Production Engineer

Operations Banbury Full-time United Kingdom

Job Description

The Production Engineer is responsible for identifying and eliminating daily losses, reducing variability and increasing predictability of results and productivity, while building capability through supporting, coaching and engaging the shift teams. This role is based in our packing area which covers a range of packing technologies across 7 packing lines – including providing opportunity for development of skills. There is support available to help with progress towards chartered engineer status, including, but limited to, building project management skills, leadership skills and data analysis skills.


Key responsibilities of the role:  

Core Responsibilities

  • Engages with the shift teams to identify, analyse, understand and eliminate daily losses including quality and safety losses.
  • Utilises the company global continuous improvement platform standards to drive the elimination of losses and 100% associate engagement. This incorporates engaging all associates in key activities, finding and fixing defects, and creating, improving, and implementing standards for locking in improvements.
  • Ownership of downtime analysis systems to identify our top losses and drive continuous improvement in their respective area.
  • Dealing with reactive issues as they arise.
  • Owning small engineering projects involving scoping through to requesting approval for investment, co-ordinating installation all the way through to commissioning.  
  • Take the role of start-up lead when supporting project engineers on larger CAPEX projects.

Safety Health and Environment:

  • Reviews Safety performance as part of daily operations meeting structure, providing day to day solutions, and roll out of best practices.
  • Understands relevant technical requirements in Safety Health and Environment and can apply literature review and networking skills to grow understanding where required for specific projects.
  • Considers all aspects of pollution control, waste management, recycling, environmental health, conservation and renewable energy across plants as applicable for daily work and projects.


  • Leads and role models company continuous improvement platform driving roll out and further development with hands on approach
  • Drives zero losses, defects and 100% engagement culture by leveraging continuous improvement approach
  • Finding the correct resources to build competency in the shift team and ensures appropriate training is applied for new/improved processes when rolled out
  • Audits consistency of competency and processes in the teams
  • Takes an active role in owning actions for and sharing of project status at weekly operations meeting reviews, challenging the status quo to ensure focus remains on tackling our top losses

Delivery & Cost:

  • Collaborates with key areas to understand the Compelling Business Need - CBN contribution that will improve immediate daily business performance
  • Defines the most impactful projects on CBN which needs to be implemented
  • Source the appropriate support and route forward to lock improvements in place
  • Has daily engagement with shift teams to identify the opportunities by applying company continuous improvement platform tools, such as Root Cause Analysis, Kaizen, Defect tagging
  • Responsible for reducing variability and improve capability of the packing lines
  • Responsible for reducing waste in all forms affecting line performance
  • Makes recommendations and follows up on finding agreement for rolling out of standards
  • Updates relevant information, tracking and reporting systems


Must have:

  • University Degree (Bachelors) or higher in Mechanical Engineering or other related field
  • Experience within a manufacturing environment (strong preference in Fast Moving Consumer Goods) 
  • Desirable to have knowledge and experience of Operational Excellence methodologies such as Total Productive Maintenance and Lean 6 Sigma
  • We may also be open to graduates with the right attitude and mindset

Additional Information

We believe amazing things can happen over a cup of coffee.

Everyone’s coffee experience is unique – that’s why we bring this flavour into our careers. We keep our care and guidance individual to you. We celebrate achievements and support one another in a workplace that’s committed to doing the right thing – all across the world.

Our goal is simple but ambitious. Jacobs Douwe Egberts: a coffee for every cup.

JDE is a €5 billion global business retaining a start-up feel and containing some of the leading brands in Coffee and Tea – Kenco, L’OR, Tassimo and Douwe Egberts to name a few. The UK represents a top 5 global market for JDE and continues to be a growth engine for the category, driving premiumisation by leading the single-serve partition with the Tassimo brand and premiumising the instant coffee segment through Kenco, L’OR and the Douwe Egberts brands.