Knowledge Transfer Manager

Company Information 
 
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is a statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain and managed as an independent organisation (independent of both commercial industry and of Government). 

Our purpose is to inspire our farmers, growers and industry to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Our vision is for a world-class food and farming industry inspired by, and competing with the best. Our philosophy is that levy payers are at the heart of what we do and we aim to equip the industry with easy to use, practical know-how which they can apply straight away to make better decisions and improve their performance. 

Team/department purpose 

We are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic member of staff as Knowledge Transfer Manager, part of the wider AHDB Dairy Knowledge Exchange team to contribute to our technical delivery. The Dairy Knowledge Exchange (KE) team provides the vital link between world class R&D and the dairy sector to achieve maximum business impact. The aim of giving the UK dairy industry a competitive edge and boosting productivity is delivered through a combined approach of our Digital Firs-t and Farm Excellence Platform KE vehicles. This role will contribute to these two approaches through the organising and delivery of Webinars, Podcast and other digital KE as well as creating and updating AHDB Dairy’s tools and resources to align and support the Optimal Dairy Systems approach, Strategic Dairy Farms, Discussion groups and technical events. 

You will be part of a small Knowledge Transfer team, responsible for translating the outputs of research into technical tools and resources.  This is done through harnessing relevant outputs from our own and other research outputs from around the world. The team then translate that knowledge into relevant tools and technical resources in order to accelerate productivity within the dairy industry.    

Building internal and external networks with key industry groups, consultants, vets, processors and producers, will be crucial to your success. 

Role responsibilities  

Working closely with the Head of Dairy KE  and Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager (KEM) for dairy, you will be a key player in the development of the dairy  KE activity as you contribute to a world class knowledge transfer service. Your role will be to provide the KEMs with up-to-date and relevant information, translating research outcomes into technical tools and resources to help them deliver to the industry. You will also provide an important link with the Communications team in processing information from the Farm Excellence Platform and supplying technical content for wider dissemination.
 
This will give you real impact on our products, services and business development activity. What’s more, you will work with the rest of the Dairy KE team in developing the national programme, so you can expect wide-ranging challenges and constant exposure to key industry stakeholders.
 
Person specification

 
Experience of managing knowledge transfer activities is essential, backed by the credibility to communicate with both farmers, researchers and industry stakeholders. You will need high levels of energy, enthusiasm and drive to join this fast moving and successful team. You will also need to be an excellent communicator and a positive and professional ambassador. You will have knowledge, expertise and a particular interest in dairy, or at least be willing to learn and train quickly in this area. You will certainly bring an understanding of farm businesses, thorough project management capabilities and a total focus on results. Finally, a team-oriented approach is paramount, and you will relish the challenge of engaging farmers and other agricultural professionals to interpret and meet their changing requirements. You must have the ability to develop strong working relationships with key stakeholders such as vets, nutritionists and consultants, a track record of preparing technical information (fact sheets/webinar content) and delivering will be advantageous.  Ideally you will be degree qualified (or equivalent), ideally in an agricultural related subject, with significant industrial or applied research/KT experience. 

Salary range: £32,000 - £38,000
 
Location: Stoneleigh
 
Contract type: Permanent 
 
Hours: 35
 
Closing date:  26th May 2019 
 
For application details visit our website: www.ahdb.org.uk  or click apply to submit your CV
 

Please note to apply you must be a British citizen or be eligible to work in the UK without sponsorship.

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