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Sustainable Agriculture Consultant

Closing Date - Open

Sustainable Agriculture Consultant
Location: Boxworth, Cambridgeshire
Salary: of £23,000-£30,000 depending on experience

Our Sustainable Food and Farming Business is looking for consultants in the early stages of their careers, who have a good understanding of agricultural production practices and are keen to work with the supply chain to improve the overall sustainability of these practices.  The applicant for this role will have to be prepared to work flexibly across a range of disciplines as different projects arise.  In the early stages, it is expected that projects around the value of pesticides to the industry and the move to net-zero will be key focuses for the individual.  The role is largely desk-based and will initially focus on the delivery of work that has been identified and won by others.  As individuals become more familiar with the role there will be opportunities to develop client relationships and support on proposal writing to win new work. 

What you will be doing

  • Developing knowledge & expertise in sustainable crops or livestock production.
  • Working individually and as part of a team on a range of consultancy and research projects.
  • Collecting, verifying, analysing and presenting data.
  • Conducting stakeholder interviews and surveys (i.e. telephone, online and face to face) and workshops.
  • Interpreting information, writing reports and distilling project findings into key messages for clients.
  • Supporting project managers in delivering projects that meet client requirements, within budget and timescales, and that meet ADAS quality assurance standards.
  • Assisting senior team members in the development of tenders and proposals.
  • Working with colleagues across ADAS and in collaboration with other organisations.
  • Developing the profile of ADAS through networking and writing articles.

Successful candidates will

  • Demonstrate knowledge of agricultural production (crops or livestock), associated supply chains, and key issues facing the food and farming sector, and apply this to meet client needs. An understanding of crop protection (e.g. pesticide products and usage, alternative control options) is desirable.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of sustainability issues affecting the agricultural supply chain such as climate change, water, waste, animal welfare or land-use change.
  • Be enthusiastic to work flexibly across a wide range of project areas and subjects for a wide range of clients.
  • Support in the management of small projects and be able to demonstrate how they would go about planning, organising, managing and monitoring projects to ensure that work is delivered on time and to budget, and completed to the required standards to ensure clients’ satisfaction.
  • Understand approaches to data analysis and presentation (e.g. use of Excel and/or modelling expertise)
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences in a range of formats, including written reports, articles, presentations and infographics.
  • Have a drive for continuous improvement in all aspects of performance to achieve profitable delivery and high client satisfaction.

Person specification

The successful candidate will have:

  • A relevant degree in biological sciences or agriculture. Other sustainability-related fields may also be considered. Further relevant qualifications such as a Masters would be a bonus.
  • Have at least 1-2 years’ experience working in the agriculture industry or related sectors. 
  • Good GCSE (or higher) grades in Maths, Science and English Language.
  • An understanding and awareness of key industry issues, e.g. previous work experience, degree modules, summer internships or voluntary work.
  • Excellent computer and information system skills; in particular Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • Strong communication, interpersonal and organisational skills, with the ability to work under pressure to client determined deadlines.
  • Excellent team-working and ability to contribute towards a positive team dynamic.
  • A rigorous approach and attention to detail in both quantitative and qualitative research and analysis.
  • A full driving licence will be required as will the need for occasional flexible working with regard to type of work, timing and location.  
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

Salary and benefits

  • Salary will be within the range of £23,000-£30,000 depending on experience.
  • Contributory Pension Scheme – RSK will contribute a minimum of 3%.
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care.
  • Regular training and career development opportunities through both formal training and on the job learning.

We recognise that staff are our most valuable asset and that their integrity, commitment and loyalty is vital to how we conduct our business, and to the long-term success of the company.  As a company, ADAS wants to ensure you maintain a healthy work-life balance, with many opportunities for flexible working hours, locality flexibility, social activities, and community involvement projects.  Career progression is important and there are plenty of opportunities within ADAS to develop new skills and progress through the consultant grades.

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential.  Having been recently placed within the top10 UK environmental consultancies (Environmental Analyst, December 2017) and number 42 in the Sunday Times Fastrack 200 which rates the success of private companies in the UK, there has never been a more exciting time to join. 

The company prides itself on providing its staff with a rewarding and challenging career, encouraging Continuous Professional Development, allowing employees to reach their full potential.

How to apply

To apply for this position please visit the RSK Group careers portal and click ‘apply’.  A personal online account will be set up so you can review the progress of your application.  If you require any additional information about the role please contact Lisa Hallington, HR Advisor on 01623 848341 or email Lisa.Hallington@adas.co.uk. Closing date for applications is 9am on Monday 2nd December 2019 and interviews will be held on the 11th December at ADAS Boxworth in Cambridgeshire.

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. Candidates should confirm this when applying with their CV and covering letter. RSK is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work, and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain.

ADAS is committed to our Corporate Responsibility strategy. We seek to minimise our impact on the environment; to engage positively with the community and education groups; to provide a safe and supportive atmosphere in which to work, and to promote Corporate Responsibility throughout our supply chain. 

For more information about SFF, ADAS and the RSK Group visit the ADAS Sustainable Food and Farming service pageswww.adas.uk and www.rsk.co.uk

RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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