Farm Manager

  • Company: Plumpton College
  • Closing Date: 07-04-2023
  • Location: Plumpton, Lewes BN7 3AE
  • Salary: Competitive salary plus relocation bonus
  • Hours: Full-time


If you’re looking to work in an inspirational environment you’ll certainly find it at our prestigious mixed commercial farm at Plumpton College.

Following significant investment, we are currently developing our 5-year-Farm Strategy to ensure we best utilise new facilities and our 800ha estate to demonstrate the best farming practices to our students through increased productivity, a drive towards more regenerative practices, and a reducing carbon footprint.

Our investment has created first class resources and teaching facilities including:

  • The introduction of Lely A5 Robots for our high-yielding dairy cows to complement our crossbred herd milked at a GEA Herringbone parlour
  • A brand-new state of the art high welfare 120 sow breeding to finishing pig unit
  • A fully-functional bio-secure system to ensure the highest standards in farm security and teaching resources to benefit students
  • A new state of the art agri-food centre with new classrooms, meeting rooms and a training development kitchen
  • A new butchery department, fully furnished with the latest equipment and teaching resources

We are now looking to recruit an enthusiastic farm manager to join our College in the beautiful South Downs.

The role provides the opportunity to maintain a hands-on approach whilst overseeing the overall management of the farm as well as being a key part of the wider College management team. The successful candidate will be supported by a capable farm team including experienced enterprise managers, and therefore will have good people management experience and a diverse and extensive career history in farm management. Additionally, the candidate will have an active interest in current and future agricultural policy changes, and be able to use this knowledge to make effective key management decisions.

You will be a professional, hardworking, and confident team player with a track record and have industry experience that our students can benefit from, but above all you will be passionate about what you do!

This is an amazing opportunity to be able to inspire and motivate our students helping them to maximise their potential and make positive progress towards their timely success, future study, and employment in the agriculture industry.


Due to the nature of the role the Farm Manager lives onsite and accommodation is provided by the college.

As well as a competitive salary, you can also look forward to a great range of benefits including: 26 days holiday plus bank holidays and up to 5 efficiency days at Christmas; membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme; comprehensive CPD; TOTUM card; Employee Assistance Programme; free on-site parking; discounted Plumpton wine; staff discounts on Plumpton courses; free eye tests; cycle to work scheme; and free use of the onsite gym.

With over 3,000 students, excellent resources and a drive for continuous improvement, Plumpton College is actively seeking staff who want to make a difference and be part of this exciting phase of our development. At Plumpton College we are Ambitious & Progressive, Enterprising, Professional, Supportive, and Passionate about everything we do – if you share these values and would like to be part of our growing team then we’d like to hear from you!

We reserve the right to call candidates to interview/withdraw this vacancy at any time if there is a good level of response. Therefore, we recommend you submit your application as soon as possible.

Plumpton College is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and is dedicated to pursuing non-discriminatory policies and practices and eliminating unfair discrimination on any basis.

Plumpton is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of learners and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

How to apply for this role

Applying for jobs at Plumpton College

Please complete both documents, the Application Form and Equality & Diversity Monitoring Form and return to:


Post: Plumpton College, Human Resources, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE

Telephone: 01273 892036

Please note that in order to complete these forms digitally you will need to open them using PDF software on a laptop or desktop device.

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Post: Plumpton College, Human Resources, Ditchling Road, Plumpton, Nr. Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE

Telephone: 01273 892036

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