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Head of Football Development - Southampton FC

Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits

Location: Staplewood Campus, Southampton


Southampton Football Club is a Premier League club competing at the highest level of professional football with a culture which promotes respect, unity, accountability, creativity and aspiration – this is The Southampton Way.

We look for people with integrity, compassion and support for those around them; people who take pride in what they do with an honest approach, who embrace a challenge while also being accountable for their decisions; people who have the energy and passion to bring an innovative approach to their role and strive to be different from the rest; people with the aspiration to lead the way and become an example to others.

At Southampton Football Club you’ll be given the platform to work in a vibrant, intelligent and challenging work environment with the potential to develop and become the best at what you do. 

We don’t stand still, we are constantly moving forward.

What is the role?

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced football coach to join us in the brand new role of Head of Football Development. This exciting new position will lead the Football Development department through future innovative programmes on global technical development by working on major Club projects aligning them to the Clubs international football development initiatives. This role will be part of the Academy Management Team from a predominantly strategic viewpoint whilst also able to support operationally. 

The successful candidate will work closely with the Technical Director on all technical matters surrounding football development both internationally and within the Club. Flexiblitiy will be vital to be able to travel internationally as and when required. 

What are we looking for?

We are looking for UEFA A licensed coaches with a minimum of 5 years’ experience within an elite coaching environment. Strong leadership and management skills are vital as well as excellent communication skills and the ability to work seamlessly with multidisciplinary teams.

Essential experience required:

Minimum 5 years’ experience within an Elite coaching environment in the United Kingdom or abroad. 

Budget Management experience.

Desired experience:
Experience of working with international development programmes.

Experience of working within the Elite Player Performance Plan.

Essential qualifications required:
UEFA ‘A’ Licence.

Desired qualifications:
UEFA Professional Licence.

Qualified Teacher Status.

Sports Related Degree.

FA Advanced Youth Award 

Essential skills required:
Strong leadership and management skills.

Good recording and reporting skills.

High level of communication and listening skills.

Ability to use own initiative.

Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines.

To be innovative and not afraid to share ideas.

To always aim for the highest standards of delivery.

Exceptional communication and presentation skills.

Good knowledge of technical and tactical trends in football.

Good knowledge of the Elite Player Performance Plan.

Excellent Presentation skills.

Excellent and up to date understanding of Child Protection and Safeguarding procedures and relevant clearances.

Good IT Skills.

Ability to coordinate and prioritise programmes of work.

Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.

Professional attitude and understanding of the importance of detail. 

Proactive and uses inititiave.

What do you get in return?

If you are successful you can look forward to a healthy benefits package;

• A competitive salary depending on experience.
• Two Season Tickets.
• 27 days’ holiday per year.
• Life Assurance Cover of 3x salary.
• Contributory Pension Scheme.
• Incentivised Private Medical Insurance Scheme.
• Worldwide travel insurance. 
• Child Care Vouchers.
• Free onsite parking.
• Discounted Southampton Football Club merchandise.

Please be aware that a criminal disclosure and identity check will be carried out for this opportunity.

If you are keen to undertake a new exciting challenge, please submit your CV and cover letter plus your current salary please click on the APPLY button below. 

The closing date for applications is 4th September 2017.

Southampton Football Club recognises that the safety and protection of those children and young people in day to day contact with the Club is paramount. The Company is committed to creating a safe culture for all. 

Southampton Football Club is an Equal Opportunities Employer

Head of Football Development Job Reference: OLR13357

For more information visit southamptonfc.com