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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 630 114, email:, for an application form.

Stores Controller

We are currently seeking a Stores Controller Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 1pm, at our Friden, Derbyshire, offices.

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Job Description:

  • Purchase consumable and packaging items
  • Receive goods, maintain stocks and control issue of stocks
  • Liaise with suppliers and obtain costs/negotiate prices
  • Maintain supplier information and input purchase order details onto an internal computerised system.
  • Resolve any invoicing/delivery anomalies

Person Specification:

  • Computer literate.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team working skills
  • Confidence to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Reliable, flexible and self-motivated
  • Full driving license required due to location

Commercial Administration Assistant

We are currently seeking a Commercial Administration Assistant at our Friden, Derbyshire, offices.

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Job Description:

  • Process customer enquiries, quotations & orders.
  • Arrange for the despatch of orders to both the home and export markets
  • Action EU import paperwork to enable smooth customs logistics of imported goods
  • Liaise with the Sales Managers relating to customer requirements
  • Maintain customer records and carry out general administration tasks
  • Carry out other tasks within the team including cover for the other Sales roles within the office

Person Specification:

  • Reliable, flexible and self-motivated
  • Good communication and organisational skills
  • Able to work on your own initiative or as part of a team
  • IT literate, Excel and Microsoft word
  • Knowledge of ERP systems would be desirable
  • Knowledge of export and import documentation would be desirable


DSF 2020 Apprenticeships

DSF are offering the following apprenticeships leading to nationally recognised qualifications and accreditation.

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.