Pernod Ricard Winemakers
Graduate Ambassador Program
Website FAQs

1. THE GRADUATE WINE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM

How long is the Pernod Ricard Winemakers Graduate Ambassador Program?

You will complete up to five months training in Australia, New Zealand, Spain and/or USA before being placed in one of our global markets for up to two years.

When does the program start?

The start date of the Graduate Program is staggered around the world. For example, if you’re in Australia/New Zealand you’ll start from the end of January. In Europe/US, you will start in October.

Where will I be based?

As a Graduate Wine Ambassador you’ll spend time training at our wineries, vineyard sites and head offices in Australia, New Zealand and/or Spain. You will then complete your placement in one of Pernod Ricard Winemakers’ international markets. Currently, we have Graduates placed in Australia, Spain, Russia, Thailand, Vietnam, Ireland, America, Canada, India, United Arab Emirates, Sweden and Japan.

Will I receive training prior to commencing my role?

Yes, you will complete approximately five months of comprehensive training prior to commencing your two year market placement. Please see the key dates outlined below.

Where does training take place?

Depending on your assigned market placement, training may take place in any combination of the following - Sydney (Australia), Barossa Valley (Australia), Marlborough (New Zealand), San Sebastian (Spain), La Rioja (Spain) and/or California (US).

How many Graduate positions are available?

The number of available positions varies each year based on demand from our international markets. In 2017, we hired eight new graduates. The number of positions available in 2018 is currently in negotiation.

What contract are Graduates on?

Graduates are on a fixed term, local contract.

Is the Graduate Wine Ambassador Program paid?

Graduate Wine Ambassadors are offered a competitive remuneration package that is shared with applicants during the recruitment process. This includes some accommodation during the training period and relocation support.

Will I need to pay for my relocation?

Costs associated with relocating to your international market, such as flights and visas, will be covered by Pernod Ricard Winemakers.

Will I be guaranteed a job at Pernod Ricard Winemakers after my two year period as a Graduate Wine Ambassador?

You are not guaranteed a position following the Graduate Program however, we are confident our Graduate Wine Ambassadors will gain the experience and skills they need to kick-start a successful future career with Pernod Ricard.

I love wine but I don’t know much about it. Do I need existing wine knowledge to be successful in the role?

We will provide you with all of the training and support you need to be successful in your role. Whilst prior wine knowledge is advantageous, it is not necessary and many of our ambassadors have entered the program with no prior wine knowledge, just a passion for wine!

2. CRITERIA

Do I need to have a degree?

To apply for the program, you must have either completed your degree or be in your final year of university.

Do I need a specific degree?

We are open to applicants with any degree. However, we are particularly interested in those who display an entrepreneurial spirit, are innovative and convivial in nature.

Is a driving licence required?

Yes, a driving licence is required.

I saw that WSET Level 2 is part of the Graduate Program. What if I have already obtained this?

We can work with you to tailor your training accordingly. A WSET Level 3 qualification may be considered.

Can I apply for both the Australia/New Zealand Program and the Europe/US Program?

You can only apply for both programs if you have the right to work in both locations. All contracts issued will be local, therefore you will either need to be a citizen in the region(s) you are applying or have relevant working rights for the duration of your contract.

The region in which you apply does not determine your final market placement.

Can I apply if I have an international work visa?

If your visa covers the entire period of the contract (two years and five months), you are eligible.

Do you accept international students?

Yes, as long as you have the right to work and live in the country in which you apply.

Do I need to speak a second language?

Speaking a second language is not necessary for all markets but is certainly advantageous. In some markets, such as Poland, Russia, Japan and Spain, speaking the local language is a requirement.

3. APPLICATION

When do applications open?

Same as application:

Where can I find the position description?

Please find the position description here

Where do I apply?

Please find the link to the application here. The link will only be active whilst applications are open (see key dates below).

What are the stages of the selection process?

  1. Three minute video application
  2. Pre-recorded digital interview
  3. Assessment centre
  4. Psychometric testing
  5. Market interview via video conference

How long should the video last?

Your video can be up to three minutes in length, but we’re equally happy with a thirty second submission if you think it meets the brief and showcases you in the best possible way. Ensure your video is uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo and linked to your application form.

Is the assessment day mandatory?

Yes. There is only one assessment day run per recruitment stage, and you are required to attend to proceed further with the selection process.

How are markets assigned to successful candidates?

Locations are allocated according to specific market needs (such as language requirements) and candidate preferences.

4. KEY DATES

Selection Process:

Next round for Europe/US based:

Applications open 18th September 2017 YouTube/Vimeo
Applications close 8th December 2017
Digital Interview January 2018 HireVue
Assessment Centre February 2018 Spain & US
Market Interview March 2018 Video Call
Training commences October 2018 Spain

Next round for Australia/New Zealand based:

Applications open 1st March 2018 YouTube/Vimeo
Applications close 26th May 2018
Digital Interview June 2018 HireVue
Assessment Centre July 2018 Sydney, Australia
Market Interview July - August 2018 Video Call
Training commences January 2019 Australia

Still have questions?

Chat with one of our current Graduate Wine Ambassadors: Career Inspiration Page
Email: GraduateProgram.PRWinemakers@pernod-ricard.com