OceanMind Fisheries Analyst

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire or remote

Responsible to: Senior Fisheries Analyst, OceanMind

Working Hours: 37.5h a week

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays (pro rated).

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

OceanMind has been established as a business unit of the Satellite Applications Catapult to provide solutions to illegal fishing for governments and seafood supply chains on a not-for-profit basis. Our mission is to be a trusted, internationally recognised expert in fisheries analysis, which we will achieve by providing actionable insights into fisheries compliance, fairly and equally to all interested parties, resulting in greater compliance and therefore greater sustainability of fishing globally.

Our solutions are delivered by a team of highly skilled expert fisheries analysts who use advanced technology – based on large-scale analytics, machine learning and visualisation from 3D gaming – to analyse data from a wide variety of sources, including satellite imagery, regulatory information and vessel registries. This system was first deployed in early 2015 and has since been validated in a range of contexts.

We provide two distinct types of support: analytical support to governments and other authorities that are responsible for enforcing fisheries laws and regulations; and verification of compliance for members of seafood supply chains.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites.

Our Visions

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results.

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun.

The Role

The Fisheries Analyst will work in OceanMind to provide information and services to governments and industry players who are interested in understanding fishing activities in their waters or supply chains in more detail to enhance fisheries compliance. More information is available here: http://www.oceanmind.global/

The analyst will be responsible to the senior analyst and will work on a variety of projects providing monitoring and analytic capacity for OceanMind along with a team of analysts. The analyst will use their knowledge of fisheries operations, fisheries management and / or quickly learn from the senior analyst and other analysts the fisheries analysis skills to support the production of intelligence reports which may involve developing daily reports and case notes or assessments. The analyst will also work with developers and other experts to enhance system capabilities.

Main Responsibilities and Activities

  • Work to enhance fisheries compliance, and thereby sustainability, through support to governments and supply chains.
  • Support the Senior Analyst in providing daily monitoring and analysis of selected global maritime areas and fleets of interest to detect and document suspicious and possible suspicious fishing activities.
  • Develop intelligence reports at intervals ranging from daily to multi-year, and other reports, case packages, recommendations and assessments based upon observed monitoring and analysis of fishing activities observed OceanMind technologies as instructed by the senior analyst.
  • Develop close communication and coordination with external analyst groups and other stakeholders to enhance delivery of analytic tools, information, data and other services as provided by such groups.
  • Provide research assistance in understanding the matters of maritime and fisheries law and governance as requested by the Senior Analyst.
  • Assist in the development of requirements and feedback on technology functionality related to OceanMind systems.
  • Develop ideas for and conduct analysis of data sources, methods, or tools that build OceanMind’s ability to enhance fisheries compliance.
  • Work closely with the OceanMind personnel to deliver the work products as necessary.
  • Advise government and supply chain representatives on tools and methods to enhance fisheries compliance and on specific cases and recommend follow-up actions.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with decision makers, government officials and national and international institutions, as well as relevant industry groups and NGOs in the field. Participate in strategy sessions with industry, NGOs, scientists and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Represent OceanMind at external meetings, workshops and conferences as appropriate
  • The role will be based in the OceanMind office in Harwell, Oxfordshire but may require travel as necessary. Remote work may be considered for experienced fishery analysts.

About You

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in a relevant area preferred.
  • A passion for understanding and engagement in fisheries issues is required.
  • Experience with fisheries compliance and monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS), fisheries management or related experience is required.
  • Familiarity with maritime enforcement patrol operations, including patrol planning and real-time support is desired.
  • An overarching understanding of industrial fishing operations, supply chains, common fishery management tools, and compliance issues in the fisheries sector and the ability to evaluate specific fisheries or regions in the context of this understanding is required.
  • A focused, hardworking, team player and a genuine desire to contribute to the sustainable use of ocean resources would be crucial attributes.
  • Secondary language skills, especially French or Mandarin Chinese, would be advantageous but not mandatory.
  • Experience with exploring and using different software tools for databases, statistics, GIS, intelligence analysis, or remote sensing (SAR, VIIRS, electro-optical) is preferred but not mandatory.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical skills. Ability to synthesize large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is appropriate for intervention and identify the means to address it.
  • A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Demonstrate ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organization. Ability to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarizing the essence of issues and means to address them. Clear, effective writing style.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes.
  • Ability to exhibit skills of diplomacy and confidentiality.

If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to careers@sa.catapult.org.uk.

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