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Academy Manager

Company Middlesbrough Football Club Job Type Full Time
Location Middlesbrough, United Kingdom Job Reference AM2397
Salary Competitive Closing Date 23/12/2016
Industry Clubs, Teams & Venues

Job Details

Middlesbrough Football Club (MFC), founded in 1876, are an English Premier League club with a rich history of developing young players who have gone on to play at First Team level.
MFC have Category 1 status and are now looking to appoint an Academy Manager to continue and develop the Academy environment. The role will report to the Chief Executive and will be based at MFC’s training ground at Rockliffe Park.
The purpose of the role will be to lead the Academy Management Team in providing strategic development for a learning environment which adopts the core values of the club whilst continuing to allow talented footballers from Teesside and further afield to achieve their potential.
  • Ensure a culture of elite performance within the Academy.
  • Be responsible for the maintenance of the Academy EPPP Category 1 status, retaining the Club identity and culture whilst ensuring the Academy meets the expected audit requirements through striving for best practice operations.
  • Define and manage the Academy budget as agreed with the Board Working with the recruitment department to ensure that regional Academy recruitment operations are best in class and that national and international strategic recruitment enhances our local talent pool and that all recruitment provides a player succession framework capable of providing first team players for MFC.
  • Be accountable for the health, education and welfare of all the young players through adequately trained and managed Academy functions to meet the technical and psychological demands of a professional footballer and ensuring a pathway for those who are unsuccessful in pursuing a career in football.
  • Lead the continual development and implementation of the Academy Performance Plan, ensuring that attainment is tracked and reviewed through key performance measures and performance management of the Academy Management Team is delivered.
  • Support the Head of Coaching in the development of the Academy Playing Philosophy, Coaching Philosophy and Coaching curriculum.
  • Be responsible for the personal and professional development of Academy staff, by creating and fostering a high performing environment of continual personal development and leading by example.
  • Develop beneficial relationships and represent the Club and Academy externally (e.g. parents, schools, leagues, governing bodies), always setting an exemplary standard for behaviours and being an ambassador for the Club promoting the core values of the Academy: Humility, Respect, Honesty.
Knowledge, Experience & Capabilities
Essential experience
  • Significant experience of working at a senior level within an elite performance environment
  • Experience of managing at a strategic level
  • Experience of running and designing development programmes
  • Leading and developing a high performance team with a significant amount of mentoring andcoaching
  • Experience of budget management
Desirable experience
  • Football coaching role, preferably in an Academy/Youth environment
  • Sports science appreciation
  • Performance analysis appreciation
  • Experience of identifying and recruiting high performing talent
  • Senior educational role
Desirable qualifications
  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children qualification
  • Basic First Aid for Sport qualification
  • An up to date UEFA ‘A’ licence
  • An up to date FA Youth Award i.e. Modules 1,2 and 3
  • An FA advanced Youth Award (AYA)
  • Must be fully committed to undertaking and completing any qualification associated with the role as directed by the league as being mandatory
Critical technical, professional and personal capabilities
  • Show commitment and a passion for developing people
  • Be computer literate and able to work with a variety of systems and be conversant with the demands of quality performance measurement
  • Be flexible and prepared to work to the needs of an operation that places a high demand on time
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to communicate effectively at all levels
  • Be able to work well under pressure
  • Is organised and works in a methodical manner
Critical Success Factors & Key Challenges
  • Maintaining category one status
  • Developing national and international recruitment
  • Providing a pathway for players into the professional game ideally with MFC but if not at the highest level
  • Establishing a clear direction and lead the Academy Management team into the next phase of its development

Other information
  • The role will be subject to an enhanced DBS check
  • A full UK driving licence is required

How to Apply

The role is being managed exclusively by SRi. To apply please send a letter of application, a full CV, your current remuneration package and associated notice period. Please e-mail all application material to -

For a confidential discussion about the role please contact:

Alistair Milner, Partner – Elite Performance

Tel: +44 (0) 207 092 6966

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Contact person: Alistair Milner
Phone: 0207 092 6966