Roaster III Days in Spartanburg, SC at Keurig Dr Pepper

Date Posted: 9/27/2019

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Spartanburg operation is a state-of-the-art coffee roasting and pod packaging facility in addition to hosting a full beverage distribution center.  Spartanburg is the largest KDRP manufacturing and distribution location.  The site will operate on the foundational principles of TPM (Total Productive Maintenance); leverage the principles of Lean manufacturing and harness the power of High Performance Teams.  All associates at the Spartanburg site will have accountability to both a functional business unit in addition to the full site operation.  The site will run on first-in-class enterprise IT and manufacturing execution systems with highly automated processing, packaging, and material movement equipment.


As a Roaster III you will roast high quality coffee to meet the demand of customers of Keurig Dr Pepper. You will have roasting knowledge, green bean knowledge, communication skills, computer knowledge, and roaster mechanical knowledge and be able to manipulate roasting software to achieve roast profiles. You will be responsible for ensuring coffee quality, scheduling completion, making sure blends are done correctly and coffee is sent to the correct package areas. You will ensure the safety of persons around the roaster area and observe and manage emergency situations. You will work with Quality Control and other related departments to ensure the coffee quality is up to Keurig Dr Pepper standards well as implementing new products into the process.

There will be a potential for domestic and international travel during the training period. The plant is a 24/7 operation, working a 12-hour shift schedule, with crews dedicated to either days or nights


  • Control gas fired roasters to remove moisture from coffee beans.
  • Have a clear understanding of the origin of the coffee, decaf processes, Keurig Dr Pepper Blends, and roasting technology.
  • Organize and verify roasting schedules, check for waivers and verification and inventory of correct green beans in the bins.
  • Manage roasting process from selecting profile to scheduling to packaging in order to ensure on time customer delivery.
  • Program the schedule, calibrate the Agtron, and roast green beans to schedule as well as desired Agtron specification and roasting time.
  • Set, adjust and observe temperature and time controls for roasting process and to maintain required temperature.
  • Remove sample to compare color of roasting beans in roaster with color standard to estimate roasting time.
  • Inspect each roast for Keurig Dr Pepper specs, make adjustments as necessary to roast and observe equipment.
  • Record roast data, Agtons, weights, coffee types and hand loads for People Soft backup.
  • Continuous observation of the roasters and green delivery systems for mechanical failures and power outages.
  • Must be able to work in a high level production environment with the ability to understand and operate complex equipment such as PLCs, operating control systems, roasters, blenders and grinders that interfaces with machines.
  • The ability to stay calm and alert in emergency situations and direct others on procedures to be taken during them.
  • Enter information into PeopleSoft system and other Roasting systems.
  • Verify roasters are working and troubleshoot when problems arise with the machines.
  • Performing weekly ACO (automatic clean out), ensuring the roasters are burned out, inspected and maintained.
  • Maintain clean and safe work environment.
  • Know all components of Bill of Materials and the blending operation such as running the blending system.
  • Ability to adjust roast schedules to meet internal customer needs.
  • Follow all Keurig Dr Pepper policies and procedures



  • 5 years of experience with food or beverage processing
  • Coffee roasting and or processing experience preferred
  • Experience with Production Scheduling, Planning and inventory control systems preferred
  • Computer knowledge of Microsoft Applications and SAP
  • Basic math, mechanical and electrical skills
  • Safety conscious and have the ability to perform in an emergency setting.
  • Flexible, self-motivated team player with the ability to follow direction and at times work independently.
  • Ability to lift up to 100 pounds on a frequent basis.
  • Ability to constantly lift, bend, stretch and stand during entire shift.
  • Ability to frequently kneel, squat, bend, and stoop, twist, and reach overhead with repetitive motions.
  • Ability to spend significant time standing on the manufacturing floor with some frequency of computer work

Keys to success in this role include skills, knowledge and behaviors in the following areas:

  • Confidence, integrity and an autonomous mindset with the ability to work independently and strive to win, even in challenging environments
  • Ability to comprehend and follow work instructions and calibrate instrumentation
  • Team-player attitude with well-developed interpersonal skills and comfort in a cross-functional, multi-cultural environment.
  • Mechanical orientation with the ability to solve problems and implement change
  • Strong communication and writing skills and ability to conduct root-cause analysis and implement corrections

Company Overview & EEO Statement

Keurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading coffee and beverage company in North America with dual headquarters in Burlington, MA and Plano, TX, with annual revenue in excess of $11 billion. KDP holds leadership positions in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice drinks and mixers, and markets the #1 single serve coffee brewing system in the U.S. The Company maintains an unrivaled distribution system that enables its portfolio of more than 125 owned, licensed and partner brands to be available nearly everywhere people shop and consume beverages. With a wide range of hot and cold beverages that meet virtually any consumer need, KDP key brands include Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott’s® and The Original Donut Shop®. The Company employs more than 25,000 employees and operates more than 120 offices, manufacturing plants, warehouses and distribution centers across North America.

Benefits built for you: Our people are the heart of our business, which is why we offer robust benefits to support your health and wellness as well as your personal and financial well-being. We also provide employee programs designed to enhance your professional growth and development while ensuring you feel valued, inspired and appreciated at work.

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, ethnic or national origin, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by law. EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Candidates must be able to pass a background check and drug test, as applicable for the role.


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