Jade’s Grieg Journey

Jade tells us about how her career has progressed since joining Grieg Seafood as a recent graduate back in 2018. She shares with us what she has learned and her advice for anyone interested in joining the sector.

Jade, originally from Shetland, had previously worked as a safety boat skipper for a marine engineering company. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Jade decided she wanted to move away from Edinburgh and back home to Shetland. She joined Grieg Seafood in July 2018 as a one of three management trainees, having previously graduated with a bachelor's degree in Business Management in Edinburgh.

The traineeship lasted for 6 months where Jade worked in all our different business areas, starting in the lab and progressing to the hatchery, sea sites, and even a business trip to France with the sales manager. She continued her traineeship working in sales before successfully securing a full-time position in our sales department.

“I really liked the practical side of fish farming, so I successfully moved from sales to being a lab technician... I was willing to graft and to learn.”

Jade eventually left the sales department for a role in our laboratory as a technician in October 2019. A position came up in our seawater department and Jade was encouraged to apply for it and was successful, moving her up into the role of Feeding Operations Assistant Manager in September 2020. Jade says she didn’t really know what she wanted to do when she went to university and so chose Business Management, but her time at Grieg has helped her to discover her passion for science and animal welfare. She is now doing a postgraduate certificate in Aquatic Animal Health.

“I think aquaculture is a really exciting sector to work in… There industry is everchanging and improving which makes Salmon Farming an extremely interesting career.”

"I really liked the practical side of fish farming, so I successfully moved from sales to being a lab technician... I was willing to graft and to learn."

Jade Stevenson

Grieg Seafood Shetland is constructing a new feeding operations centre where Jade and her colleagues will move into. She says this is a really exciting development that will bring improvements to the feeding operations.

Jade explains that the company takes part in feed trials with the goal of testing new diets to improve the growth and overall health of our fish. She adds that she is keen to have more involvement in this area into the future, and that she is interested to see the results of our current trials.

Finally, when asked what her advice would be for anyone considering aquaculture for their career path she said:

“Go for it! There’s so much to learn and everybody is willing to share their experience with you. I didn’t have a background in aquaculture, and I think going for my current role was the best decision I’ve ever made."