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Technical Project Manager

£35,000 – £47,000 pa (dependent on experience) plus generous benefits

Location – home or office based with responsibility for projects within the South of England

 

This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified construction or surveying professional to use their professional experience and training to make a real difference to grassroots community football.

 

About the Football Foundation

The Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. It funds the improvement of public sports facilities across the country – especially grassroots football facilities – with investment provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.

 

Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has delivered projects worth more than £1.5 billion, which has developed more than 780 third-generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGP) with floodlights, more than 1,000 modern changing pavilions, and helped to renovate and properly maintain thousands of natural turf football pitches up and down the country.  These high quality, sustainable facilities are helping to improve the experience of those who play football for the love of doing so, to stay fit and healthy, and to help better players be as good as they can be by developing their potential.

 

The role

You will lead on the technical/construction aspects of capital grant projects in the South of England, ensuring their design, procurement and delivery meet relevant requirements, whilst safeguarding the Foundation’s investment. You will take a hands-on approach, involving site visits and providing technical advice to a wide range of applicants – from schools and clubs to community groups.

 

The particular areas within your portfolio, and whether the role is home or office-based will depend on the location of the successful candidate.

 

What are we looking for?

You will need a construction-related degree or professional qualification (for example RICS, CIOB, RIBA or equivalent) and professional experience in a construction management or technical role. Experience in sports facility construction is desirable but not essential.

 

You must also have great people skills and the ability to work with people at all levels, from clients and suppliers to volunteers. We are looking for someone who can inspire and excite our applicants. You must be accurate, systematic and flexible with the ability to juggle a wide range of activities. You don’t need to be passionate about football to apply, but you must have a genuine interest in the charity sector and share our passion for getting more people across the country taking part in sports and being active.  

 

As you will undertake site visits across the area, you will also need to hold a current, clean driving licence and have access to your own vehicle.

 

Key responsibilities of the role include:

– Liaising with organisations and their representatives to assist them through the grant application process.

– Undertaking site inspections as necessary, to ascertain the nature, background and viability of proposals.

– Overseeing the Foundation’s End-to-End process from the submission of an application through to project opening and final payment.

– Advising on design solutions and compliance with relevant technical policy guidelines, and statutory requirements.

– Assessing the technical aspects of applications and producing reports for the Foundation Board and Grants Panel to allow informed funding decisions to be made.

 

What can we offer you?

In addition to a competitive salary, you will start on 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (which increases after 2 years), plus additional time off to volunteer. We also offer a generous pension scheme (8% employer contribution), free health care provision, a monthly gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan, death in service benefit and access to selected match tickets

 

We are committed to helping our staff maintain a healthy work-life balance, so offer flexible working hours around core hours to help you achieve that.

 

Location

The role will be either home or office-based, with responsibility for managing a portfolio of projects within the South of England. The particular areas within your portfolio, and whether the role is home or office-based will depend on the location of the successful candidate.

 

Interested?

This is an excellent opportunity to join a team of diversely talented Technical Project Managers within the Grant Management Team at the Foundation, and to make a real difference to grassroots football.  For more information on this vacancy, please download the full recruitment pack, which you can find on our website at https://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/about-us/jobs/technical-project-manager-2019/

 

If you would like an informal chat about the role, please contact us at jobs@footballfoundation.org.uk and we can arrange this for you.

 

To apply, please send us your CV and a covering letter explaining what motivated you to apply and why you are suitable for the role. This should be sent to jobs@footballfoundation.org.uk. To help us track the success of our recruitment campaign, please also state in your covering letter where you saw the role advertised.

 

We encourage all applicants to complete the automated equality and diversity monitoring form which is available on our website. This confidential form helps the Football Foundation build up a picture of who is applying to join the organisation.

 

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 28th July 2019.

 

Interviews have been provisionally set for 5th and 6th August 2019.

 

* The scope of the role and remuneration package will be matched to the experience of the successful candidate and will be dependent on qualifications and experience specific to the role requirements

 

The Football Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.