Head of Environment & Resource Management

AHDB

Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
£50,000 - £65,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.ahdb.org.uk recruitment@ahdb.org.uk 02476478955 Alice Hyde

Reference: 1909/19/3

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Monday, 29th April 2019  


The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation (independent of both commercial industry and of Government). 

Our purpose is to inspire our farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world. 

Our vision is for a world-class food and farming industry inspired by, and competing with the best. 

Our philosophy is that levy payers are at the heart of what we do. In order to deliver genuine levy payer focus there is a sector advisory committee (known as ‘sector board’) for each of the six commodity sectors represented by AHDB. Each sector board comprises levy payers, other stakeholders from the sector and independent members. The main AHDB Board has delegated the responsibility to each sector board to develop the most appropriate strategies to meet the challenges of the sector; to ensure the relevant levy rate is recommended in order to provide adequate funding for the required work; to monitor strategy implementation and to approve remedies where performance deviates from plan. The sector board members are appointed by AHDB. 

Team/department purpose 

The work of the Environment & Resource Management team includes strategic and operational responsibility for all AHDB activity in the agri-environment and resource management areas, including: 

  • Agricultural resource management covering soils management, soil biology and health, crop nutrient management, water use in agriculture and the adoption of precision technologies to improve production efficiency
  • Environmental management associated with animal housing   
  • Gaseous emissions    
  • Agricultural waste management    
  • The maintenance / enhancement of farm biodiversity    

The team works across all AHDB sectors and alongside AHDB’s research and knowledge exchange teams with a remit across the UK

Key Responsibilities:

Providing technical and strategic leadership to AHDB’s Environment and Resource Management Team, ensuring scientific expertise and excellence is maintained and enhanced. There is a particular emphasis on helping the industry achieve and manage environmental best practice and compliance.

Directing and developing AHDB activity in the agri-environment area, including environmental management associated with animal housing, gaseous emissions, agricultural waste management and the maintenance / enhancement of farm biodiversity.

You will need to take an overview of work related to agricultural resource management, covering soils management, soil biology and health, crop nutrient management, water use in agriculture, and the adoption of precision technologies to improve production efficiency.

Providing operational and line management leadership of all staff within the team, including direct line management of senior staff. You will control and monitor the operational budget for the team, and liaise with the Finance Business

Partner to ensure accurate financial forecasting, and provide appropriate reporting information to the Research Director.

Develop and sustain close relationships with the Knowledge Exchange and Marketing & Communications (Marcomms) teams to enhance delivery and obtain best value and that will enhance levy payer businesses.

Working with the Research Director, and Sector Strategy Directors to ensure the correct level of expertise and resource is available to deliver AHDB’s corporate and sector research objectives within the context of the scientific discipline.

You will be the first point of contact with external stakeholders for matters relating to the Environment Team’s areas of expertise, developing international links with other organisations to ensure that that the technical expertise of the team is consistent with international knowledge and standards. Therefore actively seeking to promote the profile of sector and technical experts working in the Team with levy payers and other external stakeholders

Person specification:

Technical

  • Relevant degree or higher degree in biological, agricultural, agri-enviromental or related discipline    
  • Extensive relevant experience of technical, research and policy issues relating to agri-environmental management associated with animal housing, gaseous emissions, agricultural waste management and the maintenance/enhancement of farm biodiversity.    
  • Good working knowledge of work related to agricultural resource management, covering soils management, soil biology and health, crop nutrient management, water use in agriculture, and the adoption of precision technologies to improve production efficiency.    
  • Particular knowledge of the technical issues and applied research needs for the Potatoes sector is desirable but not essential.    
  • Excellent knowledge of the UK research funding landscape.    
  • Experience of managing significant budgets    
  • Knowledge of international research relevant to the team remit.    

People management

  • Skills and experience of managing and motivating technical teams   
  • Experience and an understanding of working with government agencies and commercial organisations to develop business opportunities.
  • Excellent communication skills

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter to recruitment@ahdb.org.uk.


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