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Innovation Research Assistant - On Farm Sustainability

De Lacy Executive Recruitment
An attractive salary
Closing date
30 May 2023

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A true impact on the Agri-Tech sector starts with a company that brings together leading scientists, farmers, advisors, innovators and businesses to increase crop productivity through new technologies. Driving forwards the research and innovation to transform crop systems, if you wish to make a difference where the role is designed with the future in mind, then read on...

Responsible for supporting both the innovation team and wider organisation in developing, writing and delivering successful research grants, as well as commercial bids and projects you will act as a technical specialist within the team for farm sustainability.

Your main duties will include:

  • Reporting to the Sector Lead / Innovation Director and assisting in overall company objectives.
  • Initiate, develop and lead successful applications and bid proposals.
  • Supporting the successful delivery of all projects.
  • Act as scientific/ technical point of contact.
  • Create and develop partnership and consortium networks with company partners.
  • Raise awareness of the company.
  • Providing relevant documentation and reports.
  • Participate in company training.
  • Travel to to conferences / meetings within the country

To be considered you will have:

  • A good honors degree or a PhD in biology discipline and/or experience working within a relevant industry sector.
  • Plant/Crop/Soil/Environmental science background preferable.
  • Understanding of farm sustainability and technical experience.
  • Previously undertaken formal environmental impact assessments.
  • Understanding and experience of the research and development sector.
  • Experience and knowledge of UK funding landscape.
  • Experience of grant application/bid writing/business plans and project management.
  • Ability to build relationships with a range of organisations.
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Confident, friendly and articulate manner.
  • Able to work to a tight deadline.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office packages.

On Offer: An attractive salary plus life assurance, pension and hybrid working model.

For more information and an informal confidential discussion please call Shannon Wasley on: 01885 498178 / 07496380088 or e-mail your CV and covering letter TO Thank you.

De Lacy Executive will upload your CV to our database and retain some data about you in order to process your application. More information about our processing activities can be found at Please be assured that all contact is treated in complete confidence and your details will not be passed to a third party without your prior permission.

Please note that this advertisement is not a job description and you should satisfy yourself about the full details at interview.

De Lacy Executive is an Approved member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which promotes high standards in recruitment practice, and is registered with the Information Commissioners Office. De Lacy Executive complies with all relevant data protection legislation.


De Lacy Executive acquisition increases recruitment resources

De Lacy Executive is pleased to announce that the agri-business recruitment consultancy has been acquired by Canada, part of the group. is a supplier of innovative technology based information products, services and publications for the global agriculture and food industry. has offices in Canada, USA, Australia and India and also owns and operates a 2,000 acre farm in Canada. A large number of leading organizations in the international agriculture and food industries are amongst its clients.

Graham Dyer, President of believes "De Lacy Executive has a unique search and selection recruitment service based upon integrity and profound industry knowledge. We are thrilled to add this excellent team to our group. It will be 'business as usual' for this professional team. We will add to the De Lacy portfolio of services and spread the model to other sectors of UK land based business and to other parts of the world, benefitting our clientele and providing additional support and guidance for jobseekers. Combined with our and job boards, we have an increasingly international offering in the agriculture and food industries."

The sale took effect on June 1st 2016. Stuart Goodinson is the Managing Director. John Davies, who founded De Lacy, will remain working closely with the company as a consultant to the business. Stuart says; "I believe the acquisition by Canada provides additional products and services for the benefit of our clients and candidates - plus growth opportunities for us, both in the UK and in international markets. This change will increase our resource pool and search capability to ensure an even greater selection of top quality candidates for our recruitment clients."


De Lacy Executive is the principal recruitment specialist in the Agricultural and Land Based Business sector operating in the UK and Internationally with regional, national and global clients. We have been awarded Preferred Supplier List status with a number of major organisations.

The company was formed in 2000 and our extensive industry knowledge enables us to successfully assist our clients with vacancies in all disciplines from sales and marketing to technical and operations and at all levels from graduate trainees to chief executives. Our team of nine includes 8 who are the offspring of farmers and 6 who are agricultural graduates. Our agricultural credential are second to none.

We offer information and frank and honest advice to clients and job seekers. Career guidance is a key part of our work with candidates. Our service is free to candidates.

The Key Points to Our Business

Consultancy - We act in a consultancy capacity, adding value by devising a recruitment plan relevant to each client and each vacancy and then proactively searching and selecting the best candidates for clients whilst offering career advice to candidates.

Proactive searching for candidates - We don't wait to see if we receive applications. We use our own database and others, search websites, "head hunt" plus advertise on the most effective job boards to build our contacts and boost applicant numbers.

Our vacancies extend from graduate trainee to managing director - from sales through to technical, marketing, operations and production to R & D management.

Our specialism extends from the agricultural supply trade (arable, livestock, machinery and equipment etc) to farm management, primary food and fresh produce, horticulture, equestrian, environment, renewable energy and a diverse range of Rural and Land-based Business vacancies.

Integrity and Confidentiality - De Lacy Executive is approved as a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which oversees the UK's recruitment industry (REC Membership Number: 00082047) and is registered with the UK Information Commissioner's Office under the Data Protection Act.

Commitment - We are committed to the industry and try to give something back through sponsorship of events and scholarships.

Ambassadors - We act in a professional manner recognising that we act on behalf of our clients.

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