Aquaculture Stewardship Council Senior Policy Development Manager

Responsible to: Head of Governance

Contract: Flexible, terms to be agreed

Location: UK or Utrecht, Netherlands

Salary and benefits: Commensurate with experience

Hours: 4 or 5 days a week.

Starting date: As soon as possible


About ASC

ASC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established in 2010 to set and operate global standards for responsible aquaculture. Certified farmed products are promoted to consumers through the use of its logo.

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 and encourages an 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:

Job summary

The ASC is a growing organisation. We have nearly 40 people working from the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Australia, Belgium, France, Spain, Japan, China, Viet Nam, Brazil, US and Canada. There are five functional teams covering: Standards and Science, Programme Assurance, Commercial Outreach, Communications and Administration.

The role will focus on providing support and programme management for the ASC’s policy development process. This will include the oversight of policy changes into the ASC programme, and working to ensure that both internal and external stakeholders are engaged and informed about ASC policy developments. The Senior Policy Development Manager will also lead on the continuous development, improvement and innovation of the ASC’s policy framework, to ensure robust programme credibility. 

Main areas of responsibility

Effective programme management for ASC’s policy development.

  • Work with Standards & Science and Programme Assurance teams to deliver coherent programme development work schedule
  • Develop and maintain programme policy development processes ensuring they produce credible outcomes and are understood throughout ASC
  • Manage Issue Log revisions and work programme prioritisation ensuring resources are appropriately allocated
  • Support TAG governance and lead on operational structures of the policy development process providing high quality papers to allow sound decisions
  • Ensure appropriate review of policy development materials

Oversee change management and introduction of policy changes into the programme.

  • Document control – maintain the Master List of programme (Standards & Cert.) documents ensuring appropriate versioning of all documents and translations where appropriate
  • Coordinate release of revised Standards and Certification and Accreditation requirements with Communications and technical team
  • Maintain and develop processes to manage translations of programme (Standards & Cert.) documents ensuring appropriate review of translations process 

Coordinate consultation engagement

  • Ensure internal and external (coordinating with Communications as necessary) stakeholders are engaged and well informed about policy developments
  • Develop and manage the implementation of ASC’s Consultation Procedure
  • Ensure appropriate tools are available to support the policy development process working with communications teams to deliver these
  • Provide effective communications with key stakeholder groups, including certifiers, to promote their engagement with programme development
  • Provide effective internal communications to Governance, Outreach, Communications and Development teams on the status and timelines for policy developments. 
  • Participation/Coordination at stakeholder Council meetings or other consultation workshops.

Key qualities

  • An engaging personality to develop and maintain relationships with stakeholders
  • Ability to work collaboratively with for-profit and non-profit organisations 
  • A pro-active and independent approach to work, across many stakeholder groups
  • Self-motivated and able to deliver in an organisation that is quickly growing and expanding
  • Capability to work remotely and with teams across a range of international locations 
  • Commitment and enthusiasm for the ASC’s Vision and Mission


  • A relevant degree or equivalent qualification. Qualifications in sustainability or environmental disciplines (including marine/aquaculture sciences) are preferred but not essential
  • Relevant experience in policy development with a focus on stakeholder engagement, certification programs or international scientific organisations 
  • A good understanding of sustainable development issues, with a preferred focus on marine or aquaculture environments
  • Applicants must have EU residence
  • Working language of the role is English, other languages are an advantage
  • Good IT skills, including use of standard software packages (MS Word, Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).


  • Programme management, work planning and the successful coordination of complex projects
  • Stakeholder management, including internal stakeholders, environmental NGOs, aquaculture industry, and academia
  • Experience of communication and presenting complex issues to a range of audiences through various channels
  • Understanding of the role that certification plays in driving positive change

Applications should be submitted to

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