Head of Academy Performance

  • Heart of Midlothian FC
  • Edinburgh, UK
  • 29 Oct, 2021
Full time Academy Leadership & Management Scout / Analyst Sports Science Youth

Job Description

The Head of Academy Performance oversees the delivery of performance support services across the academy (u11 – u18 squads) for both our boys’ and girls’ programmes. The role holder will line manage a team of part-time sport scientists, physiotherapists and other allied health practitioners. They will be responsible for the effective operation of the multi-disciplinary team and drive both development and performance outcomes for the academy. An additional aspect of the role includes line managing our women’s first-team performance staff.

We are looking for a candidate who is highly motivated and passionate about working with and developing young athletes. In addition, we are seeking someone who can develop good working relationships with a variety of groups including fellow practitioners, coaches, young players and their parents. The successful candidate will be joining a team of forward thinking and ambitious staff who are dedicated to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment.


Key Responsibilities

• Line manage part-time academy (boys & girls) and women’s first team support staff and co-ordinate the provision of sports science and medicine services across these programmes.

• Develop and maintain positive relationships and effective communication pathways with players, coaches and members of the multi-disciplinary team.

• Design and implement a long-term development plan to help prepare youth players for the physical and mental demands of first-team football.

• Design and maintain a data management system for longitudinal player monitoring adopting a conscientious approach to data entry and judicious interpretation and dissemination of results.

• Design and lead regular fitness testing amongst all academy squads.

• Design and deliver gym-based training sessions.

• Design and deliver speed, agility, plyometric & conditioning sessions.

• Facilitate and proactively contribute to applied research projects as directed by the Head of Performance.


Essential Requirements

• Undergraduate degree in sport science or related discipline.

• At least 3 years in the provision of sport science support services to athletic populations, preferably within a professional football club.


• Postgraduate degree in sport science or related discipline.

• UKSCA accredited.

• BASES accredited (or working towards via supervised experience pathway).

• ISAK level 1 accredited.

• Previous line management experience


Personal Skills

• Conscientious and committed to attention to detail.

• Excellent communication skills in the written and spoken word.

• Excellent information technology skills and an understanding of modern software design.

• Critical thinking and analytical mind set.

• Strong character able to operate within a high-pressure working environment and put forward their point of view.

• Ability to work independently as directed whilst contributing proactively to the department.

• Honesty and openness and an approachable demeanor.

• Commitment to professional development.

• Flexibility due to the working pattern in the Academy.


Closing Date: 3rd December 2021.