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02May 2019
JP Trett Student Ambassador Josh Joachim

The end

I cannot believe where firstly the last 7 months of my final year have gone, but more alarmingly the last 5 years, since I gained the title of Harper Adams fresher! I can distinctly remember driving through the pouring rain to a campus open day in October 2013 after being hounded by a Harper Adams placement student at home to go and have a look – my word was it worth the M6 gridlock and the early morning start!

Anyone reading this with friends or family considering applying for Harper Adams in the future, I can honestly not recommend it higher. The facilities, the level of teaching and the all-round student experience are unrivalled, and for anyone coming from a farming background, it is like a home-from-home being situated away in the countryside. Personal highlights in my time at Harper have been of course the incredible end of term balls that the SU put on but also representing the university football team. The real USP of Harper Adams University is the compulsory work placement year, which is invaluable in giving us students a year of work experience in the industry field that we hope to enter upon graduation, and I have seen that having that placement year on your CV opens many doors that may not have opened quite so readily if your CV reads school-college-university.

Although the title of this final blog is ‘The End’, it’s not quite the end as I have just finished printing my dissertation; apart from overheating slightly, the printer coped fine and both copies of the project are safely stashed away in the infamous brown envelope ready for submission next week! An advantage of having some friends who graduated from Harper Adams in recent years is that I have some handy inside knowledge on the mania that descends on the Harper Adams library in dissertation hand-in week, with harrowing stories of printer meltdowns and gridlock queues across campus! Thus, I stockpiled the paper and ink cartridges and set in for the long haul. When you start out with the dissertation and the word limit is 10,000 words you begin with plenty of waffle to try and make sure you are somewhere near the word count but as you get further in, 10,000 words is quite craftily a very tough target to keep to! Who would have thought that you could write 10,000 words on stripper headers, eh? Additionally, here’s a fun fact for any upcoming pub quiz, how many words have I written across all assignments and the dissertation to complete my degree? Incorrect – in a bid to ward off re-reading my dissertation I decided to count how many and it came to just over 90,000, and I would imagine I have used enough ink in exams to get a whole body tattoo of my dissertation!

I guess I will sign off this ‘Who do you think you are?’ style blog with thanking everyone at the university for all their help and support; I think it’s fair to say there have been plenty of ups and downs since September 2014 but the service given has been exceptional. Thanks to Julie (who I’m sure doesn’t remember me or have any idea that she’s getting a shout-out in this blog) for cleaning Darby LHS bottom floor flat in my first year and thanks to our adopted cat in second year Edmund (who was feral and who I imagine is no longer with us) for keeping the mice down in our jungle of a back garden.

Go well all!

 

12Apr 2019
Farm Agronomy Manager

WHAT’S THE JOB? FARM AGRONOMY MANAGER

WHO’S THE EMPLOYER? A respected business in the BioMass sector

WHAT’S THE INDUSTRY? Specialist Crop Production

HOW WILL I BE REWARDED? An excellent salary and package inc. company car

WHERE IS THE ROLE LOCATED? Lincolnshire (HQ) with regional visits

TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE ROLE? Our client is a rapidly growing, innovative farming & energy supply chain business. We’re looking for a highly motivated and experienced agronomist to head up the crop management of their Miscanthus crops and to provide an agronomy service to their clients. The role will expect you to be self-motivated and will require lots of drive to push the business forward.

WHAT QUALITIES DO I NEED?

  • BASIS Qualified
  • An experienced and adaptable agronomist with Sales experience
  • Proactive and use of initiative essential
  • Ability to manage time working across multiple accounts
  • Excels at with meeting and establishing a rapport with growers – excellent communication and computer skills
  • To able to interact with the Crop Development Team, management and customers
  • Ability to work with a team in planning and implementing staged planting according to a detailed schedule agreed with the business’s clients
  • Monitoring and reporting on crop growth, yields, wastage, and identifying and remedying inefficiencies
  • Supervising and managing planting and harvesting
  • Ability to supervise and implement quality control and industry farm assurance standards -ensuring all technical requirements, audits and certifications are in place to meet customers’ and legislative requirements protecting customers, colleagues, property and the integrity of the business
  • Accurate record keeping in respect of planting and spraying
  • Establish, maintain and develop collaborative relationships with key stakeholders such as the business’s clients and landowners, maintaining productive and collaborative partnerships which deliver increased land area through a strong reputation for high standards of client care

WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?

So, we have your attention and motivation? We would love to hear from you if you are keen to find out more. In the first instance, please forward your CV together with a cover note and salary requirements to phil@jptrett.com and all successful candidates will be contacted within 14 days of us receiving your application. Please note that all applications will be treated with confidence.

01Apr 2019
Parts & Showroom Manager

WHAT’S THE JOB? PARTS AND SHOWROOM MANAGER

WHO’S THE EMPLOYER? A long-established and respected agricultural machinery dealership successfully operating in the South East with a commercially successful history representing some of the leading Global and European brands in the industry.

WHAT’S THE INDUSTRY? Agricultural machinery

HOW WILL I BE REWARDED? Competitive Salary + profit related bonus + Career Progression

WHERE IS THE ROLE LOCATED? Kent, UK

TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE ROLE? You will be responsible for the overall management and efficient day-to-day running of the Parts Department, including the showroom and goods inward area, its staff and the overall departmental profitability whilst maintaining effective and accurate communications between customers and the Parts team.

WHAT QUALITIES DO I NEED?

  • A genuine interest in machinery and parts is essential
  • Good, sound knowledge of Agricultural and Horticultural products plus what it takes to succeed in the Retail Industry
  • Previous management/supervisory experience
  • Business knowledge and commercial understanding including financial and sales reports
  • Have an excellent level of IT skills

WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?

So, we have your attention and motivation? We would love to hear from you if you are keen to find out more. In the first instance, please forward your CV together with a cover note and salary requirements and all successful candidates will be contacted within 14 days of us receiving your application. Send us a copy of your latest CV (in complete confidence), a little bit about you and where you want your successful career to head. You can send it directly to us on james.garrod@jptrett.com

29Mar 2019
Assistant Contracts Manager - Land Drainage

WHAT’S THE JOB? ASSISTANT CONTRACTS MANAGER

WHO’S THE EMPLOYER? An organisation which specialises in land drainage services throughout the UK

WHAT’S THE INDUSTRY? Land services and drainage

HOW WILL I BE REWARDED? Competitive salary + company vehicle

WHERE IS THE ROLE LOCATED? East Anglia

TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE ROLE? In this exciting and varied role within a vibrant company, you will be supporting the existing contract management team to ensure the delivery of clients’ projects. The role will involve liaising with clients and preparing proposals and quotations for land drainage schemes, including project plans, negotiating with customers and then assisting in the management of the project.

WHAT QUALITIES DO I NEED?

  • A close understanding of farming and land management
  • Knowledge of agricultural cycles and systems as well as an understanding of ground conditions/soils
  • Practical experience on a farm or in construction
  • A qualification in an agriculture-related field or similar
  • Excellent communication skills – both written and verbal

WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?

So, we’ve caught your attention and motivation? We would love to hear from you if you are keen to find out more. Send us a copy of your latest CV (in complete confidence), a little bit about you and where you want your successful career to head. You can send it directly to us at – anna@jptrett.com

28Mar 2019
JP Trett Student Ambassador Josh Joachim

March Blog – by JP Trett Student Ambassador Josh Joachim

We’ve just about had enough of all this B*****! 

Well, well, well, in February I wrote that the last day of spring term was going to coincide with the day we left the EU… how wrong I was! B***** not only is the bane of everyone’s general life but also for us business students, who try to offer strategic recommendations in our assignments but creativity is becoming increasingly restricted by whatever (if any) B***** outcome if forthcoming!

Anyway, enough of that, it is quite surreal thinking that I am now entering my final term at Harper Adams University. It doesn’t seem 5 minutes since I first experienced the M6 gridlock and then proceeded to experience the anxiety of whether the M6 Toll barrier would allow me through. I must say, this year has flown by and now we really are entering the business end of the season. A busy Easter “holidays” beckons for many, with dissertations and the final few assignments handed in within the first fortnight back, then on to doing all that wider reading meant for earlier reading weeks…

This term has been an epic one for many reasons. One of the highlights was certainly the lecture given by Mark Hemming, Regional Director of Amazon UK, who has the incredible job of overseeing 10 Amazon fulfilment centres – it was a fantastic insight into their business model and the level of planning that goes into their operations.

Along with the 6 Nations rugby, the Cheltenham Festival also attracts a sizeable Harper contingent and this year was no different, with the luck of the Irish staying with us for Paddy’s Ball. Hats off to Harper Ireland again for smashing it with the organisation and it was once again a memorable (partially) night in the SU!

The Careers Fair 2019 was also held a couple of weeks ago, an ideal opportunity for students to meet with experts in the recruitment industry including Phoebe and Anna from JP Trett. “Highly insightful” and “very useful” were the verdicts from students who attended, and the event also acted as an opportune reminder for final years to get a handle on what career opportunities are currently out there, ready for finishing in a matter of just a few weeks now!

Looking ahead, I’m sure there will be the need for some re-upholstering on the 24hr room computer chairs as several deadlines approach. Many final and 2nd years will still be travelling the length and breadth of the British Isles in the coming weeks searching for graduate and placement positions, for which specialist interview advice from JP Trett can be found below!

All that’s left to say is have a smashing Easter and Go well!

26Mar 2019
DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER

WHAT’S THE JOB? DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER

WHO’S THE EMPLOYER? Producing high-quality specialist agricultural machinery over many decades and with an excellent reputation for product quality, this is a true manufacturing business, proud of its engineering prowess. Their engineering know-how and attention to detail are evident in the large volumes of machines used on many UK farms and in a large number of export markets.

WHAT’S THE INDUSTRY? Agricultural Machinery

HOW WILL I BE REWARDED? Competitive salary + pension, 25 days’ annual leave

WHERE IS THE ROLE LOCATED? East Midlands / West Anglia

TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE ROLE? As a Development Engineer, your focus will be on the practical aspects of product development and the ongoing development of the current product range. You will assist in formulating designs and be responsible for the fabrication and assembly of prototypes, taking them through various development/product management stages through to field testing and evaluation with monitoring and report writing on infield performance. The successful candidate will be a self-motivated individual with a positive problem-solving mentality who is able to manage their own time efficiently.

The role as a Development would give a suitable candidate exposure to all stages of product design and development, with the potential to learn some basic CAD skills and to make a significant contribution to the company’s product development process

WHAT QUALITIES AND EXPERIENCE DO I NEED?

  • You’ll be from a good mechanical engineering background, also including electric and hydraulic system knowledge, either via the agricultural machinery dealer network or with a machinery manufacturer
  • You‘ll have a good understanding of in-field arable farming, and have a practical approach to field operation, machine setup and optimisation, from time in the tractor seat
  • You’ll understand design concepts and be able to offer an experienced voice into their practical functionality and application
  • You should have some good all-round fabrication skills, and be comfortable using welding equipment
  • A healthy interest in IT is required, ideally with a desire to learn and develop basic CAD skills
  • We’d like to see a strong problem-solving mentality, positive organisational skills and a healthy collaborative teamwork approach
  • You’ll reside in the East Midlands / West Anglia region and be prepared to travel within the UK and overseas on occasion

WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW? If you come from an agricultural engineering/product support background and want to further your career experience in development engineering for a leading machinery manufacturer, we’d love to hear from you! Send us a copy of your latest CV (in complete confidence), a little bit about you and where you want your successful career to head. You can send it directly to us – james.garrod@jptrett.com

26Mar 2019
RURAL SURVEYOR - PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATION

WHAT’S THE JOB? RURAL SURVEYOR – PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP ASSOCIATION

WHO’S THE EMPLOYER? Our client champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its Farmer and Grower members. It is the largest farming organisation in the UK, providing a strong, respected and independent voice for the industry. Its head office is in the Midlands but it also has offices in London and Europe.

WHAT’S THE INDUSTRY? Professional Membership Association

HOW WILL I BE REWARDED? Competitive Package for the right candidate

WHERE IS THE ROLE LOCATED? Midlands, UK

TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE ROLE? Do you want to be part of one of the most effective and respected associations in the UK which are steeped with history, national recognition and success? Our Client has made representations on behalf of farmers and growers in England and Wales on many laws we abide by today including the Agricultural Act 1947, Pesticide Regulations 1986, Reform of the Common Agricultural Policy 2003 and many more. As a Rural Surveyor, your role will be to support the Senior Rural Surveyor in communicating legislation, policy and practice relevant to rural surveying. You will provide high-quality expert advice to members, staff, and other bodies relevant upon:

  • Business Rating
  • Compulsory purchase and general compensation issues
  • Utility operators and national utility agreements
  • Landlord and tenancy issues and agricultural tenancy legislation

WHAT QUALITIES DO I NEED?

  • Degree / Diploma in Rural Estate Management
  • Member of RICS (MRICS)
  • Knowledge of Business rates, Landlord and Tenant Law, Agricultural Tenancies and Utilities
  • High standard of communication and confidence (presentation skills)
  • IT Proficient
  • Driving licence essential

WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?

In the first instance, please forward a copy of your current CV in confidence to the lead Consultant James at JP Trett, james@jptrett.com all successful candidates will be contacted within 14 days of your application being received.

JP Trett specialises in Agricultural Recruitment, Horticultural Recruitment and Fresh Produce Recruitment. With generations of credibility, confidentiality and success within the Agri-business profession we understand these industries and the complexities of the roles within them. If you are seeking a new exciting career in Agricultural, Horticultural, Rural and Fresh Produce businesses, or you are looking to recruit the cream of the crop, JP Trett aims to succeed in satisfying your needs. From Agronomy Managers to Sales Managers, Farm Directors to Sales Directors we are Agricultural Recruitment.

Do you have a background in or have you worked for Land Agency, Estate Agent, Rural Agent, Surveyors, RICS, MRICS, Property Manager, Farm Business Consultant, Agricultural Consultant, Rural Consultant, Estate Management, Environmental Scheme, Single Farm Payment, Strutt and Parker, Savills, Andersons, Brown, Laurence Gould, Robin Turney, David Boulton, TCS, Smiths Gore, Addisons, GSC Grays, Charltons, Carter Jonas, Knight Frank, Nick and Gordon Carver

26Mar 2019
National Sales Manager - Precision Farming Technologies

WHAT’S THE JOB? NATIONAL SALES MANAGER

WHO’S THE EMPLOYER? A long-term, respected key player in the UK precision technology sector, the Company has an extensive, expanding customer base, maintaining very close links with the market. Viewed as the go-to business for an expanding portfolio of high quality and innovative technology solutions across both arable and livestock, the Company has an excellent reputation for providing expert levels of aftersales support and customer service.

WHAT’S THE INDUSTRY? Precision Farming Technologies

HOW WILL I BE REWARDED? Excellent salary + bonus + vehicle + benefits

WHAT’S THE LOCATION? UK

TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE ROLE? As the National Sales Manager, you will be primarily focused on achieving or exceeding the Company’s commercial objectives, you will be responsible for preparing the annual business plan, shaping and implementing strategies and leading a team of Area Sales Managers, ensuring continuous personal development and fostering a commitment to targets culture.

WHAT QUALITIES DO I NEED?

  • As National Sales Manager, your background will be team leadership-focused, with proven ability in a sales-driven environment including excellent knowledge of personnel management
  • You’ll be focused on delivering high standards of customer service and satisfaction, and be capable of articulating the KPIs which drive customer care performance
  • You’ll understand farming’s varied systems and methods, with a background in agriculture ideally showing some knowledge of arable and root crop farming
  • You’ll be commercially switched on, fully understand the competitive landscape, respond positively to sales data interpretation and possess a solid understanding of concept selling, focused on the value proposition
  • Your communication and interpersonal skills will be first class, you’ll demonstrate high standards of personal conduct, and take personal responsibility for the quality of service you deliver
  • We’d expect a good all-round standard of IT literacy, including MS Office and CRM, and you’ll be comfortable in delivering presentations to colleagues or customer groups
  • A full, clean driving licence is required, along with the desire and ability to travel on a regular basis

WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW?

So, if this sounds like you, you’re positively motivated by the opportunity to join a leading (and expanding) business within the precision technology sector and have the necessary attributes to perform to a high standard, we’d love to hear from you! Send us a copy of your latest CV (in complete confidence), a little bit about you and where you want your successful career to head. You can send it directly to us – james.garrod@jptrett.com

06Mar 2019
RBS Six Nations 2019

Six Nations or assignments?

February always brings the university campus alive; partly due to us entering the home straight of the academic year, but also for the start of the Six Nations rugby tournament! The stereotype of farmers and rugby is very much credible as the rugby jerseys come out of the drawers and are worn with pride throughout the weekend’s matches. Friendships go out of the window for at least 80 minutes each weekend, as do worries about assignments/ dissertations/ revision!

Talking of dissertations, they have certainly started to rear up into the thought processes of us final year students, particularly those who are doing surveys as their primary research method. My LinkedIn feed seems to be 99.9% filled with dissertation survey requests, but it must be said there are some very interesting research topics being covered this year.

As we end our last full month in the EU (supposedly), both second year and final year students continue to search for employment, whether it is for their placement year (3rd year) or graduate employment. March the 28th will be the calm before the storm in more than one way as it will be the final day before we leave the EU, but also the final day before we break up for a month for Easter, and we (final year Agri-Business students) will have two assignments due in on the first Tuesday back after the break! We’re also entering the start of a new crop season as 2019 spring barley is being planted and, matched with this current burst of sunny weather, it creates some stunning photo opportunities for the agricultural anoraks of these parts. Additionally, with the silage season not far away, Tractor Spotting 2019 will be in full swing by the time the next blog comes out!

In terms of academia in the last few weeks, we final years have had a few reading weeks to catch up on assignment and dissertation workloads. The last few days I’m sure have been a real test of resolve for some students who have had two large assignments due in on the same day, with one being worth 100% of the final year module! (Not one to forget to upload the digital copy!)

04Mar 2019
  • CNH Industrial N.V.

With the last visitors ushered out the door on Thursday afternoon, and exhibitor breakdown crews dismantling stands through the weekend, the Paris Nord Villepinte exhibition centre will be looking pretty empty this morning. And that’s always how things work with the big national event centres: lots of fast-paced build up, the excitement of the event itself followed by a slick and rapid exit strategy, wagons loaded, equipment back to base, job done! Now to start following up those enquiries….

So, what was SIMA all about, and where does it fit in with the regular European exhibition cycle? No doubt that it still has a seat at the top table of European events – with visits from Didier Guillaume, French Minister of Agriculture, a number of well sought after and meaningful new product or innovation awards presented to the likes of CNH, Sulky-Burel, Laforge, Trimble and many others pioneering technology developments, plus conferences on the future of global farming and dealer seminars, there is a strong sense of business, networking and innovation throughout.

Much bigger than any UK event for sure – 1,800 exhibitors and almost a quarter of a million visitors tell you the scale of the event – but smaller again than the industry giant that is Agritechnica (widely acknowledged as THE major global machinery exhibition, over and above any of the big events in the Americas, Australasia or China), SIMA is great for a finger on the pulse of agriculture at a European level, with an exhibitor list comprising not just the usual household name prime suspects, but many more niche and technology-driven businesses as yet unheard of in our own small market. SIMA is great for the French market, and maybe its scale reflects the much larger French agricultural industry, and a seemingly much stronger empathy for and connection with ‘la terre’ – no militant vegan protests here for sure…

Does it sit in the shadow of its bigger, German cousin though? Almost certainly yes, as most of the big manufacturers save up their shiny new products for an Agritechnica launch (with nearly double the number of SIMA visitors it makes absolute sense to do so) , but in spite of this SIMA definitely holds its own and will no doubt continue to showcase the current and future technology trends, be a symbol of support for a changing industry and a magnet for visitors from across Europe and beyond who maybe look to wear out a little less shoe leather than the Hanover site will oblige them to, and enjoy some Parisian nightlife.

Here at JP Trett, we still managed to wear out 16 kilometres-worth of shoe leather (on day one alone), caught up with our agricultural recruiter partners from France and Germany, sharing some good international contacts, plus huge amounts of networking and ‘state-of-the-industry’ conversations with some influential industry leaders and decision makers. Very pleasing, as always, to also meet up with an impressive number of JP Trett-placed candidates, doing their thing in the environments they love and are passionate about.
All done for another year, better get flights booked for the Hanover trip in November – only 250 days to go!