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England Rugby - Strategy & PMO Manager

LocationAM-HQ Work Locations: HQ Rugby House Twickenham Stadium 200 Whitton Road TWICKENHAM TW2 7BA
Hours of WorkFull-time
Salary & Benefits£45-55k
Closing Date15 Aug

Job Description

About England Rugby

England Rugby or Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the national governing body for rugby in England. We deliver three core activities, and our purpose is to enrich lives, introduce more people to rugby union and develop the sport for future generations.  Our core activities are:

• Rugby – supporting rugby from grassroots to performance level
• Commercial – building partnerships and hosting matches and events
• Running the business - ensuring our organization and people can thrive

Our culture

At England Rugby, one of our core objectives is to drive rugby union to better reflect the diversity of society. We are aware that rugby, and sports in general, has not always been as welcoming an environment for everyone as we would like, and we are working hard to make rugby a more inclusive space for all identities.

We believe hiring people from underrepresented groups into positions at all levels is vital to creating spaces and initiatives that better support those identities. We would love to see applications from disabled people, LGBTQ+ people, people from ethnically diverse communities, people of faith, people from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and women and non-binary people.

We know that representation is more than just getting people through the door, it's about keeping people by responding to structural barriers relating to identities and valuing the insights that different lived experiences bring. We have network groups that provide peer-to-peer support and drive forward change internally. We support colleagues to develop, and each colleague has access to a personal coaching platform that can provide same-day one-to-one coaching. We are pushing ourselves to create a more inclusive culture every day through role modelling our BACK behaviours which stand for Brave, Accountable, Collaborative and Keep improving. 

We know that flexible working is important to our colleagues, so our guiding principles are designed to support everyone to work in the way that suits them, their teams, and the organization in the best way.

We want you to have every opportunity to demonstrate your skills, ability and potential. If there is anything we could do to support you through your application or to provide the best environment for your interviews, including assistance or adjustment, please reach out to

Role overview

Job Title : Strategy & PMO Manager        
Department : Strategy & Insights
Reports to : Senior Strategy & Planning Manager
Salary Banding : £45-55k     
Job Level : Guide
Location : Twickenham
Duration : Permanent

Nature and scope:

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England. Its purpose is to encourage rugby, and its values, to flourish across England. After undergoing a period of transformation and change, a new Strategy & Insights function was introduced to the organisation in August 2020. The remit of this function is to support the organisation to deliver the strategic plan – through delivery of data and insights to support decision making, strategic management of some of the organisations biggest projects and planning of activity required to deliver the strategic plan.

The role of Strategy & PMO Manager is threefold:
• To manage specific strategic projects from concept to close in line with the RFU's project lifecycle.
• To provide a Project Management Office function which is an enabler to our strategic and operational projects, ensuring they have the right tools and templates to successfully deliver their objectives.


The principle accountabilities of the role will be as follows:

Strategic Project Management
• Manage strategic projects, ensuring on time and budget delivery of all project related activity throughout the project lifecycle.
• Support and up manage senior stakeholders in order to develop and deliver project objectives.
• Design detailed project plans, appropriate project governance, reporting mechanisms, risk tracking and mitigation and schedule and facilitate project meetings to deliver successful outcomes.
• Communicate internally with key members of the project team and senior leaders working on the project.
• Managing and analysing information, drawing conclusions and presenting it in an easily understood manner.
• Problem solving, evaluating and decision-making for ad-hoc project related tasks.

Project Management Office
• Mange the RFU's project management office – dealing with project requests and advising on project set up to deliver the best results.
• Manage the continual improvement of the RFU's project lifecycle, responding to feedback to ensure it remains fit for purpose within the organisation.
• Embed project management best practice within the organisation
• Oversee the activity of the RFU's project management community
• Manage the timely and accurate reporting of information to relevant committees through collaboration with business wide project managers

• Actively collaborate with colleagues to contribute to the development and delivery of the current strategic, business and operational plans
• Act as an ambassador for, and promote the best interests of the RFU, including the promotion of the RFU core values and BACK culture.
• Undertake such other duties as may be required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the post and the needs of the organisation

Candidate overview

The skills and attributes outlined in this description are not exhaustive and we welcome candidates who can bring different relevant experiences to the role

Qualifications, skills & experience:
• Degree level desirable.
• Strong project planning experience and ability to manage effectively within scope, timelines, budget and quality.
• Ability to lead or support in-house and third-party teams, communicate effectively with and influence business stakeholders.
• Experience of working collaboratively with senior members of staff.
• Advanced Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint and proficiency with Smartsheet.
• Rounded business knowledge and a detailed understanding of the RFU is desirable.

Skills and Personal Attributes:
• Committed to driving forward inclusion in your role and day-to-day behaviours
• Strong excel and analytical skills
• Strong project management capabilities
• Strategic thinker who is able to influence and drive change
• Ability to work on several projects at once, prioritise and communicate priorities
• Influencing, consensus building, and sustaining relationships – with the ability to work collaboratively
• Enjoys working to tight deadlines or with short turnaround times
• Ability to inspire confidence and create trust
• Excellent judgement and ability to think creatively to navigate through challenges and reach desired goals
• Excellent organisational skills, with an emphasis on managing priorities, forward planning and adopting a flexible approach

Additional Information:
• All role holders must maintain an appropriate standard of confidentiality.  Any disclosures of confidential information (including personal information kept on computer or other media) made unlawfully outside the proper course of duty will be treated as a serious disciplinary offence
• The role description, person specification, job level and job title may be subject to change at the discretion of the RFU and under business developments. Any changes will be communicated to the role holder as appropriate
• If you are a trans candidate applying for a job that requires a DBS check, please reach out to or directly to our safeguarding team ( to use the confidential sensitive application route. This will provide applicants with the choice not to have any gender or name information disclosed on their DBS certificate.

What we can offer you

We are proud of the range of benefits we can provide:

• Retail discounts include 30% off Adidas, 20% off Optimum Nutrition, 25% off 02 and many more.
• Priority access to purchase match tickets
• 25% discount in Rugby Store and
• 25 days of annual leave and your birthday day off
• Free dental care and free access to the stadium gym
• Life assurance of 4x your basic salary, income protection scheme and Employee Assistance Programme that offers anonymous and confidential, emotional and practical support 24/7.
• After 3 months, you will be enrolled in our Aviva pension scheme and we will match and double your contribution up to 10%
• Ride-to-work scheme, eyecare vouchers and season ticket loans

About our team

At England Rugby, we want to hear our employees' thoughts, ideas and feedback on our strategies, new initiatives and our work environment. That's why we have quarterly meetings called 'the Voice' where various topics are discussed, in addition to regular surveys, including our annual D&I survey.

We are always striving to create the best environment for our colleagues, and we are proud to present some of our most recent feedback from Feb 2022:

• 85% feel motivated to perform their role to the best of their ability
• 83% feel supported by their Manager
• 90% agree or strongly agree that their Manager empowers and trusts them to deliver while working from home
• 83% feel informed and connected with the organisation

If you would like to find out more about our diversity and inclusion work or the culture at England Rugby, please visit our website here:

Closing Date11:59pm 15 Aug 2022