YEN (Yield Enhancement Networks) Manager - Boxworth or Gleadthorpe

Closing Date - Monday 2nd September 2019

Location: ADAS Boxworth, Cambridgeshire or ADAS Gleadthorpe, Nottinghamshire 
Salary: £18,000 - £31,000

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 ADAS 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.

Yield Enhancement Network (YEN)

The Yield Enhancement Network – or YEN – connects agricultural organisations and farmers who are striving to improve crop yields ( The YEN is open to any interested individual or organisation - commercial, academic or other and has four main elements;

  1. Yield/quality benchmarking: Farmers enter fields or part fields.
  2. Analysis: Investigate associations between yield and factors to identify key factors constraining yield
  3. Networking: Farmers, Industry & Scientists working together to solve yield constraints
  4. Testing: Test new ideas at small plot, field and farm scales.

There are now YENs operating for a range of crops including winter cereals, oilseeds, peas, beans, grass forage, spring barley. Entrants are from the UK, Europe and there is a competition in Canada. With over 300 farmer entrants and over 30 sponsors YEN is continuing to grow by 50% each year. The YENs are sponsored by industry (levies, breeders, fertiliser & ag-chem manufacturers, distributors, and labs).

The role

We require a Project Manager to manage the portfolio of projects encompassed within the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN).

What you will be doing

  • Manage the Yield Enhancement Network projects to meet project objectives on time and achieve profitable contracts. 
  • Manage the project finances and deployment of resources.
  • Manage the analysis and interpretation of the YEN data base.
  • Develop and maintain the content on the YEN website.
  • Coordinate report production.
  • Organise conferences and workshops involving farmers, industry and researchers.
  • Present to a range of project stakeholders including farmers, industry and researchers.
  • Coordinate YEN communications and profile raising through platform presentations, newsletters, publishing in peer reviewed journals and popular press articles.
  • Take a lead role with expanding the YENs by attracting new sponsorship and developing new YEN initiatives including overseas.
  • Assist in the identification and development of associated Networks, trials and projects

Essential competencies

  • Demonstrate a flair for managing multi-faceted projects to meet clients requirements.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders, including farmers, industry and scientists through oral and written methods.
  • Have excellent organisation skills with proven ability to deal with multiple challenges 
  • Write client reports and proposals that are clear, logical and persuasive
  • 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.

Desirable competencies

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the farming industry and crop production or similar
  • Have experience in managing web content
  • Demonstrate ability to analyse and organise large, complex datasets
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking to further develop and expand projects into new areas, including in new countries.

At Project Manager level it is expected that you will be qualified to at least degree level, in a biological or crop production related discipline.


  • Contributory Pension Scheme and Company Life Assurance
  • A flexible benefits programme including private health care
  • Regular training and career development

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 2nd 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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