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The Premier League

The Premier League

Senior Planning and Operations Manager – Legal (Maternity Cover)


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Posting Date

Apr 28, 2023

Role description

About the job

This is a role in the Legal Services Department, reporting to the General Counsel. The role also works closely with the Director of Content Protection and Head of Legal – Enforcement.

The Legal Services Department is the internal legal team of the Premier League, responsible for supporting all areas of the organisation on some of the most important issues to the League and the competition. The legal team is involved in a range of work including protecting the Premier League’s intellectual property, ensuring Clubs comply with the Premier League Rule Book and drafting and negotiating contracts required by the organisation.

This role will suit someone who thrives working in a variable environment, with first class organisation and communication skills, an enthusiasm to deliver, and high levels of accuracy in their work. They will need an ability to multi-task, establish excellent internal and external working relationships and be an approachable, patient, and supportive line-manager to junior team members.

Who we are

The Premier League is home to some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. The League and its Clubs use the power and popularity of the competition to inspire fans, communities and partners in the UK and across the world. The Premier League brings people together from all backgrounds. It is a competition for everyone, everywhere and is available to watch in over 880 million homes in 188 countries.

We have a wide variety of responsibilities. These include organising the competition and its Handbook as well as managing the centralised broadcast and commercial rights. The work we do in conjunction with the Clubs also goes far beyond the 90 minutes. We support and provide a framework for youth development, we protect the organisation’s intellectual property, support the wider game and community programmes, undertake international development work and liaise with governing bodies and other leagues.

The Premier League is an equal opportunities employer and strives to create an inclusive culture where talent can flourish. We believe in the potential of everyone and open our doors to those who share those values. All appointments will be made based on merit; however, we particularly encourage applications from women, people from minority ethnic communities, LGBTQ+ people and disabled people.

Our hybrid-working model also allows you some variety on your place of work, offering you the chance to work from home on some days each week. Where possible, you will attend the office or site visits in line with our company policy. All staff liaise closely with their line manager to manage their time appropriately and according to their work and team requirements.

The role

The main responsibilities and duties will include, but are not limited to:

Planning and Operations

· Maintaining forward planning and reporting procedures to ensure progress against key targets and objectives for the IP Enforcement team.

· Supporting the IP Enforcement team in its reporting to, and liaison with, its broadcast licensees all around the world.

· Managing ad-hoc projects for the IP Enforcement team and Legal Services Department as required.

Events and Meetings

Lead on the planning and organisation of Events and Meetings for the Legal Department and IP Enforcement team; specifically:

Working with the General Counsel to plan and coordinate events and meetings with Club Lawyers throughout the Season.

Working in conjunction with the IP Enforcement team to organise at least one large annual event (e.g. workshop/summit) for broadcast licensees.

Solicitor Apprenticeship Programme

This September the Premier League will welcome two Solicitor Apprentices to its team. The Apprentices will be undertaking the Level 7 Solicitor Apprenticeship which will involve working four days per week in the Legal Department and studying one day per week with the University of Law over the course of six years. Your role will be to lead on the day-to-day management of the Programme and will include:

Undertaking all coordination tasks that arise as part of the Programme, including coordinating the onboarding process, chairing regular meetings between the support networks for each of the Apprentices and ensuring the objectives and expectations of the Programme are achieved.
Acting as the central point of contact between the Premier League and the University of Law.
Being a pillar of support for the Apprentices, lending particular support as they settle into balancing work and studies.

Line Manager Responsibilities

In this role you will assume line manager responsibilities for:

The Premier League Work Placement Programme individual (until mid-September 2023)

Two Solicitor Apprentices (commencing September 2023)

Requirements for the role

· Experience of managing multiple concurrent projects / priorities, across a variety of workstreams, and utilising project management tools and concepts

· Experience of working in an organisational/project management role

· Highly organised and efficient working to enable meeting multiple overlapping deadlines

· Highly engaging and personable character to enable creating of strong relationships

· Creativity and insight into the development of engaging reports and presentations

· Excellent attention to detail in ensuring accuracy and consistency of reports and presentations

· Confidence and attritional skills to ensure team members are delivering material in the right manner and to the correct timescales

· Excellent communication skills which can be tailored in accordance with the audience

· An ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team, with a proactive approach to all tasks and responsibilities

· Strong people management skills are preferable, with focus on supporting learning and development

Our commitment to safeguarding includes implementing robust safer recruitment procedures to assess the suitability of individuals applying for roles that involve work with children and adults who are or may be at risk of harm.

To apply please visit our careers page and apply with your CV and a cover letter. The closing date for applications is Sunday 21 May 2023.

We will remove barriers that prospective candidates might face at any stage of our recruitment process. If you have a disability and would like the advert in an alternative format, or would like to talk about how we can adjust the interview process to best support you, please contact

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