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Farms Operative

Thriplow, East of England
Competitive salary
Closing date
16 Jul 2024

Job Details

Field of Work: Breeding stations
Location:  Thriplow, East of England, GB
Legal Entity: KWS UK Ltd. (0097)
Contract Type: Regular
Is Full Time?: Yes
Onsite/ Remote: 
Job ID: 14434

KWS UK Ltd. is looking to recruit at the earliest opportunity a Farms Operative. This is a full-time, permanent position based in Thriplow near Cambridge.

In this position you will join our operations team and assist with field activities essential for the successful development of new varieties across a range of Agricultural Crops.

We offer a hands-on working environment and the chance to work with highly motivated and qualified colleagues.

What you can expect in this role: 

  • You will carry out agricultural field activities such as cultivations, drilling, spraying, pest control and harvesting using precision trial and farm machinery.
  • You will support all aspects of crop production for trials, breeding nurseries and seed production.

 What you bring in: 

  • You have a full UK driving licence.
  • You have agricultural machinery experience.
  • Supervisory experience would be beneficial, although training can be given.
  • You are able to work within teams and alone.
  • You are trustworthy and reliable.
  • You are willing to work longer hours during harvest, drilling and other peak periods.
  • You are eager to learn about plant breeding.

Our offer:

  • Key focus on professional and personal development. “Make yourself grow”.
  • 35 working hours weekly – additional working hours will be expected based on seasonal demands (especially in July - Sep).
  • 30 days of annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • Highly competitive Pension Scheme with 16% Company contribution and 1.2% minimum employee contribution.
  • Life Assurance, of three times annual salary.
  • Income Protection Plan at 75% of salary for long-term illness and disability for a period of three years.
  • Private Health Care Plan.
  • Profit Related Bonus Scheme, targeted at 10% of annual salary.
  • Membership of Lifestyles discount scheme.
  • Reduced diesel prices from the company’s fuel pump.

Did we spark your interest?

Then apply now via our online portal and send us your documents (cover letter, resume, certificates). We look forward to getting to know you!

Due to the salary for this role being below the minimum salary necessary to qualify for a skilled worker visa, KWS will not be able to sponsor applicants for this role.

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KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. With the tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for more than 160 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, potato, rapeseed and sunflowers. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods. 5.147 employees represent KWS in more than 70 countries.
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