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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.

Estimating Coordinator

Estimating Coordinator Wanted

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Job Description:

  • Reporting to the Sales Director
  • Working with our Estimator, responsible for accurate and comprehensive compilation of costings and quotations
  • Engaging with all stakeholders, both internally and externally to develop proposals
  • Discussing quotations with customers where appropriate
  • Working with technical drawings and using CAD
  • On the job training will be provided with the option for additional external courses and training
  • Excellent opportunity to develop into a varied role

Person Specification:

  • Level 2 -GCSE A* to C (9 to 4) Maths and English essential
  • Sound academic background and confident user of MS Office
  • Ability to accurately perform mathematical calculations essential
  • Ability to assess data quickly and make subsequent decisions essential
  • Attention to detail and accuracy essential
  • Analytical, methodical, resourceful and a quick learner
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Able to work on own initiative or as part of a team
  • Experience of SolidWorks or other CAD software desirable


We are currently seeking a Quality Techniciam for our Friden, Derbyshire factory

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Job Description:

  • Key member of the Technical Team reporting to the Quality Team Leader or the Technical Director as appropriate
  • 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, and updates of current procedures
  • Understand customer applications, drawings & specifications
  • Conduct and assist with both customer inspections and self-inspections
  • Conduct non- destructive testing measurements (PUNDIT) and specific tests as required
  • Monitor manufacturing (press and cast materials) as required
  • Produce certification for customer review prior to delivery
  • Carry out any other reasonable task within the team for which training has been received.


Roofer General Building Maintenance Wanted

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Job Description:

  • Carrying out roof and general building maintenance.
  • Working at height.
  • Proficient in the use of machinery and tools used within maintenance and joinery disciplines.
  • General factory floor, drainage and joinery repairs.

Person Specification:

  • Qualified joiner desirable
  • Working at height qualification desirable
  • MEWP and FLT Counterbalance desirable
  • Previous roofing and general building maintenance experience
  • Motivated and flexible to work overtime and weekends
  • Reliable with strong work ethics

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.