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Rothamsted Research

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Head of Farms

Salary Details:
£46,232 - 51,580
Work Area:
Closing Date:
02 Jan 2020
Overview Of Role

We have an exciting new opportunity for an experienced Research Farm Manager to join our Farm team at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden. 

The Rothamsted Farms cover over 700Ha and are spread across several locations, including Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Suffolk.  This role would be based at Harpenden where we have 330Ha and is the home of the ‘Classical’ agricultural experiments dating back to 1843.  In addition, this role will manage two further farms – one at Woburn Experimental Farm (70Ha) in Bedfordshire and another in Brooms Barn Farm (77Ha) in Suffolk where we have a Farm Manager.   These farms are predominantly arable and are managed by the farm team who are based at Harpenden. 

Field experimentation at Rothamsted and Woburn Farms are based on current scientific programmes and the farms are a major service provider to our science community.  On the farm we have facilities to be able to provide specific field conditions, rotational slots and be able to offer different soil types across the arable land we manage.  We can provide experimentation in the major UK crops of wheat, barley, oilseed rape, field beans and oats.  

On average we run over 100 experiments throughout the year and harvest up to 12,000 plots during the summer. 

The Research Farm Manager manages and oversees the farm team working closely with the science team to support the scientists in all that they do as it is the science that drives everything that we do.  The gardens team also report into the Farm Manager bringing the size of the team to twelve.

The successful candidate will have significant experience in the management and delivery of a research farm and agricultural field experiments, along with experience of planning and progressing technical / scientific work activities within general, professional guidelines or organisational policy, using initiative and independent judgement. 

This is the ideal opportunity for someone who feels that they are capable of running a research farm and be actively involved in the science that we support.

Interview date: 21 January 2020
About The Company
Established in 1843, Rothamsted Research is one of the UK's leading Research Institutes delivering world class agricultural science.  Our commitment to learning and development, equality and diversity as well as creating a positive work life balance,  enable a welcoming environment for all prospective employees.  We have an attractive benefits package including 25 days annual leave, a generous pension scheme and an attractive campus offering cultural and recreational activities. 
Rothamsted Research values its commitment to equality and diversity in its workforce and we particularly encourage applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, as these groups are currently under-represented within the organisation.