We operate a hybrid working model with offices in Manchester, London and Loughborough, and with some home/remote working. We are open to discussion regarding your office ‘base’, but regular travel may be required to other sites as necessary.Contract typePermanent (Full time)Closing date5 August 2022Job DescriptionUK Sport is on a mission to create the greatest decade of extraordinary sporting moments; reaching, inspiring and uniting the nation. We’re looking for a visionary leader and influencing expert to join our team.  

You’ll seamlessly inspire and lead an External Affairs and International Relations Team whilst also playing a vital role as part of the Senior Leadership Team in the Engagement and External Affairs department; contributing to its effective overall leadership and maximising collaboration and impact across the department and UK Sport overall. 

You’ll be tasked with leading a team to ensure effective engagement across government departments and effective policy-making that enables high-performance sport to thrive. Ensuring that the UK remains a world-leading and influential international player, shaping the future of performance sport on the world stage. Partnering with social impact colleagues to ensure sport has a positive impact on society domestically and internationally. And finally, ensuring the department makes the most impactful contribution towards our strategic ambitions to keep winning and win well, to grow a thriving sporting system and to use the power and platform of sport to inspire positive change for people and society. 

We’re searching for an exceptional candidate, with superb strategic thinking, a proven track record in developing influencing strategies and plans and who can demonstrate their experience in working sensitively across cultures and in a domestic and international influencing context. You’ll need a proven track record in international relations and public affairs. Having a strong understanding of the domestic and international sporting system is highly advantageous.  

This role reports directly into the Executive Team, working to the Director of Engagement & External Affairs. The successful candidate will be expected to work directly with UK Sport’s Directors team, the Board of Trustees and closely with a number of international and domestic partners, including International Federations, National Governing Bodies in sport and colleagues across a range of UK Government departments. Likewise, the role will work alongside the Head of Communications and Engagement and Head of Social Impact as a vital member of the department’s Senior Leadership team.  

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