Regional Manager North West England Vacancy

We're seeking an enthusiastic and dedicated professional to join our Regional team as Regional Manager for the North West of England.

Quick overview of the role

  • Job status: This is a temporary post with a contract for 3 years.
  • Location: This role is remote (UK based) with regular travel within the region (North West England) and on occasions throughout the UK principally to the Seafish offices in Edinburgh and Grimsby.
  • Salary: The starting salary on this band for this post is £35,843 (dependent on experience).

What it’s like to work in the Regional team at Seafish

Seafish is here to give the UK seafood sector the support it needs to thrive. Our work makes a huge difference. We collaborate with a wide range of partners - from seafood businesses and trade bodies to government, regulators and environmental organisations - and we engage in everything from research to campaigns, insight and training.

In the Seafish Regional team it’s our job to be the “on-the-ground” ambassadors for Seafish, proactively supporting the evolving shape of the UK seafood industry.

We provide practical assistance and advice on industry priorities, bringing people together to support initiatives which address sector specific and regional needs. The team acts as a two-way conduit, sharing information and knowledge to guide our work whilst striving to make sure all seafood businesses have easy access to our products and services.

This is a new role within the regional team and the post sits within our wider Communications and Engagement directorate.

At Seafish we operate a Results Only Work Environment (ROWE) which focuses on performance not presence. Working with ROWE means having autonomy and accountability in equal parts and working in a way that is most effective for you, as long as your work gets done to the expected standards. You’ll have a personal development plan which clearly outlines the objectives and competencies for your role and your learning and development goals. You’ll also have regular catch ups with your line manager, along with mid-year and end of year reviews to discuss your work and performance.

Regional team standing together looking forward
Our Regional team meeting up together for a recent in-person social event

Job role, responsibilities and relationships

To facilitate the sustainable development of the fishing industry, seafood importing and trading companies, processors, merchants and local communities in the North West of England, by promoting, encouraging, developing and supporting regional projects that benefit the sector, including the North West Seafood Action Plan.

Working as part of the International Trade & UK Regions team, you will play a key role in maintaining and building relationships with our stakeholders, ensuring an effective and high-quality service to the seafood industry in the North West of England. In this role you will be instrumental in shaping and supporting regional projects, such as the North West Seafood Action Plan.

The main dimensions of the role are:

  • Facilitating the sustainable development of the fishing industry, seafood importing and trading companies, processors, merchants and local communities in the North West of England, by promoting, encouraging, developing and supporting regional projects that benefit the sector, including the North West Seafood Action Plan.
  • Leading on the preparation of applications to secure third party funding to support the delivery of regional initiatives, such as the North West Seafood Action Plan.
  • Building, developing and maintaining relationships with the seafood industry in the North West of England to ensure projects are accessible and have appropriate industry engagement and buy-in.
  • Developing excellent working relations with Seafish colleagues to ensure a thorough knowledge of their key activities, working with them to ensure that the activities are accessible to relevant stakeholders.
  • Working closely with partner organisations to identify opportunities that support the economic development of fishing communities, and seafood businesses in the North West of England.
  • Be responsible for the management of facilitation services in the North West of England and liaising with industry, central Government, relevant coastal offices, Development Agencies, Local Authorities, partner organisations and stakeholder groups to progress the North West Seafood Action Plan and enhance Seafish support in the area.
  • Building and maintaining contacts with industry and community stakeholder groups and partners within the region on a face-to-face basis and through other remote working systems to ensure information is disseminated as widely as possible. This will involve extensive travelling within the region and good diary management.
  • Introducing internal Seafish colleagues to regional stakeholders as required and facilitate meetings in the region to ensure that all services are fully utilised by relevant stakeholders.

Key accountabilities will be:

  • Promoting the development of the industry and communities by providing quality advice on available funds and eligibility of projects or elements within projects.
  • Developing and managing partnership relations with key regional organisations in order to promote regional and local stakeholder objectives that support delivery of the Seafish Corporate Plan and Annual Delivery plans. This will include supporting development of projects that contribute to the delivery of national, regional and local economic strategies which support the development of a sustainable fishing industry and the communities they serve.
  • Advising on fisheries policy and best practice to appropriate groups to assist the delivery of the Action Plan, linking them up to relevant colleagues to provide wider Seafish support as appropriate.
  • Providing accurate and up to date progress reports on projects that will allow Seafish to monitor delivery and influence as appropriate.
  • Working with colleagues to ensure that Seafish activities, projects and services meet the needs of and are effectively communicated to stakeholders and facilitate meetings and introductions as appropriate.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of appropriate initiatives to raise awareness of knowledge held by Seafish and methods of dissemination to industry.
  • Managing projects aimed at achieving objectives through customer channels, so that the relevant aims of the Seafish Corporate Plan are realised.

You will be responsible for:

  • Building excellent working relations with internal colleagues and assisting them in delivering the Action Plan.
  • Handling many decisions on a local basis, using personal judgement and taking responsibility for many decisions.  This will, however, be within a strategic framework agreed with the Head of Team and the Seafish Executive.
  • Prioritising day to day work and will agree tasking on a monthly basis with the Head of International Trade & UK Regions (West).
  • Providing written reports on progress on activities and attending face to face meetings with Seafish and partner organisations as required.
  • Presenting on progress to Seafish and relevant industry bodies.

Your essential working relationships will include:

  • Regularly reporting to the Head of Team on activities undertaken and working closely with the Head of International Trade & UK Regions (West) and the Director of Communications and Engagement.
  • Building relationships with all Seafish colleagues and teams.
  • Building relationships with key individuals in the entire regional seafood supply chain from catch to plate.
  • Key internal relationships are with the Head of Team, the Director of Communications and Engagement.

Knowledge, skills and experience required

To be a suitable candidate for this role you should have:

  • A degree in a relevant subject.
  • Effective communicator, capable of building contacts with the seafood industry, representative groups, local/central government, research institutes, and development agencies.
  • A skilled facilitator capable of managing competing views and interests.
  • Ability to coordinate complex work programmes.
  • Experience of working on or an understanding of issues relating to the fishing industry and the wider seafood supply chain.
  • Excellent organisational, planning and project management skills.
  • Excellent written/presentation skills.
  • The job holder must hold a full UK driving licence and be willing to drive.

Every role is Seafish is linked to our bespoke competency framework. The competency levels for this role are:

  • Growing Expertise – Creates a learning and development environment
  • Embracing Change – Shows the ability to adapt to change
  • Building Relationships – Builds effective relationship and teams to deliver strategy
  • Achieving Results – Overcomes challenging circumstances to achieve high-quality results
  • Influencing with Impact - Communicates complex messages

Salary and benefits

All roles within Seafish are graded and have defined salary bands. This role is a grade 5 post and the starting salary on this band is £35,843. A new member’s appointment on the pay spine is dependent on the experience they bring to the role when they start. New candidates normally start at the lower end of the range unless they can demonstrate considerable experience in the requirements of the role.

Additional benefits include:

  • 25 days annual leave on top of Bank Holidays and Christmas office closure, and 5 days per year paid volunteering leave for an activity of your choice.
  • Flexible working – with ROWE you get all of your work done to the expected standard in a way that suits you.
  • A generous employer pension scheme – we'll double your contributions and pay up to 10%.
  • A range of health and wellbeing benefits including the Cycle to Work scheme, private medical insurance, gym discounts and free eye tests.
  • Our unlimited employee assistance scheme is a support service available 24/7 – it offers confidential, impartial advice on anything you need such as work, family, finance support or anything else personal to you.
  • We have a professional development culture with plenty of learning opportunities.
  • We also have a high performing culture, and we reward those that do well each year.
  • Car allowance to support with the role’s travel requirements.

Application process

To apply for the post you should email your application to recruitment@seafish.co.uk. Please include ‘Regional Manager North West England’ in the subject line of your email.

Your application should include:

  • A covering letter or a short video explaining why you are a suitable candidate.
  • A recent copy of your CV so we can find out more about your skills and experience.
  • A completed copy of our recruitment consent form

The deadline for applications is at 10am on Monday 6 February 2023.

Candidates invited to interview will be given at least one weeks’ notice of proposed interview date to allow you to prepare. At this stage you will be asked to prepare a presentation on a given topic in advance of interview and then present it and answer some competency-based questions during interview.

Further information

For any queries about the job description or the salary and benefits on offer, please email recruitment@seafish.co.uk