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Agricultural Consultant

Shetland Islands
£30,896 - £39,387 per annum
Closing date
1 Nov 2023

Title: Agricultural Consultant

Type:  Permanent, Full-Time

Salary: £30,896 - £39,387 per annum (under review)

Location: Lerwick, Shetland

REF: CML/CS/033/22        

Closing Date: 30 November 2022

SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe.  Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national, and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors.

Do you want an exciting and varied career within Agriculture and the rural sector?  SAC Consulting have an opportunity in Shetland to work closely with crofts, farms and other rural businesses and you are invited to become a part of the team.

SAC Consulting is one of the leading agricultural consultancies in the UK.  Our vision is to be a unique solutions provider within the natural economy: The Number 1 choice to deliver inspiring, impartial, and integrated solutions for customers to achieve their ambitions. Our mission as consultants is to lead the sustainable growth and prosperity of agricultural, food and land-based businesses as they rise to the challenges of food security, biodiversity loss, and climate change.

Our work covers the whole of Scotland and the north of England; we have a network of 25 offices, ensuring our internationally renowned expertise is fortified with real local knowledge. We have decades of experience, but as demands and expectations around land management have evolved, so have we. We work to support rural enterprise in areas including livestock production, business diversification and financial management, ecology and biodiversity, carbon management. Our broad scope allows you to shape your own role, employing your own interest and expertise to the benefit of our clients.

The main purpose of this role is to provide expert technical and business consultancy services to our customers in the Shetland Isles. You will be required to travel regularly and work flexible hours to accommodate our clients. You should also be able to harness your knowledge and experience to lead and educate colleagues. For the candidate with the right skills, there is an opportunity to quickly progress to an area management role.

Key elements of this role include:

  • Providing technical, business and financial consultancy services to clients Winning and delivering new consultancy opportunities by marketing and selling the services offered by SAC Consulting to clients, including non-farming businesses in the rural community Identify solutions for your customers as they adapt to changes in regulation, government policy and markets Building and maintaining relationships with key staff in organisations with rural interests; including public and industry bodies, regulators, and banks or commercial companies. Assisting in the delivery and promotion of the Farm Advisory Service

The ideal candidate should have:

  • A HND or Degree in a relevant discipline Experience working in the rural sector; an awareness of the challenges faced by agricultural business would be beneficial Strong people management skills

This is a full-time, permanent role.

Further details on the requirements of this role can be found in the Job Particulars document which you must read before applying for this role. This is downloadable when you click the APPLY link.

Closing date: 30 November 2022

Benefits / What you will get in return:

  • Enhanced holidays (minimum 33 days per year) Enhanced pension contributions (5% employee and 10% employer opposed to 5% employee and 3% employer) Cycle to work scheme RAC Membership Enhanced family leave Flexible working patterns Hybrid working solutions (in some areas) Tailored investment in and individuals' learning and development

SRUC Leading the way in Agricultural and Rural Research, Education & Consultancy.

SRUC is committed to valuing Diversity, advancing Equality and respecting Human Rights throughout the organisation and encouraging applications from disabled people using the “Disability Confident Employer” symbol. SRUC is a member of the Athena SWAN charter.

SRUC. A Charitable company limited by guarantee, SC003712. Registered in Scotland No SC103046

Further information

Please read the Job Particulars Document before proceeding with your application.


To apply for this role, please use the SRUC online application system. CVs will not be accepted without a completed application form.

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