Hours: Full time
Location: Hybrid working - central Edinburgh office (minimum 2 days) and home working 
Salary: £30-32k plus benefits

About us

Scottish salmon is an iconic global brand. Our fish sell at a premium in the top restaurants of New York and the sushi bars of Asia. We are the UK’s number one food export, and the sector is a significant contributor to the Scottish and UK economies, supporting more than 10,000 jobs across the UK supply chain. 

To do this we share the marine environment around Scotland’s coast with many others. The sea our fish grow in is our most important asset. We look after it, as a farmer looks after the land. Environmental sustainability in everything we do is our future.

Our new Sustainability Charter establishes principles and actions. It sets out what our member companies and the salmon supply chain will do to meet the net zero greenhouse gas emissions target by 2045. Sustainability must underpin everything we do. The way we care about our fish and protect their local environment. Sourcing responsibly. Developing our people. Listening to our communities.

Scotland is uniquely placed to be in the vanguard of the blue revolution. As the Scottish, UK and global economies emerge from the shadow of Covid-19 there’s a significant opportunity to grow the production of Scottish salmon in a sustainable way; to create much-needed new jobs; and to share the financial benefits of growth with the rural and island communities where we work.

The role of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation is to create the conditions for the long-term sustainable growth of the Scottish Salmon sector. It is to maintain its position as Scotland and the UK's leading food product by representing the interests of our member companies and working to promote “Scottish Salmon” the brand.

The Role

Based in new offices in the centre of Edinburgh, the Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation (the SSPO) represents and supports all of Scotland’s salmon farmers.  

We are looking to employ an outstanding individual to join our communications team, helping deliver an effective proactive and reactive media strategy, create engaging social and digital media content and promote the SSPO’s and members’ interests with key stakeholders.

The successful candidate will report to the Head of Communications, working alongside the rest of the organisation and its members to promote and protect the reputation of the Scottish salmon industry. The role will include responding quickly and accurately to media requests as well as working proactively to identify opportunities to encourage the development of positive coverage about the sector across traditional and digital media platforms. This is a great opportunity for a experienced communications officer or exec to take a step up into a manager role.

The Communications & Social Media Manager will have responsibility for running several SSPO social media channels and creating exciting digital content to drive growth and engagement. In addition, the role will require assisting in curating the SSPO’s extensive multimedia library, to ensure the organisation derives maximum value from its communications. This will include the opportunity to create or commission new content where necessary and management of the appropriate agencies.

Utilising our media and political monitoring services, the successful candidate will help keep the organisation and the sector abreast of emerging national and UK policy developments, topical and relevant news stories and help the SSPO to strategically react to them.

Additionally, the role will include developing written material including news releases, presentations, features and other forms of communication to the highest standards with agreed time-scales for the target media to ensure positive media coverage for SSPO.

Essential Requirements

  • A minimum of two years’ experience in a media & social media role
  • A degree in media studies, journalism, public relations, politics, media design or related subject
  • A clean driving licence
  • A thorough working knowledge of the Scottish and UK media landscape including news, business and political journalists
  • In depth knowledge and experience of creating engaging content across Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, You Tube and other social channels as well as the use of scheduling and reporting tools
  • A creative and innovative approach to content creation, with experience in video filming and editing, infographics and an eye for a good image
  • A flexible approach to work, willing to take on extra tasks as the sector and its external agencies evolve alongside the ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
  • A proven ability to deliver communications and advocacy strategies quickly and accurately. 
  • A clear, confident speaking and writing style as well as experience producing internal marketing and communications materials
  • The ability to travel and work outside normal office hours at times
  • A good networker and relationship builder

Desired Requirements

  • Experience of website content management systems
  • Good political awareness and the ability to manage and prioritise workloads in a pressured and environment
  • Experience working in the food and drink sector

The Person

You will …..

  • Have a strong work ethic, be keen to succeed, and be comfortable talking and communicating within and beyond the team. 
  • Be self-motivated, flexible and adaptable with positive approach to managing change.
  • Be a strategic and creative thinker with a positive attitude.
  • Be comfortable representing the SSPO at external meetings with stakeholders.
  • Be highly organised with a methodical approach to work. 
  • Be able to work independently and proactively. 
  • Demonstrate great problem-solving skills. 
  • Have strong communications skills, both written and verbal.
  • Display emotional intelligence – calm in the face of adversity and able to work in a fast-paced environment with high drive and energy levels.
  • Be a real team player.


  • 34 days holiday
  • Excellent pension contribution
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Subscription to LinkedIn Learning
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Income Protection

If you fit our essential requirements, have some of our desired and have the person traits and attributes for this role, please submit a CV with a covering letter to Scottish Salmon Producers’ Organisation, by email to: recruitment@scottishsalmon.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 09:00 on 15 September