Recruitment

RISK, SAFETY AND TRAINING LEAD

Commercial fishing remains the most dangerous industrial occupation in the UK. The National Fisherman’s Federation Organisation is establishing a new role to lead on ‘Risk, Safety and Training’. The role requires an experienced communicator, with a good working knowledge of the fishing industry who will be pivotal in working in collaboration with government agencies and our member’s vessels and crews such that NFFO becomes a beacon in managing risk at sea, and that the fleet is operated in the safest way possible, that crews are properly trained and receive the best welfare provision.   In this exciting new role comes an opportunity to reduce fishing vessel risks quickly and efficiently. Part of that work will be done at a strategic level, part in committee and part on the quay or onboard members vessels.

You could be a fisherman, professional seafarer, fishing manager, training officer, project manager, business owner. What is more important though is a passion for the fishing industry and an ability to work within it and communicate effectively.  For this fixed term 3-year contract, NFFO is offering an annual salary in the region £55,000 depending on experience and competence.  The role will be home based, and the package will include a lease car allowance. UK travel be required on a regular basis.

Applications should be made by email to; nffo@nffo.org.uk Applications should include a CV, and a letter (not longer than 2 pages) explaining why you believe you are right for this exciting opportunity.

Closing date 4 January 2022. Following a sift, shortlisted applicants will be invited for interviews week commencing 17 January 2022.

Job Description

NFFO – Risk, Safety and Training Lead

  • Commercial fishing remains the most dangerous industrial occupation in the UK. The National Fisherman’s Federation Organisation is establishing a new role to lead on ‘Risk, Safety and Training’.
  • The role requires an experienced communicator, with a good working knowledge of the fishing industry who will be pivotal in working in collaboration with government agencies and member’s vessels and crews such that NFFO becomes a beacon in managing risk at sea, and that the fleet is operated in the safest way possible and that crews are properly trained and receive the best welfare provision.
  • The Risk, Safety and Training Lead should be able to identify opportunities to reduce fishing vessel risks quickly and efficiently. Part of that work will be done at a strategic level, part in committee and part on the quay or onboard members vessels.

Risk, Safety and Training Lead – Responsibilities

  • Collaborating with stakeholders to ensure fishing vessel safety regulation is relevant, practical and achievable.
  • Overseeing NFFO’s members vessels safety record and identifying opportunities for improvement in safety.
  • Developing and implementing safety policies and procedures for members vessels through workable Safety Management System (SMS) which would support responsible business activity alongside safe, profitable fishing.
  • Providing and reviewing existing risk systems for fishing vessels and developing those with the Online UK Safety Folder.
  • Continuing development of systems and procedures; to prevent man overboard situations from fishing vessels, fully implement ILO 188, manage practical LOLER compliance, and to ensure the implications of the Modern-day slavery Act of 2015 are fully understood by all members.
  • Provision of advice and guidance around lifting regulations (LOLER).
  • Working with Seafish and other training providers to ensure training for fisherman is relevant, readily available and at the lowest cost and that the move towards STCW-F is fully understood.
  • Ensuring UK government grants towards fishing are targeted where the need is the greatest and assisting members to access those grants swiftly and with the least amount of bureaucracy.

Risk, Safety and Training Lead – Required Skills

  • Commitment to the fishing industry. The UK fishing industry is diverse, complex, spread widely and has differing needs.  The successful applicant for this role must be able to prove a passion for the work ahead.
  • Knowledge of fishing safety, training, and welfare requirements.
  • Excellent communications and teamwork skills. This role will involve many  different situations where an ability to communicate (both face to face and in writing) clearly and effectively will be key. Strategic meetings with government agencies, negotiating within policy groups to set new rules, cascading guidance in a way it can be easily interpreted, visiting ports and vessels and crucially NFFO’s members will all form part of this exciting new position.
  • Ability to achieve objectives without close supervision. The role will be home based, reporting day to day to NFFO’s CEO although the work stream will follow the direction of NFFO’s Risk, Safety and Training Committee.
  • The flexibility to work remotely, travel widely, sometimes at short notice.

Who will we look for?

  • The successful candidate could be a fisherman, professional seafarer, fishing manager, training officer, project manager, business owner. What is more important though is a passion for the fishing industry and an ability to work within it and communicate effectively.

Salary and benefits:

  • This is a fixed term (3 year) contract, part funded by The Seafarers Charity. Salary in the region £55,000 depending on experience and competence.
  • The role is home based for which an allowance will be paid. Extensive UK travel be required on a regular basis.
  • A lease car, laptop and mobile phone will be provided.