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HEO National Shellfish Monitoring Manager

The Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of national and EU legislation that relates to health conditions for the production and placing on the market of fish, shellfish and fisheries products through a service contract with the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. This is in addition to the implementation and enforcement of Fisheries related legislation.

The Shellfish Monitoring Manager is responsible for overseeing the SFPA operation nationally of shellfish safety and controls, which includes Irish Shellfish Monitoring Programme for classification, biotoxin and phytoplankton monitoring of shellfish production3 areas. The successful candidate will be required to liaise closely with colleagues, the shellfish industry and Irish official agencies.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage the National Biotoxin Monitoring Program and Classification of Live Bivalve Mollusc Production Areas Program.

  • Manage and develop shellfish databases to produce reports, service data requests and optimise efficiencies

  • Co-ordinate SFPA’s sampling for Ireland’s classification monitoring programme

  • Produce and Communicate shellfish related data and reports for staff and Industry.

  • Liaise with diverse internal, national and international stakeholders on the Shellfish Monitoring and Sampling Programs.

  • Organise and produce proposed classifications for Ireland’s Annual Review of Classifications of Shellfish Production areas

  • Oversee the development of monitoring programmes for new areas seeking classification.

  • Draft and update Shellfish related Codes of Practice, guidance documents, standard operating procedures and monitoring programs.

  • Respond and investigate where necessary to non-compliant results and irregularities in Shellfish monitoring

  • Provide subject matter expertise and training to staff, projects and working groups

  • Attend relevant meetings, outreach events and webinars with all relevant stakeholders as necessary.

  • Assist and Respond to Food Safety incidents.

Essential Entry Requirements

Candidates must meet the following essential requirements prior to their appointment:

  • Minimum of two year’s experience working in the areas of Shellfish or aquaculture in an environment such as shellfish production, compliance, monitoring, management, technical or research.

  • Candidates, on the closing date for this competition, must hold a minimum qualification of a National Diploma Level 7 in a relevant area.

  • Demonstrate a high degree of decision making, proactive work planning and prioritisation.

  • Have well-developed communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to interact at all levels within the organisation.

  • Be self-motivated and prepared to be flexible when the occasion demands.

  • Be numerate and IT literate including having experience with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint packages at a minimum.

  • Be prepared to carry out some business travel to offsite meetings nationally and internationally and to SFPA port offices nationally.


Desirable Entry Requirements

  • Previous experience in a regulatory environment.

  • Qualifications or experience in dealing with technical shellfish work and food law scenarios, although not essential, are highly desirable.

It is an absolute requirement that candidates declare any potential conflict of interest at the application stage of the recruitment process.  Failure to declare such conflicts of interest which later come to light may result in the candidate being disqualified from the competition or, if the candidate is offered and takes up a role with the SFPA on the basis of misleading information may result in immediate dismissal from the SFPA.



How to Apply


To apply, candidates must complete an Online Application Form. We suggest that candidates prepare all their responses for the competencies in advance of completing and submitting the application form.


Only fully completed Application Forms submitted online will be accepted into the campaign Applications will not be accepted after the closing date.


Your online application form must be submitted by 12 noon on the 23rd June 2021


Applications will not be accepted after this time.


If you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt of your application within 24 hours of applying, please contact 

The Sea Fisheries Protection Authority is an equal opportunities employer.



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