Research & Development 12-month Placement

JDE Banbury
Full Time

About this job

Job Type: Full Time
Role: 12-month Food Science placements at Global Coffee FMCG JDE
Start date: July 2020
Employer Industry: Beverages
Company size: 16,000
Company type: Private Company
Deadline: 30/12/19
Degrees Accepted: Food Science, Sensory/Consumer Science

Job description

As Consumer Science is a cross functional team, this role will offer the opportunity to support project work across many different categories utilizing many of the sensory tools (i.e. Discrimination, Descriptive, Qualitative Napping).   You will generally collaborate with the CS category lead and product development partners to produce actionable results.

In addition, you will predominantly support the execution of sensory research, for example to understand the sensory profile of different types of coffees, which could include: espresso, lungo, drip filter, cappuccino to even Instant, plus many more and there may also be some exposure to consumer research to best understand how consumers might respond to different products. In the process of this research, you will also learn to analyse, report and present outcome of the results to business partners, playing an important role in the decision-making process. 

Through your projects and whilst supporting other members of the team in a variety of different projects:

  • Develop knowledge of sensory and consumer testing methods, when they are used and what results they can yield. Use this knowledge to help make recommendations to category partners.
  • Aid in the designing, executing and analysing of results to make key business decisions. Generate sensory and consumer data from internal and external tests.
  • Assist with day to day testing within the sensory lab, working with the sensory panel in training and development. Build understanding of different coffee preparation methods.
  • Developing flexibility and time management skills whilst gaining a first-hand experience of how a large FMCG business operates.
  • Further understanding of key sensory methodologies (i.e. Discrimination, Descriptive, Qualitative Napping), working on the research of new methodologies with the possibility of adding them to the JDE Sensory toolbox. Analyse the potential strengths and weaknesses of new vs current methods.
  • Some local or International travel may be needed (dependent on project needs)

Why should you apply?

- Travel: JDE provide awesome opportunities to travel. Last year around half the placement students travelled abroad.

- Fantastic perks: 25 days holiday, free hot beverages (not just coffee!) and even Barista training!

- Student Charity Committee: Every Friday all the placement students get together for a fun charity meeting. Last year their charity work raised over £18,000 in total.

- Culture: At JDE they have a friendly, hands-on environment where everyone is encouraged to contribute and all opinions are valued. There is also a strong mentoring programme and you will be periodically reporting to senior business stakeholders and interacting with other placement students.

- Corporate Social Responsibility: From sourcing ingredients responsibly with internationally recognised standards, to partnering directly with suppliers to improve working conditions and protect natural resources, and aiming to make all manufacturing sites landfill free by 2020, at JDE they are driven by their passion for coffee & tea, care for people and respect for the environment.


Job requirements

  • For these roles we’re looking for applications from Food science or Sensory/Consumer Science
  • We are looking for bright and enthusiastic students who can work well in a team and are willing to get stuck in
  • You must be an undergraduate looking for a 12-month Year in Industry placement from July 2020 to July 2021.
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