Brentford FC

Brentford FC

Director of Elite Performance


Role Type


First Team

Posting Date

May 6, 2022

Role description

Job Title: Director of Elite Performance
Department: Football
Reporting: Director of Football
Location: Director of Football
Salary: Competitive

Brentford FC is a bit different to other Premier League football clubs. We put our fans first, we are a true community club and while we are financially sustainable, we are not afraid to take calculated risks. We take huge pride in our environment and culture within the Club which focuses on development, inclusion and not being afraid to think differently.

Being progressive, humble and respectful while sticking together as one team across the Club guides how we work and the decisions we make each day.

We also firmly believe that a diverse workforce is a better workforce which will help us develop ideas, solve problems and ultimately grow Brentford FC.

We play in a brand-new stadium, 15 minutes from Heathrow in vibrant west London.

We will never forget where we have come from, but we are excited about the future that lies ahead.

Come join us.

Inclusion Statement
Brentford FC is an organisation which values and is passionate about diversity and inclusivity. Whilst our recruitment decisions are always based on merit and suitability, we welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates, including those from underrepresented groups – such as those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, women, those from the LGBTQ+ community and those with disabilities.

Safeguarding Statement
Brentford FC is committed to equality, the safeguarding and welfare of all children and adults at risk. This responsibility is shared by all staff and volunteers at the club, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Staff will be required to undertake regular safeguarding training to enable and reinforce a proactive approach to safeguarding. This role requires the post holder to apply all relevant policies and uphold the club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people to ensure a safe environment for all. This includes the timely reporting of any safeguarding concern to the safeguarding team.

The Role of the Director of Elite Performance
The main purpose of the Director of Elite Performance (DEP) is to lead all aspects of player and staff performance and development, outside of those technical and tactical football elements which are the responsibility of the Head Coach. In particular, Brentford FC strives to be a world class football team and club, and this role will be integral to driving the elite performance standards demanded of players and staff in order to fulfil this ambition.

Main Accountabilities
• The heads of the following football sub-departments shall report to the DEP:
o Athletic Performance / Sports Science
o Medical
o Welfare and Well-being
o Football Operations
o Training Ground Facilities and Pitches
• The DEP shall have a key role in assisting the heads of each sub-department under their remit to ensure that the service they provide to players and staff is delivered to a world class standard.
• The DEP shall ensure that the Club’s “Performance First” philosophy remains at the forefront of decision making and becomes ingrained into the work of the staff and players every day.
• The DEP shall ensure that the attention to detail given to the bespoke care of every player enables them to deliver their maximum performance on the pitch in every game. This will include in areas such as rest and recovery, nutrition, sports psychology, among others.
• The DEP shall help to cultivate a learning and development culture across the Football Department, helping to design and implement Individual Development Programmes (which may include development of skills outside of the football environment) for players and staff.
• The DEP shall have a key role in bringing forward and implementing new ideas and research, often from outside of the football ecosystem, into the Club to ensure that Brentford is at the cutting edge of player and staff performance, learning and development.
• The DEP shall ensure that the facilities used by players and staff on a daily basis are at the highest level possible and suitable for a Club that aspires to compete at the top end of English and European football.

General Club Accountabilities
• To comply with all Club policies, including health and safety, data regulations and other legal, ethical and social requirements
• To build and maintain good working relationships while maintaining a professional image
• To keep confidential any information gained regarding the Club and its personnel
• To maintain a flexible approach to work at all times

Person Specification - Essential Personal Characteristics
• The DEP needs to be the ultimate team player with an outstanding track record of building and maintaining strong and trusting personal relationships.
• The DEP should be open minded to all new ideas and be able to demonstrate the effective implementation of new research to make a practical difference in their previous work.
• The ideal candidate will have a track record of leadership and achievement in a high-performance sports environment, though not necessarily in professional football.
• The DEP will be a strategic thinker and able to create and implement effective and robust processes which enhance the long-term development of the Club.

To Apply
Submit your CV and Cover Letter to the link below by 16 May 2022:

Please ensure you attach your CV and Cover letter to the application - any applications without attached documents will not be considered.

Please note: Only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted and only those candidates who meet the essential criteria for the role will be considered.

If you do not hear back from us within two weeks post application closing date please assume you have been unsuccessful. Due to the volume of applications received we are unable to get back to all applicants.

We aim to be an inclusive and diverse Club; therefore, it would be great if you could spend a couple of minutes to complete our Equality and Diversity Monitoring Questionnaire using the link below:

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