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Jake Thurtle

I started working at AF in April 2021 aged 21.

Good energy

My first job at AF was on the energy desk as a New Supply Specialist, helping Members bring their electricity sites into the AF portfolio. This was a very interesting introduction to the Group as energy is a complex area of procurement, and I was able to interact with a lot of Members throughout my time there.

Time for a change

After working at AF for a year I felt I wanted to try something new. An opportunity arose to provide maternity cover on the General Inputs desk, which then enabled me to gain experience in a part of the business which was new to me. I really enjoyed developing my skills in a different area. General Inputs is very diverse, as the name suggests, so it meant that I was able to learn a lot about our suppliers and our Members, and the diversity of products and equipment required for running rural enterprises.

General excellence

More recently, in July 2023, I moved over to my current role at AF, Procurement Support Specialist. Within this role I have the pleasure of working on several different teams within the Livestock and General Inputs pillar, bringing a huge amount of variety to my working day. I love how each day can bring new challenges from livestock feed to fan belts and fencing to insurance we cover it all!

Away from AFOne of the 'AF dogs': Syd

Outside of work I enjoy spending my time ducking and covering on the airsoft field, getting lost in videos games, playing Dungeons and Dragons with my friends or detailing my car. I also have 2 Jack Russell’s who need a lot of exercise and love playing, normally with a ball or frisbee.

Future ambition

As I really enjoy working at AF I would like this to be the start of my career. I now have experience working on several teams as part of my current role, and would one day like to progress into a managerial position.

Jake Thurtle AF Procurement Support Specialist

jake.thurtle@af.farm 01603 881 881

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