Cereal Trials Leader

Cereal Trials Leader

Field of Work:  Breeding stations

Thriplow, East of England, GB

ID:  193

We are seeking to recruit at the earliest opportunity a Cereal Trials Leader for our KWS UK Ltd. entity in Thriplow nearby Cambridge. This is an unlimited and full-time employment contract.  

You will report to the Trials Manager and as part of the Trials Team you will be involved with yield trials and other plant breeding operations essential for the successful development of new varieties. In this position, the successful candidate will lead the Cereal Trials Operation team.  

Help us shape the future of agriculture of today and tomorrow! 


The future of food counts on you, therefore you can expect 


  • Liaising with Plant Breeder on their trial requirements 
  • Plan, prepare and drill cereal trials plots 
  • Be responsible for protection of trial plots, score and collect data 
  • Set up trials onto KWS database systems and present statistically analysed data to the breeders.   
  • Carry out timely harvest of trial plots 

Who you are? What do you bring to the table? 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and/or gained equivalent experience in a similar position including relevant trials experience with an experience in line management and team leading.
  •  Knowledge on weeds, drillings, and cereals such as growth stages, disease management, spraying of cereal crops and decimal systems. 
  • Basic agricultural machinery experience. 
  • Holding PA1, PA11, Counterbalance forklift and telehandler licenses or willingness to join training if skills are not possessed yet
  • In addition, good literacy, numeracy as well as knowledge of Microsoft Excel are required, knowledge of databases would be beneficial. 
  • You hold a driving license. 


Let’s Peek at how you can grow your well-being, health, and future at KWS! 


  • 30 days of annual leave plus bank holidays 
  • Reduced diesel prices from the company’s fuel pump 
  • Social events such as an Annual Summer Staff BBQ and Christmas party 
  • 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 


About KWS
KWS is one of the world’s leading plant breeding companies. With the tradition of family ownership, KWS has operated independently for more than 160 years. It focuses on plant breeding and the production and sale of seed for corn, sugar beet, cereals, potato, rapeseed and sunflowers. KWS uses leading-edge plant breeding methods. 5.147 employees represent KWS in more than 70 countries.
For more information: www.kws.com. Follow us on LinkedIn® at https://linkedin.com/company/kwsgroup/.