Forage Grass Breeding and Trials Assistant

DSV United Kingdom Ltd

Deutsche Saatveredelung AG (DSV) is a well-known and successful plant breeding company in Europe focused on oilseed rape, cereals, forage plants, amenity grasses and intercrop species. The main focus is in extensive research and breeding activities to develop new varieties which meet market demands. Breeding is done at four breeding stations in Europe and several other testing locations. For our breeding station at Wardington (near Banbury), as part of DSV United Kingdom Ltd, we have the following vacancy.

Forage Grass Breeding and Trials Assistant

We are seeking a highly organised, motivated and passionate individual to join the Plant Breeding team at Wardington. Reporting to the UK Forage Grass Breeder, this person will be responsible for carrying out technical operations involved with forage grass breeding. At certain times of the year, work will involve crossing, harvesting, seed preparation and assisting other crop departments. Travel within the UK and abroad may be required. The ideal candidate will be research-oriented, with a strong interest in agriculture and crop improvement.

The role will involve:

  • Planning and conducting field operations, e.g. harvesting, fertilising & spraying (professional training will be arranged)
  • Collecting and analysing data
  • Arranging and conducting equipment maintenance
  • Assisting in crossing, hand harvest and seed preparation
  • Organising and supervising temporary employees
  • Updating records and managing seed inventory
  • Continuing education and training to obtain new skills and knowledge required to stay current with changes in industry


  • BSc or equivalent in agriculture, biological sciences or a related discipline
  • High attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong organisational skills with ability to multitask, prioritise, and meet deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Good practical skills
  • Ability to work outdoors under all weather conditions
  • Good communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work effectively on one’s own and as part of a team
  • Ability to work extended hours during peak periods of the season
  • Full UK driving license

Our offer:

  • Varied, challenging work in an international environment
  • A successful and motivating company culture with a friendly atmosphere
  • A potential long-term career
  • Salary depends on experience
  • Mobile phone and IT facilities to fulfil your duty are standard


Please send your CV to -

John Sweatman, DSV UK Ltd, Top Dawkins Barn, Wardington Road, Wardington, OX17 1FE


Tel: 01295 758800 or 07768 093105

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