Crop Research Consultant

Closing Date - Monday 23rd September 2019

Role:              Crop Research Consultant
Location:       One of: ADAS Boxworth, Cambs; ADAS Gleadthorpe, Notts; ADAS High Mowthorpe, N Yorks
Salary:           £22,000 - £31,000​, depending on qualifications and experience
Contract:       Permanent

About ADAS

ADAS, part of RSK Group Ltd, is the UK’s largest provider of research and advice on agricultural and environmental issues.  With over 75 years’ experience ADAS has an amazing track record of providing agricultural, horticultural and environmental consultancy & research expertise to an enviable range of clients both in the private and public sector.  ADAS has a unique combination of insight and practical experience, underpinned by robust, informed, science-based information that allows us to meet the needs of both our domestic and international clients.  Our great strength is our breadth and depth of expertise spanning the entire environmental sector.

The team

You will join a multi-disciplinary team of research scientists and consultants located across the UK. The post holder will work within the Crop Physiology group, but will be expected to bridge across to the crop protection, soil, horticulture, GIS and modelling groups within ADAS. The aim of the Crop Physiology group is to improve the yield and quality of food and biofuel crops, whilst reducing pollution associated with cropping, through an understanding of crop physiology, plant breeding and agronomy. Specific project themes include; increasing crop yield, improving nutrient use efficiency and development of precision farming technologies. We work with levy boards, governments, universities and the private sector to identify, evaluate and implement practical solutions to support sustainable crop production.

The role

We require a research consultant with the knowledge and drive to further develop our business in the area of improving crop productivity. The role will include achieving sales targets, delivering projects and working with colleagues from different sectors.

What you will be doing

  • Leading and assisting colleagues with developing new proposals, including multi-collaborative bids, for funding research and consultancy projects related to crop production, crop physiology and precision farming technologies.
  • Delivering projects by managing all commercial aspects, including the deployment of resource and equipment. 
  • Analysing and interpreting large datasets.
  • Distilling project findings into key messages for clients and transfer these to end users.
  • Taking a lead role in managing key accounts in the crop production and precision farming sectors, and developing innovative new services and products to meet market needs
  • Developing the profile of the ADAS capability through platform speaking, publishing in peer reviewed journals and popular press articles.

What we offer

  • Competitive salary depending on relevant experience and track record.
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • A flexible benefits programme including the option to buy additional holidays and private health care
  • Company funded life assurance

Successful candidates will

  • Demonstrate knowledge of crop production to meet client needs.
  • Apply their knowledge, underpinned by scientific understanding, to manage research experiments that meet the client’s requirements and produce robust, credible scientific data/information.
  • Demonstrate strong ability for analysing and organising large, complex datasets to meet the requirements of the project.
  • Grow business opportunities and achieve sales targets by developing effective working relationships with clients, project funders and collaborators.  
  • Ensure that scientific research projects are planned, managed and led to achieve project objectives within the agreed timescale and budget.
  • Write client reports, scientific papers and bids that are clear, logical and persuasive, meeting the needs of clients and achieving the communication objective for ADAS.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences to transfer the knowledge gained.  This will include speaking at grower meetings, presenting to conferences of scientists and/or practitioners and writing technical articles and peer reviewed papers.
  • Recognise and understand the team’s aims and objectives and participate fully in achieving these with team members by adapting your own input to suit the needs of the team.

At Research Consultant level it is expected that you will be qualified to at least degree level, in a biological or crop production related discipline. You will have a good understanding of crop production, crop physiology, soil science and farming, have excellent numeracy and data analysis skills and experience with field experimentation. You will have a good understanding of the challenges facing the food production industry and be able to demonstrate that you can identify, sell and deliver profitable new projects to ADAS.

What we require

  • Proof of eligibility to work in the UK
  • Valid UK driving licence
  • A strong ‘can do’ attitude with flexibility and willingness to take on a wide range of challenges.
  • Flexibility - as there will be a need for travel within the UK and occasionally in Europe and further afield.

The Company

We operate an open and relaxed management culture that nurtures continuous improvement and innovation. This also enables us to achieve a staff turnover rate that's consistently below the industry average. Adopting a proactive growth strategy helps us to run a sustainable and profitable business while providing new and exciting career opportunities for all. As an entrepreneurial organisation, we encourage and foster the growth of our employees. When joining RSK, a mentor works with you to ensure you set and achieve your goals. We want to accelerate your professional development, including opportunities for a promotional fast track. Further, retaining staff is the building block of a successful organisation. As a company, RSK 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. 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.

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 Closing date for applications is  9am Monday 23rd September 2019.

All candidates applying for positions with RSK Group must be eligible to work in the UK/European Economic Area. 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.

RSK Group is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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