Livingston James retained by Cooke Aquaculture Scotland to appoint Finance Director

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Cooke Aquaculture Inc is a family-owned company based in Blacks Harbour, New Brunswick, Canada. Established in 1985, over the years the company has expanded its facilities, product lines and distribution network to become a fully-integrated corporation, with operations throughout the world. These include salmon farming operations in Atlantic Canada, the United States (Maine and Washington), Chile and Scotland, as well as seabass and sea bream farming operations in Spain.

Cooke Aquaculture Scotland is one of the UK’s leading salmon producers with seawater salmon farms located in the Shetland and Orkney Islands. The strong tidal waters surrounding the islands make them the perfect place to rear the world’s finest salmon.

Their freshwater sites are geographically spread in Argyll, Cumbria, Clackmannanshire, Shetland and Sutherland. Tucked into the natural beauty of the countryside, all sites operate with state-of-the-art technology for the perfect integration in their environment. Glasgow is the hub for logistics and sales, from the reception of the fish to distribution to markets around the world. The vertical integration of all these operations guarantee customers the full traceability of all our fish. The company has business support functions operating throughout the UK, from Cumbria to Shetland. The UK Corporate Office is located in Bellshill, Glasgow and hosts a range of departments, such as finance, sales, supply chain, IT, technical, PR and environmental.

Their success is driven by their dynamic, highly skilled, and innovative management team, supported by dedicated employees who live in coastal communities and contribute to the local area’s economy and sense of community. Cooke Aquaculture Scotland are committed to responsible and sustainable production and the delivery of high-quality products through several accreditations.


The role:

They are now seeking a Finance Director to provide sound financial leadership for Cooke Aquaculture Scotland, as the current long-term Head of Finance is expected to retire in the second half of 2021.

The business currently employs 360 staff, with the finance team operating across a number of sites including Bellshill, Cumbria, Orkney and Invergordon. This pivotal, senior appointment assumes financial, budgetary and leadership responsibility for the £150 million turnover business. This position represents an exceptional career opportunity for an ambitious, driven Chartered Accountant, who can provide sound financial stewardship to the operation and make a positive impact on strategic decision making.

The new appointee will have responsibility for developing a robust strategic approach on all financial matters with full P&L responsibility for the c£150m turnover business, delivered through a finance team of 12 located across 4 different sites. The role reports directly to Managing Director, with a dotted line into the Chief Accounting Officer based in Canada.


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