ASC Farm Assessor Europe

Job Type

Full Time



Start Date


Application Deadline





Job Purpose

The ASI Assessor, based in Europe, is responsible for planning, performing and following-up on ASI assessments to applicant and accredited CABs (Conformity Assessment Bodies) in relation to Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Farm certifications conducted in accordance with the requirements of the ASC certification program.

Assessors play an essential role ensuring the robustness and credibility of the ASC program by evaluating conformance of CABs. The position provides an opportunity for intellectually challenging and stimulating work on a variety of aquaculture industry assessments.


Assessors carry out assessments in a number of ways: these involve undertaking audits of CABs against ASC Farm requirements by onsite inspections of CABs' records, systems and documents, by desk review, by witnessing farm audits and by monitoring traceability.

The main tasks are:

  • Daily management of, and communication with, ASC accredited and applicant CABs.
  • Creating and maintaining strong, trusting relations with CABs so that problems can be quickly and easily resolved.
  • Planning and performing accreditation and surveillance assessments, primarily in Europe but also other regions where ASC farms are located.
  • Preparing assessment reports and following up on nonconformities according to accreditation standards and ASI procedures.
  • Internal communication with the ASC Program Manager & Program Officer.
  • Commenting on policy and procedure development processes as necessary. 
  • Providing technical support on issues relating to complaints and appeals.

Competencies and Skills

  • Professionalism: Expert knowledge in Salmon and Trout aquaculture farming, accreditation and/or certification is essential, preferably related to ASC certification. Additional experience in relation to seafood processing is an asset.
  • Communication: Excellent communication skills in English spoken and written, additionally Spanish or French
  • Client orientation: Ability to communicate well with clients as well as establish and maintain effective relationships.
  • Process Management: Demonstrated ability to manage priorities and generate quality results on concurrent assignments.
  • Organisational and personal attributes: Excellent personal organisational and work planning skills, demonstrating high productivity and ability to manage competing work priorities; high personal and work ethics; and a successful record of project development and management. Solutions-oriented approach to working with clients and within the team. Proven ability to plan and organize work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills, demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Ability to work successfully as part of a team is essential.
  • Skills: Quality-related methods and techniques including quality management tools, social responsibility and environmental management methods and techniques and their application.
  • Well-developed analytical and systematic problem-solving skills, demonstrating sound reasoning abilities and logical decision-making.
  • International relations: Ability to work in the international arena, and deal with other international organisations. A significant amount of international travel is required.
  • Relationship Management: Interpersonal skills to deal effectively with the auditing role and remain professional when there are complaints and/or conflicts of interest.

Qualification and work experience

  • Advanced university degree in aquaculture or other related degree. A combination of relevant academic qualifications and extensive professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree;
  • 3 or more years of professional work experience in aquaculture;
  • Background knowledge in quality and/or environmental management systems (ISO 9000, ISO 14000) is recommended;
  • ISO Lead Assessor qualification or equivalent preferred (but not a must).
  • Advanced skills in the use of computers, including the use of standard MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Adobe Acrobat). Proficient and competent use of electronic information systems and databases.
  • Experience of work in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment is desirable.

Working Conditions

ASI is looking for an expert working on a subcontract basis. The work assigned requires a substantial amount of travelling.  

ASI is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, nationality, ethnicity, or religion.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Your application including full CV/resume and a covering motivation letter that states your expected daily fee should be sent to:

The deadline for sending applications is 30 November 2018. The position may be filled prior to the deadline.

Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.