Lauren B.
Graduate Programme Manager, Chivas Brothers
International graduate Programme Chivas International Graduate Programme
Job Category Marketing
Country United Kingdom

About Lauren

Key Experiences

It’s all about the people
I've always followed a simple piece of advice my school career advisor gave me - "do what you enjoy and what you think you can be good at". That took me from studying Social Sciences with a degree in Human Geography, to working in FMCG for some of the best Blue Chip companies. And whilst my career path hasn't been particularly linear, the one thing that connects all my previous roles is people. From building relationships with customers as a Sales Rep, to understanding shopper behaviour as a Category Manager, to growing brands through consumer insight in a Marketing capacity and now to recruiting, training & managing talented graduates. It’s that thread that I enjoy most - working with people and understanding their motivations.

Current Position

Tell our story, create your own
I joined Chivas Brothers in 2014 to manage the newly created International Graduate Programme. At that time - as a business - we had recruited a crop of 18 brilliant graduates, trained them to become Brand Ambassadors and had sent them out to their international placements. My role has been, not only to manage & continually develop the team but to formulate a long term strategy, build a strong brand, create the tools & processes that underpin the programme and grow our talent pool. And I'm pleased to say that now, in our fourth year we will have over 50 graduates across the world telling the story of our brands.

Main Motivations

Variety is the spice of life
My role is very varied and like the job of a Brand Ambassador, no two days are the same. I love the fact that one minute I can be interviewing candidates, the next I can be presenting to the CEO or briefing a marketing agency or having a development conversation with a graduate. I enjoy the boundless scope of the role and the freedom & autonomy I have to shape the programme.

Top Advice

Stand out from the crowd
The graduate job market is competitive. We see hundreds of applications from students every year who have travelled, studied or worked abroad, who have been involved with charities, societies or sports clubs. Think about what really sets you apart from other candidates. Wow us.

Greatest Achievement

My success is their success
The most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing a graduate go from a student straight out of university, to a credible professional. I’m lucky now to have graduates who started the programme in 2014 that are moving into permanent roles with Pernod Ricard and it makes me very proud to see them progress through the organisation.

Pernod Ricard

Pernod Ricard is the world’s n°2 in wines and spirits with consolidated Sales of € 8,558 million in 2014/15. Created in 1975 by the merger of Ricard and Pernod, the Group has undergone sustained development, based on both organic growth and acquisitions: Seagram (2001), Allied Domecq (2005) and Vin&Sprit (2008). Pernod Ricard holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector: Absolut Vodka, Ricard pastis, Ballantine’s, Chivas Regal, Royal Salute and The Glenlivet Scotch whiskies, Jameson Irish whiskey, Martell cognac, Havana Club rum, Beefeater gin, Kahlúa and Malibu liqueurs, Mumm and Perrier- Jouët champagnes, as well Jacob’s Creek, Brancott Estate, Campo Viejo, Graffigna and Kenwood wines. Pernod Ricard employs a workforce of approximately 18,000 people and operates through a decentralised organisation, with 6 “Brand Companies” and 80 “Market Companies” established in each key market. Pernod Ricard is strongly committed to a sustainable development policy and encourages responsible consumption. Pernod Ricard’s strategy and ambition are based on 3 key values that guide its expansion: entrepreneurial spirit, mutual trust and a strong sense of ethics. Pernod Ricard is listed on Euronext (Ticker: RI; ISIN code: FR0000120693) and is part of the CAC 40 index.

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