Where you’ll work: This role is based at the College’s Hadlow campus.  This role comes with staff accommodation.

Your hours:             48 hours per week, 52 weeks per annum.

Your pay:                 £40 – 45,000 per annum depending on experience

Hadlow College is Kent’s only land-based college, part of North Kent College and is located 5 miles from Tonbridge and 8 miles from Maidstone.  The College operates a 500-acre working farm resource that supports the land-based students with their studies and practical assessments.  The farm operates a beef herd and sheep flock as well as grows arable crops including grass, forage maize and cereals for arable silage.  The College recently established a beef herd enterprise, and this is supported by a 500 breeding ewe flock.

The Working Farm Manager plays a key role in ensuring that the farm is central to student learning and will liaise closely with curriculum staff to provide the best possible educational resources and hands on experience for students.

The successful candidate is expected to network and develop effective relationships within the industry to support the College’s knowledge exchange and transfer strategy. The post holder will be expected to work enthusiastically to promote the profile and reputation of the College.

The role requires willingness to engage actively and enthusiastically within the College and show a flare for working with students, educational staff, farmers and the wider industry.  It is also important to achieve highest standards in respect of health and safety, equality and diversity, safeguarding and child protection matters.

The post holder will be responsible for budgeting and financial monitoring of the farm business and precision farming is a key requirement to makes sure that the operation is efficient. In addition, the successful candidate will oversee the development of the farm strategy to ensure that it meets the needs of the college, its students and external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will have significant and proven working farm manager experience and be able to take responsibility, take initiative and pay close attention to detail. There will be involvement in all aspects of the business. Students are an integral part of the farming operation and a clear understanding of this is a necessity. Communication with academic staff is essential to ensure that students have every opportunity to carry out work on the farm.

In return, the College is offering a competitive remuneration package will be offered based upon experience. The role comes with on-site accommodation and the successful candidate will be resident on the College campus at Hadlow.

In return, we’ll give you 33 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays, and you’ll be enrolled onto the LGPS Pension Scheme which also includes life assurance.

For a full job description and to apply, please visit North Kent College’s staff vacancies page.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 28 June 2022.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of students. All appointments are subject to the receipt of a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check, providing it to the College for review.