Classic KTP Vacancy advertisement details

Reference: 3300/6

Location: Belford, Northumberland, NE70 7DT
Salary: £23,900 to £25,750
Qualification required: BSc/MSc
Closing Date: 30 June 2018
KTP Advert Ref: 3300/6
Salary: £23,900 to £25,750 per annum plus substantial training package

Based at Coastal Grains Ltd (CGL) in Belford, you will lead a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project to develop, establish and maintain crop supply chains and aim to identify additional potential products and markets in order to boost the profitability and sustainability of a group of CGL members. This will require close co-operation with growers and cooperative staff.

• The opportunity to undertake a Higher Degree
• Attendance at two residential managerial workshops (each of one week’s duration)
• £4,800 individual training budget
• The opportunity to lead a project, develop project management skills and improve long term career prospects
• Management training and mentoring by an Innovate UK KT Adviser
• Full access to university resources to complete the project

The KTP Associate will be an employee of Newcastle University but will spend most of their working time at the company’s premises in Belford, Northumberland. Although the contract is fixed-term for a duration of 20 months, more than 70% of KTP staff are made a permanent job offer by their KTP company.

Coastal Grains Ltd is Northumberland's largest grain co-operative; It has developed from nothing to being the largest co-operative central store outside East Anglia. Initial response from farmers was encouraging and so in 1982 the then 12-strong membership started building. Membership now stands at 102, stretching from Reston in the north to Durham in the south; Rothbury and Kelso in the west.

For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Paul Bilsborrow email: or call 0191 208 6868.

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Skills required: Candidates with a BSc/MSc in a relevant subject and/or with relevant experience are preferred. A background in Agriculture, Agri-Business Management, Marketing, Supply Chain Management etc. would be an advantage.

The successful candidate will have good interpersonal, communication and team working skills and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision. Personal motivation, drive, good planning, organisation skills and the ability to work to tight deadlines are essential
Knowledge Base Partner: Newcastle University
Company partner: Coastal Grains Limited
Company business area: Farmers’ co-operative with a network of 102 farmer members of varying sizes throughout Northumberland, Durham and the Scottish Borders. Stores crops produced by their farmer members and provide testing and drying servies.
Contact: Sharon Cochrane, KTP Unit
Business Development & Enterprise
Newcastle University
Old Library Building
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU, Tel: 0191 2088605
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