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Career profile

Quality Control

Are you a problem solver? A multi-tasker? A team player? Perhaps a job in Quality Control or Food Manufacturing would suit you. Michael has been undertaking training and development courses whilst working.

Describe a normal day in your job

I am responsible for quality control at the Company’s processing plant at Cairndow. My day starts before the processing operatives arrive inspecting the area for cleanliness. My daily routine includes fish sampling, inspection, temperature checks and data collection. Everything we do is structured around quality and supporting a food safety culture.

What skills/qualifications are relevant to your role?

Attention to detail together with good observational skills are key to the role. A proportion of my day is spent in the office recording data that has been gathered during the day so a good level of IT skill is necessary. I have gained qualifications including Food Safety Level 3 and Basic HACCP since joining the Company.

What has been your career path to your current role and what experience do you have?

Prior to joining The Scottish Salmon Company I worked with children providing learning based around outdoor activities in Cumbria and North Wales. Prior to that I was self-employed as a maintenance engineer installing industrial pallet racking systems into factories around the UK. After deciding to relocate to the West coast of Scotland I applied for a job as a production operative at the Company. After a year working in processing a job opportunity in the technical department became available and I was invited to train as a Quality Controller.

What further training/ courses have you completed or are completing?

Since joining the the Company I have completed my Food Safety Level 3 and HACCP training as well as manual handling, working in confined spaces and first aid. I have recently been accepted onto SVQ ll Food and Drink operations fish and shellfish processing skills course.

What is the best thing about your job? 

Working in a challenging environment where no two days are ever the same.

What interested you in a career in Aquaculture?

 I have now settled on the West Coast of Scotland and I see this as a growing industry and something I want to be involved in.

Why would you encourage others to think about a career in Aquaculture?

A career in Aquaculture can provide a very exciting opportunity to learn and progress in an expanding industry here on the West coast of Scotland.



Job title

Quality Controller


Cairndow, Argyll