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Job listing closed on 22 Jun 2024
13 Jun 2024

Talent & Development Lead (Fixed Term)

🇬🇧 Brentford, UK
5+ years exp.

Job Title: Talent & Development Lead (4 months Fixed Term)

Department: HR

Reporting: People Director

Location: 27 Great West Road

Salary: Competitive

Closing date: 21 June 2024

Brentford FC is a bit different to other Premier League football clubs. We put our fans first, we are a true community club and while we are financially sustainable, we are not afraid to take calculated risks. We take huge pride in our environment and culture within the Club which focuses on development, inclusion and not being afraid to think differently.

Being progressive, humble and respectful while sticking together as one team across the Club guides how we work and the decisions we make each day.

We also firmly believe that a diverse workforce is a better workforce which will help us develop ideas, solve problems and ultimately grow Brentford FC.

We play in a brand-new stadium, 15 minutes from Heathrow in vibrant west London.

We will never forget where we have come from, but we are excited about the future that lies ahead.

Come join us.

Inclusion Statement

Brentford FC is an organisation which values and is passionate about diversity and inclusivity. We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates, including those from underrepresented groups – such as those from ethnically diverse backgrounds, women, those from the LGBTQ+ community and those with disabilities. Should you require any workplace accommodations (also known as ‘reasonable adjustments), you will have the opportunity to let us know at the appropriate points in the hiring process.

Safeguarding Statement

Brentford FC is committed to equality, the safeguarding and welfare of all children and adults at risk. This responsibility is shared by all staff and volunteers at the club, safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Staff will be required to undertake regular safeguarding training to enable and reinforce a proactive approach to safeguarding. This role requires the post holder to apply all relevant policies and uphold the club’s commitment to safeguarding vulnerable people to ensure a safe environment for all. This includes the timely reporting of any safeguarding concern to the safeguarding team. We remind those barred from regulated activity that it is an offence to apply for such positions.


Develop a Learning and Development Strategy with an implementation plan for the off-field staff at Brentford Football Club and so put in place the building blocks of a learning and development organisation. This will involve understanding the strategic plan, senior leaders’ ambitions and the talent within the Club.

Main Accountabilities

1. Partner ExCo (senior leadership team) to:

a. Understand strategic priorities and Club objectives

b. Gain clarity of departmental requirements

c. Identify skills and experience gaps in departments

d. Plan to plug those gaps

2. Research and identify L & D initiatives focused on aligning talent development with overarching business objectives, thereby propelling organisational growth and sustainability.

3. Lead a team of managers and heads of departments in the design and development of a Competence and Values framework. The outcomes of this practical and Club specific framework will feed into all elements of the employee lifecycle from selection to performance management and succession planning to employee relations issues

4. Produce a succession plan strategy with an implementation process that is realistic and practical to execute.

5. Legacy of this project to include:

a. L & D strategy

b. Identified, and in some instances, delivery of L & D initiatives

c. Commence the design and rollout of a competence and values framework

d. Succession plan strategy to be drafted and agreed

e. Full handover of practical, Club specific and workable initiatives

General Club Accountabilities

  • To ensure compliance with all relevant Club policies, including safeguarding, health and safety policies and with specific reference to the data regulations (GDPR and PECR)
  • To ensure compliance with the Club’s Code of Conduct.
  • To ensure compliance with all relevant legal, regulatory, ethical and social requirements
  • To build and maintain good working relationships both internally and externally, maintaining a professional image at all times when representing Brentford FC
  • To keep confidential any information gained regarding the Club and its personnel
  • To maintain a flexible approach to work at all times
  • To promote and support positive mental health and wellbeing throughout the Club both on and off the field.

EDI Accountabilities:

To actively embed equity, diversity and inclusion into the operations and strategy of work being carried out, in line with our EDI strategy

Key Internal Relationships

- Off-Field ExCo
- Heads of Department and other relevant managers
- People & Compliance

Person Specification - Essential Personal Characteristics

- Demonstrable experience of working at a high level with senior organisational leaders to develop and roll out a successful learning development strategy

- Previous experience of design and rollout of competence and values framework

- Previous experience of running a TNA I'm presenting findings to senior leadership

- Previous experience of detailed succession planning

- Strong communicator with ability to build relationships with people at all levels

- Ability to work in a fast paced environment and deliver to deadlines

- Ability to deliver training to colleagues

Person Specification – Desirable Personal Characteristics

- Knowledge of commercial operations within elite sports environment

- Interest in, and knowledge of, Premier League football