Graduate Programme

Job Introduction

William Grant & Sons’ three-year Graduate Development Programme is a rare and exciting opportunity to build a successful career, working alongside world-class industry leaders. 


At William Grant & Sons, you will be empowered to excel in your role. We aim to be a home where rare characters thrive, and we value every employee for their skills, experience and perspectives.   

Inspired by our independent spirit, we create our own legacy.  


Our 2021 Graduate Development Programme will offer opportunities in the following disciplines:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering and,
  • Technical or Science Degrees

Main Responsibility

Our three-year Graduate Development Programme has been specifically designed to build upon the knowledge and skills you gained during university life. We will immerse you in the spirit industry and guide you through exciting business experiences and unique project opportunities. 


During your placements you will be given specific areas of responsibility which will equip you to become future leaders of our business. As a WG&S Graduate you will receive:

  • a formal induction
  • a structured programme covering different aspects of our organisation over the course of three, one year placements
  • involvement in a variety of key business projects across our range of UK and Ireland locations
  • access to senior management and industry leaders
  • opportunities for personal and professional development and,
  • support from team leaders, recent graduates already on the programme and mentors

Our Ideal Candidate

Are you a recent graduate looking to build a successful career within a global business which has a goal to fulfil the ambitions of its employees?


Our ideal candidate will have a relevant technical degree and an interest in working in a hands-on role. They will be a self-starter with the ability to understand processes, build relationships and solve problems.


Here at William Grant & Sons we are not only defined by our history but also inspired by the future. Our employees are at the heart of the business and everyone has a voice. Our flat organisational structure means that our owners and senior managers are accessible. Decisions are made quickly and new ideas and entrepreneurial thinking are embraced and rewarded. We want to attract the best people to learn and grow with our business.

What we can offer you

  • We offer a competitive salary and benefits which are designed to promote our employees financial wellbeing. Employees are also eligible to participate in a bonus plan.
  • Our employees enjoy a generous holiday entitlement and an opportunity to ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ some holiday entitlement.
  • Private Healthcare and Doctor@Hand (remote GP service).
  • Our employees can join a defined contribution pension plan. Employees contribute either 4% or 5% of salary, the company contributes 8% or 10% depending on the employee contribution. Employee contributions can be made through salary sacrifice.
  • Our Employee Assistance Programme offers practical, impartial support on everyday matters ranging from medical, financial and legal to home and family issues. 
  • Our Life Assurance cover is a multiple of eight times your annual basic salary.
  • Product allocation so that you can enjoy our fantastic portfolio of brands.
  • Our Cycle to Work scheme allows you to hire a bike for an agreed length of time, and then snap it up for a fraction of its original value. All while making savings (at least 25%) and spreading the cost.
  • Every employee has the opportunity to claim up to £1,000 per year for a charity or charities for which they have raised money, volunteered their time or personally donated.
  • Learning resources to help you be your best self.
  • Due to the coronavirus outbreak we are keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees, while continuing to protect our product. To reduce the risk access to our sites is limited to those essential to our production. All other employees are currently working from home.  

About William Grant & Sons


William Grant & Sons: a home where Rare Characters thrive.

We value every employee for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Every one of our colleagues has a role to play in helping us to achieve our growth ambitions.

At William Grant & Sons, our vision is to be A home where rare characters thrive. We value all colleagues for their rare character, distinctive skills, experience and perspectives. Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of how we do things at William Grant & Sons, fully aligned to our purpose and our company values. We strive to create an environment where we can all be our best and bring our whole selves to work.


Our agile working philosophy is to “Have your best work day everyday”.
Built on trust, we empower our rare characters to have their best work day every day. Where flexibility and positive working experiences help employees to feel connected and release potential across our teams.
We are open to discussing possible agile/flexible working options as part of the recruitment process.


Diversity & Inclusion is at the heart of how we do things at William Grant & Sons, fully aligned to our purpose and our company values. We want to ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive. If you have any questions or need some support with your application we’d love to hear from you. So please get in touch with our HR team at

William Grant


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