Wicklow graduates needed to play their part in the Irish whiskey success story

Jameson Distillery Midleton

  • Irish Distillers is looking for more applicants to follow in the footsteps of Rory O’Sullivan from Wicklow Town and Louis O’Flynn-Martin from Greystones who are currently Jameson Brand Ambassadors in Nairobi and Kuala Lumpur respectively
  • Over 20 new graduates sought to complement 90 graduates working in 46 global markets as part of the three-year Jameson International Brand Ambassador Programme
  • No minimum grade is required, applications from all degree disciplines welcomed
  • Over one third of the graduates who have come through the programme are still working in Irish Distillers/Pernod Ricard
  • This year marks the 28th year of consecutive growth for Jameson, consolidating its position as one of the most influential premium spirits segment globally, as the Irish whiskey industry go from strength to strength.

Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, is looking for applications from Wicklow graduates to join the Jameson International Graduate Programme. Irish Distillers is looking for more applicants to follow in the footsteps of Rory O’Sullivan from Wicklow Town and Louis O’Flynn-Martin from Greystones who are currently Jameson Brand Ambassadors in Nairobi and Kuala Lumpur respectively.

This unique programme is open to students from all backgrounds with a passion for brand marketing and sales and an ambition to grow the Irish Whiskey industry both at home and abroad. Today, there are 90 graduates working in 46 markets globally developing the Irish whiskey story as part of the Jameson International Brand Ambassador Programme, which was awarded the most popular FMCG graduate employer, as voted for by students, in 2017.

This year Jameson is looking to recruit over 20 graduates for roles in markets such as France, Italy, Spain, UK, USA, China and Japan where they will have a unique opportunity to develop fundamental business leadership skills with a globally successful Irish brand. Throughout the three-year programme successful candidates will be supported in the development of key business skills such as project planning and execution, influencing, relationship building and, key marketing skills such as how to build brand advocacy.

Rory O’Sullivan

Rory O’Sullivan from Wicklow Town, who is currently Jameson Brand Ambassador in Nairobi, Kenya said: “My experience on the Jameson International Graduate Progamme has been incredible. When I graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters in Play-writing and Theatre, I didn’t believe that I could find a role that would combine my interests as well as the Jameson International Graduate Programme does.

I knew I wanted to work in a role where I could advocate on behalf of a brand and tell their story. The Jameson Graduate Progamme has been a perfect match for me in this regard. The responsibility you are given as a new graduate is truly unique, and to be a part of something as dynamic as the Irish whiskey story is immensely rewarding.

Every day is a school day and I am constantly faced with live situations which require my immediate attention and expertise. Rather than seeing this as a challenge, I try to learn something from the new experiences which I know will stay with me, whatever my next career move may be. We’re a particularly lucky group because there is always someone somewhere to bounce ideas off, the programme wouldn’t be what it is today without the support of the entire Jameson family, a group I am proud to be a member of.”

Louis O’Flynn

Speaking about his move to Kuala Lumpur, Louis O’Flynn-Martin from Greystones tells us about his experience: “I always knew I wanted to work in business, but I was unsure of what part exactly. That’s one major benefit to the programme, you have the freedom to explore what you’re good at and find your niche.

When you’re not exploring the markets, you’re exploring the region, getting to know how it ticks and getting the best snaps for your social media. I’m also learning on the job, from understanding local market trends and customs to honing research skills that I first learned throughout my degree.

The best part of the programme is being able to check in with other Brand Ambassadors to see what they think of a launch concept or ways to reach out to trend setters. So even though I’m based in Kuala Lumpur, I am just as connected and supported as those closer to home.”

Sinéad D’Arcy, Jameson International Graduate Programme Manager said: “Most of our graduates have a business, marketing or language background but we are open to graduates from all disciplines. Recent recruits come from backgrounds as diverse as law, arts and psychology. What we look for are candidates with well-rounded college and life experience, who are creative, innovative, self-starters.

“Jameson is the No. 1 Irish whiskey in the world with 28 years of consecutive growth. Established 26 years ago, the programme has played a central role in this success. With graduates in 46 markets all around the world, the sun never sets on the Jameson International Graduate Programme. Whether you want to gain experience developing the Irish whiskey story in a mature market or telling it for the very first time in an emerging market, our programme is for you.

“Since the first graduate programme was launched in 1991 over a third of graduates have been retained in Irish Distillers or the wider Pernod Ricard group, many in leadership roles. Our emphasis is on finding candidates with the right attitude who will flourish in this fluid industry. We don’t place too much emphasis on academic qualifications as we provide the support structures and resources for graduates to fulfil their potential with the help of the wider Jameson family. Every year we are blown away with the talents of those who apply, and we expect this year to be no different.”

Online applications are now open at www.jamesongraduateprogramme.com and close at 1pm Wednesday 17th January 2018.

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