IT Graduate Programme

The newly launched Irish Distillers IT Graduate Programme offers bright and ambitious IT graduates the opportunity to work with the world’s leading producer of Irish Whiskey.

Graduates will partner and support the Irish Distillers business, working as part of a wider European based Pernod Ricard IT Solutions team. Based in Dublin 4, the IT Solutions team are responsible for the design, development and deployment of technology solutions that drive business effectiveness and innovation.  Our IT team work in an agile and fast paced environment, partnering with internal business customers to develop, enhance and maintain IT solutions that are critical to the efficient operation of our business.  Working on the latest platforms and technologies, Graduates will get the opportunity to shape and apply technological solutions to real world business problems. 

Our structured and challenging 2 year Programme offers real responsibilities, planned learning, rotations and project work.  You will develop the soft and technical skills required to become a future leader, while getting exposure to business-critical projects and access to deep expertise.  

You will also have the opportunity to develop skills in a variety of areas, such as: project management, digital sales and marketing, software development, platform management, IT architecture, business intelligence and business engagement.

Our committed mentors and experienced team come from a diverse range of backgrounds and will help you thrive in our fun and welcoming environment

Our Company

Irish Distillers is Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of some of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys. Led by Jameson Irish whiskey, the world’s best selling Irish whiskey, our brands are exported to over 130 markets. We produce several families of Irish whiskey including Jameson, Powers, Midleton Very Rare, the Spot range, Redbreast and Method & Madness.  

At the core of everything we do is a passion for our craft, a commitment to sustainability and an ambition to create drinks that can be enjoyed the world over. We employ over 600 people across our operations in Cork, Dublin and Belfast.

Irish Distillers joined Pernod Ricard in 1988, gaining access to unprecedented levels of investment and an extensive global distribution network. Pernod Ricard is the No.2 worldwide producer of wines and spirits. Its portfolio includes renowned brands such as Absolut vodka, Chivas Regal, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Mumm and Perrier-Jouët and a portfolio of wines which includes Jacob’s Creek, Campo Viejo and Brancott Estate. Pernod Ricard employs 19,000 people globally and its brands are distributed across 160+ markets  

About IT Solutions

The IT Solutions team works closely with the business on Digital Transformation plans at both a local and global level which leads to the design, development and deployment of solutions to improve business effectiveness and innovation. Employing 42 people across Dublin, Sweden and the UK, the team is divided into five key areas:  

Your Development

Training

The IT Graduate Program will include a series of rotations working across the areas of Business Information/Intelligence, Back Office and Digital Sales & Marketing value streams.  You will be encouraged to experience different areas of the business and to contribute to transformation projects that support our Group strategy.   

We will provide you with a supportive and structured learning environment. Graduates will then be placed on structured rotations within the team working across the different functions within IT Solutions. Graduates will have the support of a mentor & buddy framework, as well as opportunities to work on projects alongside the IT management team, who will be accessible and supportive throughout the 2-year programme.  

Our blended learning programme with help you develop both your technical and leadership skills through a combination of theoretical learning and on the job experience. 

What we look for

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

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

  • Lapto
  • Mobile

Employee Discounts

  • Subsidised canteen
  • Range of discounts with retailers

Wellbeing

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

The Recruitment Process

Our applications are currently now OPEN and will close on November 30th 2021. The interview process will take place December 2021 and January 2022 and the Graduate Programme will start date of Autumn 2022, after you graduate. We encourage you to apply as early as possible as we will be screening on an ongoing basis between September 2021 to November 2021. The selection process involves; 

  1. Online application form
  2. 30 minutes MS Teams screening with a member of the recruitment team 
  3. Interview with a member of the IT Leadership team
  4. Online psychometric test  
  5. Subject to government guidelines, final round on site at our Head Office in Ballsbridge in Dublin 

Frequently asked questions

When will applications close?

Applications close in November 30th 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 Recruitment Team on an ongoing basis up until early December.

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.

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

Questions ( 150-400 words )

  1. What area of IT are you most passionate about and why?
  2. What has been your favourite module at university and why?
  3. What is your greatest achievement?
  4. Why are you interested in the IT Graduate Programme with Irish Distillers?
  5. Why did you decide to study your chosen IT specialism?
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.

Will interviews be face to face or virtual?

We will complete 1st and 2nd rounds virtually by MS Teams. The final round interview maybe face to face on site at Dublin, subject to government guidelines. We would love to meet you in person ( if possible! )

How long will the application process take?

It really depends on how prepared you are. It should not take more than 15 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 or other interviews only.

What is involved in the video interview?

During the virtual Microsoft Teams interview, selected candidates will speak with a member of our Graduate 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 and Jameson. Where can I find this information?

We have lots of detail on our website. However we’d also recommend visiting the Irish Distillers website, our Linkedin Company page, follow us on Instagram, Twitter and the Jameson Whiskey websites. Feel free to follow us on our social media channels below that will offer you more insights.

Am I able to apply for other Irish Distillers Graduate Programmes?

You, can apply for both programmes. However, if you are offered and accept a position on the IT Graduate Programme, you cannot proceed with your application for another 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 IT Graduate Programme is 30th of November 2021. The closing date for the International Programme is in 2022.

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 and take everything into account. We look for people with the right attitude, who fit our unique culture, so we will consider everything.

Can I speak to someone about your Graduate 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 gradIT@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 IT Graduate Programme if I need a work permit?

We are looking for people who are fully eligible to work in Ireland permanently.

Technical difficulties, what should I do?

If you are experiencing difficulties, please feel free to contact gradIT@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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