• Primary responsibility for delivering a ‘best in class’ risk and compliance culture across all areas of the Club;
  • Identifying areas of risk, both within and outside of the Club;
  • Identifying and recommending mitigation strategies and assisting in the implementation and tracking of strategies adopted;
  • Communicating risks and compliance responsibilities to Club staff;
  • Providing commercially-minded advice and guidance on risk and compliance matters;
  • Day-to-day management of the Club’s Data Protection Officer;
  • Managing the Club’s insurance portfolio;
  • Establishing and maintaining positive working relationships across the Club, including with key stakeholders, to successfully promote and implement compliance strategies;
  • Responsibility for coordinating meetings of the Club’s Audit & Risk Committee;
  • Oversight of the Club’s risk register; working with internal functions and presenting the Club’s risk and compliance profile at Audit & Risk Committee meetings;
  • Drafting relevant policies and procedures – rolling those policies out throughout the Club through training where appropriate;
  • Providing timely updates and training as required on relevant regulatory developments;
  • Liaising with counterparts at other organisations; and
  • Working with the Club’s external advisors to ensure value and delivery as required.


  • Drive and enthusiasm, with an ability to demonstrate pro-active ownership and management of tasks and projects through to completion.
  • Professional with strong technical abilities, and a willingness to continue developing.
  • Excellent inter-personal and team working skills, that inspire trust and confidence both within the Club’s legal team and amongst its internal clients.
  • An ability to effectively identify and manage issues and risks. Adopting a positive ‘can do’ approach when seeking solutions.
  • Effectively manages time and competing demands, escalates and delegates work where appropriate. Keeps senior legal team members well informed of progress on matters.
  • Demonstrates a confident and persuasive communication style (verbal and written) which adapts to the audience and circumstances.
  • Takes pride in the provision of their work. Excellent attention to detail.
  • Ability to present and communicate complex information in a simple and compelling way
  • Well-organised, with an ability to effectively manage competing demands on occasions.


  • At least five years’ experience in a comparable organisation (in terms of size and legal and regulatory obligations), but it is not necessary for this to be in the sports sector;
  • Compliance and Risk related qualification (desired but not essential).

Chelsea FC’s commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion:

At Chelsea we recognise that the diversity of our people is one of our greatest strengths and we are taking positive action to ensure our existing colleagues and job applicants can fully be themselves and bring their own unique experiences and perspectives to Chelsea FC. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. If you need reasonable adjustments made to the recruitment process, please reach out to your recruiter, who will be able to advise and support you. Chelsea FC and the Foundation is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults at risk (vulnerable groups). We therefore require all successful applicants to complete a DBS Check prior to starting employment. Depending on the role, successful applicants may also be required to undergo other child protection screening where appropriate.

The above Job Description is not intended to be exhaustive, the duties and responsibilities may therefore vary over time according to the changing needs of the Club.

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