Work for CHAP

Working with us here at CHAP Towers, you will have the chance to carve out your own career in the exciting Agri-Tech sector. Don’t delay and apply today…

Sector Lead

Reports to:

Innovation Director


Full Time




Dependent on experience




Job Purpose:

Crop Health and Protection Limited (“CHAP”) is one of the four Centres for Agricultural Innovation and a key component of the UK Government’s Agri-Tech Strategy, aiming to spark scientific and technical innovation that enables transformational change and sustainable productivity in agriculture.


Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The following provides an overview of the role’s key responsibilities and measures:

You will undertake the following responsibilities:

  • Report to the Innovation Director and assist in the overall objectives of CHAP
  • Initiate, develop and execute successful applications and bid proposals to enhance the CHAP innovation program and maximise use of current CHAP capabilities
  • Create and develop partnership and consortium networks with CHAP partners and the wider community
  • Provide accurate technical assessment of applications, bids and projects and present those findings to technical and non-technical audiences including the Exec Team and Board
  • Support Operational and Financial team in project establishment, management and reporting
  • Work with Operational and Financial Team to develop core structure foundation documentation for successful application/bid and consortium applications.
  • Actively engage with current research and industry developments to produce periodical briefing documents for colleagues, Board and wider audience.
  • Assist with appropriate reporting to the Exec Team, Board and others as required


Skills, Experience and Behaviours


  • Experience of working in academia and/or commercial environments.
  • Degree level qualification in Biology/Agriculture/Agronomy/Soil Science fields.
  • Clear understanding and experience of UK and international funding programs available, including Innovate UK, UKRI, EU and charitable bodies.
  • Evidence of effective grant application/bid writing/business plans and project management or co-ordination and developing professional networks.
  • Effectively plan and manage workload
  • Able to work to tight deadlines
  • Attention to detail
  • Independent thinker – able to take the lead
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team
  • Excellent presentation skills (written and oral) with ability to engage with stakeholders at any level.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office packages
  • The ability to represent CHAP nationally or internationally as required.
  • Full UK driving licence

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