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Call for Sligo graduates to support the global Irish whiskey success story

Irish Distillers, Ireland’s leading supplier of spirits and wines and producer of the world’s most well-known and successful Irish whiskeys, is calling on applicants from Sligo to join the Jameson International Graduate Programme and realise their potential while helping grow one of Ireland’s best known brands.

Irish Distillers is looking for graduates from Sligo to follow in the footsteps of Roisin Macey, Saraid McCarrick and Gary Feeney from Sligo who are currently Jameson Brand Ambassadors in San Francisco, Quebec and Nashville respectively.

Jameson continues to spearhead the renaissance of the Irish whiskey category, with the brand reaching its 27th year of consecutive growth, making it the most dynamic premium spirits segment globally.

This year Jameson is looking to recruit over 20 graduates for roles in markets such as Germany, France, Italy, Spain, China, Japan and Russia where they will have a unique opportunity to develop fundamental business leadership skills with a globally successful Irish brand, supported by Irish Distillers’ and Pernod Ricard’s international network. At present, there are 75 graduates working in 42 global markets as part of the three-year Jameson International Brand Ambassador programme.

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Gary Feeney from Drumcliffe, who is currently Jameson Brand Ambassador in Nashville said: “My experience on the Jameson International Graduate Programme has been amazing. It is incredible to think that as a new graduate,

I am playing a role in driving the success of an Irish brand globally and supporting the global Irish whiskey success story. Already I have encountered numerous challenges and in dealing with them, honed skills which will stand to me whatever my next career move may be. Knowing that the global Jameson family are there to support me on this exciting journey makes this experience all the more rewarding. Nashville is a long way from Drumcliffe, but it’s been an incredible adventure and one I’d encourage everyone to try!”

Sinéad D’Arcy, Jameson International Graduate Programme Manager said: “Jameson is the No. 1 Irish whiskey in the world with 27 years of consecutive growth. Our programme, established 25 years ago, has played a central role in this phenomenal growth story. We’re proud to offer Ireland’s best young graduates an experience like no other.

"With graduates in over 40 countries all around the world, the sun never sets on the Jameson International Graduate Programme. What starts in Dublin can take you anywhere from Berlin to Brussels or Bueno Aries to Boston. Whether you want experience with an emerging market, or in a developed market, our programme is for you.

“Since we launched in 1991 we have seen 34% of the 352 graduates who have come through the programme retained in Irish Distillers or the wider Pernod Ricard Group. This includes leadership figures such as Simon Fay, Irish Distillers International Marketing Director, who started the programme as a Jameson Brand Ambassador for South Africa in 1998. We’re looking for creative, self-starters that want to create their own future and make the most of global opportunities with global brands.

"We don’t place too much emphasis on academic qualifications, our emphasis is on finding candidates with the right attitude to represent our brand on a global stage. We provide the support structures and resources for graduates to fulfil their potential and in return our graduates can kick start their career while helping to share an Irish success story with the world.

“The majority of our graduate have a business, marketing or languages background but we are open to graduates from all disciplines. Our graduates come from backgrounds as diverse as law, physiotherapy and psychology. What we look for are candidates with a well-rounded college and life experience.”

Online applications are now open at www.jamesongraduateprogramme.com and close at 1pm Monday 16th January 2017.