Africa - Early Career Programme

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The Africa Early Career Programme is a broad and challenging development programme offering real roles and valuable experience from day one. People are our best assets and it is a key it is key priority for Diageo Africa by senior leaders to get the best talent. Across our African businesses we are looking for talented individuals to work in Supply, Finance, HR and Commercial (Sales and Marketing). The successful candidates will have the potential and drive to be future leaders for Diageo Africa.

We recruit across West Africa (Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria), Southern Africa (South Africa, Seychelles), and Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and DRC).


Our ‘real job’ philosophy ensures that you will benefit from authentic experiences designed to accelerate your career development. You will build your expertise and knowledge by completing three 12-month rotations within your chosen discipline. There will be opportunities to spend one of these rotations as an international assignment in one of our Diageo markets. Our graduate stream includes;

  • Supply
  • Finance
  • Commercial (Sales & Marketing)
  • Human Resources

Support and development

The three-year programme includes both functional training and leadership development. Functional training helps you gain the skills, knowledge and experience that will form the foundation of your career with Diageo. Meanwhile, we help you build your leadership expertise so you can encourage thinking, stimulate people and drive change.

There will be an induction event to give you a fuller understanding of Diageo Africa. This is a good springboard for your career with the company, as well as being great fun and an excellent networking opportunity with your peers.

During you first rotation, you will have the support of a graduate ‘buddy’. You’ll also spend time with our sales force out in the field to increase your commercial awareness as it is vital that every graduate understands our brands, our customers and the way we sell. In the second year of your programme you will have a mentor chosen from the Africa leadership team for the highest quality of support.

There will be opportunities for you to explore other avenues for development at regular reviews with your line manager. In addition, there are ‘connect and development’ events each year which will help you raise your profile in the company and learn from some of our most experienced leaders.

Essential qualifications and qualities

We are looking for graduates with;

  • Passion, drive, energy and finely tuned commercial awareness.
  • A real team player, forward thinker and excited by innovation.
  • It is essential that you can build strong relationships, can influence others and work well under pressure.
  • You should have, or be expected to gain at least an upper second-class degree, and your academic record must be excellent.

Applying is an easy 3-step process

Apply online and upload your CV

After you have applied online and uploaded your CV to our website, our Early Careers team will review your application thoroughly. If you're successful, you'll be invited to take online numerical and verbal reasoning tests.

Telephone interview

The next step is a telephone interview based on the Diageo capabilities lasting about 45 mins. If you shine in your interview, then...


The third step is half a day spent at an assessment centre, involving an interview, a role play, a presentation and a group exercise.

Programme opening & how to apply:

Note: If you are applying for a programme outside your country please ensure you have unrestricted work authorization.

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Burundi NOW CLOSED for applications
DRC NOW CLOSED for applications
Guinness Cameroon NOW CLOSED for applications
Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited NOW CLOSED for applications
Kenya NOW CLOSED for applications
Nigeria NOW CLOSED for applications
Rwanda NOW CLOSED for applications
Sudan NOW CLOSED for applications
Tanzania NOW CLOSED for applications
Uganda NOW CLOSED for applications

Please click Diageo African markets to read more information about each market.


Guinness Ghana Breweries Ltd

Official sponsor of the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament.


Guinness Nigeria Plc

One of the largest Guinness markets in the world.


Meta Abo Brewery is the second largest beer company in Ethiopia.


Guinness Cameroon

Was the first company in Cameroon to initiate a responsible drinking campaign.

Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan & DRC

Kenya Breweries Ltd

Tusker, Kenya’s leading beer, so called in memory of George Hurst, a co-founder of Kenya Breweries Ltd, who was killed by an elephant during a hunting expedition in 1923.

South Africa


Voted number 1 'best place to work' in South Africa last year.

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