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Scholar Programme - UKOC

Job Name

Scholar Programme - UKOC


United Kingdom




Operations - Supply Chain - Logistics - Procurement

Reporting Line:

HR Business Partner

Job type:

Full time

Lead recruiter:

Saskia van den Berg

About the role


In 2019, we launched the Bacardi UK Operations Centre (UKOC) Student Scholarship Fund because we want to give individuals the ability to see their full potential. Therefore the Bacardi UKOC is supporting future talent through their University or College years via financial assistance (which we don’t expect to be paid back to us!). 

As part of our Student Scholarship Programme, you will acquire a range of skills, knowledge and valuable practical experience while you study. You will rotate through various functions (such as distilling, bottling, supply chain, bulk, blending, new product development, procurement, finance, etc.) and work on projects at one of our 8 operational sites across the UK during your university summer holidays. We will also assign a Mentor/Coach related to a specific field of Global Operations. At the end of your studies, we may both decide there is a longer-term opportunity in the Bacardi Family.

  • Scholarship of £5,000 p.a. for up to 3 years while completing your studies. 
  • Each award is paid to you in two installments and will be net of tax (we pay the tax for you!)
  • To continue to receive the annual scholarship award, up to a maximum of 3 times (i.e. 3 years of university), you will need to:
    • Achieve A or B grade (or equivalent) scores
    • Complete paid work placements at our operations sites (generally 8-12 weeks each year to happen during your University holiday periods)
    • Ensure you keep to the appointments/development goals as agreed-upon with your appointed Bacardi mentor.  
At the end of the award(s) period there is no requirement to pay back any of the money to Bacardi but we may both decide there is a longer-term opportunity in the Bacardi family, with the possibility of transitioning into our three-year rotational Graduate Programme.


  • Apply online by uploading your CV and essay response to ALL THREE of the following topics  by 16 March 2021:
    • What interests you about working for Bacardi Operations?
    • Bacardi has a very unique corporate culture and history. How do you live the '3 F's' (being Fearless, having a Founders Mentality, and treating others like Family)? Please share relevant examples from your personal, professional, or student life. 
    • As part of Bacardi’s BEST10 strategy, the consumer is at the heart of our business and one thing that is extremely important to Bacardi and the consumer is how we re-use or recycle our materials. During COVID-19 many of our consumers have moved to purchasing our brands via digital channels and online, which impacts the amount of packaging materials that are required to distribute our products. Please tell us about the different ways we can reduce our packaging waste and increase recyclability of the products we sell within the digital space, to maintain the same level of standards expected by Bacardi?
    • Essay must be no more then 3 pages double spaced. 

  • Once you complete your online application, please click 'Go to My Profile'. On this page, you will be able to upload your essay response by selecting 'Upload New File' under the 'My Documents' section. Click save, and verify that both your CV and essay response are shown in your profile.
Should you have any questions, please email us at

Skills and Experience

  • Be flexible, open-minded and ready to take on a role in any one of our departments across the UK Operations Centre.
  • Lives the 3 F's - Fearless, Founder's Mentality, Family
  • Targeting students with one+ years left of university studies, with a passion for operations.

Our culture

We share the passion and entrepreneurial flair of our founder and are guided by our three culture pillars - Fearless, Family and Founders, they inspire our Primos to be the best they can be and drive us forward in all we do. But what does this mean?

·       Being Fearless; means adopting an agile mindset, being comfortable trying new things and taking risks. We are empowered to question, challenge and innovate.

·       Family; We treat each other, and our communities, like Family. Always.

·       Founders; The spirit of entrepreneurship is at the heart of everything we do. We see the business as if it’s our own. We do the right thing for the business and we all take accountability for our work.

When you join Bacardi, you become part of our family and gain more than just a job.

Disclaimer: Bacardi is an equal opportunity employer that values workforce diversity. Diversity is core to our business: by embedding diversity into all aspects of our culture, we maximize the opportunity to achieve sustainable business success and growth. The duties and responsibilities described in the role profile might not be a comprehensive list.