Director, Soccer Analytics

  • San Jose Earthquakes
  • San Jose, CA, USA
  • 24 Nov, 2021
Full time Data Science Leadership & Management Scout / Analyst

Job Description

San Jose Earthquakes are recruiting a Director, Soccer Analytics to help build and lead the club’s new Data & Analytics function, which will focus on leveraging data to drive insights that inform decision making across soccer operations, including: game model development, match analysis, player recruitment, and roster construction. The role will work closely with club executive leadership and soccer operations staff – and carry management responsibility for Data & Analytics team.
Core Duties and Responsibilities
  • Lead development and prioritization of key strategic initiatives for Data & Analytics group, working in collaboration with outside consultants, executive leadership, and soccer operations
  • Evaluate, select, and manage all club data infrastructure tools – including external data sources for event, tracking, and physical data
  • Execute detailed analyses to support soccer operations across key functional areas, such as development of game model, creation/execution of new player recruitment/evaluation system, match analysis, and biometric/performance planning.
  • Conduct research on latest trends across the soccer data/analytics space; develop new project ideas and assess their potential impact and feasibility
  • Help define Data & Analytics org structure and human capital needs; recruit, hire and manage Data & Analytics team, including full time and part time roles 
Education and Experience
  • College degree – preferably in statistics, computer science, mathematics or a related field
  • 5+ years of work experience in soccer analytics or related data/analytics role

 Required Skills
  • Deep experience working with and analyzing datasets – fluency with soccer-specific datasets and providers strongly preferred 
  • Experience building data visualizations using R, Python, or equivalent
  • Ability to effectively communicate/present conclusions (written or oral) from analyses to technical staff and club executive leadership 
  • Enthusiasm for learning new relevant skills related to programming, modeling, and visualization
  • Passion for soccer and soccer analytics – strong working knowledge of MLS preferred
  • Spanish language skills a plus

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.