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Teagasc Specialised Advisor – Mushrooms - (Ref. DS/1557)

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Basic Function:
Conduct regular visits with mushroom producers to act as an adviser and decision support regarding agronomy, compost and casing assessment and staff training, advise on optimising product mix and ultimately mushroom yield. Troubleshoot mushroom crop husbandry and agronomic issues. Liaise with mushroom marketing companies and growers regarding supply/demand dynamics. Play a lead role in the role out of a LEAN management programme across mushroom production sites.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Play a central role in alliance with CMP/Bord Bia/Enterprise Ireland in the implementation of an industry wide grower LEAN management programme.
• Design and deliver the defined technical services package for mushroom producers.
• Develop, establish and maintain effective communications with management and staff within CMP (e.g. by attending regular meetings with the CEO and other relevant staff) and act as a point of contact for growing-related issues with growers and with compost and mushroom marketing companies.
• Support supply/demand planning with marketing companies and producers.
• Ensure compliance with good corporate governance and internal control requirements and respond in a timely manner to information requests from CMP and the wider industry. Become acquainted with UK retailer proprietary QA systems and HACCP in the context of grower facilities.
• Track compost performance and engage with compost suppliers on quality issues where appropriate.
• Financially appraise mushroom growers’ performance using grower cost and return profit monitors.
• Develop business plans and supporting documentation for the Commercial Horticulture grant scheme on behalf of mushroom growers and complete the annual application with grower’s participation.
• Organise technical mushroom farm walks, workshops, seminars and conferences for growers.
• Take responsibility for own on-going personal and professional development in the mushroom arena.
• Undertake other duties as may be assigned by Head of Horticulture from time to time.
• Fully co-operate with the provisions made for ensuring the health, safety and welfare of themselves, fellow staff and non-Teagasc staff and co-operate with management in enabling Teagasc to comply with legal obligations. This includes full compliance with the responsibilities outlined in the Teagasc Safety Statement.
• Assist Teagasc in meeting the commitments of the Quality Customer Service Charter and Action Plan through adherence to best practice protocols.
• Actively participate in the annual business planning, risk management and PMDS processes.
• Other duties as may be assigned from time to time.

* This job specification is intended as a guide to the general range of duties and is intended to be neither definitive nor restrictive. It will be reviewed from time to time with the post-holder.

Person Specification


• Applicants must hold a relevant Level 8 Degree in Agricultural Science or equivalent.
• Applicants must show wide ranging knowledge and expertise in mushroom cultivation and production systems and demonstrate how they stay abreast of current best practice and research.


• Relevant post graduate qualification.
• Financial analysis and farm business planning.

How to Apply

The relevant Application Form and Job Specification can be accessed on our website at

Completed Application Forms should be TYPED and saved in PDF format and submitted by email to no later than 12 midnight on Thursday 24th August 2017.

Please state relevant reference code in all correspondence.

Teagasc is an equal opportunities employer. Canvassing will disqualify.

Status: Research Assistant
Location: Dubin, IRELAND
Advert Published: 11 Aug 2017
Expiry date: 24 Aug 2017
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