Marine Regulatory Affairs Advisor

We are looking for a Marine Regulatory Affairs Advisor to join our Regulation team here at Seafish. 

Job Status Permanent
Location Edinburgh, Grimsby or homebased
Work Programme Promoting Consumption & Enhancing Reputation
Line Manager Head of Regulation

1. Job Purpose

Seafish is a Non-Departmental Public Body covering the four nations of the UK with a mission to support a profitable, sustainable and socially responsible future for the seafood industry.  

The position holder will lead on the following areas:

  • Regulatory issues relating to the management of the marine environment including understanding the potential impact that spatial management measures (such as Marine Protected Areas and Marine Conservation Zones) can have on the fish catching and aquaculture sectors, and assessing opportunities to minimise that impact. 
  • Understanding and minimising the impact of regulatory limitations on the future growth of the aquaculture sector. Key aspects of the aquaculture work programme include:
           - Potential issues of water quality affecting aquaculture production relating to the implementation of the water framework directive; and 
           - Implementation of the aquatic animal health directive.
  • Working with a range of stakeholders including policy makers, trade bodies, NGOs and seafood businesses to help establish a regulatory framework post EU exit that can support a profitable seafood sector capable of producing high quality sustainable food. 
  • Convening a working group to bring regulators, scientists and industry together to take forward changes to the current sampling and monitoring regime for food safety of cultivated molluscs. (Shellfish Stakeholder Working Group).

2. Key areas of responsibility

  • Working as part of a busy and dynamic team of regulatory professionals tasked with monitoring changes to regulation along the entire seafood chain you will be required to analyse and understand legislative text and to develop guidance material to help:
        - Industry comply with legislation; and
        - Enforcement agencies to monitor compliance levels. 
  • Establishing effective and constructive relationships with the seafood sector and with regulators, to collate views on regulatory proposals so as to ensue policy aims can be achieved with minimum impact to industry.
  • Developing and maintaining contacts with UK/EU trade organisations, EU institutions and UK government to share information on regulatory proposals and to support the development of good policy that in turn can minimise the regulatory burden on the sector.
  • Responsible for the convening the shellfish stakeholder working group to address specific concerns with the current food safety testing regime.
  • To establish a reputation as a provider of expert and independent advice on regulations relating to marine spatial management issues, water quality and the impact that this regulatory regime has on the catching and aquaculture sector (both positive and negative impacts).  
  • Be an active member (including providing secretariat support) of UK and EU regulatory forums and industry groups, to work on regulatory text, its interpretation and how it is enforced.  
  • Identifying the need for and producing regulatory guidance material for the seafood sector to assist it to understand the regulatory environment, how it impacts on their business and the steps they should take to ensure compliance. At times guidance material will also be produced to assist enforcement agencies to understand how the industry operates.  
  • Working collaboratively with other Seafish teams to ensure work programme objectives are met and to contribute to the wider objectives of the organisation.
  • Responding to ad-hoc enquiries as required. 

3. Key attributes

The post holder

  • Should have sufficient regulatory experience to be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Should be able to gather information and analyse issues raised by the seafood sector and support policy makers to develop and implement solutions.  
  • Be skilled at convening workshops and facilitating discussions between stakeholders and policy makers.
  • Be responsible for managing their work priorities, workload and diary commitments. 
  • Experience of working with communication professionals to ensure the work of the regulatory team is targeted at, and reaches the right audience.  

4. Exercising judgement: 

The post holder is required to:

  • Consider industry feedback on regulatory proposals, to determine the Seafish position and to represent this at external meetings. 
  • Use their judgement to assess whether an issue carries a significant political or financial risk to Seafish or to the seafood sector, and to ensure that their immediate line manager is made aware of this risk. 

6. Essential working relationships 

Internal relationships

  • To keep colleagues informed of current regulatory issues and developments in the marine environment area.
  • To work with colleagues to collate evidence to resolve regulatory issues.
  • To work with Seafish teams  to meet wider Seafish goals and KPIs 

External relationships

  • This role requires effective relationship building and networking skills. It requires sector knowledge and contacts in industry, UK and EU regulatory bodies and government.
  • All sectors of the seafood industry. This can be at all levels including Technical Managers, Directors, Chief Executives of businesses and trade bodies.
  • Regulators responsible for regulation affecting water quality and marine planning and other issues relating to the seafood industry. This can be at all levels including senior civil servants within the UK and EU, MPs and MEPs.  
  • Active membership of UK and EU wide industry or government groups. This may involve chairing or secretariat responsibilities. 

7. Knowledge, skills and experience               

  • Educated to degree level in a food safety, marine environment or a regulatory related discipline.
  • Minimum 2 years' experience in a regulatory environment which could include experience of drafting regulations, interpreting how regulations may impact on business or enforcing regulation. 
  • Extensive knowledge of the process of development of EU and UK legislation.
  • A knowledge of the current regulatory regime that underpins one of the following would be desirable:
        - the marine environment;
        - water quality; or
        - UK/EU food safety food law 
  • Organised and able to plan your own workload and to prioritise work. 
  • Expert report writing skills and a high standard of literacy to understand legislation and write expert interventions and produce formal guidance documents.
  • Competent IT systems usage.
  • Excellent problem solving skills.
  • Full driving licence.

8. Special features

  • Willingness to travel and some overnight stays.

The closing date for this role is 16th April 2018.

Interested? Please email your CV and covering letter to

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us at the email address above if you have any questions about this role.

To find out more about our vision and our Seafish Values, take a look at our Corporate Plan

Thank you for your interest in Seafish - we look forward to hearing from you!