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Job listing closed on 1 Jun 2024
20 May 2024

Academy Operations Lead - Women's Academy (2 Year Fixed Term Contract)

🇬🇧 London, UK
3+ years exp.

The Role

We are looking for an Academy Operations Lead to provide day-to-day operational support, administration and coordination of our Women's Academy.

You will play a pivotal role in helping to enable our Academy team to develop excellent young female players within our youth programme that have potential to play for our Women's First Team.

Who we are

We are one of the most famous clubs in world football, with a rich heritage and history of success – read more about our history, here.

Beyond that, we are passionate about our local community and, behind the scenes, we have a wide variety of opportunities and career paths for all. We have a very defined purpose: to act for a winning team, culture and community. We achieve this by ensuring we are courageous in the pursuit of progress, we champion our community and each other, and that we do the right thing (even when no one is looking).

Your day-to-day

  • Own key administrative tasks - you'll be entrusted to ensure the smooth running of our U9-U21s Academy including match day and fixture organisation, coordination of all training/match day venues and communications with all players, parents and casual staff
  • Oversee and support our casual staff - you will manage the administration of casual staff across onboarding, payroll and qualifications in line with FA regulations
  • Build excellent relationships with senior colleagues - you'll work collaboratively with heads of department across our club to manage international administration
  • Coordinate vital travel and logistics plans - you will oversee the coordination of all Academy match day and training logistics and you'll lead on the planning, delivery and execution of all team and staff travel
  • Manage critical player databases - you'll help to maintain a robust player database and you'll manage our online player management system and provide up to date player data and scheduling via teamworks
  • Proudly uphold our high standards - you will work with the Kit Manager to ensure all teams, coaches and players have the appropriate kit and equipment to operate effectively
  • Ensure our compliance with vital policies - you'll be instrumental in ensuring our Academy programmes adhere to the FA policies, procedures and regulations for safeguarding children and maintain our child protection, health, safety and equal opportunity procedures
  • Act as a designated safeguarding officer - you will become the first point of call for any safeguarding concerns across our Women's Academy

What we are looking for

  • Proven background in sport - you come with a track record of working within elite sport and have an understanding of the current Women's Talent Pathway
  • Excellent administrative skills - you're able to work in a timely and proficient way and support colleagues with a range of administration based tasks
  • Qualifications in first aid within football - you proudly hold an up to date FA Level 1 intro to First Aid in Football (IFAiF) or FA Level 2 Emergency Aid in Football (EFAiF) qualification
  • Empathetic mindset - you pride yourself on your strong knowledge of child development and are sensitive to children's needs
  • Certified and trusted teamplayer - you're knowledgable and understanding of safeguarding issues and you hold a current FA Safeguarding Children Workshop certificate and you have an accepted FA Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  • Best-in-class organisational skills - you possess a strong ability to organise, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Flexible and adaptable - you're able to work weekends and attend evening training sessions and you're happy to travel to all fixtures, tours and training camps with our U21's

Why choose us

At Arsenal, we want everyone to feel a sense of trust and belonging, so we are proud of both our club values and also what we offer to our employees. As one of our Gunners, you will receive:

  • An exciting reward and recognition scheme
  • Generous holiday allowance which increases with your length of service
  • Great internal learning and development programmes
  • A flexible hybrid working model
  • Priority access to apply for match tickets
  • A competitive health and wellbeing benefits package
  • A leading Employee Assistance Programme
  • Great discounts with some of our Partners

Arsenal for Everyone

Arsenal for Everyone is our commitment to promoting and embracing equality, diversity and inclusion, so that everyone connected to the club feels like they belong to the same Arsenal family. We believe that diversity of background, skills and experience drives our success on and off the pitch. 

Disability Confident Leader

We are a Disability Confident Leader. We actively welcome applications from people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. If you need disability-related adjustments to the recruitment process, please indicate this in your application.

If you are likely to meet the definition of being a ‘disabled person’ according to the Equality Act 2010, we will offer you an interview if you meet the minimum criteria for a role. Please choose the option of a guaranteed interview on your application form. The information you share with us about your health or disability will not be used in recruitment decisions.

Application Closing Date: Please note, applications for this role will close on Friday 31st May 2024.