The FA - Leagues Transition Manager

LocationWembley Stadium
Hours of WorkFixed Term Contract, Full-time
Salary & BenefitsWhat we can offer you: - An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation, - Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate.
Closing Date23 Sep

Job Description

Our Organisation

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grassroots through to the professional game, The Emirates FA Cup and the England international teams. We have two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.

The Role

The FA WSL and FA WC Board is overseeing a project to determine and deliver the optimal ownership structure for the growth, development, and sustainability of the women's professional leagues. The project is set against the backdrop of having an ambition to have 'the best women's leagues in the world'.

The Leagues Transition Manager will be responsible for driving the operational delivery this key strategic change programme for The FA through the 21/22 season. This is a key role operating across multiple divisions and levels of the FA to ensure robust planning and delivery of the project throughout the season.

The role will:

  • Provide input into strategic discussion and decision-making processes relating to the League Transition
  • Have responsibility for management and tracking of the project through to delivery
  • Support the BFA WSL / FA WC Board in key decision making
  • Undertake analysis as required by the project
  • Undertake stakeholder management / stakeholder management processes across the programme

Key Accountabilities:

  • Strategic input into the League Transition Project;
    • Provide input into strategic discussion and decision making across the project.
  • Project Management of the full Transition project;
    • Scope the transition programme through to delivery,
    • Planning and structuring implementation plan across the full programme of work,
    • Monitoring and report project progress to internal stakeholders, the Board and clubs,
    • Identifying, communicating and supporting the executive to manage key project risk,
    • Define the project's governance arrangements,
    • Ensure effective quality assurance and the overall integrity of the programme.
  • Board Support;
    • Author Board and Consultation documentation as required by the project
  • Project Analysis across elements of the programme requiring deep dive;
    • Supporting divisions in delivering their respective work and milestones.
  • Stakeholder Management across internal and external stakeholders;
    • Work closely with key internal colleagues across the business to ensure successful delivery of the project (Leagues Team, Finance, CMK, Senior Management etc.)
    • Define and track external stakeholder management responsibilities across the programme (PL / Clubs / FA Board / BFA WSL & FA WC Board etc.)

What we are looking for:

  • Strong delivery focused attitude, managing deliverables and quality for the programme, with a collaborative and personable approach,
  • Formal qualification in project management such as Prince II or similar (is an advantage but not essential)
  • Attention to detail and pride in the presentation of outputs,
  • Ability to write concise presentations and reports,
  • Strong analytical skills,
  • Proven skill in stakeholder management – both internal and external,
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility where required,
  • Capable communicator with experience of dealing with sensitive and complex matters,
  • Previous experience of managing large scale projects,
  • First-hand project delivery experience,
  • Experience in Microsoft Office applications,
  • Experience in Smartsheet beneficial but not essential.