Football Innovation & Research Manager

Federations & Major Events
Zurich , Switzerland
Full Time
2 / 06

As the organiser of some of the biggest and most iconic sport events in the world we lead the way in the sport and event industry. We are now looking for a Football Innovation & Research Manager that is part of FIFA and supports us on our mission

Full description

These are your key tasks:

• Ownership, management, and development of the FIFA Innovation Programme
• Establish a strategy and mechanism for managing requests, identifying promising new avenues and assessing new technology innovations across the Professional Football Division
• Direct the decision-making process that results in the transformation of ideas into concrete innovative initiatives & design validation studies for empirical assessment of merit
• Ensure impactful outcome, documentation, and communication of Innovation Projects
• Support the FIFA Research Team in structuring, designing, and managing multidiscipline research projects
• Maximize the outcome of research projects through the publications of studies and the assimilation of findings through innovative means
• Promote and represent the technology innovation strategy at selected conferences and events
• Assist the Head of Department and Research team with the overall innovation management process for assessing, deploying, and standardizing technology globally

These tasks are a good start. Time will change. Take it and shape it.

Your Profile:

For all roles, we seek talented people with an entrepreneurial spirit and a global mindset.

The specific competencies we require for this position are:

• Master degree or similar higher education in technical studies, e.g. engineering or business studies with a strong focus on research methods
• Previous experience working with innovation in football or another sector with transferable knowledge
• Experience in business development and launch of new projects
• Fluency in English and another FIFA language (French or Spanish) is an asset
• Problem-solving attitude, cultivates an innovation mind set, open to try new approaches
• Strategic thinker who understands the bigger picture and long-term objectives
• Team player, willing and able to learn from others as well capable of sharing knowledge and experience
• Sound presentation skills in front of large audiences
• Understanding of technological landscape in sport and key drivers for FIFA Technology Innovation
• Out-of-the box thinking
• Willingness to travel occasionally
• Readiness for stand-by duties


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