ASC IT Database Administrator

Initially responsible to: Head of Programme Assurance

Contract: 12 months with option to extend

Location: Flexible but work will initially be focussed within the Utrecht office

Salary and benefits: Commensurate with experience

Hours: Full time

Starting date: As soon as possible

Applications should be submitted to

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by 31 January 2019.


About the ASC

The Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent, non-profit organisation, which sets global standards for responsible aquaculture. ASC promotes responsible aquaculture to consumers through the use of its logo on certified products.

The aquaculture industry is growing strongly and is already supplying more than half of all seafood consumed worldwide, but this growing demand increases the environmental and social footprint associated with this expansion. The ASC certification and labelling programme incentivises improved farming practices by promoting the benefits of responsibly farmed seafood in the market to encourage industry towards achieving environmental sustainability and social responsibility.

We work with aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public globally to promote the best environmental and social choice in farmed seafood. For more information, go to

The ASC is a growing organisation. We have nearly 50 people working from Europe (Netherlands, UK, Germany, Belgium, France, Spain) Sweden, the Americas (Brazil, US and Canada), Australia, and Asia (Japan, China, Viet Nam). There are five functional teams covering: Standards and Science, Programme Assurance, Commercial Outreach, Communications and Finance and Governance.

Job summary

We are currently seeking an IT database administrator. The successful candidate will be a well-qualified and highly motivated individual with a minimum of three years’ relevant experience. The primary role will be administering the development of databases and applications that support ASC’s information systems related to the operation of its standards and assurance systems.

The ASC is nearing the completion of an extensive user needs study to automate current paper based systems linked to the audit process. This will eliminate manual operations and allow for improved quality control, system checks and performance reporting. Once operationalized the next phase of work will involve the development of systems to incorporate direct uploading of digital audit reports and management of audits and certification processes. The greater ambition for this work is not only to improve efficiency (for staff) but to also develop a more effective system for farmers and auditors through the analysis of metric information and the use of spatially referenced information to improve future standards and assurance systems and the operation of the certification programme generally. 

To assist the incorporation and use of spatial information the ACS has recently recruited an individual to lead this work. Much of this information will also be used to systematically report on the positive impacts the ASC programme is contributing towards as related to environmental sustainability and social responsibility. Impacts monitoring involves staff involved with the ASC Improver Programme (a mechanism to help farmers achieve certification) and ASC’s Monitoring and Evaluation team.  The development and integration of supporting information systems to achieve these outcomes will be a key aspect of the work managed through this position.

The ASC is also developing two IT assurance tools to improve our ability to monitor certified product as it moves through the supply chain and to detect volume inconsistencies. Currently being piloted is an application-based tool to monitor certified volumes. A more sophisticated interoperable IT solution undertaken in collaboration with MSC is in a ‘proof of concept’ phase with key supply chains to assess viability. Both of these work streams will be managed through this position.

The ASC outsources current IT infrastructure needs related to daily staff operations, our website, finance and governance; coordination for these operations will not fall within this role.

Tasks and responsibilities

  • Managing the design and development of databases, applications and information systems in support of ASC operations across different teams including coordinating:
  • inputs from IT consultants and developers
  • defining organisational data management needs
  • Developing an overarching data policy
  • Establishing data collection protocols and facilitating data analysis and reporting.

Skills Required

  • Minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience in database administration, design and development (including interfaces);
  • Related server management knowledge and administration;
  • Google forms experience advantageous;
  • Able to communicate with and be the focal point for a range of IT providers;
  • Computer science background essential 

Additional skills

Other skills and experience that would prove of benefit to any applicant include:

  • Working knowledge of GIS;
  • Application and web-based development;
  • Data visualisation (Tableau, Power Bi);
  • Knowledge of data governance and experience with Salesforce an advantage
  • Science (biological) background and knowledge about aquaculture advantageous.
  • Comfortable working in an international fast paced environment that demands flexibility and the ability to adapt.

Applicants must have EU residence. The working language of the role is English, other languages are an advantage. There may be flexibility regarding the home base for the successful candidate but this must be located with easy access to London and Amsterdam airports. During the initial period of work extensive periods of time will be spent in the Utrecht office with the Programme Assurance and Standards and Science teams. 

CV and covering letter detailing database administration and development experience required, for example, database management experience with MYSQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle etc. web design experience, application development etc.

Interviews will be held in February 2019.*

*Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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