Featured Employer – Chivas Brothers

Who is Chivas Brothers? 

Chivas Brothers is the dynamic, innovative and growing Scotch whisky and premium gin business of Pernod Ricard – the world’s co-leader in wines and spirits. As Pernod Ricard’s biggest brand owner, accounting for 28% of its profitability, Chivas Brothers crafts fine spirits that feature on some of the world’s best bars, including; The Glenlivet, the world’s No.1 single malt Scotch whisky; Ballantine’s, the No.2 blended Scotch whisky globally; Chivas Regal, the world’s first luxury Scotch whisky; Royal Salute, the world’s only exclusively prestige Scotch whisky; and the No.2 premium gin globally, Beefeater.

 

Tell us about your flagship brands- e.g. the vision, branding, heritage etc.…? 

Chivas Brothers is driven by an innovative approach to crafting premium spirits that anticipates evolving consumer preferences globally and today presents an award-winning portfolio that offers a drink for every occasion:

  • Chivas Regal, established by James and John Chivas in 1909
  • Ballantine’s, founded by the entrepreneurial George Ballantine 188 years ago
  • The Glenlivet, the first licensed distillery in the Livet valley, established by George Smith in 1824
  • Royal Salute, created in 1953, in tribute to the British Crown
  • Beefeater, a gin from London and of London, dating back to the 1860s
  • A range of artisanal spirits including Aberlour single malt and Plymouth Gin
  • A blended Scotch range including Passport, leading in mature and emerging markets

 

How would you describe the culture at Chivas Brothers? 

At Chivas Brothers, the working environment is vibrant, dynamic and diverse, which is underpinned by the spirit of entrepreneurship and respect for the heritage of the industries in Scotland, London and Plymouth. Chivas Brothers welcomes fresh opinions and is a great place to build a career in the UK or internationally within Pernod Ricard.

Chivas Brothers shares Pernod Ricard’s philosophy of conviviality while developing its communities, protecting the planet and empowering its people. This is brought to life through various charitable and environmental initiatives along with the opportunity for employees to give back to society by working on socially-conscious campaigns such as Chivas Regal’s The Venture.

 

What training and development opportunities are provided to employees? 

Chivas Brothers is committed to developing the skills of its employees.  They are supported to craft a career path and have many assets available to them to further their learning, including the opportunity to attend the Pernod Ricard University. Set up in 2011, the Pernod Ricard University now offers a variety of training programmes for Pernod Ricard employees in a range of disciplines.

 

Chivas Brothers also focuses on recruiting the best graduate talent through its International Graduate Programme; a two-year scheme that trains graduates to become Brand Ambassadors in one of Pernod Ricard’s 85 markets. The scheme is all about bringing new skills to the organisation, with a focus on harnessing young talent and creating a world-class group of graduates that can engage customers around the world. Once qualified, Brand Ambassadors bring their brand to life with local sales teams, bar professionals and consumers – a career that turns creativity into a reality.

Graduate Brand Ambassador Claire McEvinney is currently supporting the Beefeater team in Madrid and comments: “I knew the global spirits industry was for me. I’d studied international business and Spanish at university. Working in bars and experiencing a drinks internship in New York was a great introduction, so when I found the opportunity to join the Chivas Brothers International Graduate Programme it was the perfect option.

I really liked the application process – both the group and individual activities. Some of the interviews took a surprising turn, with questions that really stretched you. I soon realised that as well as your potential, it was your personality they were interested in. I have applied this to my role with Beefeater in Spain and it helps me day in, day out to inspire the drinks trade, consumers and buyers to choose Beefeater.

 

What’s the best thing about working for Chivas Brothers? 

Employees list working with leading brands each day as the best thing about working at Chivas Brothers, manifesting the truly global and diverse nature of the business, the roles at its heart and the markets in which the company operates. Whether it be introducing French whisky writers to a new Scotch whisky, profiling hipster influencers in emerging markets or overseeing the creation of a new single malt from concept to completion – each day is different and presents a new challenge.

 

The global nature of the drinks industry means that Chivas Brothers employees get to experience worldwide travel and opportunities to meet spirits distributors, writers and drinkers to broaden their knowledge, plus the chance to progress within Pernod Ricard across the globe.

 

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