An opportunity to drive the next stage of development of the Society

The Society is looking to appoint someone interested in the challenging role of running our affairs. This will help people involved with crop nutrition keep up to date with the significant changes facing the industry.

Due to the impending retirement of the incumbent, the Society is seeking a suitable candidate to take over as Society Secretary, continuing to drive its development. This part time role will suit someone who has experience of running self contained organisations or departments, and who enjoys the flexibility and challenges of largely being ‘your own boss’.

The IFS, founded in 1947, is a forum for the dissemination and discussion of technical information on all aspects of crop nutrition and fertiliser production, including areas such as soil management, recycling and organic materials. Thus it facilitates the flow of information throughout the industry. As such the Society plays an important role in strengthening the sustainability of the farming and food production supply chain, both in terms of food security and reduced environmental impact.

The management of the Society is overseen by its Council, comprised of volunteers drawn from its membership, with day to day management being the responsibility of the Secretary. Information about the Society can be found on this website.


To apply for this position, please submit a CV and covering letter to the Secretary at

Closing Date

The closing date is 31 May 2024.


  • To provide an effective and efficient administrative service to the Society.
  • To manage the activities, costs and revenues of the Society so that the Society is ‘cash neutral’ over time.
  • To organise physical and online events to disseminate and discuss technical information relating to crop nutrition and fertiliser production.
  • To promote the benefits of the Society’s activities, services and resources so that the Society membership progressively increases.

Skills / Attributes required

  • The ability, organisational skills and willingness to undertake and control a wide variety of tasks.
  • Good communication skills, particularly writing skills, and numeracy.
  • A willingness to be flexible, working to meet the varying needs of the role throughout the year.
  • The ability to use MS Excel, PowerPoint and Word.
  • The ability to organise conferences.
  • Fluent in English, if not the first language.
  • A knowledge of crop nutrition up to degree level and / or involvement with fertiliser production up to at least middle management level would be an advantage.

This is a self employed role and will be ideal for those who prefer to work from home. A fee commensurate with the demands of the role will be paid.

A detailed role and person specification is available to download.