International Grain, Seed and Fertiliser Merchant


Gleadell Agriculture is one of the most progressive profitable agricultural merchants in the UK today

The company has grown to become the third largest grain buyer in the UK, trading over 2 million tonnes of farm sourced grain per annum, as well as becoming one of the leading suppliers of fertilisers and seeds at the farm gate.

The Gleadell expansion has taken place at a sustainable level allowing a continued high level of service to existing customers as well as offering a competitive alternative to new customers.

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3rd largest UK grain buyer
140 employees
2,500,000 tonnes purchased from UK farmers annually

We value diversity in our workplace

Gleadell Agriculture Ltd is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to treating its employees and job applicants equally.

We welcome applications from everyone and value diversity in our workplace. Gleadell conform to The Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code. Further details can be found by clicking here.

Our company goals

  • To be an excellent employer, providing opportunities for employees to develop their skills and talents
  • To be honest, trustworthy, innovative and transparently fair in all our business relationships
  • To be the partner of choice for our customers and suppliers
  • To create profitable, sustainable growth
  • To operate and conduct our business in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner

Gleadell Advance Programme

Gleadell Advance is a dedicated development programme which provides the opportunity to grow the skills and knowledge required to build a successful and rewarding career with one of the UK’s largest agricultural merchants.  Commencing with a comprehensive induction to all business areas of the company, the focus moves to following our development programme to ensure success and growth.

Working alongside a mentor, the programme focuses on structured learning and development covering many areas including;

  • Strategic sales professional training
  • Skills workshops
  • Product knowledge
  • Management development

To submit an application for a position at Gleadell Agriculture, please send a covering letter and CV to:

Stepping up to the challenge

Four years ago, Freddie Humfrey applied for a summer job as a grain sampler with Gleadell’s southern office. A few minutes into the interview, he was advised to apply instead for a trainee trader position being offered at head office. He got the job. A month later, the then 22-year-old took on the barley book for the southern region. In 2016, Freddie took another big step up, trading all of Gleadell’s feed wheat outside East Anglia alongside experienced colleague David Woodland.

This involves acting as a key contact for end-users in his region and updating the farm trading team on tonnage requirements and prices, in essence controlling the company’s daily feed wheat position.

“It’s helped being in the right place at the right time,” says Freddie. “If the directors think you are up to the job, they’ll back you – and I’m fortunate in being surrounded by a great team.” Freddie, now 26, is embarking on his GAFTA trade diploma this year. “I’ve had a lot more opportunity than I expected,” says Freddie. “There again, age is not a prerequisite to progress here – quality is what they are looking for.”

A great career move

Just 20 months after starting out as a farm trader at Gleadell’s southern office near Warminster, 26-year-old Helen Huett is convinced she has made a great career move.

The job can be demanding, but Helen relishes the challenge, spurred on by Gleadell’s can-do culture and her supportive colleagues.

“It is clear that employees who perform well are recognised, she says. “I feel the company wants you to succeed, and Gleadell gives you the tools and support to do so.”

Her role includes purchasing grain, pulses and oilseeds, as well as selling seed and fertiliser products to existing and new growers. She also visits farmers to develop her network.

Studying business management with marketing at university has stood her in good stead, and her once-limited agricultural knowledge is swiftly improving.

Helen has already completed several sales and agricultural training courses, including the BASIS Seed Sellers Certificate and a FACTS course now beckons.

“It is a work-driven environment, and people want you to do well. Things are going in the right direction and I look forward to what my future holds at Gleadell.”

Bright Crop

Bright Crop inspires young talent to explore the wide choice of careers in farming and food supply.

With the population growing, more mouths to feed and less space to grow our food, the farming and food industry needs talented individuals with the ideas and the know-how to keep the UK up to speed.

In fact, it’s been calculated that 60,000 new jobs are needed in farming and food supply by 2020.

Recruitment agents

We get a lot of interest and many calls from recruitment agencies – we do appreciate your interest, however we recruit for all positions using our in-house HR team and we contact our candidates directly.  We value highly delivering a quality service and find that managing recruitment in-house allows us to do this.

We do not therefore take cold calls from agencies – if we find ourselves in a position whereby we may need help from an agency we will contact our preferred suppliers.  We have no plans to review our preferred suppliers at the current time – please do not ask us to.  We ask that you respect the relationships we have with our preferred suppliers and follow these guidelines.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Registered Office:
Lindsey House, Hemswell Cliff,
Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 5TH.

Company Number: 534118