NAE111.18 - Senior Performance Pathway Scientist

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Posted: 27/11/2018 18:21
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: £36,622 - £47,771 per annum
Location: Unknown
Level: Practitioner
Deadline: 14/12/2018 09:00
Hours: 37
Benefits: 29 days annual leave, career average pension scheme
Job Type: Permanent


Job Title: Senior Performance Pathway Scientist  

Salary Scales: £36,622 - £47,771 p.a                                    

Grade: Level 3

Interview date: 3rd and 7th January 2019

Hours of Work: Full time. Such hours as necessary to carry out your duties.  This will involve a minimum of 37 hours per week (36 if based in London) and may include working outside normal office hours at evenings and weekends and on Public Holidays.

Employer: English Institute of Sport Limited (referred to as the EIS).

Location: The normal place of work is negotiable but will be one of the EIS sites. The EIS may from time to time require you to travel to and work at other national offices.

Responsible to: Head of Performance Pathways / Lead Performance Pathway Scientist

Budget responsibilities: Partial - monitoring and reporting


The Performance Pathway Team is a collaboration between UK Sport (the UK’s High Performance Strategic Agency) and the English Institute of Sport (Sports Science and Medicine Institute) and has been in full operation since 2008.

Core funded as part of UK Sport’s eight-year strategic investment in performance pathways, the team works alongside summer and winter Olympic and Paralympic programmes [known as the ‘World Class Programmes (WCPs)’] to develop and enhance the support systems and structures that are known to positively promote athlete talent through the pipeline to world class success.

The Performance Pathway Team (PPT) works in partnership with WCP funded sports across four key work streams to drive world leading pathways that ensure sustained success at future Games:

  • World Class Athlete Pipeline – delivering enhanced recruitment, confirmation and transition activity to populate WCPs with a sustainable supply of athletes capable of winning medals on the Olympic and Paralympic stage within 8-10yrs.
  • Development Curricula – supporting sports to develop and embed curricula describing the athlete experiences, environments and competencies at each stage of the World Class journey.
  • Specialist Workforce Development – enabling sports to develop Pathway Leaders and Coaches capable of meeting athletes’ development needs and delivering their curricula.
  • Performance Pathway System Development – driving the continued evolution and sustainability of world leading Performance Pathways through improved alignment of investment and sharing of good practice, together with cross-sport benchmarking, applied research and innovation.


With a focus on the ‘World Class Athlete Pipeline’ work-stream, and in particular athlete transition activity, this position will play a crucial role in driving and delivering the team’s frontline activities, supporting sports in identifying, confirming, developing and transitioning athletes with medal winning potential. This exciting role will:

  • deliver the new UKS/EIS collective and cross-functional ‘Athlete Strategy’, focused on better understanding and effectively supporting the athlete journey through the high performance system.
  • provide bespoke frontline support to a portfolio of Olympic and Paralympic sports that address key challenges in sport’s performance pathways.
  • Identify and lead the development and delivery of key projects within the ‘World Class Athlete Pipeline’ work-stream.

This role does involve training, supervising, working with and/or being in sole charge of children and young people.

The successful applicant will therefore be required to apply for a disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly the CRB).  A disclosure is an impartial and confidential document that details an individual’s criminal record and where appropriate gives details of those who are banned from working with children.

Having a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to obtaining a position.


  • Lead and manage the development and delivery of the UKS/EIS collective and cross functional ‘Athlete Strategy’, a new strategy with the mission of ‘enabling the UK High Performance System to provide world leading support to the athlete journey to optimise well-being and performance.
  • As part of leading and managing the Athlete Strategy, engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders from across, but not limited to, the UK Sport Performance Directorate and the EIS disciplines.
  • Identify and lead the development and delivery of key projects within the ‘World Class Athlete Pipeline’ work-stream.
  • Undertake bespoke project with sports, working side-by-side with Performance Pathway Managers and Coaches, to support the delivery of technical solutions focused on athlete development issues identified through the Pathway Health Check.
  • Act as a critical friend and/or strategic consultant to sports to help them identify areas for gain in their performance pathways.
  • Lead the development and delivery of a PPT strategic priority, e.g. athlete transitions, development curriculums, profiling, recruitment and confirmation, winter sports, under the direction of the Head of Performance Pathways, to support World Class Programmes to develop more effective and sustainable performance pathways.
  • Coach other members of the PPT to develop their technical and delivery skills.
  • Ensure thorough evaluation of the impact of all frontline initiatives.
  • Work with other team members to develop and deliver educational workshops and learning experiences across a range of PPT activities.
  • Conduct bespoke research projects and/or desk based research to directly address questions/hypotheses raised by sports regarding their performance pathways and athlete development.
  • Actively publish and disseminate in coach friendly formats relevant findings from activity within the Performance Pathway Team and/or academic research regarding ‘expertise’ both within and external to the World Class sporting environment.
  • Contribute to the future development and front line delivery of the Pathway Health Check.
  • Proactively collaborate and seek to optimise cross-function working with the wider UK Sport Performance Directorate and EIS Performance Solutions Team.
  • Embrace and proactively operate a ‘pass it on policy’ to ensure knowledge, resources and good practice are shared across WCPs and with key partners.
  • Provide critical challenge to and other members of the Performance Pathway Team.
  • Actively participate in monthly PPT meetings, using it as a platform to inform and educate colleagues on project progress and to generally provide insight and expertise to enhance delivery of the PPT 2017-21 Strategy.
  • Represent the PPT at various cross functional strategic working groups.
  • Within the rules of professional confidentiality liaise with athletes, primary care managers, parents, coaches and other support staff as appropriate.
  • Work within the rules of the UK Professional Code of Conduct, standards and guidelines and, where appropriate, the EIS host agency.
  • Participate in ad hoc projects and or applied research across the organisation as appropriate.
  • Any other duties as may be requested

Applicants should ideally have a specialism in one or more of the following areas:

  • The physiology and/or athletic conditioning of developing athletes
  • The psychology of developing athletes
  • Expertise development
  • Applied research, report writing and impact assessments
  • Project management
  • Change management

The post holders share with all colleagues the responsibility:

  1. for making suggestions to improve the working situation and contribute to positive employee relations within their area of work and the EIS as a whole;
  2. to cooperate with measures introduced to ensure there is equality of opportunity in employment and sports equity; and in addition for post holders with a management responsibility to encourage their staff to ensure that they comply with all aspects of the equal opportunities in employment and sports equity policies and practices.
  3. .for ensuring that the working environment is free of sexual and racial harassment and intimidation and any other form of harassment constituting unacceptable behaviour which is personally offensive.
  4. to comply with all aspects of the EIS Health and Safety Policy and Arrangements and, in addition, for post holders with a management responsibility to encourage their staff to ensure that they also comply with all aspects of these arrangements.
  5. to comply with all aspects of any codes of conduct that might apply by virtue of the EIS having a presence in facilities operated by third parties.
  6. of adhering to any professional codes of conduct appropriate to your profession or other codes of conduct that might be deemed applicable to sports science and sports medicine practitioners in general.

This job description is not to be regarded as exclusive or exhaustive.  It is intended as an outline indication of the areas of activity and will be amended in the light of the changing needs of the organisation.


The person specification describes the knowledge, skills, aptitudes, experience and qualifications that the English Institute of Sport deems as necessary for successful performance in the job role.



  • A degree (or equivalent) in one of the following related fields; Sport Science, Coaching, Learning and Development


  • Higher degree (Masters or PhD)



  • Understanding of theory, research and practice as they relate to the identification and development of elite level athletes
  • Significant experience within high performance sport (minimum 5 years), including frontline work with national teams and their athletes
  • Experience of presenting to and communicating with a variety of senior personnel, development managers, coaches and athletes
  • Demonstrable experience of project managing from idea creation and hands on delivery, effective monitoring to critical evaluation
  • A sound understanding of the pedagogical development of elite level athletes
  • An understanding of the various coaching, sports science, medicine and performance
  • Knowledge and understanding of the needs of Performance Pathway Mangers and elite development coaches, in particular those working at the development level preparing athletes for world class success
  • Experience of turning strategy into action, through influencing decision making and working to clearly defined objectives.
  • Experience of budgetary management, including forecasting and reporting


  • Verifiable record of working within a multidisciplinary team in the delivery of support services to elite athletes, including experience of line-managing support staff.
  • Experience of coaching or working at the development level of a WCP.
  • Applied understanding of the GB World Class Performance system and its connection to Home Nation ‘Performance Foundation’ programmes from both strategic and operational perspectives.
  • Experience of managing and evaluating external contractors on an ad-hoc project basis.


  • Strong ability to quickly build networks and relationships and use them to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
  • Strong influencing skills and a proven ability to work through others.
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills (in English), both written and oral, that can motivate behavioural change to have a positive impact on performance.
  • Proven research skills through both academic and practical experience.
  • Ability to communicate complex data in terms that are easily understood by a wide range of audiences.
  • Able to secure commitment through effectively use of interpersonal styles and techniques to gain acceptance of ideas or plans, modifying own behaviour to accommodate tasks, situations and individuals involved.
  • Effectively and intelligently questions in order to creatively explore challenges and propose solutions.
  • Self-aware in identifying and proactively seeking external knowledge or expertise when required.
  • Able to work under pressure and to balance conflicting demands and tight deadlines.


  • Dynamic personality with a commanding presence that motivates and inspires others to change, improve and innovate.
  • Highly motivated with a passion for high performance sport, in particular staying at the forefront of knowledge and developments in the field of ‘talent’.
  • A willingness to entertain new ideas, seize challenges that arise in a positive frame of mind, and be open-minded in respect of adopting new practices.
  • Personal commitment to continuous personal professional development.
  • A positive attitude to Information Technology in carrying out the post.
  • Team player.
  • Personal integrity and the ability to invoke trust and respect from others.
  • Can sustain long working hours when necessary, operating with vigour, effectiveness and determination over extended periods.
  • A high energy, can do, customer focussed attitude.
  • A high work ethic with great attention to detail.


  • An understanding and commitment to equal opportunities in employment and sport.
  • An understanding of individual responsibility in complying with the Health and Safety policies and arrangements of the EIS and all relevant partners.
  • Ability to work irregular and unsocial hours as required involving work outside normal office hours, at evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.
  • Ability to travel within and throughout England, including occasional overnight stays.
  • Ability to travel abroad with teams if required.
  • An understanding of and commitment to fair play and all national and international anti-doping policies as enforced by national governing bodies, international federations, Olympic Associations and other relevant organisations.
  • A current UK driver’s licence.


The English Institute of Sport is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity in all fields.  As an equal opportunities employer, the EIS intends that no job applicant or employee shall receive less favourable treatment because of gender, gender re-assignment, marital or family status, age, disability, ethnic origin, creed, sexual orientation, Trade Union membership, or by any other condition or requirement which cannot be shown to be justifiable.


If you would like further information on the English Institute of Sport please refer to the EIS website


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