Head of Youth Operations – Premier League

December 15, 2016

Location: London

Closing Date: January 4, allergist 2017


The Premier League is looking to recruit a new Head of Youth Operations to support their mission of developing more and better Home Grown Players.

The successful candidate will be responsible for leading a team of six staff in the delivery of all aspects relating to Youth Operations, drugs including the delivery of a world-leading age-specific Games Programme for players at all phases across the Academy; Foundation Phase (FP), Youth Development Phase (YDP), and Professional Development Phase (PDP)

This post is a senior position within the Premier League Youth Department, and would require the holder to be a member of the Department Leadership Team. 


• To manage the Youth Operations function (and staff) within the Youth Department and contribute to the overall management of the department 
• Lead the support, development and delivery of Youth Operations programmes across Clubs 
• Work with the Games Programme Manager (PDP) and Games Programme Administrator (PDP) to successfully deliver the PDP Games Programme for Category 1 and 2 Academies; includes Premier League 2, Premier League Cup, Premier League International Cup, Professional Development League 2, U18 Premier League, and U18 Professional Development League 2 
• Work with the Games Programme Manager, Games Programme Football Manager (FP & DP) and other support staff to successfully deliver the FP and YDP Games Programme for Category 1 and 2 Academies; includes regional, national and international festivals and tournaments, and the winter indoor futsal programme 
• Work with the Head of Youth and Independent Standards Organisation (ISO) on the development of the Academy Audit in the third cycle of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) 
• Manage the development and communication of the Charter for Academy Players and Parents across the FP, YDP and PDP to Clubs, Players and Parents 
• Work with the PFA to support the delivery of the PFA Independent Advisory Service for Academy Players and parents 
• Support the Club case-file process and Academy Annual reports in relation to Youth Operations 
• Lead the implementation of a Player Recognition system for use within the Games programme, with the aim of safeguarding and monitoring Academy Players 
• Manage the design and implementation of a modernised Youth Bulletin which effectively communicates to Clubs, internal and external stakeholders, news and relevant Games Programme information 
• Work with the Premier League’s Legal and Registrations departments to ensure the effective management and monitoring of all Academy registration issues 
• Actively support the development of staff in the Youth Operations function by ensuring that they have a Development Action Plan that; supports their ability to effectively perform their role, and supports their personal and professional development 
• From time to time undertake other duties as necessary to meet the needs of the Premier League Youth Department 

Person specification (experience and qualifications) 


• Extensive Project Management experience 
• Leadership experience in an elite performance role 
• Relevant experience of working in an Academy or equivalent 
• Experience of writing and implementing performance plans 
• Understanding of the principles of Youth Development preferably in a football environment 
• High level communication, written and organisational skills 
• High level emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills 
• Ability to lead and facilitate meetings 
• Safeguarding and Protecting Children 
• DBS clearance 


• Passion for football 
• Relevant football coaching qualifications 
• Understanding of the principles of Youth Development in a football environment 
• Experience of working in an elite Youth Development environment 

The Premier League is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community Applicants will be subject a DBS Disclosure, references and a Probationary Period

How to apply:
Email hr@premierleague.com including details of your curriculum vitae and covering letter.