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Breeding Station Trials Technician

Breeding Station Trials Technician

Field of Work:  Breeding stations

Thriplow, East of England, GB

Legal Entity:  KWS UK Ltd. (9700)
Contract Type:  Regular
Is Full Time?:  Yes
Onsite/ Remote: 
Job ID:  11621

We at KWS UK Ltd. are looking to recruit at the earliest opportunity a Trials Technician for a full-time, permanent position, based in Thriplow near Cambridge. As part of the Trials and Farms Team, you will be involved with yield trials and other plant breeding operations essential for the successful development of new varieties. Your main responsibilities will include working on Official Cereal Trials as well as supporting operations on private KWS combinable crop trials.


This will involve:

  • Working to AHDB and BSPB Protocols and Procedures.

  • Planning, preparing, and drilling of Cereal trial plots.

  • Vermin control and protection of trial plots.

  • Plot scoring, record keeping and data collection.

  • Timely harvest of trial plots.

  • Presentation of good data and grain samples.


Your profile:

  • Experience in the field of agriculture is beneficial, however training can be given.

  • A full clean driving license is required.

  • Tractor driving skills would be advantageous but not essential.

  • Good literacy, numeracy, and knowledge of Microsoft Excel are essential.

  • Willingness to work extended hours during harvest, drilling, and other peak periods.

  • Trustworthiness, reliability, and a high level of motivation.

  • Good teamwork, communication, and organization skills as well as flexibility.


Let's peek at how you can grow your skills, well-being, and future at KWS!

  • Support other members of the trials team with yield trials of Cereal and Root crops

  • Willingness to join training for PA 1 & 11, counterbalance forklift and telehandler licenses if skills are not possessed yet

  • You will be trained to develop your leadership skills on-the-job, to supervise a small team of 6 seasonal workers during peak periods

  • Desire to take on areas of responsibility and progress your career

  • 30 days of annual leave plus bank holidays

  • Highly competitive Pension Scheme with 16% Company contribution and 1.2% minimum employee contribution

  • Private Health Care Plan, Membership of Lifestyle Scheme and Life Assurance, of three times annual salary

  • Income Protection Plan at 75% of salary for long-term illness and disability for a period of three years

  • Profit Related Bonus Scheme, up to 10% of annual salary


 Would you like to develop your potential and grow at KWS? Then we look forward to receiving your application (cover letter and resume) via our online portal!





About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. Over 5,000 employees in more than 70 countries generated net sales of around €1.5 billion in the fiscal year 2021/2022. A company with a tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for 165 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugarbeet, cereals, vegetables, oilseed rape and sunflower. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods to continuously improve yield for farmers and plants’ resistance to diseases, pests and abiotic stress. To that end, the company invested more than €285 million last fiscal year in research and development. For more information: Follow us on LinkedIn® at

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