We have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Projects Manager who will be based at Wembley Stadium. You will manage programmes of Stadium refurbishment projects across hospitality, retail and facilities management. The successful candidate will lead a team and manage multiple capital investment projects to assist with the ongoing development of Wembley Stadium.

About The Team

Looking after our world class venues, these teams are in charge of making sure everything is safe and operationally ready. From day-to-day maintenance and perfecting pitches for matches to overseeing world-class music concerts, flagship NFL events and facilities upgrades, they’re custodians of English football’s two national homes.

What will you be doing?

  • Manage the Capital Investment programme of projects at Wembley Stadium and lead a team of project managers.
  • Support the Head of Property with developing ongoing Capital Investment masterplan strategy and deliver projects to budget and programme.
  • Manage monthly reporting across capital investment programmes.
  • Assume accountability and overall leadership for the delivery of multiple projects and work streams within area(s) of responsibility.
  • In conjunction with Project Sponsors, formulate project briefs and project objectives and translate these into scopes of work and formulate appropriate procurement strategies to deliver the best value for the Business in consultation with relevant departments.
  • Determine key stakeholders and consult effectively to ensure user requirements are defined and reflected in emerging project briefs. Establish project governance and structure appropriate for successful delivery.
  • Appoint and lead teams of professional advisors and project stakeholders to ensure project briefs are effectively translated into designs and specifications.
  • Provide and present reports at key project milestones to ensure project proposals are signed off by the business / key stakeholders.
  • Derive (and maintain) cost estimates for projects and work with Finance partners and project sponsors to create (and maintain) business cases for business approval.
  • Developed detailed programme and sequencing for all phases of the project lifecycle. Ensure projects are appropriately phased and planned around the event calendar, other interfacing construction projects, and key stakeholders are appropriately engaged and coordinated.
  • Establish project plans and timelines considering operational constraints and key business milestones. Assume responsibility to ensure projects are successfully delivered within pre-determined deadlines.
  • Assume responsibility to deliver projects independently within approved budgets. Track and monitor project costs through their life cycle.
  • Provide leadership and mentoring for a small team to assist with the delivery of projects assigned to them. 
  • Prepare and present expenditure approval requests and seek business approval for capital projects in accordance with Group policies and procedures.
  • Prepare and present project reports to ensure the business is kept updated on major/strategic projects.
  • Identify project risks and formulate relevant strategies to manage and mitigate these.
  • Formulate and implement relevant strategies to ensure the quality standards are set and achieved.
  • Ensure projects are planned, designed and delivered safely and in accordance with health and safety legislation.
  • Ensure all relevant statutory approvals are obtained for capital projects.
  • Conduct project close-out reviews and capture lessons learnt for continuous improvement.
  • Support the ongoing development of property development policies and procedures across the Group to improve business efficiencies and controls.
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.

What are we looking for?

Essential for the role:

  • Extensive experience in project management within a senior/lead position in the construction industry (8+ years).
  • Proven track record of successfully delivering multiple projects independently through all phases of the project lifecycle.
  • Highly organised, self-starter.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead internal and external project teams.
  • Attainment of Prince 2 or equivalent.
  • Attainment of relevant degree qualification.
  • Relevant Health & Safety qualifications (e.g. IOSH, NEBOSH)
  • Knowledge and experience of dealing with local planning authorities/planning regulations.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Office.

Beneficial to have:

  • Experience in a venue development role within the stadia, arena and event design/construction/infrastructure industry an advantage.
  • Experience in hospitality, retail and facilities management and civil engineering-type projects.
  • Relevant professional qualification (e.g. MRICS, APM, etc).

What’s in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, in order to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George’s Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

  • Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park.
  • Free private medical cover.
  • A contributory pension scheme.
  • An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.

For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page, https://www.thefa.com/about-football-association/careers

Please note, despite the organisation working towards a hybrid model, due to the nature of this role, there will be an expectation that the successful candidate will be on site at Wembley Stadium from up to 4 days per week.

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men’s, women’s, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women’s Super League, FA Women’s Championship, and Vitality Women’s FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George’s Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George’s Park or our Processing Centre, unless the role is advertised as a homebased contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.

The FA, For All, For You

Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy forms an integral part of our long-term commitment to using our influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination.

A Game For All outlines three key strategic commitments – Lead the Change, Be the Change, and Inspire the Change – which will ensure tackling discrimination remains a core priority for English football for years to come.

We are a diverse workplace, aspiring to represent football across the country. The Football Association actively promotes inclusion and diversity, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself at work.

We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.

As part of The FA’s commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

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