Closing Date: 30 September 2019
Project: Farming Connect
Department: Rural
Salary: 34,835-36,885
Grade: 5
Manager: Rheolwr Datblygu / Development Manager
Contract: Dros dro / Temporary
Bilingual Skills: Preferred
If you'd like more information about this post, please contact:
Sara Jenkins
01970 636286

Regional Development Manager: Mid and South East Wales (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 be responsible for the delivery of the Farming Connect programme within the defined region. This entails managing a team of Development Officers and supporting the team delivering the Knowledge Transfer Delivery Plan.


Main Responsibilities

  • Lead, manage, motivate and develop the team of regional Development Officers

  • Work with the Development Manager to manage sub-contractors providing a service to the programme in the relevant region, including holding regular performance monitoring meetings to ensure quality

  • Work closely with the Development Officers to ensure that the programme’s regional targets are achieved and the service provided is of the highest standard

  • Ensure that Welsh Government’s strategies and policies are incorporated into the delivery of the programme

  • Regularly and clearly communicate the Strategic Advisory Board and Knowledge Exchange Hub’s identified priorities to the Development Officers

  • Oversee that events are aligned with the aims of the Strategic Advisory Board, the Delivery and Knowledge Exchange Hub through effective implementation of the quarterly Knowledge Transfer Delivery Plan

  • Identify appropriate delivery partners and forge strong links with external agencies to improve the overall service provision

  • Proactively identify new opportunities for research, benchmarking and trials

  • Work closely with the Development Officers and Development Technicians to disseminate findings from project work on the sites within the relevant region and develop a local programme of events which meets the needs of the local farming community

  • Ensure that demonstration farm and focus site events within a specific area are arranged effectively by the Development Officers through working closely with the Development Technicians

  • Oversee the benchmarking programmes (Measure to Manage), ensuring that they are actively driven forward by the Development Officers within set financial budgets, and that key physical and financial data are collected and collated efficiently

  • Ensure that the established discussion groups are in-line with project targets and operate within budget

  • Regularly and systematically contribute towards appropriate themes for inclusion in informational and promotional materials, including event invitations, stakeholder e-bulletins, factsheets, technical publications and articles

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

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

  • Ensure that customers approaching the team for advice are signposted to the appropriate Advisory Services

  • Monitor and evaluate customer feedback received, taking prompt and professional action, as necessary, to remedy issues raised and/or identify possibilities for continuous improvement within the programme

  • Ensure that accurate and relevant reports are regularly provided to the Development Manager to facilitate the process whereby Farming Connect operational outputs are accurately monitored, reviewed and reported to the Contract Manager and Welsh Government in-line with contract requirements, and in order to satisfy relevant Audit requirements



  • 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

  • Demonstrable experience of working in the agricultural industry in Wales

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

  • Demonstrable experience within a management role

  • Able to effectively monitor sub-contractor service performance, taking prompt and professional action, as necessary, to remedy issues identified

  • Extensive awareness of agricultural policy development, as well as Welsh Government strategies and policies

  • Able to disseminate themes, research findings and programme content in a practical and clear manner relevant to the audience

  • Experience of organising events

  • Well-developed networks in the relevant region, along with experience of fostering collaborative relationships with other services/organisations

  • Strong project management skills

  • Able to develop and integrate new services in an effective and timely manner

  • Able to make difficult and timely decisions for the benefit of the business and/or service, including raising appropriate concerns regarding service delivery, budgets and staff/sub-contractors

  • Advanced presentation and interpersonal skills

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

  • 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



  • Knowledge of the Farming Connect Programme



Interviews will be held for this post at Menter a Busnes’ office in Aberystwyth on 8 October 2019. If this date is inconvenient, please note on your application form.



More Information

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

Sara Jenkins
01970 636286

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: 30 September 2019 at 10:00

Equality and Diversity Policy

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