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Director, Operations – UFC

Director, Operations – UFC

Position Title:  Director, Operations

Company:  Zuffa, LLC

Department:  UFC Performance Institute – Shanghai

Reports To:  VP, Operations – UFC Performance Institute

Position Summary:

Aligned with the overall strategy of the UFC and the UFC Performance Institute (UFCPI) the Director, Operations will lead all operational aspects within the UFCPI – Shanghai. This role will work closely with the VP, Operations – UFCPI to develop China’s leading training institution in terms of performance, welfare, and research into MMA and combat sports.


  1. Assumes a leadership role of the UFCPI – Shanghai.
  2. Develops third-party consultant relationships. Forms strategic partnerships with industry leaders in operations, business operations, strategy and commercial.
  3. Develops and implements support systems to aid in athlete and coach training logistics moving in and out of the facility.
  4. Cultivates relationships with local athletes, coaches, and gyms.
  5. Establishes operational protocols.
  6. Establishes agreed-upon operational and utilization metric targets.
  7. Performs on-going training with athletes, coaches, and UFCPI staff members to ensure continued professional development and adherence to professional codes of conduct.
  8. Performs other tasks, projects, and responsibilities to establish a world-class performance facility.

Skills & Experience:

  1. Graduate Degree in business, administration, operations or a related field.
  2. 5+ years of high-level management experience in event, sport or facility operations and/or administration.
  3. Previous experience leading an operational staff in a high paced environment.
  4. Personal or professional experience in sport is preferred, but not required.
  5. Understanding of MMA (i.e. the sport, local athletes/coaches/gyms, local culture.) preferred.
  6. Experience in budget and inventory management required.
  7. Experience in business operations and logistics required.

Tagged as: China, Facility, Operations Director, Performance, rights holder, Shanghai, UFC

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