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Derbyshire FA - Football Operations Manager


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Posting Date

Sep 5, 2023

Role description

Our Organisation

We are on a mission to lead and support the football community across Derbyshire while providing a safe and inclusive environment. Valuing accountability, adaptability, collectivity and innovation, our vision is to change lives through football.

Our potential consumer base is extremely wide, spanning fans, players, volunteers, coaches, referees, and more. We need to ensure we encourage everyone to be involved in safe and enjoyable football, empowering them to be the best they can be.

It's so important to us that we encourage positivity wherever possible. We want to stamp out negativity and make football in our county a fun and safe space. We want to be appreciative, engaged, informative, and helpful. We want to be part of your football experience.

Our Vision: Changing lives through football.
Our Mission:To lead and support the football community across Derbyshire, providing a safe and inclusive environment.
Our Values: Accountable, Adaptable, Collective, Innovative.

The Role

To support the delivery of The FA National Game Strategy in the CFA as part of the Senior Management Team with the Football Development Manager, Safeguarding and Equality Manager and the Chief Executive Officer.
To provide strategic, innovative and professional direction to our Football Operations. The role will ensure the provision of compliant effective and efficient adherence of The Football Associations Regulations.
To manage the financial profiling of Derbyshire FA and provide regularly reports to the CEO.
To manage an effective and efficient programme of events including; County Cup, Discipline, Registrations, Memberships, Sanctioning and Media and Marketing service for CFA.
To manage and maintain the assets of Derbyshire FA.
To Identify new and maximise existing corporate sponsorship and partnership opportunities to generate additional revenue for reinvestment back into grassroots football.
To support in the delivery of diversity and inclusion targets and in creating a more inclusive culture across the CFA.
Ensure that the CFA effectively implement and maintain the FA's Safeguarding 365 Standard within Football.

Key Accountabilities

To proactively challenge the delivery of officers to ensure that targets and goals are met.
To work effectively with the Senior Management Team developing a holistic approach to the Business strategy.
To effectively line manage those officers reporting to the role holder and ensure FA Performance Management systems are in place and are adhered to.
To support the CEO with the production of effective budgets
To review the budgets alongside actual financial performance
Be the key contact for all banking and investments, ensuring that optimal levels of cash reserves, are effectively managed and reported to the CEO on a regular basis
To manage and co-ordinate the administrative requirements of the Regulatory, Sanctioning and Disciplinary processes within Grassroots Football, in accordance with The FA Rules and Regulations.
To manage the sanctioning of all club/league tournaments/festivals and competitions are sanctioned in accordance with FA Regulations.
To manage and coordinate the annual Adult SCOR (Standard Code of Rules) and Youth SCORY (Standard Code of Rules for Youth) process.
To oversee the effective and efficient administrative structure for all County Cup Competitions.
To oversee a continuous annual operations review and a longer-term competitions strategy.
To ensure all competitions rules are managed and maintained effectively and efficiently and those competing adhere to them.
To validate any event delivered by or associated to Derbyshire FA.
To facilitate a full audited compliance and sign off process, prior to commencement or communication of an event.
To ensure the ‘Designated Event Coordinator' is on track to deliver prior to the event.
Identify, approach and conclude partnership agreements with organisations in the local/regional business community, ensuring such agreement do not conflict with central FA partnerships.
Identify, approach and conclude partnership agreements with non-commercial organisations in the local regional community (e.g. mutually-beneficial agreements with charities), ensuring such agreements do not conflict with central FA partnerships.
To work in accordance with The FA Safeguarding 365 Standards and abide by the Safeguarding Code of Conduct.
Deputise in the absence of the Designated Safeguarding Officer.

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What we are looking for


Graduate/Graduate calibre.
Proven leadership skills.
Proven competency in the use of IT and database systems.
Experience of financial management and use of accounting software e.g. Xero
Financial management.
Excellent organisational and time management skills with the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
Goal setting and planning.
Excellent communication and presentation skills.
Proven track record of managing staff and teams.
Knowledge and experience of CRM systems.
Knowledge of FA Regulations and Sanctions.
Knowledge of County and FA Competition Structure.
The ability to demonstrate effective performance management.
Innovative problem solving and decision-making skills.
Strong project management skills.
Ability to monitor and evaluate programme delivery.
Demonstration of equality in action.
Clear and accurate written and verbal communication skills, with a customer-centric mentality.
A team player, able to work with and support a variety of internal business functions.
A working understanding and application of inclusion, equality and anti – discrimination, safeguarding and best practice
A passion for sport and sports business.
Significant administrative experience.


Awareness of the political and functional workings of County FAs.
Knowledge and experience of working with Derbyshire FA Member Clubs and Leagues.
Knowledge of league and club structures.
Financial Qualification or experience.
Knowledge of The FA Whole Game, Full-Time System and other FA Systems.
Ability to identify and progress new opportunities.
Ability to work with minimum supervision and set priorities.

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