Funkin seeks bartender to be Innovation Champion


Funkin Daiquiri 1ltr pourA nationwide competition has been launched for cocktail brand Funkin to recruit a bartender who will be an “Innovation Champion” to work within the company’s team of mixologists.

Going beyond a traditional brand ambassador’s role, the prize will be a paid part-time freelance job for one year with a chance to bring their own perspective, experience and creativity to future product development.

Contenders will be asked to showcase their flair and imagination by creating an innovative cocktail using Funkin products that represents their individual spirit. They will also need to write a 100-word explanation on why they should be selected to become the new Funkin Innovation Champion.

Shortlisted candidates will have a chance to mix their signature cocktail and show off their passion for mixology face to face with a Funkin representative.

The final will take place in September, culminating in candidates going head to head in a cocktail competition before a panel of Funkin representatives including leading mixologist and Funkin consultant Ben Reed.

Funkin said the Innovation Champion would “not only gain invaluable insight and knowledge into cocktail innovation, but also play an integral part in maintaining the brand’s strong relationship with bartenders, educating them on the benefits of creating a strong cocktail offering with the help of Funkin”.

They will promote Funkin at popular trade and consumer shows throughout the year and help create a buzz around the cocktail industry through press engagement and social media interaction. As it is a part-time role, the Innovation Champion will be able to continue working in their bar.

Apply by July 19 via www.funkin.co.uk/champion.

Funkin chief executive Andrew King said: “This is a unique opportunity for a talented and aspirational bartender to take the next step in their career. The role is a chance to gain invaluable skills working with our team of talented product developers and a brand which has been at the forefront of the UK cocktail scene for the last decade.

“We’re embarking on a UK-wide search for a rising star who is charismatic, passionate about the bartending trade and looking to explore new ideas in cocktail making. We’re searching for a candidate who is well connected and in tune with the latest cocktail trends, drink fashions and flavours.”

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