Title: HEO Trade Compliance Coordinator - Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Salary: €49,845 (entry level)

Level: Higher Executive Officer (Standard Scale)

Location: Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Closing date: 12 noon, Monday 22nd March 2021  THIS POSITION IS NOW CLOSED


Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with various internal and external stakeholders on handling EU Commission Mutual Assistance and other requests.

  • Act as central point of contact for query management with Interpol, EFCA, NGO’s, industry and Irish state bodies including Revenue/Customs and DAFM Border Control Posts for IUU related matters.

  • Respond to all IUU data requests as required.

  • Oversee and perform IUU import and re-export consignment traceability verification and validation processing.

  • Provide technical advice to colleagues nationally on matters relating to IUU.

  • Trade database development and management.

  • Generate and communicate diverse trade data reports on quarterly, annual, biennial basis and ad hoc as necessary.

  • Generate and provide quarterly IUU update reports on trade consignments and vessel direct landings.

  • Devise and communicate IUU related guidance for staff and industry.

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

  • Provide subject matter expertise in the delivery of IT projects related to management reporting and recording capacities for IUU related trade compliance.

  • Oversee registration of Irish seafood importers/exporters on EU Trade Control and Expert System (TRACES) database.

  • Manage and oversee process lifecycle of re-imports of Irish produce that have been refused entry into third countries including liaising with industry and overseas competent authorities as necessary.

  • Plan, prioritise and organise their workload with plenty of initiative.

Essential Entry Requirements

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

  • Minimum qualification of a National Diploma Level 7 in a discipline relevant to the work of SFPA.

  • Have a minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a similar environment such as health and customs certification compliance, food production, manufacturing and export environments, customs agents/brokers, freight forwarding, multinational company, logistical service provider or food supply chain fulfilment. (Qualifications or experience in dealing with technical market access and international food law scenarios are highly desirable).

  • Experience working in systems/processes led environments.

  • Have an interest in providing compliance-focused business supports and a demonstrable aptitude for applying a logical and problem-solving mindset to deal with diverse and complex technical challenges.

  • Demonstrate a high degree of proactive work planning, prioritisation and organisational skills.

  • Possess excellent people management and project management experience.

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

  • Be diplomatic with an ability to handle multiple priorities.

  • Have an ethos of confidentiality.

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

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

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


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 Monday the 22nd of March 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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