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Trials Manager (Horticultural)

Trials Manager

Our client is a long established and well respected Advisory Agency based in two of the most important Top Fruit growing areas in the UK. They are at the forefront in advising their Grower members on best in industry practice with strong agendas around Crop performance, Integrated Crop Management, fruit quality, sustainable and efficient growing systems and less reliance on conventional crop protection. They have built respect through their Independent and unbiased approach. Teamwork and Individual development go hand in hand.

This is a very exciting role for a Trials Manager to join this engaging and well respected team!

In this role you would be expected to do the following:

  • Provide overall and day to day management of the trials department, staff and trials’ site
  • Be responsible for procuring, planning and managing plant-based experiments
  • Administration of trials including:
  • Procure trials projects
  • Prepare quotes and negotiate contracts
  • Analyse trials tasks and costs
  • Prepare and update protocols
  • Draft and maintain SOPs
  • Be responsible for experimental design and plan preparation
  • Assist with data recording, input, checking, calculate averages, charting
  • Carry out statistical analysis and interpretation
  • Write reports
  • Resource research, obtain quotes, ordering and raising Purchase Orders
  • Monitor casual staff and ensure that timesheets are completed and submitted to Accounts Dept.
  • Office procedures including:
  • Updating job descriptions
  • Maintaining and updating training records
  • Recruitment of staff including casual workers
  • Health and safety and risk assessment duties
  • Department and project development
  • Practical trials site assistance including:
  • Site and trials’ checks, technical problem solving
  • Irrigation maintenance and fertigation duties
  • Plant husbandry and management
  • Pest & disease monitoring, prevention and control
  • Trial implementation
  • Lead and contribute to team meetings
  • Liaise with other departments, clients, contacts and suppliers
  • Prepare for and present at conferences, open days and shows
  • Supervise and train permanent staff and seasonal workers
  • Spraying assistance for trials and routine treatments including:
  • Organise, receive, log in, and store chemicals
  • Rate calibrations
  • Measure, mix and apply trials chemicals (using motorised air assisted knapsack, pump and hand-held types)
  • Record keeping
  • Apply suitable routine chemicals as advised by BASIS qualified advisor
  • Plant assessments assistance including:
  • Organise, prepare and undertake assessments including pest, disease, maturity, quality and storage
  • Harvests and grading
  • Physiological measurements
  • Plant tissue, fruit, water and soil sampling
  • Quality Assurance monitoring including measurement standards
  • Overall responsibility for ORETO & GEP, efficacy considerations and related administration
  • Adhere to ORETO standards and GEP
  • Lead and contribute to team meetings
  • Liaise with other departments, clients, contacts and suppliers
  • Prepare for and present at conferences, open days and shows
  • Supervise and train permanent staff and seasonal workers


Please apply for the position if you have the following experience / qualifications / knowledge:


  • Must have efficient organisational administrative skills
  • Must be able to provide leadership and focus to a small but highly professional team
  • Be an effective and confident communicator at all levels
  • Be commercially aware and actively seek out new opportunities for the business
  • Should hold, or be working towards BASIS qualification – we can fund this in full for the right candidate
  • Should hold a full UK driving licence with a maximum of six penalty points
  • Must have own, reliable transport
  • Must be familiar with growing systems and processes including propagation, irrigation, fertigation and pest / disease recognition and control
  • Must be able to use Office software to produce reports, spreadsheets etc.
  • Must be able to work flexibly under pressure and prioritise workload to meet deadlines
  • Must be willing and happy to get muddy boots and soil under the fingernails.
  • Must have fluent written and spoken English

Package: competitive, including phone and laptop

Start date:          ASAP

Reporting to:     Senior partner

Location:            Kent based

Background:      Graduate preferred, but ‘qualified by experience’ would be accepted


Please contact Frank or Georgina +44 (0) 1273 720599 or +44 (0)7734 861 080 to discuss the role and your experience. Or if you feel you have the above experience, please send over a CV and we will get back to you with some feedback and more information about the role and the company

For more information please call us on 01273 720599 or email us at

If interested, please contact us and quote the reference F99

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