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Exciting new roles at Texel Sheep Society

An exceptional opportunity for a self starter to influence the development of services for the largest Pedigree Sheep Society in UK.

An exceptional opportunity for a self starter to influence the development of services for the largest Pedigree Sheep Society in UK.

The Society is currently recruting for some excititng roles allied to its £3m, 10 year breed development plan. All roles come with competitive packages and will involve working with Society members and others in some novel work.

Firstly the Society is seeking to appoint a Project Manager, alongside this the Society is seeking to recruit two part time field technicians to undertake data and sample collection work for its ongoing research projects.

Closing Date: 18th January 2017

For an informal discussion regarding any position below,  please contact the Chief Executive 02476696629

or to apply send your CV by post or email in strict confidence to:

Chief Executive Texel Sheep Society, Unit 74, 4th Street, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG or office@texel.co.uk

Project Manager                                                               

Office based you will join our highly motivated team at Stoneleigh.

Salary commensurate with experience

2 year Fixed Contract

We are a progressive member based charity serving our 2000 UK membership in the development of the Texel Breed.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

  • Supporting our research projects
  •  Co-ordinate both internal and external resources as required to ensure project success
  • Actively manage the detailed project plans, project milestones and work package deliverables
  • Ensure projects are reported in line with Innovate UK funding guidelines and conditions
  • Co-ordinate data capture and flow from the work packages

Will suit a self starter with good organisational skills.

Candidates not in commutable distance of the Society office will also be considered.

The Texel Sheep Society is looking to recruit an experienced Project Manager who will be responsible for overseeing two high profile research projects. As the “go to” person you will be responsible for managing three Industry partners to ensure that the projects are successfully delivered on time, in budget and within scope.

The Texel Sheep Society has developed an ambitious ten year £3M Breed Development Strategy that is designed to maintain and enhance the breeds reputation for consistency, quality and better financial return for commercial lamb producers.

This Strategy will in part be delivered by accelerating the rate of genetic gain for both terminal sire and maternal traits through the active participation in innovative, Industry leading research underpinned by the use of performance recording and genomics.

Job Responsibilities

  • Co-ordinate both internal and external resources as required to ensure project success
  • Actively manage the detailed project plans, project milestones and work package deliverables
  • Ensure projects are reported in line with Innovate UK funding guidelines and conditions
  • Maintain agreed financial controls and produce financial reporting
  • Highlight variances and escalate where required
  • Perform risk management to minimise project risks
  • Develop exploitation plan as a key output of the research projects
  • Co-ordinate data capture and flow from the Society work packages to academic partner

Personal skills required

  • Proven experience of managing research projects
  • Experience of Sheep Industry preferable
  • Good communication skills
  • Good computing skills, including working knowledge of spreadsheets
  • Experience of working with physical and virtual teams
  • Solid organisational skills including attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Full driving license

It is anticipated that the role will be office based 36 hrs per week at the Texel Sheep Society Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire, UK travel is required to attend relevant project meetings and farm visits.  Candidates not in commutable distance of the Society office will also be considered.

Part Time Field Technicians

The Texel Sheep Society is a progressive member based charity serving its 2000 strong UK membership in the development of the Texel Breed.

As a result we are currently looking to recruit two highly motivated part time technicians to visit and work with selected farms across the UK collecting data that will be used as the basis for our breed development research programme.

Our ambitious ten year £3M Breed Development Strategy is designed to maintain and enhance the breed’s reputation for consistency, quality and better financial return for commercial lamb producers. This Strategy will in part be delivered by accelerating the rate of genetic gain for both terminal sire and maternal traits through the active participation in innovative, Industry leading research underpinned by the use of performance recording and genomics.

It is envisaged that the roles will be split North and South and that one technician will assume a supervisory role to provide co-ordinate as required reporting to the Society Project Manager.

Job Requirements

  • Performing physical data capture for a range of trait measurements from across the TSS Phenotype Farm network (30 Farms consisting circa 2,500 ewes) to an agreed time schedule, with farm visits 6-8 weeks post lambing (March-April).
  • Performing data collection on project commercial producer farms at key times to support project needs (August-November).
  • The roles will require travel between locations as well as overnight accommodation as required.
  • The work is seasonal and expected to offer in the region of 25-30 days per Technician each year.

Personal skills required

  • Physically fit, outgoing, organised with the ability to work on your own initiative.
  • A positive “can do” attitude with practical problem solving skills.
  • Used to working outside in all weather.
  • Capable of accurate record keeping and problem solving.
  • Experience in handling sheep.
  • Full driving license required.
  • Full training and equipment will be provided.

These roles are ideal as they could potentially fit around your existing business providing additional income plus offering the opportunity to be involved with our Industry leading research with key Industry partners. Self employed or PAYE role considered.

Closing Date: 18th January 2017

For an informal discussion regarding any position please contact the Chief Executive 02476696629

or to apply send your CV by post or email in strict confidence to:

Chief Executive Texel Sheep Society, Unit 74, 4th Street, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LG or office@texel.co.uk

 

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