Organic Markets and Business Researcher

Organic Research Centre

Cirencester, Gloucestershire
£24,750 - £31,750 pa depending on experience

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, sustainability

Closing date: Monday, 23rd May 2022   6 days left

REF: RES2202

The Organic Research Centre is the UK’s leading independent research centre focusing on the development and promotion of sustainable, agroecological solutions to food, farming and environmental issues, including organic farming and agroforestry. ORC is a registered charity with ca. 25 staff and funded primarily by project grants and contracts, from government, EU and foundation sources, as well as voluntary donations.

We are looking to appoint an Organic Business and Markets Researcher (G6) on a 12-month fixed term contract with the possibility of extension. The role involves carrying out research and contributing to projects specifically, but not exclusively, in the fields of farm and food business development, and markets and supply chains as part of the Organic Business and Markets Team and other ORC programmes. Specifically, the work includes:

  • Contributing to a new 3-year research programme into the potential to expand market opportunities for organic farming in the UK.
  • Supporting the development of the next edition of the Organic Farm Management Handbook.
  • Contributing to research bids, funding applications, and knowledge exchange in relation to business and markets programme.
  • Helping colleagues represent the programme and ORC at events including conferences and shows.


  • Candidates must possess a BSc (at least 2.1) in Agricultural Economics, Agriculture with Business, Agriculture and Food Marketing, or similar.
  • Research experience in at least one of: supply chain management, market data analysis, farm business management, designing and implementing surveys, and statistical methods.
  • Excellent knowledge of Excel and tools for the archiving of numerical data are also essential, the candidate must be computer literate including Windows and MS Office.
  • The candidate must have good organisational skills, be self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • The candidate must also be willing to travel within the UK and EU should the project require it.

Applications must be on an ORC application form. Further details can be downloaded from the Organic Research Centre website.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 23 May 2022. Interviews will be held via Microsoft Teams on 30 May 2022.

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