Head of Sports Science and Medicine

Rugby Football Union (RFU)
Location Twickenham, UK
Posted 21/11/2016
Closes 12/12/2016
Sector Federations & LOCs, Science & Medicine
Function Coaching & Sports Development, Strategy & Research, Planning & Strategy, Medicine & Science
Contract Type Permanent
Hours Full Time
Salary Negotiable

Job Description

Based within the Professional Rugby Department, the RFU is currently recruiting for the role of Head of Sports Science and Medicine. The Head of Sports Science and Medicine will be responsible for maximising the athletic development of players within the Men's and Women's international performance teams (with the exception of the Men's England Senior team) to include Men - Saxons, U20s, U18s, U16s, Sevens & Women - Seniors, U20s, Sevens, through the strategic development, coordination and operational management of team performance services across the sports science and medicine disciplines. They will also deliver Professional Rugby team focussed Sports Science and Medical targets as agreed with the Director of Professional Rugby to allow for improved performance year on year.

Other key responsibilities include:

  • To build a world class team of sports science and sports medicine specialists (working in collaboration with the Chief Medical Officer who line manages medical staff).
  • To lead this multi-disciplinary team and ensure operational excellence in all aspects, including resourcing and development plans. Ensure all individual performance plans are conducted in conjunction with the relevant specialist leads.
  • To develop relationships with Professional Rugby clubs (and other clubs where pathway/potential England players may from time to time be based) to ensure the development of the elite player is optimised to ensure high performance for club and country.
  • In conjunction with the Head of International Player Development, plan a long-term athletic performance programme to ensure the best possible preparation and development programmes are in place for all Professional Rugby teams (exc Men's Senior XV's)
  • To ensure that Professional Rugby teams benefit from applied performance research in sports science, analysis, strength and conditioning, nutrition, psychology and sports medicine.
  • To manage the athletic performance professional rugby team budget and provide short and long-term costs for development. To identify in-year critical needs and prioritise accordingly.
  • To contribute to the creation of athletic performance standards for National Academy players.

The successful candidate will have master's degree level in one of the Human Sciences and will be able to demonstrate evidence of having implemented relevant, original applied research in a performance setting.
We are looking for someone with Extensive, successful and measurable experience of providing team performance services within elite level sport including time within elite level rugby union. They will be an innovative thinker and have proven experience of leading a team of diverse technical staff effectively within an elite sport environment. They will be an effective communicator and motivator of others, leading through personal example and have effective mentoring skills. Knowledge of the structure and operation of rugby union in England as well as the ability to adapt to the changing demands of international rugby and be proactive in this regard are essential. Showing a commitment to education and continuing professional development is also essential.

All applications must be received by close of play Monday 5th December 2016.

Rugby Football Union (RFU)

The Rugby Football Union is the national governing body for grassroots and elite rugby in England, with 1,900 autonomous rugby clubs in its membership.The clubs are grouped within 35 Constituent Bodies (CBs), comprised of counties - some individual,

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