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Job description

1 year fixed term contract starting August 2021 to August 2022

In July 2022, England will host the UEFA Women's European Championship after being awarded the right to host in December 2018. The Tournament will open at Old Trafford on 6 July 2022, and the final will be staged at Wembley Stadium on 31 July 2022, seeing back-to-back men's and women's UEFA EURO Finals in 2020 (in 2021) and 2022.

16 teams will take part in 31 matches over 25 days of competition with over 700,000 tickets available for clients and spectators across 10 stadiums. 11.7 million viewers watched England's semi-final at the Women's World Cup in France and this tournament is expected to achieve a 400m global TV audience.

Approximately 80 staff, 1,500 volunteers and numerous suppliers will be contracted to deliver the Tournament. UEFA Women's EURO 2022 will be a record-breaking event, uniting football and communities to grow the women's game. We will be READY for record audiences, ready to engage host cities and partners, to amplify the women's game and deliver operational excellence, all in an environment of equality.

The role

The Host City Team provides support to the nine Host Cities and local partners in their planning and delivery of an outstanding spectator experience. They'll help secure local promotion and activation to support the tournament aim of delivering record audiences.

Key responsibilities:
  • Support the Senior Host City Manager in the direct management of four north of England Host Cities (namely the Greater Manchester boroughs of Manchester, Trafford and Wigan & Leigh, and Rotherham in South Yorkshire), their project teams and local stakeholders in the planning and delivery of Host City obligations, working with key specialists where needed.
  • Develop strong relationships with the Host Cities' project managers, making regular Microsoft Teams calls and face-to-face meetings to support their planning and delivery.
  • Regularly document and report on the Host Cities' planning in the project management tool.
  • Work with the LOS marketing, stadium and volunteer teams on the spectator experience domain, overseeing delivery from the point of entry in the Host City to the stadium - and back again.
  • Support the planning and delivery of fan activations, including helping to secure funding and value in kind where appropriate.
  • Support the delivery of the Host City dressing and wayfinding programme to a high standard, including the use of innovative space and accessing partner sites to maximise local budgets.
  • Support the delivery of the Host City volunteer programme.
  • Support the delivery of the Rights Protection Programme.
  • Support the facilitation of UEFA Sponsors and Host City Supporters activating their rights in the Host Cities.
  • Support the Marketing and Communications team to maximise on local promotion opportunities to support the record attendance targets.
  • Work with the safety and security, and transport specialists to ensure Host Cities deliver these areas to the required national concept.
  • Work with Stadium Operations Team on the delivery of a successful matchday experience and handover from Host City to Stadium delivery.
  • Support the Legacy Manager and City Partnership Managers to link the tournament delivery to the legacy programme.
  • Support the Culture and Heritage Lead to deliver the cultural and heritage programmes.
  • Support the completion of a final report, social impact study and a knowledge transfer programme.

The successful candidate will have the following skills/experience:
  • Proven experience in working with local authorities and understanding how they operate
  • Experience in a sports event/project management background
  • An understanding of football and/or sports a benefit
  • Strong organisation and project management skills
  • Management of multiple stakeholders or agencies
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Extensive experience of Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint and Project Management tools e.g. Smartsheet
  • Ability to create presentations and present to a wide range of key stakeholders
  • Driving license and own car

What we can offer you:
  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate.
  • The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your covering letter.

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