Chief Executive Officer

  • Hong Kong Football Association
  • Hong Kong
  • 08 Jan, 2021
Full time Business & Commercial Finance Leadership & Management

Job Description

Established in 1914, the Hong Kong Football Association (HKFA) is the national sports association for football in Hong Kong. We are committed to enhance football development in Hong Kong. Over the past years, HKFA has been effective in broadening the base of participants and expanding various development programmes on community football covering grassroots and youth football, women’s football and futsal. We provide coaching education and referee training courses to increase the supply of qualified coaches and referees to support player development and improve the standards of refereeing. We also organize football leagues, local and international competitions.

Based on the solid groundwork laid in the past years, the continual collaborations with football stakeholders as well as funding support from the FIFA, AFC, the Government of the HKSAR, the Hong Kong Jockey Club and other sponsors, we keep moving in the right directions for the implementation of our new HKFA five year strategic plan, namely “The Vision 2025 Strategic Plan”, which the major goals identified vary from increased participation opportunities for all, viz. “Football for Everyone” to a long-term target of a Hong Kong men senior team going to the FIFA World Cup in 2034.

Our future success depends on the diverse talent and performance of dedicated employees. We now call for applications to fill this position which is financially supported by the Home Affairs Bureau’s Arts and Sports Development Fund.

The appointee will report to the Chairman and is accountable to the Board for the implementation and execution of the agreed strategy for the HKFA. This role is a key appointment as part of the plan for change and the HKFA Football Development strategy and will be responsible for the Executive leadership of the organisational transformation of the HKFA.

 

Job Purpose and Overall Role of the Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer will report to the Chairman and is accountable to the Board for the implementation and execution of the agreed strategy for the HKFA. This role is a key appointment as part of the plan for change and the HKFA Football Development strategy. The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for the Executive leadership of the organisational transformation of the HKFA.

 

Main Accountabilities

 On behalf of the Board, to lead the implementation of football development strategy as a means of establishing the HKFA as a financially strong and effective entity and thereafter to oversee and direct the activities of the HKFA in such a manner that ensures the sustainability of the organisation as a strong and effective governing body.

 To develop, review, update and implement strategies aimed at continually promoting and improving the game of football in Hong Kong at all levels from grassroots to the professional level including youth football, women's football and mini football/futsal.

 To provide the HKFA with the direction and leadership to deliver its commercial objectives as agreed with the Chairman and the Board, including not only consolidating and building on existing income streams but continuously seeking to widen the sources of funding and introduce new revenue streams.

 Through a wide range of potential commercial developments, broadcast and sponsorship revenues, to identify and exploit new income opportunities against agreed targets.

 To lead and develop the HKFA in organizational terms, ensuring it is effectively and appropriately resourced to ensure the efficient and effective management of all operations.

 To manage, and be accountable for the financial performance of the HKFA, monitoring and controlling costs in accordance with agreed objectives, as set by the Board.

 To lead, motivate and inspire, creating a culture which allows staff to develop to their full potential, whilst ensuring they meet their objectives.

 To create a performance culture throughout the organisation. This will include the setting of performance objectives and formally measuring against those objectives.

 To create a cohesive organisation based on a strong ethos of consistent delivery and continuous operational improvement.

 To ensure that the HKFA has a well-considered communications strategy and to oversee and direct its effective execution.

 To maintain and develop relationships with all aspects of the media in order to highlight the work of the HKFA initiating PR activities as appropriate.

 To lead and develop major projects at national and international level aimed at raising the profile of football in Hong Kong, maintaining and developing relationships with Government Ministers and Government Agencies and major sponsors as appropriate.

 To serve on international football bodies and committees (such as the AFC) as authorised by the Board in order to influence and shape policy for the development of football in the Asia region, and ultimately worldwide, and to ensure that the HKFA is well placed to influence such development.

 To lead on and develop structures to help secure the success of winning Hong Kong Teams.

 To ensure that the HKFA delivers on all of its statutory requirements and promotes the highest standards of corporate governance and transparency.

 To perform such other duties and responsibilities as instructed by the Board from time to time.

 To develop business plans, widen the sources of funding and revenue streams, and be accountable for the operation and financial performance of the Football Training Centre.

 

Profile, Skills and Experience

 A university degree in sports, business or public administration or related field is required.

 Chinese and English are the working languages of HKFA. For this key position, fluency in both Chinese and English is required.

 The successful candidate must have proven experience in a high profile, complex, multi stakeholder organisation.

 The successful candidate should have a track record of running a substantial business or organisation with the necessary general management and executive leadership experience to take on this role.

 Whilst it is not essential that the individual comes from a sports/football background, as a minimum requirement the successful candidate must have an understanding and empathy with football both as a sport and as a business.

 Evidence of success in brokering collaborative working relationships with a range of stakeholders across an industry will also be vital.

 Well-developed leadership and management skills with a track record of creating a culture of strong internal effectiveness and developing senior management teams to deliver operationally against strategic aims and objectives.

 Sound financial management and negotiation skills.

 Demonstrable capacity to develop policy options for the Board.

 Significant commercial achievements.

 Management of complex organisational change.

 As a high profile public face of the game in Hong Kong, you will also require skills and experience in managing relationships with the media

Personal Characteristics and Profile

The personal style and approach of the individual is very important, as the job holder will have dealings with a significantly diverse group of interested parties. This means the individual must have an adaptable style with strong consistent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work collaboratively.

Key personal characteristics will include:

 A versatile and persuasive leader, capable of building interest with a dynamic personality.

 A hands-on style, with considerable personal credibility and authority.

 Maturity in terms of presentational style and behavior.

 Good people management and team building skills in order to build and lead a strong, capable and effective team.

 High energy, drive and determination and the ability to prioritise and juggle conflicting demands.

 Calm but firm in terms of communication style and general demeanour.

 Good strategic thinker - an influencer and shaper.

 Resilient, patient and diplomatic, with gravitas and presence - a leader by example

 

Qualifications and Experience

 A university degree in sports, business or public administration or related field is required.

 The successful candidate must have proven experience in a high profile, complex, multi stakeholder organization.

 Chinese and English are the working languages of HKFA. For this key position, fluency in both Chinese and English is required.

 

Application Deadline: 28 January 2021