Partnership Ideation Lead

  • Chelsea FC
  • Chelsea, London, UK
  • 05 Jun, 2024
Full time Business & Commercial Leadership & Management Premier League

Job Description


Job Title – Partnership Ideation Lead

Location – Stamford Bridge

Hours – Permanent – 35 hours a week (Any 5 of 7)


About Us:


As a member of the Chelsea team you will become part of a long and proud history in the heart of iconic west London, which dates back to the club’s founding in 1905. Since that time the club has won every major domestic and international trophy, being crowned English, European and world champions in the process.


Chelsea are a club which proudly strives to be the best in everything we do, on and off the pitch, as shown by the further success of our Women’s and Academy sides, as well as the excellent work in the community undertaken by the Chelsea Foundation, while engaging with our many supporters from a wide range of backgrounds at home in the UK and around the world.

If you’re motivated and want to help us win more trophies, you’ve got a place here at Chelsea!


What We’re Looking For:


Chelsea FC are looking for a Partnership Ideation Lead to join the team with the  purpose of leading the creative strategy and ideation development for existing and potential partners. This role would sit within our Brand & Partnership Marketing team.   


Brief description and duties:


  • Collaborate with the Partnerships Team and the Creative Studio to deliver strategic creative solutions to existing commercial partner briefs.


  • Draft concepts and ideas that are insight driven and aim to meet both Club and Partner objectives, whilst delighting and engaging Chelsea fans globally.


  • Present ideas through clear articulation of strategy, treatments, scripts, and overall plans.


  • Be a leading force in creative development, and take ideas into execution, supporting on shoots and postproduction to ensure the output is of excellent standard.


  • Facilitate production of creative spanning video, photography, animation, and graphic design.


  • Collaborate with the Commercial and Marketing functions to support new sales briefs, including best in class creative strategy that sets the Club apart.


  • Support in the design and flow of sales decks.


  • Be the go-to expert on industry creative best practice, new activations and media types, and how we can engage our fans and partner consumers in innovative ways.


  • Understand football culture, and the art of talking to modern-day fans across a range of different passion points that span music, fashion, entertainment, the arts, and gaming.


  • Regularly update key stakeholders across the business on any relevant industry activity.


  • Constantly review the competitor landscape across key markets and providing updates to the wider teams and senior management.


Must Haves/qualified by demonstrable experience to the level required: 


  • Prior marketing and creative experience, preferably within Sport
  • Experience leading internal and external teams
  • Experience working with creatives; photographers, videographers, directors, DOPs, stylists, writers etc
  • Experience working with agencies and freelancers.
  • Astute at working cross functionally to deliver projects
  • Experience creating digital-first marketing and creative (campaign) strategies
  • Experience working with data/insight to create strategy and plans


Skills and Behaviours:


  • Team player – being able to work with multiple teams to achieve a collective goal
  • Excellent communicator with high attention to detail
  • Able to build strong relationships with key stakeholders around the Club
  • Creative thinker who can work through problems with a solution-based mindset


What We Offer: 

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: 

At Chelsea we recognise that the diversity of our people is one of our greatest strengths and we are taking positive action to ensure our existing colleagues and job applicants can fully be themselves and bring their own unique experiences and perspectives to Chelsea FC. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

If you need reasonable adjustments made to the recruitment process, please reach out to your recruiter, who will be able to advise and support you.


Chelsea FC and the Foundation is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults at risk (vulnerable groups). We therefore require all successful applicants to complete a DBS Check prior to starting employment. Depending on the role, successful applicants may also be required to undergo other child protection screening where appropriate.