Women's Player Recruitment Lead - Women's Player Recruitment Lead

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Posted: 23/10/2019 11:47
Start Date: Not Available
Salary: Dependent on skills and experience
Location: American Express Community Stadium, Brighton
Level: Not Applicable
Deadline: 22/11/2019 23:59
Hours: Full time
Benefits: Club Pension Scheme | Group Life Protection | Club discounts & offers
Job Type: Permanent

Job Title: Women's Player Recruitment Lead
Employer: Brighton & Hove Albion FC
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: This is a full-time role
The American Express Community Stadium in Brighton until December 2020 where the role will then be based at the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre in Lancing.
Salary: Dependent on skills and experience
Benefits: Club Pension Scheme | Group Life Protection | Club discounts & offers
Closing date for applications: 22nd November 2019 @ 23:59:59

Women's Player Recruitment Lead

Roles and responsibilities

1. To help identify, attract and sign players for Brighton and Hove Albion Women that match agreed playing style of the Club and Head Coach:

  • Work in a detailed way with the Club’s objective data
  • Produce detailed subjective reports, in an agreed Club format, that support the objective data in identifying players
  • Focus primarily on the 25 player 1st team squad
  • Help and support as and when needed with other areas of player recruitment such as RTC, Dual Career Academy and investment players
  • Help compile comprehensive dossiers, reports and documentation on each identified 1st team target
  • Produce a recommended list that is visual and accessable to Head of Recruitment & Analysis, Technical Director, Head Coach and Performance Analysis Manager
  • Line manage the part-time scouting network
  • Lead on negotiations for player transfers, as advised by the Head Coach and Technical Director, adhering to all rules and regulations, supported by the BHAFC football administration team
  • Lead/support on all negotiations with agents and players, sign and complete contracts for new and existing players (new contract negotiation), whilst adhering to all rules and regulations and support by the BHAFC football administration team
  • Liaise with players and families in order to put the best possible support in place around the player and gain a competitive advantage

2. To ensure BHAFC talent identification department have:

  • Comprehensive coverage of senior players around the world
  • Have cutting-edge research and data to help aid decisions
  • Have a fit for purpose and modern scouting database and systems that aid Talent ID
  • Work with external providers to ensure BHAFC systems are fit for purpose and cutting edge
  • Ensure all 1st team recruitment meetings and audits are well planned and executed and all staff are clear on roles and responsibilities

3. To ensure BHAFC have a detailed planning and review process ahead of each transfer window for the 1st team squad of 25:

  • Appropriate squad planning documents for target positions and targets are provided for the Head of Recruitment & Analysis, Head Coach, Technical Director and Chairman well in advance of each window
  • Take part in or run an audit process at the end of each window for transfers, targets missed and general process of the window
  • Ensure all intermediary conversations and information is passed to Head of Recruitment & Analysis, Technical Director, Head Coach and inputted in line with Club systems and processes
  • Help manage the run the CPD process for BHAFC recruitment staff and external partners

4. To attend games, tournaments, conferences, meetings and events as directed by the Head of Recruitment & Analysis, Head coach or Technical Director.

5. To observe and comply with the rules and regulations of the Football Association, Football League, FA Premier League, UEFA, FIFA or any other relevant authorities.

6. To comply with the rules and procedures of the Club that are in force from time to time.

7. Any other duties as defined by the Head of Recruitment & Analysis, Head Coach, Technical Director or CEO.

General duties and accountabilities

  • To support Brighton & Hove Albion FC and AITC in their aims and objectives at all times.
  • To ensure compliance with all relevant club policies, including health and safety policies.
  • To ensure compliance with all relevant legal, regulatory, ethical and social requirements.
  • To keep confidential any information gained regarding the charity, club and its personnel.
  • To represent Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and AITC in a professional manner.
  • To maintain a flexible approach to work at all times.
  • To undertake other duties and responsibilities as required from time to time.

General expectations

  • To uphold and live our Team Brighton Values; Treat people well, Exceed Expectations, Aim high (never give up), Act with Integrity and Make it special.
  • To be a champion of equality and diversity in the workplace and treat all staff, customers, sponsors, clients and applicants with fairness, dignity and respect.
  • To report incidents of any form of discrimination through the correct channels.
  • To promote best practice in safeguarding and create an environment that is safe for children young people and vulnerable adults.
  • To report safeguarding concerns through the correct channels.
  • To ensure that any safeguarding training and certificates are kept up to date.

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 light of the changing needs of Brighton & Hove Albion FC. 

Qualifications & Experience


  • A valid and accepted enhanced FA DBS CRC (Criminal Background Check) or be willing to undertake this check if successful
  • A deep knowledge of the women’s professional game
  • Experience of line managing a team effectively
  • Up to date knowledge of FIFA, UEFA, FA and WSL rules and regulations in signing and recruiting players
  • Proven track record and experience of successful Talent Identification at all levels of professional football, ideally in the female game
  • A network of key contacts across WSL and Championship
  • Ability to write clear reports and show a good record of player identification (subjective)
  • Ability to work with objective data
  • High level of emotional intelligence for dealing with players, families, agenets and clubs
  • Strong work ethic and willingness to travel
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Ability to ‘close the deal’
  • Experience of using player recruitment IT solutions
  • Ability to work under pressure and to deadlines whilst being able to prioritise workloads of self and others in a timely fashion.


  • An FA Talent ID qualification
  • Knowledge and understanding of child protection issues including holding a valid FA Safeguarding Children Workshop Certificate or be willing to undertake this training if successful
  • A valid FA Welfare Officer Workshop Certificate or be willing to undertake this training if successful
  • Knowledge of international and domestic Talent ID
  • Knowledge of women’s competition and league structure globally

Applicants must provide an accurate account of their professional skills and experience in the form of a C.V, and proof of eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.

Equality Statement

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and Albion in the Community are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnership.

Safeguarding Statement

Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club and Albion in the Community are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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