Innovation Manager Seawater


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4.August 2024





    Harald Takle
    Head of Strategy & Seawater Innovation

Like a fish in water?

Do you understand how new technologies can help us improve biological control and animal welfare? Then maybe you are the right person to help us explore new seawater salmon farming methods using latest developments in digitalization and new technologies!

The salmon industry in Norway is developing at a rapid rate with new approaches to sustainable farming methodologies at sea. Cermaq is a major global player in the salmon industry and is already active in the development of new solutions with suppliers and partners to produce healthy salmon to a high demand market. Norway is the leader in research and development for the salmon sector, and we wish to leverage the best innovations present here and expand them within Norway and to our other companies in Chile and Canada. 

The new colleague that we are looking for have a MSc in biology, technology, or innovation. If you happen to have a PhD, you are also warmly welcome to apply. Knowledge and experience from aquaculture is highly desired.

What’s the job mainly about? 

Technology screening, research, and analyses

  • As Innovation Manager Seawater in Cermaq you work at the crossroads between biology and technology. You screen technology for insight on development opportunities within e.g. lice control, feeding technology, digital solutions, etc.
  • Taking our OPCOs needs and challenges in to account, you do research and analyze data and statistics to create an operational understanding of the possibilities and limitations of technological development. This can e.g. mean that you are comparing different technologies, analyzing effects on fish welfare, economic perspectives, or possible scalability. 
  • The insight you gain you use to provide advisory and recommendations for our Operational Companies (OPCOs) on seawater technology management and innovation opportunities that could contribute to improving operations and fish welfare. 

Seawater innovation projects 

  • From researching possible solutions for an operational challenge to field testing, validation studies, and potential implementation you manage, coordinate or participate as advisor in seawater innovation projects and activities mainly for our operations in Norway.
  • As Innovation Manager you can also act as the external and internal contact person for certain assigned projects. This could e.g. include dialogue with technology or knowledge suppliers, external partners, or internal project colleagues. You often also ensure documentation and reporting to internal project owners or authorities. 
  • As you support projects you also offer industry and science analyses and updates from internal and external reports. This can include statistical analysis, analysis of production data, understanding of effects of challenges in technology in a biological perspective. 

Best Practices and continuous improvement

  • Another important part of the role as Innovation Manager is to develop best practice reports and documents based on analyses, statistics, research and close dialogue with our operational colleagues. You also evaluate and update existing best practice documentation and reports regularly.
  • You contribute to global sharing of experience, competence and best practices within the organization and support access to the Norwegian technology and knowledge ecosystem.
  • You have a problem-solving and service-minded approach and understand the value of having a close collaboration with our OPCOs to address operational challenges and solutions. 

The team & Everyday work

As our Innovation Manager you will be a part of, and an important contributor to, the Strategy & Seawater Innovation team where Harald Takle will be your leader. 

You will mainly manage your own working day based on your responsibilities, tasks, deliveries, and appointments. Some of your tasks involve extensive collaboration, while others demand more independent work. As we operate on an international level and are lucky enough to collaborate with people from different parts of the world, we hope you are fluent in English, but also Norwegian since most of your work will be in Norway. You will work at our office in Bjørvika, Oslo. Although we aim to use Teams when suitable, there will be some travelling, mostly in Norway. 


Does this sound like a job where you would thrive as well as our fish? 

If the answer is yes, then we encourage you to send us your CV and application! Writing an application letter can be challenging, so here are key points that reflect what we would like to know about you. 

A short introduction of yourself is a good starting point, but above all, we want to know about relevant knowledge and experience you would bring into this role: 

  • Considering the information about the job, can you give a brief description regarding where you see your main skills to contribute to Cermaq?
  • Can you share an experience from a project where you collaborated with others to achieve a common goal? Briefly describe how you contributed to the project's success. 
  • Can you give an example of a time when you ensured effective communication with team or project members? Briefly describe your approach and the result. 

Some practical information

The recruitment process: As the summer holidays are approaching, we will review applications when we are back in August. The step after screening will be a short introduction where we get to know each other a bit better, and you get more information about the process moving on. 

Application deadline: You can apply until 04.08.24. 

Startup: What matters most is ensuring this opportunity aligns with your aspirations and that we see that there is a foundation for a productive collaboration. Therefore, we are relatively flexible when it comes to the start date. Having said that, the position is open as we speak, so we must admit that we would like the right candidate to join us as soon as possible. 

What’s next? 

We hope the information provided has been helpful in your application process. If you have any further questions, feel free to get in touch! You can find contact information in the ad. Otherwise, just hit “apply”. 

Om arbeidsgiveren

Cermaq is a leading global salmon producer driving the transition of our food system towards healthier and climate-friendly food. Our approach is transparency, performance, and partnerships, setting ambitious climate goals, and innovating for sustainable farming. 

We have operations in Norway, Chile and Canada and supply customers in more than 60 countries. We have approximately 3,000 employees and have our head office in Oslo, Norway. We are fully owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation from Japan.