Research Officer - Newcastle

Job Locations UK-Remote
Job ID
Technical Services
Position Type
Full Time
Reports To
HR Business Partner

Business Overview

Genus is an agricultural biotechnology pioneer. We are a global FTSE 250 company, headquartered in the UK, and listed on the London Stock Exchange. Genus PLC has a presence in over 70 countries and a global workforce of over 3,000 employees and growing.  We are a worldwide leader in porcine and bovine animal genetics, partnering with farmers to transform how we nourish the world – a mission that is important to a sustainable future. 


Food consumption is expected to rise by 60% in the next 20 years. Our challenge is to affordably and sustainably meet that escalating demand while global resources diminish.  Our vision is clear: Pioneering animal genetic improvement to help nourish the world.


Promar International is part of Genus Plc and has been a leading provider of consultancy services to farmers, food companies and retailers. We create and analyse a vast array of industry data to keep us at the forefront of trends and provide reliable evidence to back our advice.

Role Overview

Based in England, the Research Officer is responsible for the collection, analysis and processing of farm level financial and physical data as prescribed by the Farm Business Survey contract. It is critical to maintain good relationships with co-operators (farmers and growers), DEFRA personnel and other external contacts in this role.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage a sample of farmers and growers participating in the Farm Business Survey.
  • Collect, analyse, process farm business information and approve the results in consultation with the participating farmer or grower. This includes visiting farmers and growers at their businesses as well as other forms of contact
  • Complete data returns for onward transmission to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). This includes detailed breakdown of all inputs and outputs that occurred during the financial year to produce a detailed management account for that business.
  • Write feedback reports to farmers and growers, providing benchmarking results to participants of the Farm Business Survey.
  • Work together with the FBS Farm Recruitment Manager to recruit new participants for the FBS each year as determined by the requirements of the survey set out by DEFRA.
  • Accept full responsibility for the safe custody and return of participant business records (e.g. bank statements, cheque books, invoices, sales notes and all other documents loaned for full account completion.)
  • Assist with responding to enquiries from internal and external sources as directed


  • Ability to work in a flexible manner and be self-motivated
  • Travel within region to undertake work
  • Agriculture related qualification or significant experience
  • Driving license
  • A thorough, broad and current understanding of Agriculture, Horticulture and the Rural Community
  • Experience working with detailed figures and working to targets with a high level of accuracy and numeracy
  • Detailed knowledge of MS Excel spreadsheets and the ability to use to an advanced level
  • Sound understanding of accounting principles with experience of Xero software beneficial
  • Ability to work as a trusted partner to survey participants

Equal Employment Opportunities

Genus is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with anti-discrimination law, it is the purpose of this policy to effectuate these principles and mandates. Genus prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Genus conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations.


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