Assistant Trials Agronomist Placement

  • Company: SGS United Kingdom LTD
  • Location: Oxfordshire or Essex
  • Salary: £17,745.00
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SGS are the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. 

Within SGS United Kingdom limited, the department of Seed and Crop Services focus on research and development within the agricultural sector. These R&D trials are often concerned with a wide range of variables; from agrochemical, biological and varietal, to fertiliser and cultivation techniques.

Several placement positions are now available for short to longer term work experience.

Students will help to maintain and carry out all aspects of agronomic field trials, whilst learning and developing their own knowledge base and skills within the agricultural research sector.  Ongoing training in all aspects of this placement will be provided.

Applicants will be required to assist our R&D trials agronomists in the location of GLP and GEP trials on farms and other commercially grown crops. Tasks will include assisting with spraying, sampling, assessing and harvesting within stringent technical and quality guidelines.

Depending on the length of placement, there is the opportunity for data collection and collation which could form the basis of written coursework as appropriate. Full support and guidance will be given in this as necessary.

Experience in agricultural field trials would be advantageous, as would practical experience of handling agricultural machinery. Desirable; Full UK driving licence, PA1 and PA6.

Location: Banbury or Colchester

Banbury Office: The Meadows, Alkerton Oaks Business Park, Upton Estate, Stratford Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX15 6EP

Colchester Office: Eastern Office, Units F & G Gunhill Trading Estate, Ipswich Road, Colchester Essex. CO7 6HR.

Start Date: March 2018 onwards

Closing Date for Applications:  No official date; applications at all times of the year are welcome

Application procedures

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter/email outlining the reasons for interest in the placement by e-mail or post to: Mollie Phipps, SGS United Kingdom Ltd., Unit 1, The Meadows, Upton estate, Stratford Road, Banbury, OX15 6EP. Email: