As part of our Sector Spotlight on Aquaculture and Fisheries, we have spoken to Fiona MacInnes, the General Manager of the Orkney Fishermen’s Society. Her career journey has included being a full-time mum and working in finance for local authority, an accountancy firm and Orkney Fishermen’s Society before gaining her role as General Manager.
Can you describe a typical day as a General Manager?
“I spend a large amount of time communicating with customers and colleagues, planning production and sales.”
How did you end up in your current role as a General Manager?
“I went straight into work in the finance department of OIC after leaving school. I was a full-time mum and when I went back to full time work, I joined an accountancy firm and trained on the job. This led me to the position of financial controller here at Orkney Fishermen’s Society, and then I took over as manager in 2018.”
What is the best thing about being a General Manager?
“Every day is different and never dull. I love working in my hometown of Stromness in a global industry.
“There’s a huge amount of job satisfaction seeing pallets of product being shipped out each week headed for supermarket shelves across the UK or headed as far as China and knowing that we’re part of an industry that has a huge economic benefit to the whole community.”
What is the worst thing about being a General Manager?
“Dealing with wild species (shellfish) means there are no guarantees of supply so planning ahead is very challenging. Having said that, challenging times can often have positive outcomes as you adapt and diversify accordingly.”
What skills do you need to be a General Manager?
“Communication is key, whether it be with your team or customers. Being adaptable to change in a volatile industry is a must and having the courage to take risks and accept they’ll not always work.”
What qualifications do you have?
Do you recommend a career as a General Manager?
“Yes, I never saw business management as a career for me but I love the job and can’t imagine doing anything else.”
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