Each year, AF employs a number of university placement students and graduates in roles including specialist buyers, membership, IT and software development and marketing. As the UK's largest agricultural purchasing group, we have many exciting opportunities and we're a great place to start your career.
We offer flexible work placements which can be tailored to meet your needs and skills. Whether you want to stay in one department to hone your knowledge or move around the business to get an idea of different jobs, we will try to create a placement which helps you learn as much as possible during your time here.
We expect all our staff to be:
AF is based just outside Norwich in Norfolk. This is a great place to live and work, with easy access to Norwich city centre, the coast, the Norfolk Broads and lots of beautiful countryside.
East Anglia is often referred to as the 'bread basket of England' so there is lots of farming going on and a busy calendar of activities for you to get involved in.
We are happy to provide advice and support to help placement students find a suitable place to live during their time with us.
2015/16 placement student from Harper Adams University
As part of my placement with AF I have spent three months working as part of the AF Biomass team where I have been assisting our fieldsman. Within this varied role I have been out on farm checking straw quality before and during baling also working with farmers and contractors to arrange baling and chasing and finally auditing the stacks that AF have baled and chased.
Over this summer's particularly challenging harvest it has been crucial to be responsive to situations and also to back my own decisions. I have grown in confidence and have thoroughly enjoyed meeting AF members and seeing different farming operations from all over Norfolk and the East. Coming from Warwickshire it has been really interesting to see the large fresh produce industry in Cambridgeshire and sugar beet harvest in Norfolk. I have also been lucky enough to have been assigned farms all along the North Norfolk coast meaning I got to see the sea on almost a daily basis in the summer!
Overall AF is a friendly organisation where all staff are happy to help and it's this team effort that allows members to have long lasting business relationships with AF.
2014/15 placement student from Harper Adams University
My first role at AF was with the biomass business, working out of the office with a group of agricultural contractors and farmers to ensure the business of clearing straw of the field was done efficiently and quickly. I then moved into the office working in several teams over a short period of time, this meant I had to learn to adapt to a new working environment and learn quickly.
My final six months were spent in the agrochemical department, where I was taking orders of pesticides and other chemicals from farmers and then placing them with the best supplier for the job. I initially knew very little about agrochemicals, but with the help of my manager and the team, I learnt very quickly and was soon taking the highest volume of orders of anyone in the team. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at AF and learnt many aspects of working in an office and new things about the industry.