Closing Date: 01 October 2019
Project: Farming Connect
Location: Aberystwyth / Caerfyrddin
Department: Rural
Salary: 28,959-31,618
Grade: 4
Manager: Rheolwr Datblygu Rhanbarthol / Regional Development Manager
Contract: Dros dro / Temporary
Bilingual Skills: Essential
If you'd like more information about this post, please contact:
Carys Jones
07377 555531

Development Officer - South Ceredigion (temporary)

Farming Connect


Farming Connect is a high profile, integrated project which supplies focussed training, support and advice, delivered through a pan-Wales programme of knowledge transfer activities, specialist advice and support for innovation. A key objective is to increase the emphasis on business-focused behaviour, therefore improving profitability, competitiveness and environmental performance of farm, forestry and food businesses in Wales. 


Farming Connect is funded through the Rural Development Plan (RDP) 2014 - 2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.


Aim of the Role


To ensure the smooth passage for customers within their area between the services available across the Farming Connect programme and the provisions available through the wider RDP and Welsh Government.


Main Responsibilities

  • Work closely with the Regional Development Manager in the provision of Farming Connect’s services to farmers and foresters within the specific area, ensuring targets are achieved and the service provided is of the highest standard

  • Develop a deep understanding and actively promote the Farming Connect Programme as a whole within the specific area

  • Act as the first point of call for farmers and foresters in the provision of Farming Connect services, other Rural Development Plan projects and/or other relevant activities, and signpost to the appropriate service or provision

  • Ensure that all enquiries are dealt with on the basis of a clear understanding of the needs of the farmer and forester

  • Foster a close relationship with the farmers and foresters to identify their learning and development needs thereby enabling a continuous learning environment where they can progress from one area to the next ensuring greater impact and enhanced learning

  • Promote all aspects of the Advisory Services and provide independent guidance on advisors available under each work category

  • Assist customers within specific area to apply for instances of advice under the Advisory Services

  • Assist customers wishing to apply for training under Lot 2 of the Farming Connect programme (led by Lantra) and encourage the completion of Personal Development Plans

  • Work closely with the Regional Development Manager and Technical Officer to develop a local programme of events which meets the needs of the local farming community

  • Establish and facilitate discussion groups within the specific area, in-line with project targets

  • Encourage and actively drive forward benchmarking programmes (Measure to Manage) and facilitate the Measure to Manage scheme by accurately collecting and collating key physical and financial data  

  • Support the Technical Officers with arranging Demonstration or Focus Site events within the specific area

  • Ensure that events are aligned with the aims of the Strategic Advisory Board, Knowledge Transfer sub groups and Knowledge Exchange Hub by utilising the Knowledge Transfer Delivery Plan

  • Work with the Regional Development Manager to identify appropriate delivery partners and develop an effective relationship with external agencies

  • Work closely with the Marketing and Communications team to ensure that events are promoted to the target audience in an effective and timely manner

  • Support the recruitment process for centrally organised activities e.g. Agri Academy, mentoring, management exchange and one-to-one surgeries

  • Attend meetings, including team meetings, events and shows, and facilitate meetings and events as required  

  • Ensure that event registration and attendance at events are recorded according to the Service Centre’s innovative registration and attendance recording methods; and that these are submitted to the Service Centre in a timely manner

  • Ensure that the quality of all activity is of the highest standard and is in accordance with the Delivery Plan’s requirements and proactively encourage the submission of customer feedback

  • Ensure provision of an integrated service by working closely with the other Development Officers, Technical Officers and the Marketing and Communications team

  • Keep detailed records of all activities and paperwork in order to facilitate monitoring and achievement of project targets, in compliance with the project’s and Welsh Government’s reporting and monitoring systems

  • Attend training as required in order to update sector specific knowledge and to facilitate the provision of support to farmers and foresters



  • Ensure standards for quality, customer service, equality and diversity, health and safety and biosecurity are met

  • Accept other reasonable duties and responsibilities as required

  • Represent Menter a Busnes as required


Skills and Experience



  • Educated to degree level, or equivalent, in agriculture or related subject or demonstrable experience of working in the agriculture industry in Wales

  • High level of knowledge of the agricultural and forestry sectors in Wales, with the ability to identify industry requirements, the latest information and research work relevant to those sectors

  • Able to assess and clearly understand the needs of farm/forestry businesses, their support and requirements

  • Understanding of farm/forestry accounts and business plans

  • Excellent knowledge of the area, with well-established networks

  • Advanced presentation and interpersonal skills

  • Able to be proactive and drive things forward effectively, both independently and as part of a team

  • Good administrative skills

  • A true aspiration to develop the agricultural industry in Wales

  • Thorough knowledge of the Farming Connect programme

  • A self-motivator, accepting responsibility for setting and reviewing priorities for achieving targets, with a clear focus on quality

  • Excellent oral and written bilingual (Welsh/English) communication skills

  • Advanced standard of IT skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Email, Databases and Internet

  • Full driving licence and use of a car

  • Availability to work during evening as required



  • Previous experience of organising events



Interviews will be held for this post at Menter a Busnes’ office in Aberystwyth on 7 October 2019 If this date is inconvenient, please note on your application form.


Aberystwyth / Caerfyrddin.

More Information

If you’d like more information about this post, please contact:

Carys Jones
07377 555531

How to Apply

Applications for this post can be made by downloading and completing the application form and the equal opportunities monitoring form below.

Please return these forms either

  • via email to:
  • or by sending to:  Human Resources Department, Menter a Busnes, Unit 3, Science Park, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 3AH

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is: 01 October 2019 at 10:00

Equality and Diversity Policy

Our Equality and Diversity Policy can be found in the document below.