Careers

Our employees are our biggest and best asset: they work hard to deliver market leading services, innovative products and creative solutions.

And we know that one of the most powerful ways of maintaining this excellence is by providing the perfect environment to help them progress.

We recognise that it is critical to encourage openness, innovation and diversity in order to foster friendships that uniquely define our business. We promote entrepreneurship and empower or employees to make a difference. We want our people to grow, develop their talent and become leaders of tomorrow. We believe that they are the driving force of their own careers.

Our teams

We offer a wide range of opportunities and are continually looking for entrepreneurs with a creative, innovative and passionate drive.

 

Are you one of them? What should you expect?

The vision for Pernod Ricard UK’s Marketing team is to become the most progressive and effective marketing team in the drinks sector. It is intended that through the development of an outstanding department we can play our role in the successful performance of our brands which will in turn deliver incremental gains for the company overall.

The role for Marketing is multi-faceted and involves strategic planning of brand and portfolio initiatives, a capacity to deliver excellent execution of all forms of communication to both consumers and customers and a real expertise in all areas of the marketing mix.

What are the vital ingredients that we’re looking for?

We search for a mix of positivity, creativity, strong innovation skills, emotional intelligence, strategic vision, capacities for planning and financial management, and of course, your own personal style.

Our Commercial teams are committed to developing our brands and company leadership nationally. We pride ourselves on creating mutually beneficial business relationships with our partners.

The expert areas of commercial roles include customer management, key account management, category management and business intelligence to name a few. These true entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for new opportunities to grow, by developing strategies to increase market share. Our approach is that business is serious in the making, and convivial in the execution.

What are those vital ingredients that we’re looking for?

We search for people with strong commercial foundations and passion for numbers combined with strong emotional intelligence, integrity and a positive, dynamic attitude.

Since the beginning Pernod Ricard UK has nurtured ambitious business objectives ensuring that they are communicated effectively to a wide variety of stakeholders while giving prominence to responsibility as a key success factor of its strategy.

Empowering our employees, promoting responsible drinking, working with our communities and engaging our stakeholders are our main objectives.

This team develops and implements corporate, brand and CSR strategies internally and externally through dynamic awareness campaigns, events and internal conferences.

What are those vital ingredients that we’re looking for?

We search for a mix of strong relationship skills, integrity, strategic vision, excellent oral and writing skills, determination, teamwork, an open mind, and of course, your own personal style.

The Finance team is responsible for the organisation of the company’s financial and accounting affairs including the preparation and presentation of business accounts and the provision of financial information for managers

The Finance team works as part of the Business Services team acting as partners as well as technical experts, their contribution is vital. They protect our activities and guarantee high financial performance.

What are those vital ingredients that we’re looking for?

We search for a mix of strong strategic vision, business sense, analytical thinking, leadership, excellent communication and management skills, interdisciplinary management skills, responsiveness, discipline, impartiality, integrity, and of course, your own personal style.

Our Legal team works as part of the Business Services Team and plays a role in protecting Pernod Ricard UK’s assets and interests.

They anticipate, evaluate and manage any potential risks for production and distribution and distribution entities as well as the brands and Group itself.

Our corporate team manages a large variety of subjects such as litigation, local governance and conformity and finance, management of lawsuits and general affairs.

What are those vital ingredients that we’re looking for?

We search for a mix of integrity, strong analytical skills, business sense, excellent oral and writing skills, proactivity, strong emotional intelligence, teamwork, and of course, your on personal style.

Beyond project delivery and operational and daily assistance they provide to all departments as part of the Business Services Team, our IT team commits to serve our digital goals.

The department is split into two teams. Firstly, the Operations Team which provides a helpdesk support service to approximately 250 office based and remote staff, troubleshooting all hardware and managing local data centres. Secondly the Business Solutions team’s role is to develop strong relationships with key users in order to build and support user friendly and highly functional solutions.

What are those vital ingredients that we’re looking for?

We search for a mix of strategic vision, customer focus, independence, teamwork, emotional intelligence, communication, a drive for results and, of course, your own personal style.

People are at the heart of our business and each and every one has a real role to play in delivering our strategic ambitions.  Our role is to attract talented, ambitious and convivial people from a diverse background who, with the right development and support, can build successful careers and contribute to our ambition to become the leader of the industry.  Human Resources is at the heart of our culture as we continually develop and sustain a progressive, flexible and balanced working environment allowing you the freedom to think and act while enjoying great times at Pernod Ricard and retaining your unique, personal style.

What are those vital ingredients that we’re looking for?

We search for a mix of operational and strategic vision, emotional intelligence, analytic thinking, determination, teamwork, integrity an open mind, and of course, your own personal style.

Our Operations team sits within the heart of the business, working closely with every department to ensure that customers are delivered products in the most efficient way. The team’s objective is to provide very high levels of customer service whilst minimising operating costs and working capital. A foundation for us in building strong partnerships and relationships with our internal and external stakeholders, underpinned by a focus on managing the quality of our products from Brand Owner to Consumer.  

The diverse range of roles within the team often leads to career progression within the organisation. Expert areas include supply planning and stock control, demand planning and customer service, logistics, sustainability and supply chain development.

What are those vital ingredients that we’re looking for?

We search for a mix of pragmatism, planning abilities, solutions based and positive attitude, and of course, your own personal style.

Rewarding our employees

Pernod Ricard UK really is the place to work for reward, recognition, enjoyment, excitement, motivation and a challenge! We offer highly competitive total compensation and benefit packages to attract, motivate and retain high-quality talent.

Our offering is designed to promote a high-performance culture that enables Pernod Ricard UK to achieve its vision of leadership within premium spirits and wines.

Our recruitment and development programmes

VALUES AND CULTURE: THE BACKBONE OF OUR BUSINESS

At Pernod Ricard UK, entrepreneurial spirit is at the heart of everything we do. We are committed to empowering our employees to become talented individuals with strong skills that inspire and motivate everyone within our business, our customers, consumers and wider community.

At Pernod Ricard UK, we are committed to fostering a participative style of management and rely on teams led by talented managers with strong leadership skills who inspire and motivate people. Working with us is a fulfilling, challenging and exciting experience and our people agree – we have an outstanding employee engagement score of 95% to support this! Our Employee Value Proposition is the formulation of what makes working for Pernod Ricard UK a special experience. It is what makes us different and desirable. It is our promise as an employer. Our special cocktail is explained in a two-minute video here.

So, if you crave a progressive environment where your entrepreneurial flair, motivation and enthusiasm will thrive, we may be exactly what you’re looking for! Head to our ‘Undergraduate Programme,’ ‘Graduate Commercial Scheme’ and ‘Commercial Development Opportunities’ as well as ‘Join Us’ for more information.

Have you ever considered volunteering (and maybe haven’t found the time)? We are also committed to supporting local communities and budding social entrepreneurs through our new Force for Good volunteering programme, which we encourage all our employees to get involved with. Click here for further details.

Are you looking for an undergraduate placement year that provides opportunity, real responsibility and recognition for high achievement?

Each year we look to recruit a number of undergraduates with flair and motivation to join our Bright Futures programme, offering you a huge amount of invaluable business experience. You will have the chance to work for a world-class organisation, with world class recognisable brands in a highly exciting and dynamic industry.
You’ll work collaboratively with your line manager to set objectives at the beginning of the placement, which focus on business needs as well as your professional development. Your line manager will support you during your placement and will review your progress and development on a regular basis.

We offer a year long placement opportunity in the following business areas:  

 

Business Area Overviews

Our Bright Futures Placement Programme currently focuses on 9 key business areas:

Commercial

You’ll assist the Category Development team in providing insights to support the delivery of commercial objectives and enhance the development of our key brands, and enable better informed business decision making.

Finance

You will assist the Finance team in providing support to the business in addition to various other projects. The role will cover financial reporting, financial planning, analytical support and financial control.

IT

Here you will provide a professional, courteous and efficient IT business solutions service to our internal business users, also working as part of a team providing both 1st and 2nd line support to office and home based employees.

Marketing

Working in the wider Marketing team, you will provide support for the Consumer and Business Insights team, working on both ad-hoc and continuous research projects. In addition, you will have direct involvement in day-to-day brand management working on the Havana Club Cuban rum brand.

Digital

You will support the Digital Team in the day-to-day running of Pernod Ricard UKs e-commerce platforms. You will help to execute content and eCRM strategies to support our business objectives.

Corporate Communications

You will support the team’s ultimate aim of protecting and enhancing the reputation of Pernod Ricard UK to our stakeholders: customers, consumers, journalists, Government figures and other influencers.

Customer Marketing

You will provide support within the Customer Marketing Off Trade team, working on both brand and customer activation projects. The Customer Marketeer is a key member of the channel team, contributing to all aspects of channel strategy.

HR

You will join the Human Resources department to deliver an efficient, comprehensive and professional HR generalist service, enabling the company to deliver best practice in all areas of employment.

NB. Placements will commence in June /July for successful candidates, and will be based in our West London offices. The application process for next year’s intake will open in towards the end of the year. Watch this space for more information nearer to the time. 

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

We will provide you with a rewarding experience, a chance to learn new skills, and an opportunity to make a real difference every day. You’ll also get the chance to attend some of our fantastic corporate events to fully immerse yourself in our desirable brands.

APPLICATION PROCESS

The application process for our 2018-19 intake is now open and the Assessment Centres will take place in Feb/March 2018. 

Our recruitment process has 3 steps:

  • If you think you have what it takes to kick start your bright future with Pernod Ricard UK, please submit your application via this link here.

  • If we like what we see you’ll be invited to a pre-screening day in Birmingham, followed by online ability testing.

  • The final opportunity to impress is an assessment day at our offices in West London, involving an interview, a presentation and a group exercise.

 

Begin your career with our Account Development Executives, a vibrant and exciting team who focus on building strong relationships with our customers and promoting the great image of our brands.

About the Job: Working closely with major multiple retailers and wholesalers, our Account Development Executives (ADEs) are ambitious, motivated and results-focused, as well as being fun to work with! We work in a sociable industry, where we have the opportunity to develop imaginative, trend-forward experiences for our customers and consumers - so creativity and innovation are vital.

Career Development: We offer many career development opportunities. We actively support and facilitate internal promotion and we seek to identify suitable development opportunities for strong performers.

Training and Development: We pride ourselves in providing intensive training programmes. You will have the unique opportunity to participate in a tailored Training and Development Programme. Exceptional training and ongoing support will help you to progress, grow and succeed. Within 12 to 18 months you will be ready to make your next leap into a more advanced commercial position.

Package: We offer a competitive package including a company car, a performance related bonus, a defined contribution pension scheme, private healthcare, life insurance, an employee share incentive programme (ESP) and product allowance at our staff shop

A day in the life of an ADE:

On a field-based day, ADEs are tasked to make a minimum of six visits in line with a pre-planned route. In store we work with a variety of customers, from colleagues who maintain the shop-floor fixture, to Stock Controllers and Section and Store Managers.

Our brands sell from shelves in stores. To ensure our consumers can buy our products when they want to there is no more important task than making sure our bottles are on the shelf. We spend more time in every call merchandising stock – that means filling the shelves. We also build and maintain displays. The work is physically demanding and it must be noted that merchandising is an essential and core part of this role. 

Responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of some of the UK's top premium wine and spirits brands, we offer graduates freedom and autonomy to progress and develop within our On-trade Field Sales Team.

About the job: The role of our Business Development Executive (BDEs) is to develop business within bars, clubs, hotels and restaurants to make sure our great brands are available and visible!

The UK On Trade wines and spirits market is a well-developed, competitive environment and complex channel with a number of sub channels (National wholesaler, multiple pub operators, independent bars, regional brewers).

The BDE role is home based, with responsibility for customers within a defined geographical area, therefore it is required that you live within the territory so that you are able to offer expertise on the local environment and culture. As a BDE you would be responsible within your designated territory for distribution, visibility, brand awareness and staff education.

BDEs are accompanied on territory by a Field Sales Manager a minimum of once per month when you will be given one-to-one coaching and feedback on your performance.

Click here for our latest Business Development Executive opportunities.

Career Development: We offer many career development opportunities. We actively support and facilitate internal promotion and we seek to identify suitable development opportunities for strong performers.

Training and Development: We pride ourselves in providing intensive training programmes. You will have the unique opportunity to participate in a tailored Training and Development Programme. We also operate an exclusive professional development programme that focuses on individual behavioural ‘preferences’ promoting personal strengths and addressing development areas.

Package: We offer a competitive package including a company car, a performance related bonus, a defined contribution pension scheme, a private healthcare, life insurance, an employee share incentive programme (ESP) and product allowance at our staff shop.

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