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Opportunities at AF

Would you like to work for one of the fastest growing and most innovative agricultural groups in the country? We want to hear from well-motivated, ambitious individuals with a passion for excellence, a drive to succeed, and a 'can-do' attitude.

Each year, AF also employs a number of university placement students and graduates. Find out more about the student placement and graduate opportunities at AF.

A wide range of rewarding and challenging careers are available including specialist buyers and traders, key account managers, marketing, accounts, HR and IT.

All roles demand a high level of customer service, and offer excellent benefits packages to exceptional candidates, including competitive salaries, 24 days holiday per annum (increasing with service), pension plan, training and development opportunities, social events, life assurance, a superb working environment and membership of AF, allowing discounts on both farming and non-farming related purchases.

If this sounds like the career path for you, please send your CV with a covering statement to explain why you feel you would be suited to a position at AF to hr@theafgroup.co.uk or write to Harriet McCarthy, HR Manager, Anglia Farmers Limited, Honingham Thorpe, Colton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 5BZ.

Current vacancies

Client Engagement Executive, AF Affinity Limited, Full Time

Overview of role

We are looking for a Client Engagement Executive to create long-term, trusting relationships with our clients. The role is to oversee a large portfolio of associations, develop new business from existing clients and actively seek new sales opportunities.

You will be in charge of account service, acting as a liason between Affinity and its business clients and the trade associations it works with.

Principal duties and responsibilities

  • Serve as the lead point of contact for all client engagement matters
  • Build and maintain strong, long-lasting client relationships
  • Contact clients to understand their requirements
  • Ensure the timely and successful delivery of our solutions according to client needs and objectives
  • Clearly communicate the progress of monthly/quarterly initiatives to internal and external stakeholdres
  • Develop new business with existing clients and / or identify areas of improvement to meet sales quotas
  • Price orders and send order confirmations to clients where necessary
  • Register new business
  • Send out and ensure contracts and agreements are in place

Person specification

Experience & Qualifications

  • Proven work experience as an Accounts Executive, Sales Executive, Customer Services, purchasing in a B2B environment or relevant role
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate and influence key stakeholders at all levels of an organisation, including executives, directors and business owners
  • Proven ability to juggle multipleprojects at a time, while maintaining sharp attention to detail
  • Qualifications in Business Administration, Sales, Customer Services, Marketing or a relevant field would be beneficial but not essential
  • Strong IT skills

Personal qualities

  • Strong interpersonal skill
  • A polite, friendly and diplomatic manner
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • A good sense of humour
  • Good negotiation skills
  • The ability to generate ideas
  • The ability to prioritise and manage several different tasks at once
  • Able to work in a highly demanding atmosphere

 

Apply to hr@theafgroup.co.uk

Seed & Fertiliser Trading Assistant

Overview of role

To support both fertiliser and seed business trading desks to ensure accurate and timely ordering and that confirmation of orders are received from suppliers and validated. Under the supervision of senior team members to negotiate prices and secure orders for certain seed and fertiliser products as directed and agreed both for external customers and internal subsidiaries. In the absence of senior team members to provide sufficient cover and service including escalation as necessary to fulfil member and supplier enquiries or queries.

Qualifications & Experience

  •  Customer focused
  • Track record of high level of accurate administration
  • Competent negotiation skills
  • Ability to evaluate and compare data accurately
  • Demonstrable ability to identify and make process improvements
  • Able to interact at appropriate level with customers, suppliers and team members.

Personal qualities

  • Attention to detail
  • Able to take direction and instruction
  • Confident to make decisions and defend these
  • Used to working to very tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Able to work in a highly demanding atmosphere
  • Devise and deliver ideas for process improvement
  • Team player but also able to work alone and use own initiative
  • Able to deal with a variety of personalities

Apply to hr@theafgroup.co.uk

Agricultural Machinery & Parts Co-Ordinator

Overview of Role

To assist in developing the agricultural parts and consumables division of the Machinery business area by identifying new markets and additional areas of growth, particularly in tyres, crop packaging, lubricants and oils and machinery parts.

Specific Responsibilities include:

  • Take and process orders on behalf of AF members
  • Assess current supplier deals and review as needed
  • Develop long-term relationships with suppliers
  • Be involved in negotiating terms with large key suppliers
  • Attend supplier meetings
  • Identify new suppliers and develop new AF/Supplier relationships

Qualifications & Experience

  • Sales experience within the agricultural sector
  • Purchasing skills highly desirable together with an ability to negotiate with suppliers
  • Up to date knowledge of current farming practices including latest technology
  • Able to demonstrate a history of deal making
  • Strong IT skills

Personal Qualities

  • Pro-active and forward thinking
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to communicate with members, understand their needs and prioritise workload
  • Innovative & visionary
  • Strategic thinker with wider-picture thinking
  • Good planner and methodical
  • Able to motivate and be part of a team

 

 

Apply to hr@theafgroup.co.uk