Hull City

Head of Academy Recruitment

10 September 2019

Hull City Academy are looking to recruit a passionate and dedicated individual for the position of Head of Academy Recruitment. Located within the Bishop Burton College campus, the new Head of Academy Recruitment will be responsible for managing and implementing our recruitment process and philosophy across all phases of the programme,

This role will provide the opportunity to undertake your own scouting duties and play a lead role in the signing of players. Reporting to the Academy Manager and Head of Strategic Analysis & Recruitment, the successful candidate shall be expected to identify talent for each age group, from U9s to U23s, highlight new opportunities or areas for improvement and liaise with our Regional Scouting Staff and Academy Coaches.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Identify talented youth players who could potentially play in the First Team for Hull City by working to the Club’s talent identification strategy.
  • Manage and co-ordinate academy scouts to ensure there is a clear strategy for player recruitment.
  • In line with EPPP regulations, manage the recruitment department and varying processes for the Academy on a local and national scale.
  • Continually monitor the performance of the scouting network, through the implantation of academy recruitment policies and procedures.
  • Review and update the recruitment philosophy, policies, protocols and procedures in line with the EPPP and Academy’s required standards.
  • Co-ordinate the weekly scouting schedule and manage scouts’ expenses.
  • Continually review and implement the recruitment protocols, ensuring the relevant staff members are informed of any updates.
  • Through the Academy’s PMA system, ensure players are monitored and tracked with the relevant reports completed; review, update and implement the scouting reports in line with academy player profiles.
  • Continually monitor scouting reports and follow up on any players identified.
  • Attend academy meetings whilst also implementing both departmental meetings and in-service training for scouts.
  • Continually track and monitor data in relation to the signing and release of recruited players.
  • Communicate effectively with external stakeholders, including the parents and guardians of our players and scholars.
  • Develop strong relationships with other clubs (both grass roots and professional), schools and community groups to identify and recruit players.
  • Respond and follow up any recommendations or trial requests from external individuals.
  • Oversee the implementation of trialists across all phases within the Academy, liaising with Lead Coaches and the Sports Science & Medicine department to arrange induction evenings.
  • Undertake any CPD in line with academy requirements.
  • Any other scouting duties as directed by the Academy Manager.

Qualifications & Training:

  • FA Talent Identification Award Level 3 (Desirable)
  • FA Safeguarding Certificate (Essential)
  • FA Emergency Aid Certificate (Desirable)

Personal Specification:

  • A proven track record of success in the identification and recruitment of players across all age groups within an academy system (Essential)
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of the football environment relating to the recruitment of players and the regulations that govern player recruitment.
  • Excellent IT skills and a clear understanding of the different recruitment software packages, including the Premier League PMA system.
  • Previous experience of managing a department within an academy environment (Desirable)
  • Experience of EPPP/ Category 1 & 2 (advantageous)
  • Knowledge and understanding of the geographical catchment area for potential players at Hull City, and a clear understanding of the local clubs/leagues in the area (Desirable)
  • Excellent communication skills and adherence to high levels of confidentiality.
  • Hold a full valid UK driving licence.

About us:

Hull City Academy develops and works with talented young footballers from the age of 8 to 23.

We have made significant progress at the Academy since the Club successfully achieved its quest to gain Category Two status in the summer of 2015, with the primary focus on developing and nurturing players with outstanding potential into future first team regulars.

In line with the Football Association’s Charter of Quality, the Academy prepares players of the future for the Club and enables our scholars to progress both on and off the field throughout their tenure with us.

This is a role requiring empathetic and effective leadership of a department, based on the Club’s vision and values, to harness the talent of Academy players and staff in the achievement of key milestones within the recruitment of players. The successful candidate must be flexible, have a professional attitude and be a genuine team player who desires to seek solutions and success.

Salary range: £30,000 to £32,000 per annum

Closing date: Friday 27th September 2019 at 4.00pm

To apply for this role, please send your CV and a covering letter to [email protected]. We also request that you complete our Equality & Diversity Form and return it along with your application; this is to help us monitor the range of candidates and will be treated with the upmost confidence.

Please note we reserve the right to close this advertisement once we have received a satisfactory number of applicants; if you have not been contacted within ten working days of the closing date then you should assume that unfortunately your application has not been shortlisted on this occasion.

Hull City Tigers Ltd are committed to Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults and colleagues are expected to contribute to the delivery of our safeguarding policy and procedures. Some posts may require the employee to undertake an enhanced disclosure check by The Disclosure and Barring Service.

Hull City Tigers Ltd is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, belief and gender.