Senior Economist vacancy



Posted on Thursday, August 10, 2023

Senior Economist vacancy

We’re looking for someone with excellent quantitative and analytical skills to support effective decision making on UK seafood sector challenges.

Quick overview of the role

  • Job status: This is a permanent role.  
  • Location: Homebased (UK) or office-based in one of our offices in Edinburgh or Grimsby. 
  • Salary: The starting salary for this role is £41,312 

What it’s like to work in Economics team at Seafish

Seafish is here to give the UK seafood sector the support it needs to thrive. Our work makes a huge difference. We collaborate with a wide range of partners – from seafood businesses and trade bodies to government, regulators and environmental organisations – and we engage in everything from research to campaigns, insight and training. 

The Seafish Economics, Insight and Advice team provides research and insight on a range of topics and sectors in the seafood industry including fishing, processing, trade and market insight. We collect and analyse data on the economic performance of fishing and processing businesses and their workforce. We provide key advice to Government, industry and researchers which helps inform fisheries, labour and trade policies. Our outputs include the Economics of the UK Fishing Fleet reports, Quay Issues magazine and our digital Enquiry Tools – have a look! 

At Seafish, we operate a Trust and Performance working environment that focuses on performance—both what you do and how you go about achieving it. We don’t measure time in our Trust and Performance culture; instead, we measure delivery. Working in this way means you have autonomy and accountability in equal parts and work in a way that is most effective for you, as long as your work gets delivered to agreed standards. You’ll have a personal development plan that clearly outlines the objectives and competencies for your role and your learning and development goals. You’ll also have regular catch-ups with your line manager, along with mid-year and end-of-year reviews to formally discuss your performance, competences, and professional growth. 

photographs of groups of Seafish colleagues standing beside each other, sitting around tables at conferences and having lunch together
We have a hybrid working environment at Seafish with opportunities for staff to get together at internal conferences and events

Job role, responsibilities and relationships

The main dimensions of the role are: 

  • Undertaking robust and rigorous economic analysis to support effective decision making on issues relating to the UK seafood sector. 
  • Engaging effectively with key stakeholders across the seafood industry and government, to understand issues and opportunities, and to communicate effectively. 
  • Designing, managing and delivering appropriate fisheries economics research programmes to meet industry and government requirements, and to support the delivery of Seafish priority work areas as listed in the Seafish Corporate Plan.

Key accountabilities will be:

Working alongside the Chief Economist and the wider Economics, Insight and Advice team, the post holder will be responsible for a range of duties, including: 

  • Leading and contributing to research projects; from designing data collection to delivering robust statistical analysis of using appropriate methods and economic indicators where needed. 
  • Undertaking economic and bio-economic modelling using appropriate modelling techniques
  • Delivering social and economic impact assessments on issues relevant to the seafood supply chain. 
  • Producing high quality reports and briefing papers that provide clear and relevant recommendations. 
  • Successfully communicating complex themes to non-technical audiences.  
  • Working collaboratively with regulators, researchers, and seafood businesses to help foster a supportive environment that encourages innovation, economic growth, and environmental sustainability. 
  • Maintaining an awareness of market conditions, economic drivers, and the potential impact of government policies on the seafood supply chain. 
  • Providing economic expertise and support to colleagues across Seafish
  • Publishing papers and contributing to scientific conferences in relevant fields when required. 

Essential working relationships will include: 

  • Ability in networking and building long-term productive relationships with businesses across the seafood industry, regulators and policy makers, and the research community. Engagement will occur across all levels, so the role holder needs to be able to engage effectively with deckhands, academics, civil servants, and Chief Executives alike. 
  • Ability to provide secretariat responsibilities and chair meetings as required. 
  • Be adept at working across teams and across functions to contribute to the successful delivery of Seafish priorities.  
group of people standing beside each other at a harbour wearing yellow polo shirts and personal floatation devices.
Seafish Field Researchers conducting our 2022 UK Fishing Fleet Survey

Knowledge, skills and experience required

To be a suitable candidate for this role you should: 

  • Ideally hold a MSc in Economics, or an honours degree with Economics and Econometrics content. 
  • Possess demonstrable and solid experience (at least 3 years’ experience) working as a professional economist. 
  • Have excellent research and analytical skills, including experience in primary data collection design and analysis. 
  • Have experience in economic or bio-economic modelling and ability to run socio-economic impact assessments. 
  • Be able to interpret complex data and research outputs, and to communicate them to a non-technical audience. 
  • Have experience of drafting research papers and reports and developing research proposals. 
  • Have experience of working with data sets, and performing statistical analysis using software packages R, Stata, or Python. 
  • Be able to present research findings to stakeholders and communicate to specialist and non-specialist audiences alike. 
  • Understand the policy development process. 
  • Have proven project management experience. 
  • Possess effective stakeholder engagement skills and the ability to work with diverse groups to foster consensus. 
  • Be organised with ability to organise and prioritise workload.
  • Be able to work collaboratively and effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.

Experience of the following would be advantageous:

  • Ideally have some knowledge of the seafood supply chain or expertise from other primary industry sectors 

Every role is Seafish is linked to our bespoke competency framework. The competency levels for this role are: 

  • Growing Expertise – Creates a learning and development environment 
  • Embracing Change – Leads and supports others through change 
  • Building Relationships – Builds effective teams to deliver corporate strategy 
  • Achieving Results – Leads team to achieve results 
  • Influencing with Impact – Communicates complex messages 

Salary and benefits 

All roles within Seafish are graded and have defined salary bands. This role is a grade 6 post, and the starting salary is at £41,312. A new member’s appointment on the pay spine is dependent on the experience they bring to the role when they start. New candidates normally start at the lower end of the range unless they can demonstrate considerable experience in the requirements of the role.

Additional benefits include: 

  • 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays and Christmas office closure. Optional 5 days per year paid volunteering leave for an activity of your choice.  
  • Trust and Performance working environment – you get your work done to the expected standard in a way that suits you.  
  • A generous employer pension scheme – Seafish will double your contribution, up to a maximum employer contribution of 10%.  
  • A range of health and wellbeing benefits including the Cycle to Work scheme, Tech Scheme, private medical insurance, gym discounts and free eye tests.  
  • Our unlimited employee assistance scheme is a support service available 24/7 – it offers confidential, impartial advice on anything you need such as work, family, finance support or anything else personal to you.   
  • We have a professional development culture with plenty of learning opportunities.  
  • We have a high performing culture and reward those that do well each year. 

Application process

To apply for the post, you should email your application to Please include ‘Senior Economist’ in the subject line of your email.  

Your application should include: 

  • A covering letter or a short video explaining why you are a suitable candidate. 
  • A recent copy of your CV so we can find out more about your skills and experience.  
  • A completed copy of our recruitment consent form. 

Candidates invited to interview will be given at least one weeks’ notice of proposed interview date to allow you to prepare. At this stage you might be asked to complete a short task in advance of interview and then answer some competency-based questions during interview.  

Further information

For any queries about the job description or the salary and benefits on offer, please email