Online applications for the Jameson International Graduate Programme will open in late October 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 2021
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, 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 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.
- HOW LONG IS THE JAMESON INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE PROGRAMME?
The Jameson International Graduate Programme is an initial 13 month offering this includes a one-month induction training programme in our Head Office Dublin and Distillery in Midleton, Cork 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 60 Brand Ambassadors based across 40 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 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.
- 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. Your career opportunities are limited only by your own ambitions and dedication.
- WHAT SORT OF PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SHOULD I EXPECT?
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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- DO YOU HAVE A WORK PLACEMENT OR INTERNSHIP PROGRAMME?
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.
- 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. 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 first round assessment.
- ROUND ONE ASSESSMENT CENTRE
The first round Assessment Centre for our International Graduate Programme will take place at the end of March 2021. 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.
- THAT SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF EFFORT
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.
- HOW TO UPLOAD YOUR VIDEO TO YOUTUBE AND VIMEO
Visit YouTube.com and sign in or create an account
- Click ‘Upload’ at the top right of the home page
- Select your file to upload
- Click the dropdown menu and select ‘Unlisted’
- If you set it to Private we will not be able to see it!
- Unlisted means that only people with the link to the video can view it.
- Click 'Done'
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- Click ‘Upload’ in the top right hand corner
- On the Privacy drop down box, select ‘Only People with the Private Link’
- Then click choose file to upload and select your video
- Once your video has finished uploading, click the green box ‘Upload complete! Go to video’
- From here you can preview your video
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