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Pierre-Eric Bouvier

Meet Pierre-Eric Bouvier and learn about his experience as a VIE at Pernod Ricard Sweden.

 

Tell us about yourself and your background!

Originally I’m from a small town in the Southwest of France, close to Biarritz. But since 2014 Sweden has been my home because of my work at Pernod Ricard. I have a Bachelor in Pharmacy from University of Bordeaux and a Master in Business from Reims Management School with a specialization in Wine and Spirits. I have also done two internships, one with Pernod Ricard Russia and the other one at L’Oréal Paris.  

 

What is the “VIE-program” and why did you apply to it?

It is a program for young European post-graduates hosted by the French government. It gives young professionals a chance to do an internship or take a trainee position with a French company abroad.  I thought it was a fantastic way to start my career! I am really glad I did this because it is very valuable to get the experience of working on an international level. I also think it is important to be exposed to new territories and new ways of working.

 

What did you do during your VIE-time here at Pernod Ricard Sweden?

I started off as a VIE in the Business Development team as a Junior Business Development Manager for twelve months, I then moved on to join the Spirits team. I then got offered the permanent position as Brand Manager French Portfolio, which is my current position. My positions have been very different from each other and that has been a great asset for me.  In the Business Development team I worked with innovation and market insights and in the Spirits team I got the chance to work more with events, brand owner visits and so on.

 

What did you know about Pernod Ricard before you applied?

Pernod Ricard has a very good reputation in the wine and spirits industry so as soon as the industry started to attract me I learned about the company. I was very attracted by the corporate spirit, sense of ethic and the entrepreneurial spirit.

What has been most interesting about your experience so far?

On a personal level I’ve really enjoyed the possibility to get to try two very different type of positions as a VIE, one more analytical and the other one more operational. I think is a good skill-set to have in the future.

What have you learned about work differences in Sweden vs France?

In Sweden, the decision-making process takes a little bit longer because it is seems to be important to reach the best consensus before taking action. I also think that employees with a junior position get more responsibility faster in Sweden.

 

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