REPORTING TO: Product Development Director of the group
This PDD reports to the SVP Brands, who in turn reports to the CEO
The company has a reputation for quality to defend across the world. The constant quest
for consistency of quality is the work of the Master Blender and the main concern of the Brand. This position of Master Blender will evolve with the brand.
The Master Blender is a senior expert and works in very close collaboration with a team of
colleagues; mainly in the Spirits Category (Brands), Product Development and Sourcing (Supply
Chain); as well as in close contact with cognac houses and local growers. He/She is ultimately in
charge of the composition and blending and should care for the cognac as his/her own, although
giving understanding that the Master Blender is part of a bigger picture and a corporate setting with
He/She chooses which eaux‐de‐vie of different ages and from different crus are to be subtly blended
together and combined to make a particular Cognac. An important objective is to maintain
consistency over time. A typical blend might be composed of eaux de vie whose taste and price will
vary over time. Consequently, it is sometimes necessary to replace Cognac that goes into the blend.
He/She should also be responsible for the cost of the cognac (The Brand stream is in charge of the
P/L). Other responsibilities include checking the maturation of spirits.
Like the “master nose” and his perfumes, the Cognac Master Blender, rigorously, with experience
and intuition, strives to achieve consistency in his/her blends and loyalty among the followers of the
The Master Blender has close contacts with cognac houses and local growers. He/she selects and
gives expert input to the sourcing department regarding purchases of eaux‐de‐vie from the
wine houses and growers and oversees them throughout the ageing process; monitoring their ageing,
tastes them regularly, and decides whether it is time to change them from one oak cask or from a
chai – ageing warehouse – to another so they become rounder or dryer. It is also the Master Blender
who progressively adds distilled or demineralised water to the eau‐de‐vie in order to slowly reach the
desired alcohol content for its release into the market.
This task requires an extensive experience and allows each Master Blender to fine‐tune the product’s
quality. By creating a blend of the various eaux‐de‐vie, combining different ages and different crus,
the Master Blender creates genuine harmonies, the blends that make up the signature of each brand.
It cannot be stressed enough how essential the human factor is in the quality of a bottle .
INTERNAL & EXTERNAL CONTACTS
Company Product Development Department
Category Brands Spirits
Sourcing (Supply Chain)
Merlet, bottling partner
= Local growers
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE CANDIDATE PROFILE
Must is to have a great sensory skills.
To be capable to generate a variety of exciting blends and to produce new ideas
For the candidate, blending is either a natural talent or a skill acquired through training
Strong negotiation and communication skills
A good team player
Fluent in English
A good presenter; ability to train the company personnel, customers and other visitors
Focused on quality
Business minded and pragmatic; understanding of the cost‐quality‐profitability equation
Existing contacts/ network with wine growers and cognac houses is a benefit
General understanding of pricing processes
Oenological training (or degree)
Able to travel as required
The candidate might have a complete range of experience, varying from grown up in the Cognac
industry to people who have a more technical/oenological background. He/She would have internal
experience from a leading Cognac houses; given excellent insight when developing new blends.
He/She should possess 10 ‐ 15 years experience of blending in an international brands
development structure in a environment. The right candidate would possess solid
experience of world‐class blending, a very quality/cost driven mindset, would be aware of
innovations in technology, and be able to develop the blending and maturation process.
send resume email@example.com
Salary : To be discussed