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Manchester United FC

Manchester United FC

Phase Scout 17-20


Role Type



Posting Date

Sep 19, 2023

Role description

About the job
Location: Manchester

At Manchester United our aim is to Win the United Way – and the quality of our behind-the scenes team sets us apart from the competition.

Our people are as committed to the success of the company as the players are to winning trophies. We offer a unique and exciting working environment, excellent training, with recognition and rewards for the part each individual plays. Sounding good so far?

The Purpose

To perform a leading role in the identification, recruitment, and retention of the best UK players for the Academy/First Team from 17 to 20 years of age, in line with the Club’s Recruitment Philosophy. Assuming accountability for the national Scouting Network and the strategic implementation of the Talent ID Strategy.

The Role

The Phase Scout (17-20) is responsible for scouting and evaluating football talent within the specified age group (17-20). This role requires a deep understanding of football scouting, the ability to identify and assess promising players, and the capacity to provide valuable player information and recommendations to support player recruitment efforts. The Phase Scout will collaborate with the scouting team, coaching staff, and recruitment department to identify and track potential talent for the club.

The Person

For the role of Phase Scout 17-20, we will be looking for someone who possesses the following qualities and qualifications:

Player Identification: Identify and track emerging talent within the 17-20 age group, focusing on players who have the potential to join the club's youth development system or senior squad.

Scouting Network: Collaborate with fellow scouts and data analysts to ensure comprehensive coverage of key regions, competitions, and tournaments.

Player Assessment: Conduct detailed evaluations of scouted players, assessing their technical, tactical, physical, and mental attributes.

Scouting Reports: Prepare thorough and informative scouting reports, highlighting player strengths, weaknesses, and potential suitability for the club.

Data and Analytics: Utilise data and analytics tools to support scouting decisions and player assessments.

Collaboration: Work closely with coaching staff, academy directors, and recruitment teams to provide valuable player recommendations and facilitate player integration into the club's development pathway or senior team.

Progress Monitoring: Continuously monitor and track the progress of scouted players within the club's development system or senior squad.

Feedback and Reporting: Provide regular feedback and reports to senior management on scouting activities, player progress, and potential signings.

Budget Management: Assist in managing the scouting budget efficiently, optimizing resources for maximum impact.

Scouting Software: Stay updated with the latest scouting software and tools to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of the scouting process.


A strong passion for football and player development.
Extensive experience in football scouting, particularly within the 17-20 age group.
Comprehensive knowledge of football tactics, player development, and emerging talent trends.
Excellent analytical and observational skills.
Proficiency in scouting software and data analysis tools.
Effective communication and interpersonal abilities.
A keen eye for detail and a commitment to accuracy in player assessments.
Key Competencies:

Player Assessment
Tactical Awareness
Data Analysis
Attention to Detail
Team Collaboration

Overall, the phase scout 17-20 should be a dedicated and knowledgeable individual who can lead the scouting process, contribute to the growth of the academy, and help identify the next generation of talented footballers.

If you would like to join the team and be part of our mission, to win the United way, please submit your application by 1st October 2023

Manchester United endeavour to respond to all job application, however, please consider that we receive a high volume of applications, and this may not always possible.

We recognise the importance of safeguarding children and adults at risk at Manchester United, as part of this commitment this post is required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the appropriate level, as well as full reference history.

Manchester United is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to background, ethnicity, race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation,

gender identity/expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or other legally protected characteristics.

Manchester United Football Club are proud to be a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, supporting the armed forces community to transition into careers outside of the armed forces.

Manchester United is committed to working with and providing reasonable adjustments for applicants and employees. If you require any reasonable adjustments to support your application and perform at your best, please do not hesitate to contact us to make a request; we are here to help.

It is unlawful to employ a person in a UK-based job who does not have permission to live and work in the UK. You should make yourself aware of how immigration laws apply to you before applying for any of our roles. Your personal data will be processed on MU’s behalf by Morson.

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