Monogastric Placement Year
Monogastric Placement Year

Monogastric Placement Year

Harper Adams University

Placement / Job Information

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Interested in becoming a Key Account Manager?

Looking to understand what it’s like to work in the pig and poultry Industry? 

Are you ambitious and hardworking, business minded, with a desire to learn about the complete supply chain? 

Then ForFarmers would like to hear from you.

ForFarmers is looking for a Monogastric Placement Student for the year 2024-25. We seek someone with an open mind who is keen to try something different within the agricultural supply chain, and perhaps in a new sector of the agricultural industry – pigs and poultry!

Don’t worry, whilst previous experience in the pigs and poultry industry may be an advantage we are also looking to attract students from outside the sector.

Your placement year

Your placement year with ForFarmers will involve learning all about our company through a variety of departments, ensuring you walk away with a well-rounded understanding of the industry. You will be reporting to the Key Account Manager at ForFarmers.

When working in each department you will meet and work with different team leaders, from commercial, marketing, customer supply chain, and many more. 

Throughout your time with us you will be a key member of our teams have responsibilities for project work and lead on certain tasks within.

The projects you will be involved in will build on your theory knowledge gained at University, and give you a commercial perspective on the developments in the monogastric industry. Whilst you work with departments around the business your projects will last the whole year whilst you are with us.

We will also be able to help with the setup and development of your dissertation in collaboration with us, providing you with a good base for your return to Harper to complete your final year.

During your placement you will be supported along the way by our friendly team, including our previous students. 

Beyond your placement year

There will be an opportunity to join us upon successful completion of your placement and graduation as our next Key Account Manager, reporting to our Pig and Poultry Commercial Director. 

You will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Key Accounts, continuing to develop close working relationships with our internal teams, and new customers. You will support and manage key account requirements, involving pricing, negotiations, raw material, cost book management, and forecasting. 

We will provide both technical and personal training along the way to ensure you are confident in your role.

The details

Placement title

Monogastric Sales Development Student

Company Contact

Sian Southwell
Key Account Manager
07802 173169



£20,500 salary during the placement year.

Contract length

12 months fixed term.

Company Benefits

  • Flexible Working, location to be discussed
  • Travel throughout the UK; travel expenses covered
  • 27 days holiday pro rata

Frequently asked questions  >>

What to do next?

If you would like to apply to become our next Monogastric Placement Student, then please prepare a CV and covering letter and submit to Sian Southwell,

We look forward to reviewing your applications and we will be in touch.

Investing in knowledge

We continuously invest in our employees’ knowledge in order to be the perfect partner for agricultural entrepreneurs. We, therefore, don’t just sell feed, but intensively work together with our customers and provide expert advice.

We are ambitious

There are plenty of possibilities for talented and passionate people to join us, irrespective of your current knowledge of pigs. We set the bar high with our international knowledge, our innovative and sustainable Total Feed solutions, and management tools. After all, this is what allows farmers to realise their objectives and reach ours.

Proud of our team spirit

Our culture is open, professional, and enterprising. We are very proud of the agricultural sector and our team spirit. We are dedicated to developing future generations of talent who want to be part of For the Future of Farming.

Our previous placement students

Afbeelding: Emily Morgan 1023 LR

Emily Morgan – Previous placement student and now Account Manager (Pig)

“Having had no previous pig experience, the ForFarmers pig placement was a great opportunity to try something new. The placement has given me a unique insight into how forward-thinking and data-driven the UK pig industry is, and as such I’m looking forward to learning more in my new role as Pig Account Manager. 

The ForFarmers placement is a fantastic opportunity to see and understand the full supply chain from start to finish. It offers a balance between office tasks and time on farm whilst giving you every opportunity to make the role your own. The ForFarmers team are friendly and supportive giving you the confidence and support to exceed.

As can be seen by placement students returning to graduate roles, the ForFarmers placement provides a real opportunity to progress your career in a role which is suited to your passion.”

Afbeelding: Sian Southwell 1023 LR

Sian Southwell - Previous placement student and now ForFarmers Key Account Manager

“As Europe’s leading animal feed manufacturer, with a key presence in the agricultural industry, ForFarmers placement scheme provided an invaluable opportunity. Coming from a non-farming background, I had little knowledge of the industry, but this soon developed into a passion during my placement. I gained a real insight working with different ForFarmers teams including finance, customer services, on farm sales and operations at the mill. This not only expanded my skills but put me in good stead for my return to ForFarmers. 

After graduating from Harper Adams University, I re-joined ForFarmers in January 2020 as a Retail Account Manager, predominantly looking after our more traditional farmers to find ways to improve our service and offering to this segment. I have now progressed to a Key Account Manager. Applying for the ForFarmers scholarship was the best decision I made, and to be able move around the business makes this placement unique and more of a reason to apply to ForFarmers!”

Afbeelding: Craig Saunders 1023 LR

Craig Saunders - Commercial Director, Pig and Poultry

“Agriculture is an increasingly exciting career for young people. Given ForFarmers’ unique position in the agricultural supply chain, we offer a different perspective on the industry and scholars can gain experience in both pig nutrition and the pig industry. 

This robust programme allows the scholar to work with both large- and small-scale farmers, with very different systems, and gain a high level of technical knowledge.” 

How to apply 

If you would like to apply to become our next Monogastric Placement Student, then please prepare a CV and covering letter and submit to Sian Southwell,

We look forward to reviewing your applications and we will be in touch.