The FA

The FA

Women's National Talent Manager


Role Type



Posting Date

Apr 15, 2022

Role description

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams acrossmen's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FAWomen's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park,all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

The Role

The National Talent Manager will play a key role in ensuring all those engaged in the pathway experience a highly effective learning and development environment that creates positive, lifelong moments and memories, and allows every player the opportunity to excel.

With a clear strategic direction, the National Talent Manager will develop and embed an inclusive and diverse pathway for players, coaches, and support staff in clubs and NGB environments, and will play a fundamental part in ensuring the pathway delivers more and better home-grown players.

Key Accountabilities

Work closely with the Head of Women's Technical and the Senior Leadership Team to develop and lead the delivery of the Women's England Talent Pathway strategy.
Collaborate with the Women's Professional Game to develop an accessible, inclusive, and progressive club pathway, with a comprehensive audit system of player performance measures.
Work closely with the Women's Talent Pathway Operations Manager and Talent Technical Team to deliver regional talent ID and talent development initiatives ensuring the short, medium, and long-term needs of future England Women's players are catered for.
Lead and manage a team of staff to provide world leading development opportunities for players and to ensure a broad group of players are ready to excel for club and country.
Work closely with the insights team to establish an effective insight-based talent ID and selection process.
Play a pivotal role in developing a performance culture across the women's talent pathway.
Effectively collaborate with all internal and external stakeholders to maximise the pathways impact.
Oversee talent pathway content for Women's Football Board, Women's Professional Game Board and Girls Talent Development Sub-Committees.
Develop a Women's Talent Advisory Board with leading experts in talent ID, talent management, and long-term systemic talent systems.
Lead on funding contracts such as Sport Englandand UEFA, and further explore any new external funding opportunities that can support the talent pathway.
Executeadditional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.

What we are looking for


Proven track record of creating talent environments that ensure positive impact across different stages of a player's journey.
Experience of engaging multiple stakeholders through a clearly articulated player pathway strategy.
Experience of working in or with professional women's sport.
Proven track record of leading, managing and developing people within a talent pathway.
Working within a high performing environment within women's team sport.
An in-depth of understanding of high performing environments.
An understanding of the multi-disciplinary functions required to develop world leading development environments.

Skills Abilities:

Excellent presentation and influencing skills.
Outstanding stakeholder management skills.
Ability to work under pressure and prioritise workloads.
Able to manage a high-pressure workload and those of colleagues and to work and thrive in theHigh-Performance environment.
Proven ability to lead and work within a multi-disciplinary support team that optimise player development through quality discussion.

What we can offer you

An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.

Please be aware that unless you are on ahomebased contract, your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.

Closing:2 May 2022

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