R&D Brand Maintenance Specialist - 1 Year FTC

Research & Development Banbury Full-time United Kingdom

Job Description

The R&D Category Brand Maintenance Team (Coffee & Tea) is responsible for the design, specification and commercialization of products that meet consumer-driven design targets for the category. The Category Brand Maintenance Manager reports into the R&D Category Director. They are responsible for delivery & maintenance of portfolio menu card solutions across all coffee & tea categories.

The Brand maintenance specialist support the brand maintenance manager in providing category training material and day to day interactions with local and global marketing to ensure a replicable approach for all categories.

Specialists lead projects up to implementation and they are the key knowledge holders in their field. The specialist is consulted by other R&D members for NPD projects and by other JDE employees in case of operational issues.

The specialist combines project management skills with a broad and deep understanding of his/her field of expertise. The specialist integrates product portfolio knowledge, technological knowledge and business relevance, with operational consequences to deliver OTIF

Key Responsibilities 


  • Contributes to the realisation of the business strategy through menu card deployment.
  • Executes R&D projects by leading the delivery of product specification necessary for A4E project stream.
  • Proposes the technical product architecture of the product design.  Offers and identifies opportunities to innovate and optimize processing capabilities and performance.
  • Delivering day to day performance and programmes within the network.
  • Is part of the team that communicates and supports best practice menu card deployment into local applications.
  • Reports to Brand Maintenance manger on a weekly basis.


  • Graduate calibre or appropriate vocational experience
  • Previous Product development or Brand maintenance experience
  • PLM Experience    
  • Strong project management experience within an R&D role
  • Experience in a Brand position within FMCG
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills within a similar role 

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.