Research Officer - Farm Business Survey

University of Reading - SAPD

The post is based at the University of Reading and is primarily involved with the collection and analysis of physical and financial data from agricultural businesses in Central, Southern and South East England, in connection with the highly respected Farm Business Survey. This is the longest running independent survey of farm businesses, confidentially providing information on the financial position and business performance of farmers and growers.

The appointees will work within a small specialised team and be responsible for liaising with farmer co-operators, including travelling to farms as a central aspect of the role. Full training will be provided with on-going mentoring as the successful candidate progresses to independent working.

Holding an HND or degree, preferably in Agriculture or a related subject, you will have a good knowledge of UK farming systems and business management, along with excellent communication, organisational and administrative skills. A high level of numeracy is essential, as is a good knowledge of Microsoft Office, and in particular the use of spreadsheets. A willingness to work flexibly, as demanded by the nature of the role, is also essential.

Although the position is initially for one year, there is the expectation that this will be extended. The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and we welcome applications for job share, part-time and flexible working arrangements which will be considered in line with business needs.

Informal contact details
Contact role: Head of Unit
Contact name: Richard Crane
Contact phone: +44(0)118 378 8963
Contact email: r.t.crane@reading.ac.uk

Closing Date: 31/01/2018
Interviews to be held mid/late February 2018 (date TBC)

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates who do not already have permission to work in the UK should note that this role is not recognised as a graduate level job by UK Visas and Immigration and the Tier 2 sponsorship route is not available for non-graduate level occupations. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

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