Senior Coaching Pathways Manager

  • Premier League
  • London, UK
  • 13 Jul, 2024
Full time Coaching Leadership & Management Premier League Soccer Coach

Job Description

The Premier League is responsible for the development of the Professional Game coaching in partnership with the Premier League Clubs and Professional Game partner organisations (Premier League, FA, EFL, PFA, LMA, LCA and PGMOL) to develop a future pipeline of Players, Coaches and Match Officials for the Premier League and English Football. This is achieved via the ongoing delivery of the Premier League’s Elite Coaching Plan (ECP), the Integrated Coaching Strategy (ICS) with our football partners and the delivery of the newly created Elite Referee Development Plan (ERDP) with the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL). 

The primary purpose of this role is to support the development of coaching and the progression of home-developed coaches for the professional game. This includes leading the support provided to Clubs and coaches to enhance coaching roles across the player pathway. Specifically, the Senior Coaching Pathways Manager will focus on engaging with Clubs and coaches across both the First Team and Academy levels.
The Senior Coaching Pathways Manager will collaborate closely with the Head of Coaching Pathways to deliver a wide range of Premier League and multi-stakeholder strategic projects and programmes. This role is embedded within the Coaching Team, whose responsibility is to deliver a coaching development system that is unrivalled in all sport, in collaboration with Premier League Football Department staff, football partner organisations, and Clubs.
Who we are 
The Premier League is home to some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. The League and its Clubs use the power and popularity of the competition to inspire fans, communities, and partners in the UK and across the world. The Premier League brings people together from all backgrounds. It is a competition for everyone, everywhere and is available to watch in over 900 million homes in 188 countries.
We have a wide variety of responsibilities. These include organising the competition and its Handbook as well as managing the centralised broadcast and commercial rights. The work we do in conjunction with the Clubs also goes far beyond the 90 minutes. We support and provide a framework for youth development, we protect the organisation’s intellectual property, support the wider game and community programmes, undertake international development work, and liaise with governing bodies and other leagues. 
The Premier League is an equal opportunities employer and strives to create an inclusive culture where talent can flourish. We believe in the potential of everyone and open our doors to those who share those values. All appointments will be made based on merit; however, we particularly encourage applications from women, people from minority ethnic communities, LGBTQ+ people and disabled people.  
Our hybrid-working model also allows you some variety on your place of work, offering you the chance to work from home on some days each week. Where possible, you will attend the office or site visits in line with our company policy. All staff liaise closely with their line manager to manage their time appropriately and according to their work and team requirements.

Key Responsibilities

Lead on Coaching Pathway Projects: Oversee coaching pathway projects and the provision of support for coaches in the professional game, both at the Academy and First Team levels. This includes leading the "Premier League Next" initiative.
Engagement and Support: Signpost to and implement a comprehensive programme of engagement and support for coaches. This includes leading on the Premier League Coaching Summit and Academy Coach Development Experience.
Support Coach Development Programmes: Assist in delivering Premier League coach development programmes and initiatives.
Support Coaching Pathways Project: Contribute to the coaching pathways project, aiding aspiring coaches, advising key decision-makers, and guiding the development, programmes, and qualifications delivered.
Representation in Multi-Stakeholder Meetings: Represent the Premier League in key multi-stakeholder meetings, including collaboration with key partners through the Integrated Coaching Strategy (ICS).
Support Clubs with Action Plans: Collaborate with Club Support staff and other professional game partners to assist clubs in delivering action plans for the annual assessment by the Professional Game Academy Audit Company (PGAAC).
Collaboration with Internal Departments: Developing and maintaining key relationships with internal departments in supporting the objectives of the business
Collaboration with Professional Game Partners: Work with professional game partners and clubs to support coaching development and the coaching system within the professional game
Governance Review and Development: Collaborate with the Premier League Youth Department, EFL, and PGAAC to review and enhance the governance of coaching within the professional game.
Elite Coaching Plan: To support and deliver on other key areas of work to support the delivery of the ECP.
Football Development: To contribute to the key areas of work delivered within the Football Development Plan. 

Requirements for the role

  • Recent extensive experience working within Professional Clubs and/or First Team Men’s and/or Women’s Football Club environments
  • Experience of supporting the development of people / coaches to enhance their performance in their roles
  • Experience of leading and delivering on programmes and projects
  • UEFA A Licence (or equivalent Level 4 coaching qualification)
  • Understanding of the principles of Youth Development in a football and/or other Elite Sport environments
  • Embodies strong values of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and consistently demonstrates them through associated behaviours
  • A strong advocate for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Significant experience of stakeholder management 
  • In-depth understanding of talent development
  • The ability to work both collaboratively and independently as required
  •  Motivated by success through others
  • An innovative an open-minded approach to coach development, utilising experiences and expertise from within and outside of the football industry
  • Ability to be agile, dynamic and work within uncertain boundaries
  • High level written and presentation skills/capability
  • High level emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills
  • High level planning and organisational skills 
  • Competent in the use of MS Office tools including, Word, PowerPoint and Excel applications
  • DBS clearance – to be obtained via Premier League, prior to job offer 
  • Possess a full driving licence as frequent travel will be required