Situations Vacant: Shetland Fishermen Executive Officer

‘Shetland Fishermen’ is a collective term for three organisations that together serve the interests of Shetland’s fish catching industry: Shetland Fishermen’s Association (SFA), Shetland Fish Producers’ Organisation (SFPO) and Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation (SSMO). Although legally distinct, and with different remits, they work closely together and share offices in Lerwick.

An exciting opportunity has now arisen to join the Shetland Fishermen team as SFA Executive Officer.

The SFA is a long-established trade body charged with the political representation of Shetland’s fish catching industry. Sustainable fishing plays a vital role in Shetland’s economy, and the waters around Shetland account for a significant proportion of UK fish catches every year. SFA membership today extends to some 120 vessels, ranging in size from five to over 80 metres, and the almost 500 fishers that own and crew them.

Reporting initially to the existing executive team, the successful candidate will assist with the representation of our members’ interests on wider industry bodies, in local and national government and in the media.

Applicants will be expected to be articulate, enthusiastic and capable of taking responsibility for a demanding workload that is liable to change at short notice. Experience of the fisheries sector is not essential but would be an advantage.

The successful candidate is likely to have had some experience in a responsible role and be educated to degree level or a professional equivalent.

An attractive salary and benefits package will be on offer for this position.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Una Simpson, Office Manager (01595 693197 or una@shetlandfishermen.com). Further particulars are available upon request.

To apply for this position, please send your CV, together with a covering letter outlining your suitability for the position, to James Anderson, Chairman, Shetland Fishermen’s Association, Mair’s Quay, Lerwick ZE1 0PW.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 27 August 2021.    

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