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 programme well-managed sustainable fisheries are recognised and rewarded in the market place, through the leadership of our partners. Critically, other fisheries are incentivised to improve their performance to meet the growing demand for certified sustainable and traceable seafood choice. Over 400 fisheries around the world, representing almost 16% of the annual global marine catch, are now engaged in the MSC programme and over 1200 documented improvements to the way our oceans are being fished have been recorded. MSC certified and labelled seafood products are now available in over 100 countries.
Underpinning and integral to the MSC’s work and its ecolabel program are the standards which it sets and maintains: the Fishery Standard and the Chain of Custody Standard. The Fishery Standard is a science-based, fully independent approach to identifying seafood products from sustainable sources, and its credibility is critical to the MSC’s success.
Reporting to the Chief Science & Standards Officer, and representing the MSC at the highest level internationally, this exciting and demanding role will build on the achievements over the past decade of MSC’s scientific research, standard and certification setting. The Fishery Standard Director plays a central role in the organisation – the post holder is responsible for ensuring that the Fishery Standard is based on sound science and fishery management practice, and is implemented effectively.
An experienced leader and manager, the Fisheries Standard Director will be expected to make decisions in a rapidly changing environment. As part of the Corporate Strategy Group, they will also be responsible for contributing to the delivery of the vision and mission of the MSC more broadly and to the collective management and strategic development of the organisation.
The MSC is looking for a highly motivated individual who will bring specialist subject knowledge and substantial experience at senior level in a fisheries or marine science discipline relevant to the MSC standard. With outstanding written and spoken communication and editing skills and a post-graduate degree (ideally PhD or equivalent), you will ideally currently be in an active fishery management and/or scientific adviser role, with a significant and growing international reputation able to command the respect of industry, the scientific community and eNGOs. You must also be able to demonstrate your empathy and interest in the MSC’s mission and objectives.
Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Marine Stewardship Council on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference QMSL. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by Tuesday 1 October 2019.

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