About the job

Application Deadline: 21 June 2024

Department: Commerical

Employment Type: Permanent – Full Time

Location: London, UK


The Premier League is the most watched domestic sports competition in the world, with a global broadcast audience of approximately 3 billion viewers each season. As part of the League’s work to both maintain and enhance its pre-eminent market position, the League is continuing to expand its work overseas, which includes the establishment of local offices in key markets and a range of events, campaigns and initiatives delivered in collaboration with Clubs and partners.

The Premier League is now seeking to recruit an International Engagement Manager within its Commercial Department to support, manage and enhance this work and to ensure the League is delivering maximum value for its member Clubs and partners. This new role will include, amongst other things, playing a key role in the Premier League’s international pre-season match and tournament programme and supporting the management of the League’s commercially-focused international engagement activity with Clubs and partners.

Who We Are

The Premier League is home to some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. The League and its Clubs use the power and popularity of the competition to inspire fans, communities and partners in the UK and across the world. The Premier League brings people together from all backgrounds. It is a competition for everyone, everywhere and is available to watch in over 900 million homes in 188 countries.

We have a wide variety of responsibilities. These include organising the competition and its Handbook as well as managing the centralised broadcast and commercial rights. The work we do in conjunction with the Clubs also goes far beyond the 90 minutes. We support and provide a framework for youth development, we protect the organisation’s intellectual property, support the wider game and community programmes, undertake international development work and liaise with governing bodies and other leagues.

The Premier League is an equal opportunities employer and strives to create an inclusive culture where talent can flourish. We believe in the potential of everyone and open our doors to those who share those values. All appointments will be made based on merit; however, we particularly encourage applications from women, people from minority ethnic communities, LGBTQ+ people and disabled people.

Our hybrid-working model also allows you some variety on your place of work, offering you the chance to work from home on some days each week. Where possible, you will attend the office or site visits in line with our company policy. All staff liaise closely with their line manager to manage their time appropriately and according to their work and team requirements.

The role

The International Engagement Manager will be responsible for the following duties:

International Engagement

  • Working closely with the League’s international offices and full range of departments to deliver value for the League’s commercial programme within the League’s broader international activities
  • Supporting the Partnerships, Business Development and Marketing functions in identifying and facilitating compelling commercial, brand and/or marketing opportunities for Clubs as part of the League’s international activities
  • Working closely with the League’s international offices and departments to coordinate, manage and enhance Club engagement in relevant international activities

Pre-Season Match and Tournament Programme

  • Supporting the development, management and delivery of Premier League-branded pre-season matches and/or tournaments in international markets
  • Working closely with key internal and external stakeholders to develop, manage and execute a programme that delivers against agreed objectives
  • Developing and managing relationships with key third parties that are integral to the success of the programme (e.g. venues, host cities, agencies and suppliers)
  • Coordinating and managing the commercial development of the programme (e.g. with Partnerships, Licensing, Business Development, Marketing)
  • Leading the development of key planning materials (including partnership proposals and presentations) for use by the League, Clubs, partners and other key stakeholders
  • Leading the review, reporting and assessment of the programme, including reviewing delivery against objectives and KPIs with both internal and external stakeholders

Commercial Development

  • Supporting commercial colleagues in developing, maintaining and managing positive relationships with all Clubs on international matters
  • Working across the League to help inform our international strategy and development programme, including by taking a lead on reviewing and assessing relevant activity
  • Supporting commercial colleagues in developing action plans for international markets with Clubs, partners and stakeholders
  • Providing additional support into the Commercial function as required

Requirements For The Role

  • Demonstrable experience of commercial development within sports and entertainment
  • Strong experience and understanding of international sports events and experiences
  • Strong project management experience including budget management
  • Strong organisational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Proven ability to manage, coordinate and communicate to diverse stakeholder groups
  • Proven ability to develop and manage excellent professional relationships
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience of working overseas is desirable
  • Able to work both autonomously and as part of a team
  • Interested in the sports, entertainment and major live events industry

All applicants should be prepared to work internationally on occasion which may involve irregular hours as part of such trips (e.g. evenings, weekends and/or Bank Holidays).

Our commitment to safeguarding includes implementing robust safer recruitment procedures to assess the suitability of individuals applying for roles that involve work with children and adults who are or may be at risk of harm.

To apply please visit our careers page and apply with your CV and a cover letter. The closing date for applications is 24 June 2024.

We will remove barriers that prospective candidates might face at any stage of our recruitment process. If you have a disability and would like the advert in an alternative format, or would like to talk about how we can adjust the interview process to best support you, please contact recruitment@premierleague.com

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