As part of their ongoing efforts to ensure best practice and maximise yield return for UK sugar beet growers, The British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO), are keen to appoint a Crop Mechanisation Development Specialist to take up a new role within their research and knowledge transfer team.

The main focus of this varied role will be to undertake a Sugar Beet Harvester testing program to assess the performance of various machines and to fully understand harvesting technology and identify any yield gaps. There will also be involvement in operator workshops and training. Precision farming technology including GPS systems, field mapping, precision and variable rate application technology will also be investigated. Other areas of interest will include Cultivation/tillage technology, Drilling technology, Crop spraying technology and Crop storage. The role will include working closely with growers, helping to provide training days and demonstrations as required. There will be travel to visit sugar beet growers around the UK and occasionally further afield.

Good communication skills, and knowledge of sugar beet production are essential. Along with a working knowledge of sugar beet production, candidates should have good practical experience of working with the latest farm machinery, ideally sugar beet harvesters, drills and crop sprayers. Close attention to detail and numeracy skills are essential. A relevant degree in Agricultural Mechanisation, Agriculture or a similar subject would be ideal.

This interesting and wide ranging role could appeal to individuals currently working for machinery manufacturers, machinery dealers, on large arable farms, or in crop research trials.

For a confidential discussion about the role, please call Margaret Wilkinson of Hunter Chase Consultants on 07921 454473. Alternatively, email your CV to