Leadership & Management
Scout / Analyst
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
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.