROUND 2 is held in late April.
Assessment Centre is an extremely enjoyable experience, and candidates are assessed on a number of different character traits through the following activities:
- 2-minute Presentation
- Group Exercise
- Language Assessment (where a candidate speaks to an intermediate – fluent level)
After ROUND 2 Assessment takes place, candidates can expect to find out if they have been successful in their application for the programme by end of June.
Every candidate who attends Assessment Centre receives a feedback report on how they performed across all activities.
Start date for the programme is late-July each year. The programme kicks off with an intensive 4-week induction programme which is based in Irish Distillers Head Office Dublin and our distillery in Midleton, Cork. Check out the Training section of this site for more detail.
Hints and Tips
To apply for the programme you can have studied any discipline. We currently have graduates from disciples that range from Law to Archaeology, Drama studies to Arts on our programme.
While we don’t mind what you have studied you must have a full, clean driving licence, or be in the process of attaining one, to apply for this programme. We hire for 8 main languages: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese.
While it’s preferable to speak an international language, it is by no means a requirement and there are plenty of English-speaking markets, such as the UK, Canada, US and Australia
Written Application tips
When reviewing applications, we start with the written application, so this is your opportunity to give us an insight into your Serious Character and ensure that first impressions count.
- Read through the written application and start to plan out your answers.
- Write your answer to each question out in a separate document and save this. If you start writing your answer into the online form straight away you may have spelling or punctuation mistakes. Plus, this means you have a saved copy of all your answers for your own personal records. Handy!
- If you speak an international language be honest about your proficiency in that language in your application. Honesty is always the best policy!
- Be as clear and concise as possible
This is your story, tell it your way. Fill in each field of the online written application as honestly and as well as possible. If you have any uncertainties along the way you can contact us through our live chat function or check out our FAQs.
Video Application tips
- Shoot in landscape (that’s the sideways one).
- Record in the highest quality possible – don’t worry, our servers can take it.
- Try to avoid background noise, unless you’re going for a crowd scene…
- Should you have any questions regarding your upload, you can contact us through our live chat function for help.
If you are looking for some inspiration for your video application check out the video below.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW LONG IS THE JAMESON INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE PROGRAMME?
The Jameson International Graduate Programme is an initial 13-month offering which typically includes a 4-week induction training programme in August followed by a 12-month market placement. After this initial 12-month market placement you have the opportunity to rotate to a new market for an additional 12-months. This second rotation can be extended up to 24-months. Market rotation is performance dependent.
WHERE WILL I BE BASED?
We currently have over 55 Brand Ambassadors based in 39 international markets across Europe, Asia, LATAM and Africa. We are always looking to broaden our horizons & break into new markets this is why we look for candidates with an international language and a passion for foreign cultures.
WILL I BE GIVEN RESPONSIBILITY FROM THE START?
This is your opportunity to make your mark, both on your career and as a future leader for the Jameson brand. You will be assigned a mentor who will be a graduate in their third year of the programme. In addition, you will work closely with your foreign based Jameson brand manager and under an Irish Distillers Market Activation Manager who will outline your specific objectives, however you will be encouraged to follow John Jameson’s lead and take the initiative in your work.
IS A DRIVING LICENCE REQUIRED?
Yes, all graduate roles within Irish Distillers require a full, clean driving licence as a company car is one of the many perks in most international markets. The area / region you cover will vary depending on your market. Applicants must have their full driver’s license in order for their application to be considered.
WHAT DOES CAREER PROGRESSION AT JAMESON LOOK LIKE?
This really is up to you. Make an impression in your first year and you can apply to rotate to a new market in your second year. The graduate programme has launched many different careers in Irish Distillers in areas such as marketing, brand management, event management and other commercial roles. Indeed over 50% of the International Marketing Team in Irish Distillers launched their careers through the graduate programme. A number of programme alumni work in Pernod Ricard affiliates in London, Milan, Paris, NYC, Sydney & Toronto post programme. Your career opportunities are limited only by your own ambitions.
WHAT SORT OF PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SHOULD I EXPECT?
We look for well rounded, confident, charismatic and passionate personalities. We call this ‘Serious Character’. We’ll encourage and develop these attributes and broaden your skills in marketing, presentations, creative thinking, project management and entrepreneurship as part of our development programme ‘Distill Your Own Success’. As the world will be your campus, we will provide you with a strong foundation for an international marketing career.
WILL I GET TO MEET THE OTHER GRADUATES?
We’re a social bunch and we attract like-¬minded people. All new graduates will work together in our intensive 4-week induction programme, prior to heading off to market. In bigger markets, we may even have more than one graduate placement e.g. Indonesia, Spain, France. As a graduate you will be starting with many like-minded people and lifelong friendships often develop. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, these long-distance connections can provide the basis for an international network of friends and colleagues that we consider our global family.
DO YOU ACCEPT PAPER APPLICATIONS, EMAIL APPLICATIONS OR CVs?
Paper applications may have been the cutting edge in John Jameson’s day, but today we expect graduates to be comfortable with an online digital process. Also, video plays a big part in our application process so a regular CV or cover letter is not going to cut it as they won’t showcase that ‘Serious Character’ we look for. That’s why we ask you to apply with a 2-minutre video application supported by a written application.
DO I NEED A SPECIFIC DEGREE?
We are looking for people with an entrepreneurial spirit who have marketing, brand management, project management or other commercial ambitions. As such, we will look for those with a third level degree in a relevant discipline (such as business, marketing or languages for our International Programme), but we do not rule out any others. Bonus points if you can supplement your academic background with some real-life experience.
CAN I DEFER MY PLACE ON THE GRADUATE PROGRAMME UNTIL THE FOLLOWING YEAR?
Unfortunately, you can’t defer your place. Most candidates jump at this once in a lifetime opportunity; however, we do understand that some people may not be in a position to accept an offer, due to circumstances beyond their control. For these individuals we ask them to stay in touch and re-¬apply the following year.
HOW MUCH WILL I BE PAID ON THE GRADUATE PROGRAMME?
You’ll get a competitive remuneration package, including a laptop, phone, flights and a company car, if required. But that’s just the superficial stuff, what you ultimately get is the opportunity to kick-start a lifelong career with Irish Distillers and Pernod Ricard.
WILL WE BE GIVEN TRAINING PRIOR TO COMMENCING OUR ROLES?
In Irish Distillers our training and development programme is call ‘Distill Your Own Success’ this kicks off with a 4-week induction programme. This will give you a grounding in the Jameson world and prepare you for the year ahead in your allocated market.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Once we receive all applications and videos a rigorous consideration process begins. We pride ourselves on the quality of our recruits, so bear with us. You’ve put a lot of time into submitting your application, so we like to ensure we put the time into reviewing your application. When we’ve made our decision, successful applicants will be notified and invited to a ROUND 1 Assessment Centre.
ROUND ONE ASSESSMENT CENTRE
The first-round assessment centre for our International Graduate Programme will take place in April 2023. Candidates will be asked to prepare a short presentation and will undergo group competency assessment and language assessment where applicable. This will be with HR and the Jameson Graduate Programme Team who will determine your overall suitability for the Jameson International Graduate Programme.
ROUND TWO ASSESSMENT CENTRE
Selected candidates who make it to ROUND 2 will again be assessed on their presentation skills and competencies and will undergo a series of interviews with the respective Market Activation Managers. This process is to ensure the correct candidate profile is matched to each market. The different markets have specific requirements for their graduates, so we want to make sure the candidate and the role fit.
THAT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF EFFORT
Getting accepted into the Jameson International Graduate Programme is quite the achievement. We expect our graduates to work hard, the reward is a once in a lifetime opportunity to travel the world and build an international career working for the world’s #1 Irish Whiskey.
WHEN DO APPLICATIONS OPEN?
Applications for the Jameson International Graduate Programme 2023 will open in October 2022. All candidates can apply through our website; jamesongraduateprogramme.com. Keep an eye on our social channels to keep up to date @jamesongradprog.
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