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Recruitment Process


Recruitment Process

Recruitment Process

Steps outlined below

Online applications for the Jameson International Graduate Programme opens the last week in September each 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.

The closing date for the programme is Wednesday 15th January 2020. For successful applicants the programme has a start date in mid-July each year.

If you have any questions as your work your way through your online application, you can contact us through our live chat function.

Our dedicated HR and Graduate Recruitment team go through each completed application individually.

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 of Assessment Centre for the International Graduate Programme is held in late-February and ROUND 2 is held in 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)
  • Face-to-face interview

For a sneak peak into assessment centre check out the video below.

After Round 2 Assessment takes place, candidates can expect to find out if they have been successful for the programme by mid-May. Every candidate gets a feedback report on how they performed in assessment centre activities.

Start date for the programme is mid-July each year.

Hints and tips

A few key tips:

International Graduate Programme

To apply for this 3-year rotational 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, Russian, 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 Hints & 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 or check out our FAQs.

Video Application Hints & 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 for help.

If you are looking for some inspiration for your video application check out Rebecca's video. Rebecca joined the programme in 2017 as Jameson Brand Ambassador based in Milan, Italy and is now based in New York.

Video: Rebecca's successful application

Got questions

Our most frequently asked questions

The Jameson International Graduate Programme is a three year programme. An initial 13 month contract is offered for year one which includes a one month induction training programme in our Head Office Dublin and Distillery in Midleton, Cork followed by a 12-month market placement. The programme offers two international rotations. Rotation within the programme is performance dependent. The first placement is typically 12-month then you rotate to a new international market for 24-months.

For many this is just a first step on a lifelong career with Pernod Ricard. Check out the Career Progression section of this website for examples of career journeys our graduates have taken post programme.

We currently have almost 100 Brand Ambassadors based across 50 international markets across Europe, Asia, America, Middle East and Africa, however we are always looking to broaden our horizons, so keep your passport handy. This is why we look for candidates with an international language and a passion for foreign cultures.
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 Lead who will outline your specific objectives, however you will be encouraged to follow John Jameson’s lead and take the initiative in your work.
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 that you cover will vary depending on your market. Wherever there are Jameson glasses being clinked, will be your territory. If you don't have a full licence but have applied for your driving test then include this date in your online application.
This really is up to you. Make an impression in your first year and we will offer you a second year placement in another market. 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. Your career opportunities are limited only by your own ambitions and dedication.
We look for well rounded, confident, charismatic and passionate personalities. We’ll encourage and develop these attributes and broaden your skills in sales and marketing, presentations, creative thinking, project management and entrepreneurship. As the world will be your campus, we will also provide you with a strong foundation for an international marketing career.
We're a social bunch and we attract like-­minded people. All new graduates will work together in our intensive four week induction training programme, prior to heading off to market. In bigger markets, we may even send out more than one graduate (for example we have 12 Brand Ambassadors based across the USA, 3 in Canada, 7 in France, 3 in India, 3 in China and 3 based in Thailand). As a graduate you will be thrown together with many similar and interesting 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.
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.
The Jameson International Graduate Programme and the Jameson Graduate Distiller Programme are the only programmes we have. This allows us to focus all our attention on the next generation of Jameson careers.
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. For our Graduate Distiller Programme we need our graduates to have more specific backgrounds in Process and Chemical Engineering, Environmental Science or Food Science. Bonus points if you can supplement your academic background with some real life experience.
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.
The exact figure changes each year depending on the foreign markets we target, but we will be looking for approximately 20 International Brand Ambassadors and two Graduate Distillers in 2020.
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.
We will conduct an intensive four week induction training programme in the Irish Distillers Head Office in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. This will give you a grounding in the Jameson world and prepare you for the year ahead in your allocated market.
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 first round assessment.
The first round assessment centre for our International Graduate Programme will take place in February and March 2020. 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 Graduate Programme.
Selected candidates who make it to Round Two will again be assessed on their presentation skills and competencies, and will have to undergo a series of interviews with the respective Market Leads. This process is to ensure that the correct candidate profile is matched to each market. The different markets have specific requirements for their graduates so we want to make sure that the candidate and the role fit.
Getting accepted as a Jameson Graduate is quite the achievement, as we only hire the best candidates. 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.
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