The FIFA World Cup 26™ will mark the first time that the tournament features 48 teams and will be hosted by three countries: Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
This new format redefines excellence, generating unique opportunities for greater participation and engagement from fans and players in North America and all over the world. Now is your time to be a game changer and join the workforce that is planning and delivering this unique and unforgettable experience.
Reporting organisationally to the Senior Manager, Team Facilities the Manager, Team Facilities will be a key member of the FIFA26 Stadium & Facilities Management team, and work in close collaboration with FIFA Zurich key collaborators and other key individuals responsible for delivering overall operational readiness of state-of-the-art facilities for teams and referees, in particular training sites (base camps and venue-specific facilities) for the FIFA World Cup 26 and FIFA Club World Cup 2025™ in the United States.
The main responsibilities and oversights of the Manager, Team Facilities for the FIFA World Cup 26™ include:
- Identifying, securing and following-up on the contracting teams'/referees' facilities in the United States, in particular training sites;
- Coordinating rental fee negotiations with host city representatives and/or training site owners;
- Contributing to the planning of Team Base Camp inspection visits in the run-up to the tournaments;
- Contributing to the FIFA World Cup 26 and FIFA Club World Cup 2025™ Team Base Camp brochures by providing adequate information and updating them on a regular basis;
- Coordinating the preparation of maps and drawings for training sites and hotels (including security perimeters, parking allocation and media facilities);
- Leading the operational planning and implementation of Team Base Camps, Referee Base Camps and venue-specific team facilities;
- Overseeing the readiness of the infrastructure and maintenance progress lead by Technical Services;
- Collaborating with the relevant functional areas and service providers on pitch management projects;
- Leading cross-functional interaction with all functional areas and other stakeholders (e.g. owners of help centers, clubs and training sites) involved in operations across all teams' and referees' facilities;
- Coordinating the rental fee payment for training sites before and after the tournament.
- Bachelor's degree or similar education
- Able to manage a group of people working on the same projects and, as required, coordinate people in other functional areas to contribute to projects.
- High energy levels, exceptional planning and organizational skills, strong negotiation and facilitation skills, excellent communication and presentation skills, positive relationship management abilities.
- Comfortable working in an international, demanding and changing environment.
- Able to work effectively as part of a team and adapt to and work well with people of other cultures and backgrounds.
- Able to hire, coach, appraise and retain experienced and less experienced employees.
- A minimum of three years of sports event management experience, ideally at the international level.
- Proven track record in managing complex projects, including both pre-event planning and event implementation.
- Very good and well-founded knowledge of international football or other sports, as well as of training facilities.
- Excellent knowledge of the local culture and facilities in the United States.
- Very good and well-founded knowledge of event and competition operations.
- Fluent in English. Spanish and/or French proficiency is a plus
- Strong administrative and IT skills including MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Visio & Project), planning software and online collaboration