Marine Scotland

Vacancy: International Fisheries – Policy Manager (2 posts) – closing date 5 November

October 15, 2020 by No Comments | Category Marine Planning, Vacancies

We are currently seeking applications for an International Fisheries – Policy Manager (2 posts)within the Marine Scotland in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

Sea Fisheries is an important area of Scottish Government policy, balancing support for fishermen, whilst ensuring sustainable fishing practices in the long term. The International Fisheries team plays a key role in achieving these policy goals, delivering significant and high-profile objectives for Ministers.

The team actively engages in fisheries negotiations with the EU and non-EU countries to establish fishing opportunities for the Scottish fleet. Our negotiating strategy and priorities are influenced by high quality science and take into account wider policy objectives, including socio-economic implications. It is important to work within environmental limits, making sure fish stocks are managed sustainably, in turn providing a resource for future generations and safeguarding the diversity of the ecosystem.

In order to achieve this we work closely with scientific and economic advisors, and a range of stakeholders including industry representatives and environmental NGOs to develop Scotland’s negotiating position. In addition, the team engages on a continuous basis on wider fisheries management and conservation policy matters.

With the UK’s exit from the EU on 31st January, and subsequent move to full Coastal State status from 2021, Scotland’s role at negotiations will become ever more vital. To facilitate our increasing presence on the international stage, the International Fisheries team is split into two separate branches – one focussing primarily on pelagic stocks and the other primarily on demersal stocks. However, both branches remain closely aligned, contributing to a number of shared functions.

Each branch comprises a C1, a B3 (these posts) and 2 B2s (which these posts will manage). The posts are based in Victoria Quay, but will involve significant travel within Scotland, the UK and internationally. It should also be noted that during live negotiations the team is required to work flexibility and often out of core hours.

Important Information Regarding Interviews:

In recognition of the Scottish Government’s ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the Skype for Business application downloaded.  This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

Further Information:

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Lauren Ferrari at

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team via

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