Host Country Relations Manager

Location Switzerland, Nyon
Posted 30/11/2016
Closes 19/12/2016
Sector Federations & LOCs
Function Legal, IT, HR, Finance & Procurement, Events & Operations, Strategy & Research, Planning & Strategy
Contract Type Contract
Hours Full Time
Salary Competitive

Job Description

Job information:

Division / Unit: Operations / Host Country Projects

Contract type: Fixed Term

Start date: 01.02.2017

End date: 30.09.2020

Location: Nyon


The Host Country Relations Manager is responsible for developing and maintaining constructive relationships with all 13 UEFA EURO 2020 host cities and relevant national and local authority stakeholders, as well as for ensuring their full integration into the delivery of the event.


  • Acting as the main point of contact for the 13 host cities to ensure coordination between them as well as with the national and local authorities and with UEFA;
  • Managing and ensuring a productive and collaborative relationship with the UEFA EURO 2020 host country governments and authorities at city/municipal, regional and national level with a view to ensuring the provision of suitable hosting conditions for the successful implementation of the tournament;
  • Coordinating the dealings of all other UEFA units (especially the legal affairs and marketing divisions) with the host countries and host cities;
  • Coordinating delivery of city/country-based events in conjunction with local authorities;
  • Attending (if required) local steering group meetings in each host country;
  • Ensuring systematic planning, implementation and regular monitoring of assigned projects, and supervising the project managers;
  • Ensuring appropriate use of resources and controlling costs;
  • Ensuring that general administrative, reporting, knowledge management and debriefing processes are followed and delivered on time and to the required standard.


Experience required:

  • from 4 to 6 years / account management in an international company or event operations at major sport events
  • from 4 to 6 years / dealing with contracts and to translating legal principles into commercial/operational strategies and concepts
  • from 4 to 6 years / dealing with local and national authorities


  • Masters in business administration, economics or law


  • English / Proficient
  • Any other European language would be an asset

Additional requirements:

  • Strong negotiation and communication skills, ideally from legal, commercial or sales background
  • Good understanding of the internal structures of sport governing bodies
  • Strong coordination and multitasking skills
  • Project Management / Advanced
  • Budget Management / Advanced


The Union of European Football Associations is the administrative body for association football in Europe.

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