Football Australia

Football Australia

Senior Manager - Events

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Posting Date

Apr 7, 2022

Role description

Football Australia (FA) is the national governing body for football in Australia, situated on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. We acknowledge the histories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and commit to building a brighter future together.

Football Australia took transformative steps in 2020 and released its ‘XI Principles - for the future of Australian football’, which advances eleven principles that underpin a bold and innovate 15-year vision and new strategic agenda for Australian football.

At the centre of the XI Principles is the recognition of the strength and diversity of the Australian football family. We are a melting pot of two million participants represented by over 200 different cultures. No other sport within the Australian sporting landscape offers the type of inherent diversity which football does. This diversity in culture, ideas, and experience makes us strong and prepares us to take advantage of the opportunities embodied in the XI Principles.

After two heavily affected COVID-19 years, Football Australia welcomed international football back to Australian shores in October and November 2021, delivering a record crowd for the Commonwealth Bank Matildas at Stadium Australia, and assisting with the resurgence of major live events in Australia.

In 2022, Football Australia will host major internationals for the senior national teams, youth teams, and deliver a new and invigorated Australia Cup, Australia’s largest community-to-professional sporting tournament.

Reporting to the Head of Commercial and Events, the Senior Manager Events is a vital role for the organisation to own and lead our event delivery, working cross-functionally with internal and external team members to deliver world class experiences for fans, athletes, and other stakeholders.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Lead and oversee the Events Team in the planning and delivery for international events such as Socceroos and Commonwealth Bank Matildas match days, fan days and other associated events
In conjunction with General Manager – Competitions and Participation, assist with delivery of newly re-branded Australia Cup, Australia’s largest domestic knockout competition
Liaise with venues on commercial hire terms & other associated agreements for Football Australia events
Manage the tender process for Football Australia event related contractors as well as subsequent on-boarding and other negotiation as required
Liaise with external international organisations including FIFA, the Asian Football Confederation and visiting nations on event, commercial and match regulations in order to implement successful National Team events
Work closely with various internal Football Australia departments such as National Teams, Commercial, Marketing, Communications, Competitions and Community to ensure a collaborative and consistent delivery of operations across all Football Australia events
Work closely with broadcast on integration and growth opportunities across all Football Australia events
Oversee the quality of delivery and the detailed operational planning documents for all Football Australia events and other special projects and events
Refine & manage various event specific as well as the yearly event team budgets
Research relevant market trends, international football, and other international and domestic entertainment products
Work closely with the government relations and commercial teams on supporting delivering key state government event objectives

Experience and skills required:

Substantial knowledge and experience in the management and delivery of sporting events and/or major events with a strong project management focus
Proven experience and ability in leading and growing a team of staff
Ability to build and maintain strong working relationships with internal Football Australia departments and external stakeholders, event contractors and agencies
Ability to take a strategic view on major event planning & delivery whilst simultaneously exhibiting a strong attention to detail
Experience in the commercial operations relating to sporting events, venues, and contractors
Strong communications (verbal & written) & relationship management skills
Strong project management disciplines inclusive of the ability to prioritise at peak times
Strong attention to detail, high standards of integrity, ability to represent Football Australia’s interests
Due to the project nature of event delivery, flexibility of work hours will be required to ensure deadlines are met. Additionally, the actual delivery of events often involves significant domestic and sometimes international travel and significant work during non-business hours

To apply, send through your CV and Cover Letter in one PDF file to by 15 April 2022.

Football Australia is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of our people, as well as visitors to our offices and at football events.

Football Australia has introduced a COVID-19 Vaccination policy that requires all staff, contractors, clients and visitors to be fully vaccinated before they can access our offices, attend client / community sites, undertake work-related travel, or attend work-related events, subject to limited exemptions. For more information:

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