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Head of Freshwater Farming - UK

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Following the successful first generation of smolts reared at £58M Barcaldine RAS hatchery of Scottish Sea Farms, the head of freshwater farming is heading home to Norway, creating a rare opportunity for a highly-skilled, commercially astute successor to help deliver the company’s plans for growth.

With 42 marine farms located around Scotland’s west coast and Northern Isles, Scottish Sea Farms already supplies premium quality salmon to customers in over 24 countries. On course to deliver 39,000 tons in 2021, the company’s five-year ambition is to produce 50,000 tons by 2025.

Achieving this will involve steadily increasing volumes at its Barcaldine hatchery to full operational capacity. The company also has plans to develop its own bespoke post-smolt facility capable of producing fish up to 500 g and further shortening the time required at sea.

Responsibilities:
Scottish Sea Farms is looking for a stand-out candidate capable of overseeing all freshwater farming activities, both at Barcaldine and its flow-through Knock hatchery on nearby Mull, from strategic and operational planning to people development and succession planning.

Strong working relationships with marine colleagues will be every bit as important, helping ensure the smoothest transition for our fish and maximizing survival once at sea.

Requirements:
First and foremost, the candidate will be a freshwater farmer who understands the importance of giving fish the very best start and who has a proven track record of pairing intuition with innovation to deliver high quality, highly conditioned fish.

The candidate will be equally adept at getting the very best out of the team, nurturing and developing individuals according to their natural attributes and skill sets.

Ideally, the candidate has some understanding of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) and rearing fish in a controlled environment: biofilter processes, maturation, water chemistry, the lot. Experience of the design and build of such a RAS system, while not essential, would also be advantageous.

Competitive package:
The company offers a competitive salary reflective of the candidate’s experience, along with a personal pension, private healthcare and a bonus scheme. Scottish Sea Farms welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons. Please note, if applying from outside of the UK you will be required to provide your right to work papers.

To arrange an informal, confidential conversation about the role, email Tracy Bryant, tracy.bryant-shaw@scottishseafarms.com. Apply by November 4, 2020.

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