Process Operator

Operations & Manufacturing Banbury Full-time United Kingdom

Job Description

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to fully support the operational aspects of the Coffee Process department with attributes and emphasis on teamwork within a multi-skilled workforce and delivering the shift key performance indicators. The role would involve operating within different areas of Coffee Manufacturing; Roasting process where we roast green beans, Extraction process where we extract the coffee liquor from the roasted and ground coffee beans, Drying process where we process the extracted coffee liquor and dry it in to soluble granules.

A successful candidate would be fully trained and given time to really hone their skills in each area. The role requires the successful applicant to be able to make on the spot decisions to ensure output whilst also having a methodical approach to the overall process.

Key responsibilities of the role: 

Safety Health and Environment:

  • Delivers a Safety Health and Environment culture and role model behaviours by following safety procedures, using Personal Protective Equipment, and works calm and orderly.
  • Address unsafe conditions and behaviours immediately.
  • Cooperates with team to keep work-place safe, clean, and well ordered.
  • Active participation in Safety discussion during Operations Performance meetings.

Key Responsibilities;


  • Responsible for Quality requirements and complies to JDE standards & policies.
  • Reports issues and adherence to quality systems and processes.

Delivery & Cost:

  • Implements equipment Start Up, Steady State Running, Checks & Shut Down safely according to standards with all materials required.
  • Implements autonomous maintenance (includes cleaning, inspection and lubrication) ensuring the area of ownership is within basic condition.
  • Follows local production area standards and policies, reports issues and adherence to production systems and processes to ensure timely decision making & escalation.
  • Participates in Planned Maintenance activities and support Technicians during breakdowns
  • Participates in problem solving


  • A successful candidate for this role would ideally…
  • Be able to work on own initiative and proactive with problem solving as part of the team.
  • Able to prioritise workload
  • Have experience of working in process plants (food processing, Petro-chemical or heavy industry)
  • Have technical background
  • Be able to prioritise workload and manage multiple tasks at once.
  • Communicate well at all levels of the organization.
  • Calm and level headed.
  • Have experience of continuous improvement tools gained through work-based activities.
  • Have knowledge of P.C base plant operation or ability to learn this.
  • Be willing to learn new skills and undertake training to best suit the needs of the area (may include forklift license, confined space training)


Successful applicant MUST pass the medical requirements for the area. This role may involve working in a cold room environment.

This is a shift role which does  include working days, nights, weekends and public holidays.

Additional Information

For more than 265 years, JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE) is inspired by its belief that it’s amazing what can happen over a cup of coffee or tea. We are fuelled by our purpose of unleashing the possibilities of coffee and tea to create a better future. Today, our coffee & tea portfolio is available in more than 100 developed and emerging markets, through a portfolio of over 50 brands that collectively cover the entire category landscape led by leading household names such as L’OR, Jacobs, Senseo, Tassimo, Douwe Egberts, Old Town, Super, Pickwick and Moccona. 

JDE is part of JDE Peet’s, the world’s largest pure-play coffee and tea company, headquartered in The Netherlands.

What’s it like to work at JDE?

We are proud of our passionate, driven associates that challenge the status quo and pursue mastery in everything they do. Our goal is simple and ambitious – JDE: A coffee & tea for every cup.

At JDE, we're Made to Stand Out. Every day we are progressive in outlook, ambitious in nature, resourceful in action and decisive in approach, bringing coffee and tea moments to everyone around the world.