A degree of change

Greg was finishing his Masters degree in Aero-Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde when he landed a Graduate position with us.

“The recruitment process was challenging but fun! It was totally different to anything else I’d experienced. The hiring team took the time to get to know me, and made sure that the company was right for me.

“The whole process was also really efficient from start to finish,” says Greg.

A tour of the distilleries 

Graduates usually get involved in several different projects and spend time in different parts of the business to gain a wider understanding of our work.

But their first week is always spent touring our distilleries in Scotland. 

“The tour is a fantastic start to the programme and I knew immediately that this is a company that really cares about its employees,” he adds.

Greg’s first year was spent with the Maintenance Team at our Dufftown site, gaining an understanding of the work involved in keeping our distilleries operating 24 hours a day.

“I particularly enjoyed learning all about the whisky making process. I spent time in the floor maltings at Balvenie, working with the Mashmen and Stillmen at Glenfiddich, and also in Spirit Supply where I helped empty and fill casks, stowing them away in the warehouses where they might not be seen for another 50 years!

“My second year was spent with the Whisky Stocks Team in our SBP site, where I learned about quality, stock management and wood procurement. 

“For my final year, I’m working in Packaging and Supply Chain as a Customer Relations Team Leader for the Global Travel Retail market. I’m learning all about leadership and what it takes for my team to give our customers the highest level of service and get our brands to them in a timely manner, wherever they are in the world.” 

Plenty of learning and development opportunities

Greg is also taking advantage of the many opportunities for learning and development.

“I’ve sat formal qualifications through the Institute of Brewing and Distilling and I’m currently studying for a Diploma in Distilling,” he explains. 

“The company’s full of talented people. Graduates are given real responsibilities and I am always learning something new. The support network available is also fantastic and I really enjoy coming to work every day.”

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