The Premier League Policy and Corporate Affairs team is recruiting for the role of Senior Planning and Projects Manager, on a 12-month fixed term maternity cover. The department’s broad remit covers: Policy; Public Affairs; Fan Engagement; Safety and Security; Corporate Purpose; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; Sustainability, International Football Relations and EU Affairs; as well as the Premier League’s support for Wider Football and Communities.
The team works closely with other departments across the business on a number of workstreams, for example to develop and promote awareness among key stakeholders and decision makers of the positive work, influence and impact of the Premier League. This encompasses economic, social and soft power impact, as well as the League’s public purpose investments - not least, the Premier League’s unparalleled contribution to the wider football pyramid and support for communities. Other policy topics covered by the team are wide ranging, and include sustainability, grassroots football, broadcasting rights, online safety legislation, the Gambling Act and ongoing immigration / access to talent policies.
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.
To support growth of the Policy and Corporate Affairs department, including a broader remit and increased number of workstreams; two central planning and project management roles have recently been recruited to develop and embed procedures to plan, coordinate and keep projects and workstreams on track. This fixed term contract is to cover one of these roles.
The Senior Planning and Projects Manager will work with colleagues across the department and wider business to plan and coordinate strategies, action plans and operational delivery.
The role will focus on project management and resource planning to address strategic priorities. This includes tracking and evaluating projects, coordinating working groups, risk and budget management and production of documentation that meets Board and Shareholder requirements.
The main duties will include, but are not limited to:
Development and implementation of department portfolio and project planning procedures across all Policy and Corporate Affairs workstreams
Working closely with teams/colleagues across the department to understand and track ongoing work and resource needs, with systems to monitor progress and ensure efficient and effective delivery
Supporting the Director of Operations and Strategy and other senior leaders in setting the department’s priorities, with associated action plans collaboratively developed with the team and, where relevant, input from the wider business
Establishing regular forward planning and reporting procedures with ongoing updates and recommendations on project progress, costs and deadlines
Developing productive working relationships/processes with departments around the organisation to help facilitate cross-departmental communication and cooperation
Developing and managing projects that help the department meet its strategic objectives, ensuring alignment with organisational goals
Specifically supporting colleagues working on fan-related projects, along with other cross-departmental workstreams that include representatives from across the business
Tracking commitments and supporting the production of materials/documentation required for Premier League Board and Shareholder meetings
Where required commissioning and managing consultants/agencies to support projects, bolster capacity and provide specific expertise
Requirements for the role
Project management qualification and/or experience utilising project management tools
Experience in a management consulting or corporate planning/strategy role (or similar)
Significant experience of managing multiple concurrent projects / programmes, ideally with variety of project focus
Experience in leading projects from initial concept to evaluating success
Budget management and reporting experience
Delivered written reports or proposals for consideration by senior management
Advanced Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills
Detail-oriented with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills
High standard of presentation; keen to champion company style / format in documents, presentations and other materials
Able to present information effectively to a range of audiences