The FAW Trust is hiring a Football Development Manager (Club Growth and Business Support)
2 January 2018

The FAW Trust is hiring a Football Development Manager (Club Growth and Business Support)

Here's a great opportunity to join the Welsh Football Family

Job Title Football Development Manager (Club Growth and Business Support)
Hours of Work Full Time
Contractual Status Permanent – subject to probationary period
Salary Competitive (plus benefit package)
Location West Wales and Gwent


The FAW Trust is the body responsible for football development in Wales.
We are seeking to appoint a dynamic, energetic, enthusiastic and inspirational person who can deliver
innovative and entrepreneurial approaches to support Clubs to develop and grow. This person will work
as part of a team in a specific geographical region (West Wales / Gwent) and support the leader of a
newly restructured department that is responsible for delivering the Trust’s strategic mission to ‘grow
the game and raise football standards’ across Wales. The FAW Trust has its busy Head Office based
at Dragon Park, Newport. This role would work on one of the Head Offices and have regional
responsibilities and accountabilities.


The FAW Trust’s Mission under the 2015 to 2020 Welsh Football Strategy is to Grow the Game and
Raise Standards.
Supporting the Head of Football Development, the position will play a key role in delivering the key
strategic outcome of Transforming Communities through football for all and high level targets of:

1. 50% of children playing football once per week
2. 30% of children playing football twice per week
3. 20,000 registered female players by 2024.

Purpose of the Job

To produce and implement Local Facilities and Regional Development Plans within an Area of Wales
and to have national strategic lead responsibility for Club Development and Business Growth.

Key competencies

• A charismatic, inspirational and influential individual who can lead and motivate people and
stakeholders at all levels.
• Dynamic, creative and innovative thinking and problem solving.
• Entrepreneurial approach to the identification, development and implementation of innovative
future proof solutions and opportunities.
• Strategic planning including experience of interpreting data and research insight.
• Someone who is able to turn strategy into operational tactics.
• Creative thinker who can shape and influence strategies into tactical solutions for multiple
• Excellent communication and exemplary interpersonal skills. Gregarious in approach and style.
• Exemplary stakeholder and partnership influencing and negotiation skills. Outward facing,
inspirational and able to drive and inspire multiple stakeholders.
• Highly motivated, resilient and self-directed.
• Proven experience of workforce (professional and/or voluntary) engagement, deployment and
• Experience of budget development, management and control.
• Modern IT competencies and being able to utilise technology to support and influence future
• Spoken and written Welsh are desirable.
• Willingness to work flexibly and unsociable hours is essential.
• Full, clean driving licence.
• Enhanced CRB disclosure.

Professional Qualifications

Preferably educated to degree level with ideally further professional expertise in the areas of business
development strategy and sports development. A background in an entrepreneurial environment will
be advantageous.
A sound understanding of football structures and the wider sporting and political landscape, ideally in
a Welsh context.

Principle Accountabilities

Generic responsibilities in an Area of Wales
• Producing, challenging and driving successful implementation of local facilities and regional
development plans based on local needs and challenges through consultation with key partners.
• Managing tactical approaches and overseeing operational delivery through influencing and
negotiation with local agents and experts by identifying workforce needs.
• Fostering cross functional collaboration with other FAW and Trust teams to support the delivery
of shared goals and objectives.
• Establishing and developing positive relationships with stakeholders and partners essential for
the successful implementation, development, monitoring and tracking of regional investment and
development plans.
• Supporting budget development, management and monitoring relating to team priorities and
activities. Identifying areas for remediation and implementing / amending plans as appropriate.
• An Area Association point of contact managing local and regional advocacy, communication and
• Providing technical advice on strategic priorities with guidance from strategic leads.
• Providing support to a Team member through a formal buddy system.
Responsibilities and accountabilities for strategic lead responsibility for Club Growth and Business
• Developing a club support programme to drive growth in registered players including a specific
focus on leading the strategic approach to women and girls’ participation and other underrepresented
community groups.
• Advising Team Members on tactical approaches for club growth and business support.
• Providing / procuring higher level business development support to identified clubs. Coaching
and mentoring as required.
• Driving development of strategic Women’s and Girl’s football hubs.
• Maximising usage of 3G artificial pitch investment by priority clubs and community groups.
• Providing support to the strategic lead for Club Accreditation and Compliance Support as
• Support clubs with commercialisation and revenue generating activities / sponsorship
applications as appropriate.
• Providing a point of contact for all business initiatives and liaising / signposting specialist
resource / expertise as required.
Role specific Requirements
• Essential car user – significant travel will be required with this role.
• A company car will not be provided to support this role.
• Willingness to work unsociable hours from time to time as and when required.

This job description covers the main duties of the post holder. From time to time, other duties may be required, commensurate with the grade of the post and the needs of the organisation.
We value the diversity of our workforce and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

If you are interested in applying for this role please ensure that you meet all the eligibility criteria and then complete the application form attached below, save it and submit it via email to [email protected]

We also require you to submit a copy of your latest CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role. Please also complete the “Equal Opportunities in Employment” form.
Please advise specific details of your current salary and remuneration package.

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Monday, January 15, 2018. No late applications will be considered.

The recruitment process will take the form of an assessment centre. This centre will take place on 19th January 2018. Before submitting an application, please ensure that you are available on this date as no alternative dates are available.

FAW Trust, Dragon Park, Newport International Sports Village, Newport, NP19 4RA
T: 01633 282911 E: [email protected]

The Welsh Football Trust is committed to protecting children and vulnerable adults and follows the recruitment guidelines of the FAW’s Welfare Policy.
Successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced DBS Disclosure before their appointment is confirmed.

This post is supported by:
The Football Association of Wales
Sport Wales