Recruitment Manager (Women’s Football)
Location: Staplewood Training Ground, Southampton
Hours: Full time – no set hours.
Contract Type: Permanent
Criminal Record Check: DBS Enhanced with Child’s Barred List
Southampton FC Women has seen a meteoric growth in the past few seasons. With a thriving academy already providing new talent for the club and the creation of a Women’s first team ahead of the 2017/18 season, was the beginning of a prosperous rise into senior football.
Since 2017/18 Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side won back-to-back promotions, most recently securing their place in the Barclays Women’s Championship, after beating Wolverhampton Wanderers in their play-off final, where they are just starting their second season.
Our Women’s first team are full time professionals based at the famous and well known Staplewood Campus and also play their home games at St Mary’s Stadium.
One of the youngest teams in the Women’s Championship, and with many of the current Women’s first team having risen through the academy ranks, with current England and other senior international players in the squad, the future is bright for the side as they compete at their highest level to date.
Our ambition is to become a competitive WSL team in the future and to be seen as leading not following. In order to achieve this goal we are investing in and expanding the current structure to bring in additional critical roles which are key to our future success and we would love for someone as equally passionate about the Women’s game to join us in this new role of Recruitment Manager (Women’s Football).
What is the Role?
To develop a recruitment process to identify and support the recruitment of Women players into our professional 1st team and our Academy Under 21s.
What will you be doing?
You will be responsible for creating and strategically managing a recruitment process for professional women players and U21 academy players, whilst working with the Head of Women’s Football to identify and build a database of international and domestic professional players.
You will need to plan accordingly on the scouting, monitoring and targeting of players, which should be done in relation to depth chart requirements and Southampton FC Women person/player profiles, while gaining an understanding of how we play to ensure alignment of recruitment across 1st team and the U21s.
You will need to work with the Academy Manager (Girls’) to develop a scouting programme to support the recruitment of players into our U21’s team, alongside working closely and in alignment with coaches and other members of the multi-disciplinary team to ensure the smooth process of trialists and those players acquired and in transition to the Club.
Building and maintaining strong recruitment and scouting networks externally including clubs and agents will be critical to success in this role, whilst ensuring your qualifications meet the compliance criteria for women’s and U21’s respective league and programme requirements. You will also need to monitor expenses for any scouts ensuring accuracy, validity and value for money.
This role requires you to travel extensively across the UK.
Is this you?
Essential Skills and Experience:
FA Talent ID Level 3 (or working towards)
Has experience in an elite level football environment.
Has experience of live and video scouting/report writing.
Experience of professional women’s football recruitment, including industry rules and regulations governing players and recruitment.
Highly skilled at building, developing and influencing relationships.
Identifiable track record in Scouting and recruitment.
Extensive knowledge and good network of contacts.
How this benefits you…
If you are successful, you can look forward to a healthy benefits package;
Access to x2 free match tickets for every home league game
Access to our staff Health Wellbeing initiatives (Mental Physical Health).
Discounted Southampton Football Club merchandise.
25 days’ holiday per year excluding bank holidays plus your birthday off each year.
Contributory Pension Scheme.
Worldwide Travel Insurance for you and your family.
Learning Development opportunities - supporting you to develop your potential and achieve in your career.
Free onsite parking.
Cycle to Work Scheme.
Collaborative inclusive working culture.
How can I apply?
Very easy. Just click on the apply button below, enter your details and answer a quick pre-screening questionnaire, then attach your CV.
The closing date for applications is Sunday 19th November 2023.
*We reserve the right to close this vacancy early, if a high volume of applicants are received.*