Premier League

Premier League

Sports Science & Medical Auditor


Role Type



Posting Date

Jun 5, 2022

Role description

Contract Type:Full time, permanent contractReporting to:General Manager, Professional Game Academy Audit CompanyKey relationships:Academy staff across Premier League and EFL clubsRelevant Premier League, EFL, FA staff and PGAAC TeamLocation:Home Based with frequent travel requiredOverview:

As part of the Elite Player Performance Plan, the overarching professional-game strategy for the development of youth footballers in England, the Academies of professional football clubs are categorised into four categories (1-4), based on a combination of spend, infrastructure, staffing, and qualitative assessments of their provisions across a range of multidisciplinary areas.

To effectively categorise Academies and to support the continual raising of standards in elite player development, an independent standards organisation has been developed, mandated by the professional game, to monitor safety, compliance and the quality of work being delivered.

The independent standards organisation oversees an interdisciplinary assessment of Academies across; Leadership Management, Coaching, Performance Support, Duty of Care, Education, Safeguarding, and Productivity.

As part of the above, the Sports Science Medical Auditor will be responsible for the auditing of organisation and practice in the Performance Support departments of Premier League and EFL Academies. Performance Support comprises of Medical, Physical Development, nutrition, psychology and analysis.

The Role

Review and Evaluation of Performance Support programmes:o Using the Academy Audit Company assessment framework, assess the quality of Performance Support provisions in Academieso Accurately and fairly report findings, identifying areas of quality, risk and development.o Manage the end to end auditing/quality assurance process, ensuring the operation runs as smoothly as possible for club and auditing teamo Ensure a consistent assessment is givenGeneral Responsibilities:o Using the Academy Audit Company assessment framework, assess the quality of Leadership and Management, and Pathway provisions in Academieso Deliver annual club visits to ensure adherence with Safe to Operate guidelines and the Youth Development Ruleso Support the development of a suitable Academy standards framework and auditing practiceso Meet tight deadlineso Ensure the auditing team maintains an up to date knowledge of Performance Support practice

Requirements for the role:

Skills and Abilities Interviewing skills and observational analysis A consultative approach Analytical ability to identify areas for improvement, perform root-cause analysis and convert findings into required actions Ability to see both the big picture and enabling detail Clear and concise written and spoken communication skills Ability to present written information in a structured and balanced way appropriate to the needs of the reader Strong time management and organisational skills High level emotional intelligence and interpersonal skillsExperience Experience working in Performance Support and development programs with young athletes (desirable: Academy / Professional footballers) Previous experience in reviewing, assessing and developing recommendations for Performance Support programs at a strategic level Prior leadership and management experienceKnowledge MSc in Sport Science, Sports Medicine, Sports Psychology or related subject The British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) accreditation, Chartered Physiotherapy status or equivalent professional accreditation/ qualification High practical and theoretical understanding of Performance Support demands in elite level sport (desirable: player development, football) Understanding and appreciation of context and cultural difference between clubs of different sizes and philosophies Understanding and expertise in Quantitative and Qualitative assessmentPersonal Attributes Other Requirements High personal integrity and professional conduct A hunger for continued learning and continuous professional development IT literate Full driving licence as frequent travel will be required Safeguarding and Protecting Children DBS Clearance
Nice-to-haves for the role: PhD in Sport Science, Sports Medicine or related subject UEFA football coaching qualification Project management experience Prior experience of auditing/quality assuranceThe Premier League, EFL, the FA are equal opportunities employers and welcome applications from all sections of the community. All appointments will be made based on merit.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.


Our competitive range of benefits includes:

Private medical insurance
Permanent health insurance
Life insurance
Subsidised gym membership
Health screenings
Mental health support
Cycle to work scheme
Season ticket loan
Pension scheme
Discounts with commercial partners
Access to match day tickets

About The Premier League

The Premier League is the top tier of England football pyramid, which produces some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. With our Clubs, we use the power and popularity of the competition to inspire fans, communities and partners in the UK and across the world.We bring people together from all backgrounds and we are a competition for everyone, everywhere – available to watch in 880 million homes in 188 countries.The Premier League head office is based in central London and the organisation delivers across a range of roles, including football, coach development, community, youth development, safeguarding, broadcast, commercial, communications, digital, finance, legal, marketing and policy.Work at the Premier League varies greatly and we are committed to delivering equality, diversity and inclusion across the organisation. We look for people who excel at what they do and would be a positive fit for the organisation, regardless of their background.

Closing: 15 June 2022

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