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Elsoms Careers

Working for Elsoms means that you will be part of something really special.

Please see the job vacancies that we have available below.

Our values

  • Enthusiasm
  • Teamwork
  • Building Relationships
  • Specialism
  • Integrity

About Elsoms

Open Positions

Position Overview Location

Barley Breeder

We are seeking a Barley Breeder to lead our UK barley breeding programme working with our key partners within the UK and Europe. The role will require significant business travel in the UK and a full driving licence will be required.

We can only consider applications from candidates who currently have a right to work in the UK.

Lincolnshire and Suffolk

JOB OVERVIEW

Develop and implement the strategic plan for barley breeding: deliver a successful barley breeding programme in the UK in line with the company strategy and contribute to the global barley activities with our key partners. Elsoms and partners invest heavily in new breeding techniques to ensure that competitive, commercial varieties are available to UK growers. By working closely with likeminded, independent plant breeding businesses, Elsoms use a range of impressive resources and research stations to remain a significant force in developing new agricultural varieties for the UK market.

The position

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop, implement and deliver the strategy for our barley R&D programme for the UK
  • Organise and execute all UK field trials, including drilling and harvest, with the support of key partners and service providers
  • Identify candidates for national listing, organise and monitor small scale multiplications and administer national listing applications
  • Direct trial seed preparation including logistics of trial seeds for UK and outside the UK
  • Facilitate participation of our key partners in UK based private and public research projects
  • Manage a small team of people, enabling them to reach their full potential

QUALIFICATIONS

  • ESSENTIAL – Degree in Biological Sciences or a related field
  • DESIRABLE – Additional language skills in German and French
  • DESIRABLE – Post Graduate qualifications in relevant subjects

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Significant experience in plant breeding
  • Computer literate – Microsoft programmes and other database experience
  • Strategic planning
  • Financial awareness and budget management skills
  • Communication and collaboration skills
  • Previous experience in people managment
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Strong attention to detail and accuracy in data collection and analysis

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Benefits:

  • Additional leave
  • Company car
  • Company pension
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free fitness classes
  • Free flu jabs
  • Health & wellbeing programme
  • Life insurance
  • On-site parking

Supplemental pay types:

  • Bonus scheme

Please send your application form and CV to Margaret Desoyza (01775 715000, or HR@elsoms.com)

Deadline for applications: 30th April

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Laboratory Technician

Due to the expansion of our team, an exciting opportunity has arisen for a Laboratory Technician to join our Plant Breeding team within the R&D department at Elsoms Seeds Ltd. This role will be to work in our dedicated laboratories across three work areas: plant tissue culture, molecular biology and phytopathology. This role provides a rare opportunity to work within a multi-disciplinary environment and develop a broad portfolio of scientific skills.

Spalding, Lincolnshire

What we are looking for

The role is available to all levels, from entry to experienced, and as full training will be provided, previous knowledge of the three work areas, plant science or laboratory work is not essential.

We are looking for someone with the right attitude and willingness to get stuck in, and someone with an interest in plants and the environment.

Ideally a degree at any level in biology, or experience within a laboratory environment is advantageous.

Essential skills:

  • Ability to follow laboratory protocols repeatedly to the correct standard
  • Accurate record keeping and labelling of all laboratory samples
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organisation skills
  • Good practical skills
  • Ability to learn new methodologies
  • Good IT literacy
  • Self-motivated and reliable
  • Strong communication skills, including demonstrable ability to write clearly and concisely in English
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team

Desirable skills:

  • Experience in one or more of our three laboratory work areas
  • A full, clean driving licence

The position

Additional information

Job location: Spalding, UK

Working pattern: Full time position (37.5 hrs per week), Monday to Friday, permanent (subject to a probation period)

Leave: 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays, increasing to 30 days with long service award

Benefits:

  • Annual staff bonus (subject to company performance)
  • Elsoms Seeds Ltd. share incentive plan
  • Group income protection
  • Life assurance
  • Company pension scheme with employee contributions up to 5% double matched
  • Electric vehicle scheme
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity Package
  • Annual medical checks
  • Staff social events
  • Employee wellbeing initiatives including cycle to work scheme, free fresh fruit, hot and cold drinks, free yoga classes, a staff forum.

Application instructions

If you meet the above criteria, we would be happy to hear from you. Please visit https://elsoms.com/careers/ for information or send a CV and covering letter explaining your motivation for applying to the role to HR@elsoms.com. Informal enquiries can be made to Eleri.Tudor@elsoms.com

Due to visa requirements, we can only accept applications from individuals with long-term eligibility to work in the UK already granted.

Elsoms actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

Please send your application form and CV to Margaret DeSoyza (Contact: extension 5043, or hr@elsoms.com)

Deadline for applications:

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Logistics Coordinator

We are seeking a Logistics Coordinator to join our Vegetable Export team reporting to the Export & Organics Manager in our Vegetable Business Unit. We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced candidate with a track record in coordinating the export of our products globally. You should have hands-on experience in efficiently managing export processes and be able to navigate the intricacies of international trade. A critical aspect of this role involves extensive interaction with freight companies and overcoming customs challenges. You should be able to demonstrate meticulous attention to detail in handling documentation and compliance requirements, be able to liaise with our export customers, freight partners and internal stakeholders. Our ideal coordinator should proactively seed process improvements and be able to work seamlessly with cross-functional teams.

Spalding, Lincolnshire

Job Overview

Internal and external customer interaction to ensure all export sales for the Veg BU are completed in a timely and efficient way with a high level of customer service. Handling and fulfilling of international customer enquiries and respective documentation to meet with each international customer’s requirements. Efficient use of company systems and processes.

The position

Responsibilities and Duties

Responsible for Veg BU phytosanitary certificates.  Fulfil online process and upload documentation. Email APHA with application and documents. Then move orders to warehouse on NAV.
Obtain information and create quality certificates, germ and purity reports based upon individual customer requirement. Supply to customer.
Create and issue customers with respective shipping and custom documents.
Monitor, track and support with shipments and share status updates with customers and relevant colleagues.
Manage and resolve export shipping issues within the vegetable department.
Coordinate orders for Northern Ireland including lot tracking and associated paperwork required.
Upon receipt of information from crop coordinators, agree sampling date and submit sampling application online. Update NAV lot cards accordingly. Monitor progress.
Creation of export customer pricelists, issue accordingly. Upload and maintain pricelists on NAV for each individual customer.
To raise export related purchase orders for the Veg BU and complete any additional administration work relevant to the role.

Qualifications/Experience

ESSENTIAL –  A Level education or equivalent by experience
DESIRABLE – Previous experience working in transport and logistics
DESIRABLE – Customer Service skills

Please send your application form and CV to Margaret DeSoyza (01775 715000, or hr@elsoms.com)

Deadline for applications: 19th April 2024

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Seed Sales Specialist

We are seeking a salesperson to join our Agricultural team reporting to the Head of Agricultural Sales. The successful candidate should have exceptional communication skills and be able to engage effectively with customers and foster strong relationships. You should demonstrate commercial awareness and the ability to articulate product features and benefits persuasively. In addition, the ideal candidate should have a solid understanding of agricultural crops, industry trends and be adept at interpreting technical data and written information contributing to the overall success of our sales team.

Spalding, Lincolnshire

Job overview

Be Customer-centric. Generate seed sales from new and existing customers to deliver agreed targets. Build and maintain an effective industry network to enable success of sales. Be recognised in the industry as a trusted and valued partner. 

Work with Sales, Marketing and Technical to create crop plans and timelines for developing the market opportunity. Work with Sales, Marketing and Technical colleagues to create seed campaigns. Assist the organisation and running of Open Days, Conferences, Trade Shows and Exhibitions. Be active in your own personal development within the company. 

The position

 Responsibilities and duties

  • Generate sales from new and existing merchant and farm customers to deliver agreed targets 
  • Support Head of Agricultural Sales in the creation and development of sales and account plans 
  • Participate in all activities including Open Days, Conferences, Briefings, internal and external meetings 
  • Contribute to maintaining the Agriculture Business Unit’s presence in social media and other marketing media 
  • Maintain a high level of commercial and technical expertise, and professional qualifications, to ensure respect and effectiveness in the industry. 
  • Learn and develop own professional skills, gaining knowledge of the markets, commercial, technical and the Agricultural portfolio. 
  • Become proficient with the company operating and reporting systems, i.e. Dynamics NAV, Power-BI, etc. 
  • Work to a customer-centric ethos including significant travel in the UK, and some Europe, which may occur outside standing working hours 

Qualifications/Experience

  • ESSENTIAL – Degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent by experience 
  • DESIRABLE – BASIS Seed Sellers qualification 
  • DESIRABLE – Crop Inspectors license 

Please send your application form and CV to Margaret Desoyza (01775 20715000, or hr@elsoms.com)

Deadline for applications: 22/03/24

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Summer jobs

Looking for a hands-on experience in the agriculture industry? Elsoms, the UK's leading independent seed specialist and plant breeder, is seeking students over the age of 18 to join our summer team in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

With a wide range of roles available, you'll gain valuable experience in everything from harvest and seed preparation to plant breeding and record keeping. Plus, our competitive pay and opportunities for overtime make this the perfect summer job for students looking to gain real-world experience in the field. Apply now to join our team and experience the excitement of the busy harvest period with Elsoms.

If you're enthusiastic, a team player, have good written and verbal communication skills, good literacy and number skills, are able to handle routine tasks and procedures, can work in the glasshouse, barn and out in the field, have excellent attention to detail, and have a fork lift, drivers’ or trailer license (which is beneficial but not essential), then we want you to join our team at Elsoms as a summer student to assist our agricultural breeding teams in their work.

Spalding, Lincolnshire

Assist with harvesting tasks, preparation of seed for trialing and analysis, glasshouse operations, accurate record keeping and other day to day activities to assist the breeding teams in their work.

Responsibilities and duties:

  • Help with harvest of selected material from the field. This includes hand harvest – plant pulling and combine harvest – carrying seed bags.
  • Help with seed preparation including threshing, sub-sampling, weighing out and racking of trial samples.
  • Pot up seedlings or plants in the glasshouses for breeding activities.
  • Keep accurate records as instructed by the manager in charge.
  • Once trained, be able to work independently, with instruction, to ensure the task/function is completed consistently to a high standard.
  • At all times, maintain Elsoms’ strong Health & Safety culture and practices.

The position

Knowledge and skills:

·       Good communication skills, both verbal and written.
·       Excellent attention to detail.
·       Able to keep accurate records.
·       Good literacy and numeracy skills.
·       An ability to work in the glasshouse, barn and out in the field.
·       An ability to work independently, with instruction, to ensure the task is completed to a consistently high standard.
·       An ability to handle routine tasks and procedures

Person specification:

·       A physically fit individual who can apply themselves to a demanding work environment.
·       Equally capable of working alone or as part of a team.
·       Someone with a flexible approach to working hours to meet business/work demands.
·       Someone who takes health and safety seriously.

Must be 18+ years old.

Please send your application form and CV to Margaret Desoyza (01775 715000, or HR@elsoms.com)

Deadline for applications: 31/03/2023

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Work Placement – Elsoms Wheat

Based in Spalding, Lincolnshire, Elsoms Wheat is a wheat breeding collaboration between European plant breeders, Nordsaat, ASUR and Elsoms Seeds. The breeding programme draws on genetics and skills from all three companies to breed new varieties of wheat specifically for the UK market. We are offering a 3-month industrial work placement in the wheat breeding team.

Spalding, Lincolnshire

The position:      

  • Assist with scoring and selection of breeding lines.
  • Help with harvest of selected material from the field. This includes hand harvest – plant pulling and combine harvest – carrying seed bags.
  • Help with seed preparation including threshing, sub-sampling, weighing out and racking of trial samples.
  • Pot up seedlings or plants in the glasshouses for breeding activities.
  • Keep accurate records as instructed by the breeding team.
  • Once trained, be able to work independently, with instruction, to ensure the task/function is completed consistently to a high standard.
  • At all times, maintain Elsoms’ strong Health & Safety culture and practices.

The position

You:

  • Be studying for an agriculture/plant breeding related degree.
  • Are enthusiastic and a team player
  • Have good written and verbal communication skills
  • Have good literacy and number skills
  • Will be able to handle routine tasks and procedures
  • Will be able to work in the glasshouse, barn and out in the field.
  • Have excellent attention to detail
  • A drivers’ license would be very beneficial but is not essential
  • Must be 18 yrs +

We:

  • Offer a varied role in a close knit team.
  • Will provide all training needed
  • Will provide transport from and to our Spalding site if we are working elsewhere
  • Offer competitive pay and opportunities to earn more through overtime

 

To apply, please contact Margaret Desoyza at HR@elsoms.com

Please send your application form and CV to Margaret Desoyza (01775 715000, or HR@elsoms.com)

Deadline for applications:

Download Application FormJob Description