Premier League

Premier League

Head of Audit Development


Role Type



Posting Date

May 10, 2022

Role description

Contract Type:Full time, Permanent Contract.Reporting to:General Manager, Professional Game Academy Audit Company (PGAAC)Key relationships:PGAAC General Manager and Audit TeamInternal Stakeholders across the PL/The FA and EFL.External Stakeholders.Location:Home Based with frequent travel required to Clubs. Access to PL office (London) available. Car essential.Overview:As part of the Elite Player Performance Plan, the overarching professional-game strategy for the development of youth footballers in England, the Academies of professional football clubs are categorised into four categories (1-4), based on a combination of spend, infrastructure, staffing, and qualitative assessments of their provisions across a range of multidisciplinary areas.

To effectively categorise Academies and to support the continual raising of standards in elite player development, an independent standards organisation has been developed (PGAAC), mandated by the professional game, to monitor safety, compliance and the quality of work being delivered.

PGAAC oversees an interdisciplinary assessment of academies across; Coaching, Education, Leadership and Management, Performance Support, Pathway, Player Care, and Safe to Operate.

The Head of Audit Development will work closely with the General Manager and will play a crucial role in driving the ongoing development and innovation of the audit process and development of the auditors, to ensure the process remains ahead of the game for Premier League and EFL Academies.

The Role

Accountabilitieso Design and implement a system to develop the PGAAC Team to deliver the best auditing experience for Clubs.o Review and evolve the PGAAC Staff Competency Frameworko Create a bespoke development planning process to support the personal and professional needs of each PGAAC Team member, aligned to the Competency Framework.o Ensure the auditing team maintains an up-to-date knowledge of their discipline related practice.o Develop checks to ensure internal consistency between auditorso Ensure the outputs delivered to clubs from the auditing process are of a high and consistent standardo Build links with key stakeholders within Football, in addition to other sporting, business, education and other relevant organisations to enhance the PGAAC CPD programme.o Establish and maintain standard practices and procedures across the Audit process. Core Activities include:o Conduct a review and evaluate individual, discipline specific and collective Team needs.o Conduct regular Personal Development Reviews with each PGAAC team member throughout the year, linking into the appraisal process.o Establish creative approaches to auditor development by promoting innovative methods.o Design, plan and manage the delivery of the PGAAC CPD programme, to meet the needs of the individual staff, each discipline area and the collective PGAAC team.o Attend audits to observe the Auditors delivery to support their developmento Quality assure Club written reports. Additional Activities include:o Support the delivery of the audits when required.o Support the management of the auditing process, ensuring the operation runs as smoothly as possible for the Club and auditing team.o Support the recruitment and selection of future PGAAC staff.o Support the development of a suitable Academy standards framework and auditing practices.o Attend team meetings and participate in personal team development/training.o Uphold the conduct and delivery standards of PGAAC.

Skills Knowledge and Expertise

Skills and Abilities Wants to take a lead in driving standards forward to add value to the Academy system Has a passion for working with people to develop them so that they are able to achieve Enjoys working collaboratively with others Has a desire to develop their own knowledge and capability to be at the leading edge of audit and auditor development Likes things to be done properly – accurately and fairly Gets a buzz from analysing information and piecing together an overall picture Builds trust by showing humility, behaving consistently, and putting the needs of others first Listens to others; perspective and understands why people (individuals/ groups) do what they do Tailors approach and influence style to suit the differing needs and levels of readiness of people (individuals/ groups) Networks by proactively building relationships with a broad range of different people Communicates messages in a clear and concise way Is comfortable defending a point of view and challenging when necessary Overcomes setbacks quickly Demonstrates tenacity when faced with resistance Believes in own ability and requires little support from others Comfortable working with systems and procedures Able to take on board the view of others without imposing personal judgement Able to remain rational when faced with conflicting opinions and information Sees the big picture by analysing information from relevant sources and pulling things together Able to apply logic and rational analysis to critique behaviour and processes effectively Able to create and apply a structured approach Can prioritise effectively Can generate alternative ways of doing things by thinking creatively Is able to adapt current processes and systems to enable improvementExperience (Essential) Previous experience in reviewing, assessing and developing people (Essential) Experience of mentoring people in an elite environment (Desirable) Experience of working within elite sport in a leadership or management capacityKnowledge High practical and theoretical understanding of developing and mentoring individuals Understanding and appreciation of context and cultural difference (Desirable) Appropriate degree and / or relevant management qualification (Desirable) Knowledge of the Interdisciplinary areas covered by the AuditPersonal Attributes Other Requirements High personal integrity and professional conduct A hunger for continued learning and continuous professional development IT literate Full driving licence, with car essential as frequent travel will be required Safeguarding and Protecting Children Full Enhanced DBS ClearanceThe Premier League, EFL and The FA are equal opportunities employers and welcome applications from all sections of the community. All appointments will be made based on merit.
The closing date for applications is Friday 20th May 2022.


Private medical insurance
Permanent health insurance
Life insurance
Subsidised gym membership
Health screenings
Mental health support
Cycle to work scheme
Season ticket loan
Pension scheme
Discounts with commercial partners
Access to match day tickets

About The Premier League

The Premier League is the top tier of England football pyramid, which produces some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. With our Clubs, we use the power and popularity of the competition to inspire fans, communities and partners in the UK and across the world.We bring people together from all backgrounds and we are a competition for everyone, everywhere – available to watch in 880 million homes in 188 countries.The Premier League head office is based in central London and the organisation delivers across a range of roles, including football, coach development, community, youth development, safeguarding, broadcast, commercial, communications, digital, finance, legal, marketing and policy.Work at the Premier League varies greatly and we are committed to delivering equality, diversity and inclusion across the organisation. We look for people who excel at what they do and would be a positive fit for the organisation, regardless of their background.

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