William Grant & Sons

William Grant & Sons’ is a fifth-generation Scottish family distiller, with nearly three thousand employees globally, and a portfolio of premium brands including Glenfiddich Single Malt whisky, Hendricks Gin and Sailor Jerry rum. At William Grant & Sons, you will be empowered to excel. We aim to be a home where rare characters thrive, and we value every employee for their skills, experience and perspectives.




Our New Product Development (NPD) team have the unique position of linking the creative brand ideas of our marketing colleagues, with the reality of our operational capabilities. We achieve this through our structured process involving design agencies, packaging suppliers and production colleagues to deliver a high-quality product to our consumers.


This 12-week NPD Summer Placement is a rare and exciting opportunity to start building the foundation for a successful career. We are looking for two students to join our team to support our NPD project managers. You would be based at our bottling site in Strathclyde Business Park, Bellshill, where we produce more than 12 million cases of spirit every year.

Our 12-week placement has been tailored to build upon the knowledge and skills you have gained throughout university life.

We will immerse you in the spirit industry and guide you through exciting business experiences and unique project opportunities.

During your placement you will provide support to our four workstreams (Renovation, Innovation, Luxury and NPI) and be given specific areas of responsibility. As a WG&S NPD intern you will receive:

  • A formal induction to both the NPD team, our processes, and the wider business.
  • A varied but structured programme providing both hands-on and desk-based tasks.
  • Involvement in live development projects across our portfolio of brands.
  • Opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • Support from team leaders, and your own mentor.
  • A choice of individual project to work on throughout the placement, which will support our business objectives.

Are you a current student looking to build experience within a global business which promotes the development of rare characters? Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Completed at least three years of a technical or design related degree.
  • An interest in understanding packaging componentry, it’s functions and materials.
  • A good understanding of specifications and technical drawings.
  • Strong organisational skills, be analytical and willing to learn new software.
  • Ability to show initiative, understand processes, build relationships, and solve problems.
  • Some experience of working within a cross-functional team, and a willingness to share ideas, expertise, and opinions.

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. If this sounds like you, please get in touch.

Application process:

  • Candidates to apply to the advert by Friday 12th April.
  • Candidates will be reviewed once the advert has closed
  • Successful candidates will then be invited for a 30-minute discussion (estimated w/c 22nd April).
  • Successful applicants will be notified during w/c 6th May
  • Successful candidates will start Wednesday 5th June.



  • A tour of our production site in Bellshill, as well as our luxury production site Arete, in Cumbernauld.
  • Visit suppliers where available, including print specialists, corrugate, and a glass manufacturer.
  • The chance to obtain valuable industry contacts including our senior leadership.
  • 12 weeks’ pay, with the ability to accommodate up to two weeks’ time off (combination of holiday pay/unpaid leave depending on exact duration).
  • The chance to enjoy our fantastic portfolio of brands at a discounted price.


A HOME FOR RARE CHARACTERS; 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.


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.

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