Women’s First Team Manager

  • Employer West Ham United
  • Town / City London
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Salary Competitive
  • Position Type Year(s) Contract
  • Closing Date 06/12/2020
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Salary:                                    Competitive Salary

Hours:                                    Full-time

Closing Date:                         Sunday 6th December

Location:                                Chadwell Heath Training Ground, Chigwell Construction Stadium with travel required for domestic away fixtures and international training camps and tours.

Benefits:                                25 days’ annual leave

Contributory pension scheme

Life assurance

Healthcare cash plan

Job summary

To create a culture that maximises the talent of each Club Player in all aspects of the four-corner model to maximise the quality of team performance and ensure that Licence criteria are being met.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To build a successful winning first team.
  • To attend all training sessions and Matches played by the Club.
  • Implementing a training programme in line with LTPD guidelines
  • Supporting the aims and objectives of the England international development pathway from youth teams to senior team.
  • Ensure high standards of coaching delivery across the first team and academy team taking into account current elite good practice.
  • Developing and overseeing a continuous professional development programme, to include a comprehensive mentoring strategy, for coaches and support staff involved within the Club.
  • Work with Managing Director and General Manager to oversee the recruitment of first team players.
  • To work with the General Manager & Academy Manager to provide the pathway and opportunities for young players to develop and play in the 1st team.
  • Ensuring the Club adheres to The FA standards for safeguarding children.
  • Formal monitoring and evaluation of Club Player and coach performance of the Club.
  • To develop a strong relationship with our centre of excellence and its staff.
  • Representing the Club at relevant League Competition meetings.
  • To ensure that the Club adheres to The FA Rules and Regulations and Competition Rules.
  • To ensure that the Club adheres to Respect guidelines.
  • Maintain positive relations and regular contact with key England International staff (Head Coach/Director of Elite Development/relevant age group coaches and Player Performance staff).

Equal Opportunities

  1. To ensure that all departments are provided within an anti-discriminatory framework and take account of such issues as race, gender, sexuality, disability, religion and age.
  2. To carry out work in a manner which promotes equality of opportunity for both staff and clients.


  1. Staff must evidence a commitment to the safety and welfare of children, young people and adults at risk regardless of their age, gender, language, religion, ethnic background or sexual identity and ensure the safety and protection of all children, young people and adults at risk taking part in any activity arranged by or in the name of the Club.
  2. It is a requirement for staff to follow the Club’s Safeguarding reporting procedures to report without delay, allegations of abuse, poor practice or which is or may, impact on the welfare of a child, young person or adult at risk.   After contacting and taking guidance from the Safeguarding Team, staff must use the Club’s Child Protection Online Management System (CPOMS) to record the concern within 24 hours unless directed to do otherwise.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will have skills and experience in the following areas: –

Essential (E) Desirable (D)


  • UEFA A Licence holder (E)
  • FA Licensed Coach (Member of the Licensed Coaches Club to cover safeguarding and first aid) (E)
  • Experience of and enthusiasm for coaching and mentoring elite young and senior players and/or coaches.
  • Track record of consistent high performance in a professional environment. (E)
  • Enhanced DBS (or ability to obtain) (E)
  • UEFA Pro License (D)
  • LMA Diploma in Football Management (D)
  • Degree in Psychology/Sports Psychology (D)
  • Qualifications in Leadership & Management (D)
  • Knowledge of foreign languages, spoken and written (D)

Skills, Abilities, Knowledge 

  • Empathy with young players with an ability to inspire. (E)
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to build meaningful, strong strategic relationships with club staff. (E)
  • Understanding of learning, development and high performance with a proven ability to create optimum learning environments for players (E)
  • Aware of diversity and equality challenges in football. (E)
  • Empathy and commitment to the long-term development of the game. (E)
  • Strong existing relationships within the Women’s pyramid in England. (E)
  • Ability to work weekends and unsociable hours. (E)
  • Ability to travel independently (E)
  • Understanding and empathy with education and learning with a strong commitment to personal development and training. (D)
  • Coach mentoring experience. (D) 

We believe that a diverse workforce strengthens our creativity and delivers the best commercial performance. We are, therefore seeking applications from high quality people, whose backgrounds, experience and identity broadens and enhances the diversity of our company.

As an employer we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health of our staff.

We are committed to the principle of equality and equal opportunities in employment and have been accredited with the being Disability Confident Leader.   We will actively promote equality and equal opportunities in our business to ensure that individuals receive treatment that is fair and equitable and consistent with their relevant aptitudes, potential skills and abilities. Employees will be recruited and selected, promoted and trained on the basis of objective criteria.

Please apply through our recruitment site at https://www.whufc.com/club/recruitment/vacancies    by 6th December 2020.

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