CEO Business Manager

Federations & Major Events
United Kingdom
Full Time
Competitive
19 / 04
The role of CEO Business Manager is to prioritise and coordinate the workflow that needs to happen to ensure the CEO is well prepared for everything he does. 

Full description

The role of CEO Business Manager is to prioritise and coordinate the workflow that needs to happen to ensure the CEO is well prepared for everything he does. Finding and analysing information, bringing people together, spotting potential problems, anticipating 'what next' and seeing the challenges before they occur; all to enable the CEO to make good and timely decisions and allow him to focus on the things that only he can do.

This role sits as part of the Business Management team, with a dedicated focus on the CEO's activity.

What will you be doing?

  • Work in partnership with the CEO's Executive Assistant to ensure that everything in the CEO's schedule has been reviewed well in advance and that he is well prepared and informed in everything he does, particularly in making good and timely decisions and where possible last-minute problems are avoided.
  • Project manage CEO led initiatives providing the necessary support to the CEO and other members of his SMT, working collaboratively with each divisions involved.
  • Prepare all information for key meetings, this includes reviewing information sent to the CEO, making sense of it and using initiative to formulate plans as much as possible before the CEO needs to get involved.
  • Prepare speeches and presentations for conferences and events, partnering with experts in other divisions to ensure every subject is covered with the depth and detail necessary.
  • Where the CEO is working closely in partnership with one/some of his direct reports on a particular issue in, provide support to those members of SMT too to ensure a joined-up thinking and approach to both problem solving and more strategic thinking.
  • If requested by the CEO, from time to time support the FA Chair and other Board members.
  • Where time and capacity permits, support the wider business management team in their work.
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
  • As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

Note: the CEO's EA will remain in control of all diary management, travel and logistical support and will be an equal partner to the Business Manager.

This role will suit someone with low ego, who is both a strong team player and an independent thinker and worker, who enjoys the breadth of the FA's remit.

It is not intended to be a layer in between the CEO and his direct reports, nor to replace the normal communication amongst that group.

The successful candidate will be an enabler to the CEO and enjoy the variety of work that results from this relationship, they will be equally happy helping the business management team when required and will have the maturity and style that will allow them to move fluidly between the two teams.

What are we looking for?

Essential Skills

Knowledge

  • A strong understanding of how the FA works as part of the football eco system - both people and processes.

Experience

  • Will have worked in some form of business or programme management capacity working directly for a senior leader.
  • Will be able to manage multiple projects and workstreams concurrently and able to coordinate others to get a job done on time.
  • Will possess the soft influencing skills and EQ to work across the hierarchy, without needing to use the CEO title to make things happen.
  • A diplomat who knows how to handle information discreetly without being high handed and will represent the CEO well.

Technical Skills

  • Will be able to write presentations and speeches independently and to a high standard as a first pass.
  • Strong analytical, numeracy and commercial nous.

Desirable Skills

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of international footballing bodies and other sport governing bodies, with a well-developed network in place.

Experience

  • Previous experience in a similar role, understanding the required skills and behaviour to make a positive impact.
  • A trained consultant with experience from a one of the big firms.

What's in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

  • Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
  • Free private medical cover.
  • A contributory pension scheme.
  • An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
  • A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.

For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page, https://www.thefa.com/about-football-association/careers

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Women's Adobe FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre, unless the role is advertised as a homebased contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.

The FA, For All, For You

Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy forms an integral part of our long-term commitment to using our influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination.

https://www.thefa.com/-/media/thefacom-new/files/about-the-fa/2021/fa_a-game-for-all-strategy.ashx

A Game For All outlines three key strategic commitments - Lead the Change, Be the Change, and Inspire the Change - which will ensure tackling discrimination remains a core priority for English football for years to come.

We are a diverse workplace, aspiring to represent football across the country. The Football Association actively promotes inclusion and diversity, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself at work.

We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.

As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

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