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As the organiser of some of the biggest and most iconic sport events in the world we lead the way in the sport and event industry.

We are now looking for a Football Innovation & Research Manager that is part of FIFA and supports us on our mission.

These are your key tasks:

• Ownership, management and development of the FIFA Innovation Programme

• Establish a strategy and mechanism for managing requests, identifying promising new avenues and assessing new technology innovations across the Professional Football Division

• Manage the decision-making process that results in the transformation of ideas into concrete innovative initiatives and design validation studies for the empirical assessment of merit

• Ensure impactful outcome, documentation and communication of innovation projects 

• Support the FIFA Research team in structuring, designing and managing multidiscipline research projects 

• Maximise the outcome of research projects through the publication of studies and the assimilation of findings through innovative means

• Promote and represent the technology innovation strategy at selected conferences and events

• Assist the Head of Department and Research team with the overall innovation management process for assessing, deploying and standardising technology globally

The specific competencies we require for this position are:

• Master’s degree or similar higher education in technical studies, e.g. engineering or business studies with a strong focus on research methods

• Previous experience working with innovation in football or another sector with transferable knowledge

• Fluency in English, any other FIFA language (French or Spanish) is an asset

• Passion for technology development in football

• Problem-solving attitude, cultivates an innovation mindset, open to trying new approaches

• Strategic thinker who understands the bigger picture and long-term objectives

• Team player, willing and able to learn from others as well capable of sharing knowledge and experience 

• Sound presentation skills in front of large audiences

• Understanding of the technological landscape in sport and key drivers for FIFA’s technology innovation

• Out-of-the box thinking

• Willingness to travel occasionally

• Readiness for standby duties 

We are FIFA, the global governing body for football.

Our vision is to make football truly global, diverse and inclusive, for the benefit of the entire world. The last FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022 attracted more then 5 billion viewers and the last FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019 one billion viewers. The opportunities for growth are exciting.

We are a modern organisation with over 850 passionate employees who are Living Football every day. Our headquarters are based in Zurich, Switzerland, and we have an office in Paris, plus eleven regional offices from New Zealand to India, Congo, Panama and Paraguay.

You can find more information about us on the FIFA career page and on

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