National Account Executive Year in Industry Placement with JDE 

Are you looking for a 12-month placement for 2021/22? Do you want real responsibility with the chance to influence the composition and production of household name coffee brands including Tassimo, Kenco, L’Or and Jacobs?

JDE is home to some of the most well-known coffee brands in the world. To date, their  coffee and tea portfolio is available in over 140 countries and includes iconic household names such as Kenco, L’Or, Tassimo and Douwe Egberts. They’ve built their  business on the belief that everyone deserves the coffee they love – no matter who you are, where you live or how you take it.

Company: Jacobs Douwe Egberts

Location: Hurley 

Role: 12-month Year in Industry Placements

Salary: £18,500 + £1,000 sign-on bonus

Start Date: July 2021

Deadline: 13th April 

Who is the company?

– JDE is a €5 billion global business with around 15,000 associates based in 28 different countries, selling their brands in over 100 different countries around the world. 

– Formed in 2015, JDE retains a start-up feel containing some of the leading brands in the Coffee and Tea industry including – Kenco, L’OR, Tassimo and Douwe Egberts to name a few.

– JDE UK is headquartered in Banbury, Oxfordshire, which is one of JDE’s global ‘Power Plants’ responsible for producing 20,000 tonnes of coffee per year across 9 production lines.

– 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.

– JDE believes amazing things can happen over a cup of coffee and with values including Entrepreneurship, Solidarity, Accountability, Simplicity and Discipline, working at JDE offers you an exciting opportunity to make an impact in the world’s largest pure play coffee company.

– JDE’s goal is simple but ambitious – a coffee for every cup.


“Everyone deserves the coffee they love.”

What is the role ?

A commercial sales intern role that sits in the JDE UK PROFESSIONAL Sales team. The role will report into a Segment Manager and will oversee various sales related projects over the year, covering our Cash and Carry and Wholesale and e-commerce channels.

Key responsibilities: 

– Working on key business projects that lead to long term decisions for JDE. This could include evaluating the performance of products in customers and recommending best practice for future planning

– Collecting and understanding the latest customer and market trends/insights and advising on how these should be reflected into our sales plans, activity execution and forecasting

– Interacting with various JDE customers within Cash and Carry, Wholesale and e-commerce and providing support to ad hoc requests whilst also being an external contact for JDE.

– Key focus is to drive a new business agenda through our indirect wholesale customers.

– The ability to explore different business functions and find projects which interest you, to further develop your skills.

– Being a key part of the JDE student charity, creating internal sales events and creating awareness while raising money for a great cause.

Experience and education : 

If you’re brimming with entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to succeed, you’ll fit right in at JDE. Working globally and locally, our Associates have been positively influencing the world of coffee for over 250 years. We love people who are not afraid to try, and who try until they get it right. We value strong convictions and encourage debate. And all this in an open, friendly environment where you can approach anyone and grow any way you like.


For this role as an intern, we’re looking for someone who has the following skills and experience:

– Microsoft Word / PowerPoint and Excel entry level understanding

– Being confident and willing to stand up and present 

– Someone who can work as a team but can also manage their own time to complete their own workload.

– A drive & passion or interest for achieving targets.

– Sees solutions as opposed to problems

Why should you apply?

– Travel: JDE provides 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 £30,000 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. 

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