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Crop Trials Deputy Sector Manager

Future Farm

Location:  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Salary:  £31,406 to £34,304 per annum
The point of entry will be dependent upon relevant qualifications and experience
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Sunday 14 August 2022
Reference:  CT-2022

Harper Adams University is pleased to announce that it is recruiting for a Crop Trials Deputy Sector Manager to join the newly established Future Farm Team.

This is an exciting new venture, and the successful candidate will be involved in:

  • Selecting suitable sites for growing and recording field trials with a range of arable crops;
  • Working with members of the wider Future Farm team to deliver diverse work programmes;
  • Liaising with academic colleagues and industry partners and students to ensure appropriate design, development and delivery of field operations;
  • Contributing to the wider Future Farm and University strategies, including ambitious net-zero targets;
  • Personal management and performance reporting;
  • Robust record keeping and compliance with legislation and regulatory requirements

The successful candidate will have:

  • Proven experience in running field trials;
  • A demonstrated ability to lead a team of diverse individuals;
  • A strong knowledge of arable production systems and experimental procedures;
  • PA1, PA2 and PA6 spraying certificates;
  • Familiarity with ARM and the Microsoft Office Suite;
  • A full UK driving licence.

If you would like an informal discussion about the role, please contact Chris Ruffley at

This post may meet the relevant criteria to allow the University to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship to individuals who wish to come to work in the UK through the Skilled Worker Route of the UK Immigration System.  For information on the sponsorship system, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website at You are advised to assess your circumstances against the criteria set out in the UKVI policy guidance, available at UK ENIC provides advice and guidance on international qualifications at UK ENIC Visas and Nationality

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Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector. With around 2,800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams University is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects.  Programmes fall into eleven broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and opportunity exchange. Situated in Shropshire, the campus and the surrounding area provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike.

Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. The University has been the highest performing modern university in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide for the last four years, climbing to 17th place in the overall league table. In the 2020 guide Harper Adams was named Modern University of the Year and runner-up University of the Year. In the 2019 Whatuni? Student Choice Awards, based on student reviews, Harper Adams won the Student Support category for the fifth time – the only university to have taken the title since the awards began - and won the category for best job prospects for a fourth year running. In the 2020 QS World Rankings for Agriculture and Forestry published in March 2020, Harper Adams was ranked first in the UK for academic reputation and second in the world for its reputation with employers.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”.



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