At the heart of the role is understanding the challenges faced by farmers and encouraging changes in practice in order to create a positive direction of travel on a wide range of husbandry criteria. You will need to know your way around a sea farm and be able to articulate your thoughts/ideas across the husbandry piece both verbally and on paper.
You will also be someone who can build rapport with farm and technical personnel such that you can become a trusted partner in promoting change. Once COVID-19 travel restrictions ease you will be comfortable travelling to farms all over the country performing on-farm Waitrose assessments on a weekly basis and to visit our client in England on occasion.
This is an exciting role, providing an opportunity to explore farm husbandry across the Scottish industry and agree standards and behaviours that fit the Waitrose needs on farms, in hatcheries, fish transport units and in harvest stations too. This will involve you connecting not just with client and farming companies but also with, for instance, certification bodies, NGOs, academia, supporting supply companies and more. You will be adept at engaging with people as well as researching issues and/or new innovations in depth as they appear and your ability to translate technical information into a customer facing written communications piece is key.
You will be hungry to learn, self motivated, resilient, value-driven and will take great pride in what you do. You will share Aquascot’s values of course as these are at the heart of everything we do and you can find a summary of them on our website.
Aquascot’s Aquaculture department is a small and dynamic team with wide ranging responsibilities and, having supplied Waitrose for over 25 years, trusted to engage in breadth and depth across the salmon and sea grown trout supply chain on Waitrose’s behalf. This Farming Assessment Manager position is a key role in making that happen.