Research & Innovation Project Manager

  • City Football Group
  • Manchester, UK
  • 21 May, 2021
Full time Leadership & Management Premier League Sports Science

Job Description


Manchester City’s research and innovation (R&I) strategy aims to deliver actionable insights to coaches, practitioners, and players which, positively influence evolution of daily training and match preparation. Our aim is to create football’s most progressive and engaging training environments which, help Man City to consistently challenge for major trophies.

The post holder will lead the planning and implementation of R&I projects. You will coordinate Man City’s science, medicine, and performance analysis practitioners’ collaboration with internal stakeholders such as the Data Insights and Decisions Technology (DIDT), IT and Legal Teams, and external partners including universities, industry experts, Research Councils, and the Manchester Institute of Health and Performance (MIHP) to deliver R&I projects’ objectives on time and within budget. You will organise people, tasks and resources to bring about successful outcomes with performance impact.


Accountabilities with Key Outcomes: 


  • Support practitioners and stakeholders to define the objectives and scope of R&I projects
  • Work with the Head of Sports Science to effectively prioritise different projects and communicate this to internal and external stakeholders
  • Create R&I project plans, schedules and timelines then track and report regularly on project delivery
  • Co-ordinate R&I project delivery with practitioners, internal and external stakeholders including regular project team meetings
  • Support the R&I project lead practitioners to plan and allocate R&I project resources, manage project budgets and create dissemination plans for results, insights and outcomes
  • Manage R&I project administration including partnership agreements with external stakeholders such as universities and MIHP, student recruitment and inductions, academic liaison and review meetings
  • Provide regular R&I progress reports to project steercos and the Medical and Science Management Team.
  • Proactively build relationships with leading R&I industries, businesses and sports to help drive Manchester City’s strategy and its delivery forward
  • Lead the review and evaluation of completed R&I projects with practitioners, internal and external stakeholders

Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 



Experience of managing relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders from a diverse range of backgrounds and expertise

Budget management and understanding of budget codes and cost centres

Undergraduate degree in a related field

Excellent computer skills, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and experience of databases

Highly organised with an eye for detail, strong general administration and record keeping skills

Ability to observe and maintain confidentiality and manage information with discretion

Prepared to work extended hours on occasion during times of peak activity including evenings and weekends




Postgraduate degree in a related field

Proven record of effective project management support to a team / department

PRINCE2 or equivalent project management qualification

Working in a professional sporting environment


Closing Date – 16th June 2021