Ref: 1623744

Original Listing

Company: 1623744

Salary: Ł23,480 (National) - Ł26,180 (National)

Closing Date: Closing date: 1 Apr 2019

Location: Cambridge, Eastern : Cambridge, Eastern, CB2 8DR

Plant Varieties and Seeds Administrators (EO)



Evidence is vitally important to Defra. The scientific and analytical professions work very closely with each other and with policy professionals to ensure we can achieve the Defra vision of creating a great place for people to live.

Evidence professionals make up a large part of core Defra, with many more in the arm’s length bodies, Forestry Commission, our Executive Agencies and non-departmental Public Bodies, that together make up our Defra group.

The work you will be doing

Plant Varieties and Seeds Administrator (PVS) – EO – Eastbrooke (Cambridge only) – permanent position – 1 post.

In this unique role you will help to administer PVR/PBR (Plant Variety/Breeders’ Rights) and the UK National List. You will ensure APHA deliver Plant Varieties and Seeds legislation -for National Listing (NL), and Plant Breeders Rights for the UK, England and Wales (E&W) seeds marketing.

We are looking for candidates with organisational and administrative skills with previous experience of data entry, who are willing to work as part of a team. Our computing VTS (Variety Tracking System) and operating procedures are bespoke and successful candidates would be trained to use them in-house.

Key relationships:

This role will involve working and communicating with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, including industry bodies, plant breeders, other government departments and agricultural businesses.

Reports directly to a Higher Executive Officer (HEO).

Key Tasks:
The range of duties will be dependent on the training, competence and statutory requirements, they include:

• Managing the administration of transferred EU PVR (Plant Variety Rights) to our existing VTS. Handling withdrawals, surrenders, name change and other amendments which will have a legal requirement to be published monthly.
• Administering new applications for National Listing (NL) and Plant Breeders’ Rights (PBR) applications. NL and PBR work for applications and subsequent actions must be recorded, processed and any queries dealt with within agreed deadlines. Results must then be published and made publically available monthly.
• Compiling sowing lists and sending to the bodies responsible for undertaking Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) testing and value for cultivation and use (VCU) tests and trials.
• Associated data entry onto the Varieties and Seeds bespoke VTS. VTS is purpose built to deal with National List and Plant Breeders’ Rights and used for all areas of the application process.


Other Information:
In accordance with guidelines governing security, you will be expected to have the security clearance for the work of the post. This process will be initiated if you are successful in your application for this post.

The successful candidate will need to comply with a number of health protocols and wear protective clothing and Respiratory Personal Protective Equipment (RPPE) as required.

You may be required to work at other locations, or overseas for short periods of time, so candidates must be prepared to work and stay away from home to meet business needs. Further out of hours work may be required in the event of an incident. Out of hours work, and some shift work may be required – but this will be discussed and agreed with your line manager if successful.

As driving is an integral part of the job, you must hold a full driving licence by the time you take up post. Employment offers are conditional on this being obtained and will be withdrawn if evidence of a licence is not produced when posts are offered. Candidates will need independent access to their own vehicle. After candidates have passed their probationary period (minimum 8 months) staff may have the option to apply for a Lease Scheme subject to qualifying criteria. Drivers must be 21 or over and have held a full licence for at least 12 months. If you do not fulfil this criteria candidates will need to use their own private vehicle (although mileage allowance will be paid). Driving licences must not contain any endorsements for theft of vehicle or taking without consent.