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DSF Refractories & Minerals Ltd

At DSF we pride ourselves as one of the largest employers in the heart of the Peak District. We employ about 150 people, many of which live in the local villages and towns. Over the 125 years we have seen many family generations spending their working lives at DSF through to retirement. This is reflected in our history of long service awards of 25, 40 and 50 years celebrations.

We strive to develop our people through training and development and over the years we have reaped the benefits of this through our excellent staff retention. We see our employees as assets and their skills and knowledge are essential to the business to ensure we continue to grow from strength to strength and build on our excellent reputation worldwide.

If you would like to be part of our family ethos then please see what exciting opportunities we have available.

Our Employees

"I started at DSF as a production operative about 14 years ago and since this time the Company have invested in my personal development. I am now Senior Production Team Leader and a qualified RTITB Mobile Plant Instructor"
Russ Ferns, Senior Production Team Leader

"I started at DSF as an agency worker 7 years ago. I really enjoy my job so I was very pleased when I was offered a permanent contract. Everyone has been very friendly and helpful and it is a pleasure coming to work every day. "
Marcin Jereczek, Production Operative

"DSF is a lovely place to work and over the years I have made many very good friends. The Company is extremely flexible with my hours which has helped over the many years I have worked here to raise my family. My Great Grandfather, my Grandad and my Gran worked here for the majority of their working lives, so it is nice that I have continued to keep my family connections with DSF. "
Diane Cope, HR Administrator

"I’ve worked at DSF for 29 years which has, unbelievably, flown by! Over the years I’ve seen many technological, cultural and health & safety improvements that have changed the company beyond recognition. I started on the shop floor but, after a while, took a position in the IT department after successfully completing a company funded IT degree."
Ian Gould, ICT Systems Co-ordinator

Current DSF Vacancies

Applicants should apply via CV or contact Diane on 01629 630115, email: for an application form.

QC Technologist

We are currently seeking a QC Technologist.

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Job Description:

You will be a key member of the Technical team for the largest shaped refractory manufacturer in the UK, and is recognised as one of the world's leading suppliers of bonded refractories for the glass industry. We supply to other heat containment industries, including iron and steel, cement and other rotary kilns, carbon black producers and petrochemical companies as well as non-ferrous metals, incinerators, brick and ceramic kilns.

Job Requirements:

  • Measure and record the attributes (dimensions) and physical properties of refractory shaped products
  • Clearly define conforming and non-conforming products.
  • Organise external testing.
  • Ensure that all dispatched product meets the relevant product definition and/or customer specification.
  • Assist investigation of complaints.
  • Understand customer applications, drawings & specifications.
  • Conduct and assist customer inspections
  • Conduct non- destructive testing measurements (PUNDIT) and specific tests as required.
  • Monitor manufacturing (press and cast materials) as required.

Person Specification:

  • Highly numerate and literate, with a working knowledge of spreadsheets and databases.
  • Higher diploma/degree or equivalent.
  • Experience of working in Quality Management System.
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship building and team working skills.
  • Confidence to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Reliable, flexible and self-motivated.
  • Desire for continuous personal development.
  • Full driving license required due to location.

Maintenance Electrician

We are currently seeking a Maintenance Electrician.

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Job Description:

We are currently looking to recruit an Electrician to work as part of the electrical team to ensure that all electrical plant equipment is operating efficiently with the minimum amount of downtime and kept in safe and in good condition. Job Requirements:

  • Install and or maintain all electrical & electro-mechanical plant or machinery.
  • Operate a preventative electrical maintenance system to ensure that the plant & machinery is in good working order.
  • Industrial control systems.
  • Fault find and repair any electrical or electro-mechanical related problems on the plant or equipment..
  • PLC control systems (Allen Bradley, Siemens, Mitsubishi)
  • Variable speed drives
  • Machine safety control and risk assessments
  • High voltage switching and low voltage distribution systems.
  • Inspection and testing

Person Specification:

  • Apprentice trained electrician with C&G/BTEC/NVQ Level 3 qualification
  • 17th Edition wiring regulations - essential
  • Experience of working in Quality Management System.
  • ONC in Electrical Engineering/C&G 2391 Ins/Test - desirableellent interpersonal, relationship building and team working skills.
  • Sound fault finding and problem solving techniques
  • Previous experience of working in a heavy industry
  • Ability to test single and three phase motors

Joiner / Pattern Maker

We are currently seeking to recruit a Joiner / Pattern Maker.

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Job Description:

  • Producing wooden moulds for use in manufacturing.
  • Working from drawings and to tight dimensional tolerances.
  • Operating woodworking machinery.

Person Specification:

  • Qualified, Improver or Apprentice will be considered.
  • Experience of operating woodworking machinery.
  • Reliable, flexible and self-motivated.

PRODUCTION OPERATIVES (Immediate start available)

We are currently seeking Production Operatives for varied work at our Friden, Derbyshire factory

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Job Description:

  • Producing high quality refractory products.
  • Quality control checks.
  • Counterbalance Fork Lift Truck driving.
  • Multi-skilling.
  • Various shift patterns, including nights.

Person Specification:

  • Reliable and well motivated
  • Team Player
  • Flexible
  • Fork Lift Truck License would be an advantage
  • Able to carry out manual work
  • Health and safety passport or similar - desirable

Previous Applicants

Applications will be kept on file for three months. If you have not heard anything within this time, please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion. If you wish to be considered for any future vacancies, please submit another application.