Fisheries Standard Manager

Salary Competitive
Location Worldwide (Any MSC Office)
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This is a Permanent, Full Time vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Do you want to work at the interface of science and management to help protect the oceans and safeguard seafood supplies?


Are you looking for a career at the MSC, developing and implementing a standard for well-managed, sustainable fisheries?


If so, this could be the opportunity for you.


As one of our Fisheries Standard Managers, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the running of the MSC’s Fisheries Standard and oversee the certification of fisheries by third-party auditors. 


You would join a close-knit team who develops the MSC Fisheries Standard and oversee more than 400 fisheries in the MSC Program, ensuring that our requirements are applied correctly and consistently.


This post has a particular focus on the MSC’s tuna strategy and technical work related to Principle 1 of the Fisheries Standard. As such, the ideal candidate will have a strong background in tuna fisheries and their management.


Some of the key tasks that you will be involved in are:

  • Oversight of a portfolio of fisheries that are undergoing assessment or annual review by third-party auditors
  • Technical review of assessment reports, ensuring that MSC’s requirements and processes are being applied correctly
  • Development of the MSC Fisheries Standard and related certification processes, keeping pace with global best practice
  • Supporting colleagues and stakeholders in understanding and communicating the MSC’s requirements to a range of audiences
  • Training auditors in the correct application of the MSC’s requirements and assessment processes

To be successful in this role you will have professional experience in fisheries science or management. This includes a good working knowledge of the development or implementation of harvest strategies, harvest control rules, stock assessment or fisheries monitoring.


We are looking for a highly motivated individual with the ability to balance a varied workload. You will also have:


  • a strong teamwork ethic and excellent project planning, organisation, and time management skills
  • experience working with stakeholders and other external parties to develop policy
  • a track record of successfully managing relationships with stakeholders, collaborators, and colleagues

A full list of required qualifications and skills is included in the job description.


Please note this role can be based at any regional MSC Office.


The MSC is committed to flexible working. We are currently running a trial for hybrid working, and the successful candidate will need to work from a regional office for a minimum of 50% of their working time each month.

The MSC’s vision is for the world’s oceans to be teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations.  Through our internationally recognised certification and ecolabeling program, well-managed sustainable fisheries are recognised and rewarded in the marketplace, through the leadership of our partners.  Over 400 fisheries around the world, representing more than 17% of the annual global marine catch, are now engaged in the MSC program and MSC certified and labelled seafood products are now available in over 100 countries.

 The MSC is committed to the principles of equality and fairness and we welcome applications from all communities. We do not discriminate on the grounds of age, ethnicity, race, colour, religion or belief, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.  If you consider yourself to have a disability and need reasonable adjustments made during the recruitment and selection process, please let us know how we can help you.

Fisheries science and marine biology:

Working to develop our standards and with fisheries undergoing MSC assessment

Supply chain management:

Overseeing our work in product integrity and helping to develop our Chain of Custody Standard

Marketing and communications:

Supporting our mission by growing awareness of sustainable seafood and the blue MSC label

Seafood sourcing:

Working with commercial organisations to support their buying commitments

Logo licensing:

Working with partners in more than 100 countries to ensure that our label is used correctly

Data and IT:

Running our reporting tools and systems

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