Engineering Graduate Programme

The Irish Distillers Engineering Graduate Programme offers bright and ambitious engineers the opportunity to begin an exciting career with the world’s leading producer of Irish whiskey. Our ambition is to support you to become our engineers of the future.

Graduates will work alongside a world-class whiskey production team in a structured and challenging placement that offers real responsibilities, planned learning, defined rotations and project work.

This year, our two-year programme offers opportunities at Midleton Distillery, Cork where the world’s best-selling Irish whiskeys are created.

You will work with innovative processes and state-of-the-art technology, while drawing on the legacy of our great whiskey makers. From process improvement, automation and sustainability projects, there has never been a more exciting time to join Irish Distillers.

This year we are seeking Level 8 and 9 graduates from the following courses only : Process & Chemical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemical & Biopharmaceutical Engineering.

About production

Led by Jameson, Irish Distillers’ brands are driving the growth of the Irish whiskey category.

Our production facilities are based in Midleton, Cork and in Fox and Geese,Dublin. Midleton Distillery is a complex production environment located on a 65-hectare site. The Irish Distillers’ portfolio, which includes brands such as Jameson, Powers, Midleton Very Rare, the Spot range, Redbreast and Method & Madness are distilled and matured in Midleton. Our Distillery equipment includes fermenters, distillation pots, distillation columns, boilers, pumps, valves and instruments along with an automation control system.

Since 2012, Irish Distillers has invested almost €400m to double production at Midleton Distillery and bottling capacity at Fox and Geese in Dublin to meet global demand for our products.

Midleton Distillery

What we look for

Our culture is a blend of curiosity and craic and our enthusiasm for what we do is infectious. We are looking for a mindset, as well as a skillset. We are looking for:

What we offer

Salary & Profit Share

  • Competitive salary
  • Profit share after 15 months

Pension & Savings

  • Employer matching of up to 10% of salary
  • Saving schemes

Charity Days

  • 2 days Volunteer Leave

Equipment

  • Laptop
  • Mobile

Holidays

  • 20 days annual leave

Employee Discounts

  • Subsidised canteen
  • Range of discounts with retailers

Wellbeing

  • Employee Assistance Programme (EAP)
  • Wellbeing portal and events
  • Virtual fitness classes

Training

Training

Our goal is to enable you become our future generation of engineers by offering you a Graduate Training Programme that fuels your ambition. Our supportive and structured learning programme offers you technical, professional and personal development. This includes:

Meet our Grads

katherine Condon

“Coming from a process engineering background, the Midleton Distillery fulfilled all my expectations with hi-tech equipment, huge pot stills, pumps and pipes. What most impressed me was the supportive, passionate and down-to-earth teams I worked with across production at Irish Distillers. During my time on the graduate programme, I worked on improving fermentation yields, trials in the lab and commissioning new equipment. Today, I oversee the quality of all pot still and grain distillates to ensure the correct balance of flavours in my new position as Distiller. I am incredibly excited about the future of Irish whiskey and the role I can play in it “

Distiller, Midleton Distillery, Cork.
UCC Graduate of Process & Chemical Engineering.

Kevin Twomey

“The Engineering Graduate Programme was a fantastic introduction to the real world of engineering and offered me invaluable exposure to engineering, project work and production. Being surrounded by an encouraging, highly motivated and down-to-earth team helped me to settle in and feel at home in my role quickly. As a graduate I worked in the Micro Distillery assisting the Distiller with gin and whiskey campaigns and then transitioned to the main Distillery where I was a part of the annual shutdown team and worked on the replacement of two pot stills. Irish Distillers offers a unique career in an exciting and interesting environment”

Kevin Twomey
Process Engineer
BEng Process & Chemical Engineering, UCC

Ciara Fitzgerald

“During the Engineering Graduate Programme, I worked in many different areas at our bottling and logistics plant in Dublin where I was placed for two years. From production to quality to vatting, it’s been challenging and fascinating to be involved the production of Irish whiskeys before they are exported all over the world. Being part of the team to install the first robotic arm on site was a stand-out moment, but there have been so many highlights as our plant moves towards lean production. Irish Distillers genuinely feels like a large family. People are friendly, willing to help and most importantly incredibly proud of what they do.”

Ciara Fitzgerald
Process Optimisation Engineer
BEng Mechanical Engineering, DCU

Better balance in Engineering

While our focus is always on the individual, not their gender, Irish Distillers has created a supportive environment for women in production. We are committed to nurturing female talent to maintain a strong pipeline of skilled female professionals within our operations. We are proud that 72% of our current and alumni Graduate Engineers are female. We achieve this by providing an inclusive work environment with supports including mentoring, flexible working, wellbeing programme, maternity coaching and more.

Larissa Marrichi

“My advice to other women interested in STEM is simply to be fearless in pursuing the career you want, even if it’s in a traditionally male sector. You will be surprised by the strides that you can achieve. I have been supported by Irish Distillers every step of the way, and even picked up a Cork accent.”

Larissa Marrichi
Distiller, Micro Distillery

Application

Application process

Our application process involves 6 clear stages outlined in more detail below.

  1. Online application process
  2. MS Teams interview with a member of our Graduate Recruitment Team 
  3. Face to face interview with Engineering Leaders
  4. Online psychometric test  
  5. Final round meeting with our Site Leadership
  6. Offer 

Frequently asked questions

When will applications close?

Applications close in October 28th 2021.

Should I apply before the closing date?

Yes, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We will be conducting video interviews with our Graduate Engineering Team right throughout September and October.

How do I make an online application?

Your start your application by accessing our Global Pernod Ricard Recruitment system called Workday.

  1. Click on the Apply Now button at the bottom of this page which will direct you to our job advert
  2. Click on the Apply Now button on our job advert which will direct you to the recruitment system.
  3. Please do not apply using your LinkedIn profile
  4. You will need to create your own personal account to allow you to upload your CV and complete the application.
  5. You will receive a verification e-mail with your username and a separate login. Click on the email link to activate your account. You can now complete your application. Please activate the link within 7 days.
What are the steps involved in the online application?

Once you have activated your account, you will be asked to attach and upload your CV, add your personal details and your work & education history. You will then be asked to answer some short and general questions about your background and interest in Irish Distillers. Below are the questions we recommend you prepare in advance.

What questions will I be asked? Do I need to prepare my questions in advance?

Questions:

  • Why are you interested in applying to the Engineering Graduate Programme at Irish Distillers? How do you feel your skills are relevant? (150 – 400 words max)
  • Why did you decide to study your chosen engineering specialism? (150 -400 words max)
  • Describe a project that you have worked on during your studies? (150- 400 words max)
  • What have been your favourite 2 modules in University and how are they relevant to the work we do? (150-400 words max)
  • Tell us more about your work experience and how the skills you acquired might be transferable to Irish Distillers? (150-400 words max)

What is your greatest achievement? (150- 400 words max)

Can I save my application and return to it at a later date?

Firstly, we recommend you prepare and save the answers in a document in advance, so you can take the time to reflect on your responses. You will find the detailed questions we ask above.
You can go back to your application at any time. It is saved in real-time as you add the information. We have no visibility of your application information until you press “Submit” at the very end once you are happy with everything.

Please ensure you hold onto your email and password. You can go back into your application by selecting Apply Now and “Continue Application” or Sign In to view your application anytime.

You can go back to your application at any time. It is saved in real-time as you add the information so you don’t have to press ‘save’ as you go along. We have no visibility of your application information until you press “Submit” at the very end, once you are happy with everything.

Can I apply by email instead?

Unfortunately, no. All applications must be tracked through our recruitment system. See below if you are experiencing difficulties.

How long will the application process take?

It really depends on how prepared you are. It should not take more than 20-30 minutes once you have the answers to the questions above prepared. Don’t forget you can always save your application and return to it if want to go offline to prepare your answers.

Can I re-apply if I am unsuccessful?

Yes, you can reapply the following year. Every application is a learning experience.

I’ve forgotten my password. Can I reset it?

Yes, just go back into the jobs advert via the APPLY NOW below and you can reset your password at the Sign In button on the top right.

Can I get feedback?

We will provide feedback after the video interview.

What is involved in the video interview?

During the virtual Microsoft Teams interview, selected candidates will speak with a member of our Graduate Engineering Recruitment Team. It will be a non-technical interview that centres around your career ambitions, work, college and life experience. This will take no more than 30 minutes. It is also an opportunity for you to get to know us too.

I’d like to know more about Irish Distillers. Where can I find this information?

We have lots of detail on the Irish Distillers website. However we’d also recommend visiting the Irish Distillers website and the Jameson Whiskey websites. Feel free to follow us on our social media channels that will offer you more insights. The Irish Distillers company page on LinkedIn provides regular updates on what is happening in our business.

Am I able to apply for both the International Programme and the Engineering Programme?

You, can apply for both programmes. However, if you are offered and accept a position on the Engineering Programme, you cannot proceed with your application for the International Programme. If you choose not to accept an offer, you can progress an application for the International Graduate Programme. Please note, the closing date for the Engineering Programme is 28thof October. The closing date for the International Programme is mid-January.

Do you have minimum academic entry requirements?

No. However we would like to understand your projected degree grade (overall result: GPA on the online application) so that we can fully assess your application. We look for people with the right attitude, who fit our unique culture, so we will take every aspect into account.

Can I speak to someone about your Graduate Engineering Programme or application process?

We hope we have responded to all possible questions here. However, if you still have a question, please feel free to email it to gradeng@pernod-ricard.com. We will get back to you as quickly as we can. Please include your mobile number with the query.

Can I apply to the Engineering Graduate Programme if I need a work permit?

We are looking for people with a Stamp 4 visa or EU passport holders.

Technical difficulties, what should I do?

If you are experiencing difficulties, please feel free to contact gradeng@pernod-ricard.com. To avoid disappointment, we recommend applying as early as you can in case you do encounter difficulties.

Great, I’m clear on everything, how do I start the application process?

Click the Apply Now button below to start your application. This will redirect you to our corporate site and from there please press “Apply Now” to create your account and initiate the application process.

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