Responsible to: Head of Certification Assurance

Team / Department: Programme Assurance Team (PAT)

Salary and benefits: TBD and based on experience

Contract: 1 FTE

Location: Ideally Netherlands but other locations may be considered

Date written: September 2021


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 using its logo.

The aquaculture industry is growing strongly and is already supplying more than half of all seafood consumed worldwide. With this growing demand comes an increased environmental and social footprint. 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.

The ASC is a growing organisation. We have around 75 people working from various countries, including the Netherlands, UK, Germany, Spain, Australia, Japan, China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil and the US. There are five functional Departments covering: Standards and Science, Programme Assurance, Market development, Marketing and Communication, Administration/Governance. We operate an office in Utrecht (NL) and in London (UK) for staff based in these countries.

The Program Assurance Department is made up of two Teams: 1) Certification Assurance Team, 2) Supply Chain Assurance Team. Together, these teams cover work streams that deal with program assurance management of standards certification and supply chain assurance designed to underwrite the ASC Logo. The Department currently consists of 11 staff, each responsible for a combination of specific projects in addition to ASC program assurance.

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

Position summary

This role will require experience in third party certification programs, specific experience with the ASC or aquaculture certification is a plus. The Program Assurance Coordinator is responsible of the maintenance and improvement of current assurance processes such as integrity incidents, variation requests management and audit report templates. Also, could be project leader for new developments and tools that support the program assurance processes.

Role and responsibilities

The Programme Assurance Coordinator will participate on the following responsibility areas:

  • Coordinating VRs and Questions and answers related to the Programme’s Certification and Accreditation Requirements
  • Developing and improvement of audit tools and protocols
  • Contributing to the ASC M&E programme on behalf of PAT, in liaison with Standard & Science Team
  • Supporting the Quality Assurance and incident management process
  • Supporting to handle/processing certification documents
  • Collecting and analyzing certification related data to improve both internal and external processes
  • Providing input into various policy development processes within ASC (ASC standard setting, setting Certification and Accreditation Requirement – CAR)
  • Other tasks as required within the team or project leader in new tools or developments.

 Desired Education and Experience

  • Proven experience in third party certification as an auditor, scheme manager or as part of a scheme owner assurance team.
  • Previous experience and knowledge of aquaculture or primary production preferred.
  • Fluency in English mandatory, additional languages are an advantage.
  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, aquaculture, agriculture or environmental/food sciences.
  • Experience with quality management systems at certification bodies or producers OR with social auditing or social schemes management.
  • Critical thinking and experience evaluating technical information.
  • Ability to self-manage and organize multiple work streams.
  • Ability to work with other team members or other parties to assess potential risks and deliver solutions.
  • Ability to write effectively and communicate ideas clearly.
  • Able to think and work independently, systematically and to make pragmatic decisions.

Application details

Please e-mail a cover letter and CV (in English) to: by 30th September 2021.

Selection process: Your CV and cover letter will be reviewed. A short list of candidates will be invited to take part in interview.

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We want to be an inclusive and diverse employer of first choice reflecting the global community and therefore particularly welcome applications from all under represented groups.

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