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ADAMA is a leading manufacturer and distributor of crop-protection solutions. With a heritage of nearly 70 years and over 4500 employees in more than 120 countries, ADAMA has world-leading expertise in a range of product categories including a full range of fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, plant growth regulators and molluscicides. ADAMA’s crop protection products are available in the UK through leading agro-chemical distributors and agronomy companies. Technical helpline 01635-876-622

William Nicholls

Will Nicholls

  • Age: 32
  • Job title: Regional Agronomy Manager (Central)
  • Company: ADAMA Agricultural Solutions UK

Sum up your job in a sentence or two

Providing technical support for agronomists and key stakeholders in my region covering the West Midlands, East Midlands, Yorkshire and Ireland.

What does this involve day to day?

This involves regular updates in season for best use of the ADAMA portfolio via face-to-face meetings or digital platforms.

In addition, delivery of both Spring and Autumn campaigns via presentations to distribution and fee paid sectors is a key aspect of the role.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

Being part of the wider agricultural industry and being in front of agronomists delivering key messages and new approaches to best utilise the ADAMA portfolio.

What can be the downside?

Long days on the road – a key aspect of the job is meeting with customers within the region on a regular basis.

Britain’s road network doesn’t always allow for straightforward journey’s, so you must be prepared for long stints in the car.

What skills and qualifications are essential to do the job?

A good understanding of the agricultural industry at a technical and practical level, combined with being confident to deliver presentations.

These skills help to convey complex messages in an easily understood manner and can be applied to day-to-day practices.

What experience did you have before starting?

I grew up on the family farm in Shropshire before studying an Agriculture, Land and Farm Management degree at Harper Adams.

During this time, I did a placement as a trialist for BASF in Suffolk, this started my interest in crop trials.

On qualification from my degree I joined Eurofins Agroscience Services where I was based in North West England looking at efficacy and residue trials on a variety of crops.

After six years, the opportunity arose to join ADAMA as Technical Support Coordinator where I gained the knowledge in the product portfolio that allowed me to switch roles to Regional Agronomy Manger.

What other careers did you consider?

Agronomist and auctioneer have always been high on my agenda, if it is in some way linked with agriculture I am happy!

A combination of office and outdoors always helps, but interaction with people in the industry is a must.

What tips/advice would you give to someone wanting a similar role?

Gain experience whenever an opportunity arises and learn from others in the industry.

There are plenty of people within agriculture who are more than happy to share experience and want to help you succeed.

Don’t be afraid to ask, as chances are they’ve been there and done that!

What’s the best bit of career advice you’ve been given?

Don’t expect others to do something you wouldn’t do yourself.

When I was a student I had a summer job on the tractors, I remember one hot afternoon finding the gaffer in the depths of the grain drier cleaning it out, covered head to toe in dust and chaff, he didn’t need to be near it, there was certainly enough other staff on hand to do the dirty work; namely the student!

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