Head of Analysis and Data

Sunderland

Vacancy summary

Sunderland AFC is looking to recruit a Head of Analysis and Data to work within the club to establish and support evidence-led decision making across the football and business departments of the Club, through efficient and effective use of data and performance analysis.

Reporting to the Sporting Director and Chief Operating Officer, this position will be the main interface between the football and business operations and the data/performance teams. The aim is to develop a common data and performance language understood by all parties to simply engagement, creating a football and business operations technology and data roadmap.

The successful applicant will have excellent communication and presentation skills to lead development, maintain and improve operational processes aligned to the roadmap that incorporates structured decision making and governance.

Responsibilities

  • Implementation of the Performance Analysis and Data Strategy and Performance Plan.
  • Working with the Chief Operating Officer and Head of IT to identify, procure and manage all technology supporting football operations.
  • Create a data architecture to support the football and business operation.
  • Develop and standardise ‘Sunderland AFC’ products and services and processes through the design of an operational manual as part of the wider Performance Plan.
  • To provide leadership and guidance to the multi-disciplinary team, players and parents.
  • Undertake line manager responsibilities for staff operating in the Analysis and Data domain.
  • Liaison with domain heads and coaches to ensure smooth running of activities.
  • Design and lead creation of a bespoke in-house SAFC models to measure playing philosophy.
  • Empower player recruitment personnel to contextualise observations that can be used within the football operations to assess current and potential players effectively.
  • Work with the Sporting Director and Chief Operating Officer to define requirements and undertake research, development and analysis.
  • Ensure familiarity with all technology and data developments relevant to football operations, including those that originate in other sports and industries.
  • Working with the Chief Operating Officer establish key partnerships with local IT and University partners to help support the implementation of the roadmap within agreed budget.
  • Ensure the team is constantly evolving capabilities to deliver the requirements of the business as a whole through staff development and recruitment.
  • Be the Club’s point of contact for third party organisations providing goods or services

The successful candidate will have experience in football or other sports sectors and hold a degree in a numerate discipline, having the ability to engage with and influence stakeholders and lead project teams.

The position is full time (40 hours per week), with working hours being flexible around business demands and include evening and weekend work as required, including home matches and special events. You will be expected to undertake any specific training or Continued Professional Development to maintain your up-to-date knowledge and qualifications, and/or as organised by the club.

Equal opportunities

Sunderland AFC is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a policy of treating all employees and job applicants equally. Our aim is that all colleagues should be able to work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Safeguarding children and adults at risk

Sunderland AFC is fully committed to the safeguarding and welfare of children, young people, adults at risk and all vulnerable groups within the organisation. Sunderland AFC owes a duty of care to safeguard all children, young people, adults at risk and all vulnerable groups involved in activities as organised by the football club. Sunderland AFC makes provisions for children, young people, adults at risk and all vulnerable groups through adherence to the Safeguarding Policies and Procedures adopted by the Club.

How to apply

To apply for the role, please send a CV and covering letter to Sunderland@eisg.com

Please also fill out this Application and Diversity Monitoring Form

The Executives in Sport Group are exclusively retained on behalf of Sunderland AFC to manage the recruitment process. All direct applications and agency enquiries will be forwarded to the Executives In Sport Group.

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