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Jacobs Douwe Egberts (JDE)

Organisation Description

Are you looking for a 12 month placement for 2018/19?

Do you want real responsibility with the chance to influence the production of household name coffee brands including Tassimo, Kenco, L'Or and Jacobs?

The Company:

Global Fast Moving Consumer Goods Company (FMCG) JACOBS DOUWE EGBERTS (JDE) are looking for placement students from all degree backgrounds to join their diverse team of 12,000 coffee champions in: Research & Development (R&D), Manufacturing Operations, Finance, Sales, Marketing and HR.

JDE serve consumers in more than 100 countries worldwide and they value simplicity, entrepreneurship, accountability, discipline and solidarity.

  • JDE's UK head office is in Banbury, Oxfordshire. Regardless of which role you undertake, if you work at this site you will have access to the factory floor, responsible for producing 20,000 tonnes of coffee per year across 9 production lines and is one of JDE’s global “Power Plants”
  • They provide awesome opportunities to travel- last year half of the placement students travelled abroad
  • Fantastic perks including: 25 days holiday, free hot beverages [not just coffee!] and even Barista training!
  • Every Friday all the placement students get together for a fun charity meeting. Last year their charity work raised over £30,000 in total
  • They have a friendly, hands-on environment where everyone is encouraged to contribute and opinions are valued

Research & Development

Research and Development is a hugely diverse area, with placement roles in fields ranging from Food Science to Ingredients Research and Packaging. This is where the Science and Technology behind the production of our coffee brands is constantly researched and improved. You will be working to help make our products even better, be this through the ingredients and the way the coffee is brewed, through to the taste and finally the design of the packaging. In R&D you can directly contribute to the improvement of world renowned coffee.

Which Degree Subjects?

Applications from a broad range of STEM backgrounds are welcomed, particularly Physics, Natural Sciences, Food Science, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Production, Mechatronics and Technology

Manufacturing Operations

Within Operations and Manufacturing you will be working within the beating heart of the company, bringing benefit to the business from the factory floor up. You could work in either Process Development or Continuous Improvement and from day 1 will be encouraged to get involved and make a change. You will be working on real life projects and will ultimately ensure that the manufacturing process is the best and most efficient that it possibly can be.

Which Degree Subjects?

Chemical Engineering or very closely related


They say that money makes the world go around, and without sufficient finances spent in the correct way, JDE's Banbury 'power plant' would grind to a halt. Operations finance at JDE is no ordinary finance role. You will be analysing the cost of production and other business expenditure to ultimately advise the senior stakeholders of the business how money could be better spent.

Which Degree Subjects?

Anything analytical/numerical. Degrees from a business, finance, management, accounting, maths and economics related background are particularly welcomed.


Imagine being responsible for marketing and selling the brands that are so well loved the world over. Within all of these roles you will be doing just that! As either a national account executive or a category development executive, you will be based in JDE's Hurley office and working with a diverse range of retail customers. You could be influencing the placement of JDE products on the store shelves or managing relationships with the likes of Amazon and Ocado.

Which Degree Subjects?

Anything analytical/numerical.
Degrees from a business, finance, management, accounting, maths, economics and econometrics background are preferred.


People are incredibly important to JDE and this is what HR is all about. You will be helping to ensure that JDE has the best people and that they are undertaking continuous learning and development.

Which Degree Subjects?

Applications from any degree background are welcomed!


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