NIAB - National Institute of Agricultural Botany

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Technical Manager: Seeds

Reference number: SV/A1011
Closing date: 14/06/2017
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Job details

NIAB is a pioneering plant science organisation based in Cambridge, with over 90 years experience in the agricultural sector. With an internationally recognised reputation for independence, innovation and integrity, Seed Certification is a key part of NIAB's work.

We are looking for a proactive Technical Manager to deliver all aspects of the statutory Seed Certification Programme which we conduct on behalf of the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). The role includes the administration, set up and management of certification plots for all species in certification; co-ordinating a programme of crop inspections across England and Wales; delivering training courses and managing the administration of certification data.

The post holder is expected to be the recognised expert in Seed Certification work across the main agricultural crops tested at NIAB, liaising with Defra, APHA, breeders, seed companies, crop inspectors and other agencies both to ensure smooth delivery of the work. Provision of technical advice and support to Defra, APHA and the seed trade is a key component.

For this role you will need:

  • at least four years relevant experience in the agricultural industry
  • knowledge of plant breeding and variety production
  • an appropriate degree, preferably in agriculture or crop science
  • excellent project management, organisational and communication skills
  • the proven ability to manage, train, motivate and support people

Salary in the range of £33,419 to £41,774 pa, depending on experience, skills and qualifications. Further details and an application form are available on our website: or from the HR Office, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0LE, Tel: 01223 342282, Email:

Interviews to be held week beginning 3 July 2017.

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