Senior Fisheries Assessment Manager

Marine Stewardship Council

Job Title: Senior Fisheries Assessment Manager

Location: London

Working Hours: 35h/pw

Job Summary:

MSC operates the world’s most recognised fisheries certification and eco-labelling programme. We celebrate, promote and add value to sustainable fisheries and through the leadership of our partners, create market incentives to encourage other fisheries to improve the way they fish the oceans. Over 300 fisheries around the world, landing 12% of the annual global harvest, are now engaged at some stage of the MSC’s independent assessment process. MSC certified and labelled seafood products are now available in over 100 countries.

Reporting to the Fisheries Standard Director (FSD) this post is within the Science and Standards Team. The position leads a small team of Fishery Assessment Managers who contribute to the development of the MSC’s Fisheries Standard and ensures its robust and credible application in MSC certified fisheries. The post holder will contribute to the collective delivery of the vision and mission of the MSC and to the collective management and strategic development of the organisation. Specific responsibilities are as follows.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Focussing on one area of the Standard, lead research into new science and management methods and develop new policy to improve the Fisheries Standard and associated assessment methodologies.
  • As delegated by the Science and Standards Director and FSD, provide support for the MSC’s governance and affiliated bodies: Board of Trustees, Technical Advisory Board, Stakeholder Advisory Group, and related working groups.
  • Contribute, in consultation with the FSD, to the development of policies to improve the assessment methodologies that support the implementation of the MSC’s Fisheries Standard.
  • Take responsibility for and sign off variation requests and interpretations associated with the MSC Fisheries Standard, involving the FSD and Science and Standards Director as in accordance with policy.
  • Lead the quality control of the technical oversight of specified fisheries assessments, with specific focus on Fisheries Standard performance requirements.
  • Lead and undertake analyses to ensure the Fisheries Standard is consistently applied into the future, including in relation to the harmonisation requirements.
  • Manage and motivate those staff under delegated line management and contribute to their development and growth.
  • Actively and positively contribute to the collective management and strategic development of the MSC’s fisheries assessment programme.
  • Collaborate with fellow senior managers in management of the wider fisheries team.
  • As delegated, promote and represent the MSC in international forums on relevant fisheries sustainability, certification and eco-labelling issues.
  • Lead, with the support of the SFCM and S/FAMs, the provision of bimonthly Fisheries Updates and Heat Map.
  • As delegated by the FSD, contribute to the work of the Fundraising, Finance, Communications & Marketing, IT, Logo Licensing and Regional teams of the MSC and provide advice and support to colleagues on technical aspects of the programme or of specific fisheries.
  • Contribute to any other internal projects or working groups, as directed by the FSD.

Main relationships:

The post holder will work closely with the Fisheries Standard Director and the Fisheries Team, the wider Science & Standards team, the regional fisheries Outreach staff and externally with Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs).


The post holder will have the following attributes.

  • You will have a post-graduate degree or equivalent in marine ecology, fisheries science and/or management, or related subject.
  • You will be a highly motivated individual with significant experience that demonstrates the progressive development of your skills.
  • Practical experience in fisheries management, with the monitoring and compliance of fishing activity, and a demonstrated understanding of fisheries stock assessment is highly desirable.
  • Experience with multi-jurisdictional fisheries and regional fisheries management organisations would be an advantage, as will familiarity with marine conservation biology or marine environmental management.

Further details can be found on our website (click ‘More Information’ below).

Application process:  Please email the following material to

  1. A cover letter outlining how your skills, experience and knowledge directly address the responsibilities and requirements detailed in the job specification, which constitute the position selection criteria.
  2. A copy of your current CV.

Please ensure that they are sent as Word or PDF documents with the titles “your name cover letter” and “your name CV”.

The subject of your email should read: Senior Fisheries Assessment Manager (London).

NOTE:  Applications must be received by the closing date/time of 09:00am (BST), 11/05/2017.

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