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Innovative Farmers Development Manager

Salary: 39,895 pa  

Contract: Fixed term 1 year maternity cover

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, or part-time minimum 30 hours per week considered.

Location: Bristol (home-based or other locations will be considered)


About us

Innovative Farmers (also known as the Duchy Future Farming Programme) is a not-for-profit network that brings producers and researchers together to find more sustainable ways of farming through on-farm trials called 'field labs'. It enables a practical farmer-led approach to R&D, collaborating with the top organisations in agriculture and research across the UK. The programme has led the way in developing a grassroots approach to sustainable innovation that is attracting growing attention from policy makers.


About the opportunity

We are looking for a management professional to lead and inspire our flagship farmer-led R&D programme for one year whilst our Programme Manager is on maternity leave. This is an exciting opportunity to manage and develop the programme in a time of great change for agriculture as Britain prepares to leave the EU and Common Agricultural Policy. Defra recently announced that funding will be available in the new Agriculture Bill to support farmers developing research projects for practical gains, and UKRI are currently looking at how farmer-focussed approaches can help facilitate research innovation on farm.


Your role

As Development Manager you will be responsible for demonstrating to farming and policy audiences that farmer-led R&D has the ability to transform UK agriculture and research. You will manage the programme day-to-day, liaising with the Field Lab Officer, internal field lab coordination team and Communications Manager, as well as manage and develop the partnership, sponsors and Steering Group relationships. You will be responsible for reporting to funders, managing our dedicated research fund, and developing the programme's independent monitoring and evaluation.


To read the full job description, please visit our jobs website.


About you

You must be highly experienced in project, team and partnership management. You will have experience of advocacy at high levels including inspiring research, farming and policy audiences. You will be accomplished at developing business plans, budgeting and programme strategy. You must have a strong empathy for farmers and growers, and a demonstrable knowledge of participatory research or innovation in sustainable agriculture.


Our employee benefits

Working with the Soil Association you will have a range of financial and lifestyle benefits, including: 

  • 27 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with service
  • A defined contribution pension scheme
  • Free membership of the Soil Association Charity
  • Discounts on organic produce, farm visits
  • Volunteer days to give back to the local community or support green initiatives
  • Family friendly policies, flexible working and childcare vouchers
  • Cycle to work


Important dates

Closing date for applications: 9am, Tuesday 6 November 2018

Interviews are expected to take place: w/c 19th November 2018, in Bristol


To Apply

Please submit your 2 page CV with a concise covering letter, outlining your relevant skills and experience for the role, to recruitment@soilassociation.org




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