Training and Business Development Manager (Allerton Project)

School farmOur industry-leading research and demonstration farm develops and implements practical approaches to reconcile highly productive agriculture with high levels of environmental performance. The Trust was set up as a legacy by the late Lord and Lady Allerton and recently celebrated 25 years of progress as part of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust.

The research and demonstration farm was set up to:

  • Advance public education in different farming methods and their impacts on environment and wildlife, both flora and fauna.
  • Conduct research in to different farming methods and their effects on the environment and wildlife and to disseminate these messages.

The job role reports to the Head of Farming, Training & Development with whom the individual will work closely.

The opportunity

A career-defining opportunity, to be a key part of a small team, making a big difference and leading and demonstrating ‘how to’ improve soils, biodiversity, care, compliance, productivity in farming and the environment generally.

The role

  • Review the range and scope of current farm-based communication and advice provision.
  • Develop and manage a five-year plan to develop and grow communication and advice provision, working with other members of the team.
  • Identify other business opportunities with commercial clients and develop these opportunities, within the mix of work, to generate income for the project.
  • Be a great project manager.
  • Develop your communication skills and experiences, to improve, support and develop the value of the work at Allerton. You will be part of a small team and will be expected to present aligned messages and teaching material, with confidence and credibility, to a range of audiences.
  • Being savvy with IT tools, to collect, collate and drive insight, from various formats of data.
  • Be able to develop the IT tools to deliver more.
  • Be media and social media savvy and engaging.
  • Support and project manage the development of the next pieces of farm-based demonstration work.
  • Represent both the Allerton Trust and GWCT in various forums and ensure that your messages land. Work with other NGOs, particularly LEAF and FWAG.
  • A true team player, who understands the needs of others within the project.

Skills required

  • A wonderful, enthusiastic, infectious can-do attitude, with passion for farmland, wildlife and environment as a resource for now and the future.
  • A science-based degree probably associated with agriculture or the environment.
  • Understand ES and ELMS and the complexities of how they work on farms and estates.
  • Ideally, be on the BASIS and FACTS register, but not initially essential (for the right candidate, these aspects of study could be offered in role).
  • Experience and track record of working with and having evidence of success for larger businesses and corporate clients, e.g. supermarkets, FTSE companies, large farming businesses or NGOs.
  • Experience, in agriculture, with delivering sustainability and biodiversity outcomes.
  • High level of IT competence, XL and database and beyond.
  • Have project management training and track record of managing complex projects.
  • Track record of social media positive impacts.
  • Track record of stakeholder engagement, and delivery from networking and influencing.

The job will be based at Loddington, Leicestershire, but working from home on agreed days will be possible.

Salary and package to attract the best.

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To apply for this role please contact Alastair Leake on

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