Towards net-zero meat production Project Manager - KTP Associate

£30,000 - £34,000

Ulverston, Cumbria - 24 months

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Job description

The Associate for the Knowledge Transfer Partnership will drive and lead a project which aims to develop a scientifically verified carbon-efficient meat protein product range that speaks against greenwashing.

You will work closely with and be supported by academics from the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) and the team at Lake District Farmers in Ulverston, Cumbria, where you will be based.

Key Responsibilities
Under the supervision of academics from LEC and LUMS and the Purpose and Sustainability Manager at Lake District Farmers, you will:

• Fully refine the remit of the KTP and the KPIs for the project. You will do this following an initial period of familiarisation with: the company and key stakeholders; field sampling approaches, laboratory processing of samples at Lancaster University using state-of-the-art instrumentation and associated quality control and data management procedures; an introduction to the principles of soil carbon modelling and environmental accounting.
• Undertake soil sampling on selected farms for soil carbon and bulk density, analyse soil samples to create soil carbon stock maps, and make recommendations for further sampling work and modifications to sampling approach.
• Collaborate with farmers, Lake District Farmers and the academic team, and draw on desk-based analyses to create scenarios of potential soil carbon futures for the farms, and analyse soil carbon change in the scenarios.
• Identify a set of recommendations for future research and development to improve tools and their fit to net-zero carbon livestock contexts.
• Construct farm level accounts using financial and non-financial data in line with scenario analysis in close partnership with farmers and their existing accounting service providers.
• Throughout the project, develop communication approaches that are tailored to Lake District Farmers’ stakeholders. Working closely with key colleagues at the company, develop and implement a communication plan to engage stakeholders in the project from the outset through to completion.
• Take full ownership of the KTP project, managing work plan delivery, timing, resources, budgeting, embedding and evaluation of outputs and the associated tangible benefits.
• Produce reports, reviews, and deliver presentations and webinars to inform key staff at Lancaster University and Lake District Farmers of project developments, set out options and make recommendations to enable key decisions to be taken by the project board.
• Disseminate the key outcomes via attendance at a number of conferences, the publication of a paper in a peer-reviewed journal and a series of stakeholder events and communications.
• Manage the KTP project including maintenance of project plans, and organisation of project-related meetings.
• Actively manage a personal development plan and commit to any training required for the project.
• Liaise between Lake District Farmers and the academic team.
• Occasionally at the request of supervisors, perform other duties to ensure the successful completion of the KTP.

Project description

An exciting opportunity has become available for a PhD or Master’s level candidate to contribute to the development of a scientifically verified carbon-efficient meat protein product range. This post has been created as a result of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Lancaster University’s Environment Centre and offers a 24-month fixed term contract.

You will lead a project which aims to develop a viable route map for progressing towards a net-zero meat product for selected case study farms that supply Lake District Farmers Ltd (LDF) and to highlight the use of livestock production in creating sustainable and regenerative environments. The project will establish a soil carbon baseline for selected case study farms, examine the carbon reduction potential within farms that includes soil carbon, and co-create a farm level accounting framework in which to understand the financial, and non-financial, impacts of moving towards net-zero.

You will be employed by Lancaster University, but will be based at Lake District Farmers’ premises in Ulverston on the edge of the Lake District in Cumbria. You will work closely with and be supported by the senior management team at Lake District Farmers and academics from the Lancaster Environment Centre and Lancaster University Management School, principally Professor John Quinton, Professor Jess Davies and Professor Jan Bebbington.

To research Lake District Farmers, please visit Lake District Farmers’ website.
Lancaster University is in the top 15 in all 3 UK league tables and globally recognised for the quality of teaching and research. Lancaster Environment Centre is one of the world’s largest centres for environmental research and the largest department in the university. Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) is an award-winning, quadruple accredited and world-ranked school, typically among the World’s top 100 business schools.

The novel design of the project, combined with the generous support package and close supervision from both industry and a leading university, make this an exceptional opportunity for you to take a leading role in an innovative project and launch a career in environmental and agricultural science. You will be working in a successful business, leading the project through from start to finish, gaining commercial awareness and business skills.

You will hold a PhD or Masters degree in Environmental or Agricultural Science or a related discipline. You will have strong skills in numerical modelling and managing complex datasets. Experience of field and laboratory analysis will be essential. These skills may be demonstrated through your previous study or relevant work experience. Above all, you must be able to take ownership of the project, formulating a clear plan for its successful execution, and making necessary adjustments as the project unfolds. You will need to able to work collaboratively with colleagues at Lake District Farmers and communicate effectively with all levels of the organisation and with a wide range of stakeholders in the agricultural sector. Previous project experience and an understanding of accounting are highly desirable.

In addition to a competitive salary, the reward package includes an additional £4,000 for your personal development, with time allocated for you to pursue training and learning activities, offering excellent opportunities to further your professional development and support your career progression. You will also be encouraged to prepare research publications based upon the results of the project where commercially appropriate.

This KTP project is funded by UKRI through Innovate UK. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships bring together universities and business to work together on a development project that is strategically important to the Organisation’s future. KTP projects are delivered by recent graduates who enhance their career prospects by benefiting from business-based training and personal and professional development. For further information on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, please visit Home – Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (ktp-uk.org)

Informal enquires should be directed to:
Professor John Quinton, Lancaster Environment Centre, j.quinton@lancaster.ac.uk
Phil Scott, Purpose and Sustainability Manager, Lake District Farmers, phil@lakedistrictfarmers.co.uk

Prospective applicants can arrange to visit Lake District Farmers on the morning of Tuesday 24th January. Pre-booking is essential. Email Phil Scott to book an appointment phil@lakedistrictfarmers.co.uk

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

Lancaster University – ensuring equality of opportunity and celebrating diversity.

About the business

Lake District Farmers is a high-end producer within the raw meat wholesale sector. The company works with over 50 hill and marginal farms in and around Cumbria. As a market-leading supplier and an existing farm supply chain already committed to quality and sustainability, Lake District Farmers is now seeking to create a net-zero meat product range, working with its supply chain of farmers.

Food production

Environmental Science

PhD or Masters degree in Environmental or Agricultural Science or a related discipline.

19 January 2023

12 February 2023

3 April 2023

1570-22


The Associate for the Knowledge Transfer Partnership will drive and lead a project which aims to develop a scientifically verified carbon-efficient meat protein product range that speaks against greenwashing.

You will work closely with and be supported by academics from the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), the Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) and the team at Lake District Farmers in Ulverston, Cumbria, where you will be based.

Key Responsibilities
Under the supervision of academics from LEC and LUMS and the Purpose and Sustainability Manager at Lake District Farmers, you will:

• Fully refine the remit of the KTP and the KPIs for the project. You will do this following an initial period of familiarisation with: the company and key stakeholders; field sampling approaches, laboratory processing of samples at Lancaster University using state-of-the-art instrumentation and associated quality control and data management procedures; an introduction to the principles of soil carbon modelling and environmental accounting.
• Undertake soil sampling on selected farms for soil carbon and bulk density, analyse soil samples to create soil carbon stock maps, and make recommendations for further sampling work and modifications to sampling approach.
• Collaborate with farmers, Lake District Farmers and the academic team, and draw on desk-based analyses to create scenarios of potential soil carbon futures for the farms, and analyse soil carbon change in the scenarios.
• Identify a set of recommendations for future research and development to improve tools and their fit to net-zero carbon livestock contexts.
• Construct farm level accounts using financial and non-financial data in line with scenario analysis in close partnership with farmers and their existing accounting service providers.
• Throughout the project, develop communication approaches that are tailored to Lake District Farmers’ stakeholders. Working closely with key colleagues at the company, develop and implement a communication plan to engage stakeholders in the project from the outset through to completion.
• Take full ownership of the KTP project, managing work plan delivery, timing, resources, budgeting, embedding and evaluation of outputs and the associated tangible benefits.
• Produce reports, reviews, and deliver presentations and webinars to inform key staff at Lancaster University and Lake District Farmers of project developments, set out options and make recommendations to enable key decisions to be taken by the project board.
• Disseminate the key outcomes via attendance at a number of conferences, the publication of a paper in a peer-reviewed journal and a series of stakeholder events and communications.
• Manage the KTP project including maintenance of project plans, and organisation of project-related meetings.
• Actively manage a personal development plan and commit to any training required for the project.
• Liaise between Lake District Farmers and the academic team.
• Occasionally at the request of supervisors, perform other duties to ensure the successful completion of the KTP.