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General Manager, Professional Game Academy Audit Company


As part of the Elite Player Performance Plan, the overarching professional-game strategy for the development of youth football in England, the academies of professional football club academies must be licensed and categorised into one of four categories, based on a combination of spend, infrastructure, staffing, and qualitative assessments of their provision across a range of areas.

The Professional Game Academy Audit Company (PGAAC) has been developed, mandated by the professional game, to monitor safety, compliance and the quality of work being delivered. PGAAC is jointly owned by The FA, the Premier League, and the EFL. PGAAC oversees an interdisciplinary assessment of academies across Coaching, Education, Leadership and Management, Performance Support, Pathway, Player Care and Youth Development rules. The aim is to regulate and stimulate the Academy system to help make a positive difference to players, parents and staff involved.

The PGAAC Board, consisting of Premier League, EFL and FA representatives and an independent Chair, are looking to recruit a General Manager to lead the Company. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing all staff within the organisation and will be tasked with ensuring that the aims and purpose of PGAAC are fulfilled, and that the audit process evolves to meet the needs of the EPPP.

The Role

  • Lead the delivery of the Independent Audit of Academies across English Professional Games.
  • Oversee a team of auditors and other support staff.
  • Manage the club audit schedule and deployment of auditors across clubs throughout each season.
  • Working with the leagues and clubs, continue to develop and evolve the assessment framework to provide effective quality assurance of club academies in all areas of their performance.
  • Implement and maintain an effective system of internal verification, quality assurance and standardisation across the audit team.
  • Ensure the effective collection, storage and use of data, providing benchmarked data and insights to Clubs and the Professional Game, informing and improving future practice.
  • Working with the Board, consider resource capacity and structure to ensure the company is set up for success, now and in the future.
  • When required, attend audits to observe the auditors’ delivery to support their personal development and the development of the audit framework.
  • Review and maintain the PGAAC operational Plan to ensure all processes are visible, updating when required.
  • Provide regular feedback to the Leagues and Professional Game Board (PGB).
  • Prepare agendas and supporting papers for, and attend quarterly PGAAC Board meetings and monthly Board referral meetings.
  • Manage an agreed annual budget.
  • Provide Categorisation recommendations to the Professional Games Board.

How to apply

To apply, candidates should send the following documents to the below application email address:

  • Letter of application highlighting relevant experience
  • Up to date curriculum vitae

Email addresspgaac@sriexecutive.com

Close Date: For all applications, 17:00 BST Friday 30th September

For further information, please see the candidate brief.

The appointment of PGAAC’s General Manager is via an open and transparent recruitment process to attract the widest range of suitable candidates.

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