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Camp Road, Witham St Hughs, Lincoln, LN6 9TN,     Start Date: 06 Mar 2023 - Full Time     Competitive

Job Description


Join the team working for one of the most progressive and successful companies in UK agriculture.

We are looking for both experienced and trainee entrants for the important commercial sales role of an Agronomist. We use a hybrid model of home and office working depending on the role.

Frontier is unique in UK agriculture and plays an important role in the food supply chain. We source grain and other ingredients from farmers and supply it to a multitude of major UK food and drink producers. We add value for all involved in the supply chain; from grower to end consumer.

Agronomy roles open in the most progressive supply chain crop production business in the UK. Our Agronomists play a key role in facilitating our business on farm by building outstanding customer relationships, providing a comprehensive advisory service, and maximising crop production for the farmer while increasing sales for the business.

For all roles, a background in agriculture is not essential. We are seeking candidates who can demonstrate a strong desire and ability to develop and succeed in a commercial sales role in agriculture.

For Agronomy roles a background and proven record of success in a similar commercial role is essential. Whilst a background working in agriculture would be helpful, it is by no means not essential and we welcome candidates from outside the industry.

At Trainee level, the right candidate, if you are more at trainee level full training will be provided and there is the potential to offer an apprenticeship. https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/agriculture-or-horticulture-professional-adviser-v1-0

For people currently in their final year of studies we are willing to accept a delayed start date.

Farm Trader – Ideal candidate

- Proven success working in a commercial relationship-led role
- Experience of working in farm management or a similar field would be desirable but not essential
- A strong ambition to further develop a career in a professional commercial role
- Strong commercial acumen and awareness with previous commercial success dealing with customers or other stakeholders
- Ability to build outstanding professional and collaborative relationships with customers and colleagues
- A proactive approach to cross selling and building understanding of a broad range of products and services beyond core requirements
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
- A high level of initiative with strong planning and organisational skills
- Good attention to detail
- Good working knowledge of Microsoft including Excel and Word
- Motivated and able to seek out new customers through prospecting
- Hold ‘FACTS’ qualification(or be willing to study for it within first two years)

The role – Key responsibilities

- Promote, manage and develop Frontier’s business, products and services within an assigned sales area and to achieve agreed targets
- Have knowledge of end consumer markets and be able to provide advice on the most appropriate management strategy to meet the needs of these end markets
- Working collaboratively with stakeholders and other teams to fulfil customer orders and ensure excellent customer service
- Building relationships with other commercial managers, building commercial understanding and technical product knowledge
- Develop and support customers in line with the Frontier is business values of Integrity, Customer focus and Expertise
- Sustain and develop business relationships with existing and potential customers to facilitate the growth and development of the Frontier business
- Buy Grain, Oilseeds and Pulses from Farmer customers both established and new
- Use business information and technical knowledge to maximise the potential of each customer
- Sell seed, fertilisers and other inputs and services to farmer customers and develop new sales opportunities
- Agree terms for grain storage and handling services within guidelines agreed by the Stores Manager/Commodity Trader
- Coordinate the sampling and testing of commodities for purchase
- Gather and feedback any market or competitor information to Managers, Commodity Traders and Product Managers.

Why work for Frontier?

At Frontier, we believe in rewarding our people for a job well done. As an employee you will have access to the following benefits:

- Opportunity to apply for flexible working
- A contributory pension plan to help you save for your future. The plan offers a choice of contributing levels of up to 7% of salary which is matched by us
- 25 days’ holiday (per annum) in addition to bank holidays with the opportunity to purchase up to an additional five days holiday per year
- Life Assurance of three times your salary
- You and your friends and family (up to five people) will have access to our Employee Assistance Programme which provides 24hour support and advice in a variety of areas including financial and wellbeing.
- Access to money saving discounts at selected retailers through our Employee Discounts Programme and our Cycle to Work scheme
- Dedicated learning and development specialists to support your ongoing development
- Access to free eye tests across all roles
- Complimentary parking on site

About us

Frontier is a successful and growing business. We are the largest crop production and grain marketing company in the UK, with over 1,000 employees and a turnover of more than £1.5 billion.

With a vision to be the first choice employer in UK agriculture, we are committed to delivering a culture where people are at the heart of our success.

Award winning for our commitment to people, we have been recognised by Great Place to Work Institute since 2012 and we are proud to be ranked by them in the top 30 UK best large places to work.

Our business approach is underpinned by our core values – Integrity, Customer focus and Expertise – or ‘ICE’. These values support our whole philosophy and ways of working and we are always looking to attract talented individuals with either industry knowledge or specialist skills that will help us deliver consistently to these values.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

we have a clear commitment to equality of opportunity and diversity encouraging fairness and equality of treatment for all. As such we encourage applications from all backgrounds.

We recognise the value of a workforce in which people from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to introduce fresh ideas and contribute to the business goals.

We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive environment with inclusive employment policies such as progressive flexible working and parental policies.

How to Apply


The Recruitment Process for Trainees

Stage 1: Apply online (All applicants) - https://www.jobtrain.co.uk/frontieragriculture/Job/JobDetail?JobId=1680

Stage 2: Telephone Interview (For those that have been shortlisted)

Stage 3: First Formal Interview (For those that have been shortlisted)

Stage 4: Assessment Centre (For those that have been shortlisted)

Stage 5: Visit Region (For those that have been shortlisted)

The assessment centre will be held on 07.12.22 at our Sandy site in Bedfordshire.

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