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Southampton FC

Southampton FC

Head of Football Operations


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Nov 9, 2023


Job Description

Accountable to: Director of Football
Criminal Record Check: DBS Enhanced Child’s Barred List
Hours: Full Time – No Set Hours
Contract Type: Permanent

What is the role?

As a member of the Football Management Team you will represent Football Operations and manage business decisions to drive the Football strategy to meet the demands of the overall Club strategy. You will oversee the day to day football operations including organisation, planning and delivery of all operational and logistical support functions for the First Team, along with managing the Kit Equipment, Player Care and Logistical teams.

You will be the link between all operational departments at Staplewood, for example, when a new first team player is being signed you will coordinate all the relevant departments to ensure a smooth and seamless transition into the Club, ensuring all departments are informed and organised to provide the best possible service to the player and their family.

Being responsible for pulling together processes and player packs for new signings and players out of contract, will be an important aspect of the role, whilst working with finance to present information in a clear way for the Director of Football to be able to review, this will involve coordinating the relevant departments to ensure everyone is aligned and actions are completed, pulling everything together into one seamless process.

You will need to liaise with support functions including grounds, security, facilities and catering to ensure a high-quality provision is in place at Staplewood along with working closely with the Site Manager at Staplewood to ensure all facilities are kept to the highest standard and any problems are escalated and resolved in a timely manner. You will also liaise with Branding, Marketing, the Head of Academy Operations and the Site Manager to ensure Staplewood is on Brand and looks a professional, elite environment for our players and staff to thrive in.

Some other duties include:

Work with the Head of Kit Equipment to ensure a best-in-class kit and equipment service provision across the whole football club, ensuring that all playing and non-playing staff correctly represent the Club Brand by wearing appropriate kit and that it is maintained in an excellent condition.
Support the Head of Player Care with providing a support service to our elite players by discovering and implementing best practice, encourage innovation and creativity in the field and become industry leaders in creating high performance in this area.
Ensure that the logistical aspects of the first teams travel schedule is planned in advance and of a very high standard.
Manage and administer the budgets for the relevant departments this role is responsible for whilst reviewing financial and non-financial data to devise solutions and improvements.
Maintaining awareness of the developing football industry and identifying opportunities to develop the business.
Responsible for overseeing and organising first team football tours including pre-season.
Responsible for organising high profile visits to the Staplewood Campus, working with the PA to the Director of Football and Site Operations Manager.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a candidate with the following competencies:

Essential Skills Experience:

Experience of working in an operational role.
Strong leadership and management experience.
Exceptional organisation and planning skills and the ability to build effective working relationships
Strategic thinker and the ability to see the big picture.
Highly developed communication skills

What do you get in return?

If you are successful you can look forward to a healthy benefits package;

27 days’ holiday per year
Life Assurance Cover of 3x salary.
Private health care for self.
5% pension contribution
Worldwide Travel Insurance.
Free onsite parking.
Discounted Southampton Football Club merchandise.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 19 November 2023.

*We reserve the right to close this vacancy early, if a high volume of applicants are received. *

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