Head of Competitions – New Zealand – FWWC2023

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If you are a seasoned event professional interested in a once-in-a-lifetime job in the sports industry, this is your chance. We are looking for someone to lead and strengthen the team in charge of organising the biggest women’s sporting event in the world: the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023™.To ensure the successful operational delivery of the ninth edition of this competition, we have set up a local events team, the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 LLC., in Auckland, New Zealand. Its aim is to improve the experience of over 1.1 billion people watching the FIFA Women’s World Cup™, by delivering innovative solutions across all operational areas.We are currently looking to recruit ourHead of Competitions – New ZealandJob responsibilitiesAs the Head of Competitions – NEW ZEALAND, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, you will be in charge of the successful management implementation of the Team Services and Competition Management projects for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.Under the guidance of the Chief Operations Officer and relevant FIFA Head of Team Services and Head of Competition Management, you will build a sub-division to ensure that the best possible team facilities can be provided for the tournament across both Host Countries. You will also ensure the Team Services department establishes an efficient and smooth team operation, and the highest standard of Competition and Match Operations can be delivered by the Competition Management team, collaborating with all involved functional areas before and during the tournament.As Head of Competitions, you will act as a ‘centre of competence’ on any relevant strategical developments (actual or future) for the Team Services and Competition Management areas towards the Chief Operations Officer, as well as the other sub-divisions representing these two functional areas internally and towards external partners, such as the football business in New Zealand. As a leader, you should be able to harness your team’s motivation and channel it towards staging a highly successful FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.You will work in close collaboration with Functional Area experts based in FIFA HQ in Zurich to ensure that the Competitions projects of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023TM are successfully planned and implemented.Job dutiesYour role as the Head of Competitions – NEW ZEALAND includes the following responsibilities:Serving as the direct counterpart to the FIFA Team Services and Competition Management Heads of department, as well as the Project Leads from both departments located in ZürichLead and manage the Competitions sub-division and oversee the overall Competitions project on the Local Entity side, which includes Local Entity Team Services and Competitions Management departmentsIdentification of key players within all relevant governmental and non-governmental institutions, the national, regional and local football community and creation of a network in order to establish a strong relationship and collaboration with these key playersJointly with FIFA counterparts, strategise the overall Competitions areas’ planning, controlling and staffing, ensuring collaboration between the two Host Countries’ team membersIn close collaboration with FIFA counterparts, develop and control the overall Competitions budgetOversee the planning and delivery of all competition-related events, such as FIFA test events, the Draw, the Team Seminar and Team Workshop, as well as the FIFA Refereeing’s seminars and workshops in close partnership with FIFA counterparts, focusing on the delivery part of the Local EntityRecruiting, training, managing and supervising the Lead Senior Managers in each of the Host Countries’ team membersRepresenting Competitions at key meetings and events, as well as at site inspections when necessaryReport on a regular basis to the Local Entity’s management and ensuring overall efficient communication channels to all other functional areas within the Local Entity, as well as to external partnersTasks specific to the Team Services and Competition Management departments as listed in the job description.As a key member of the management team, work collaboratively with colleagues across Australia, in New Zealand and Zürich as defined by the operational organizational structureQualifications & experienceYou should have at least 6 years’ leadership experience working in complex, international sports events, with a minimum of 4 years’ experience in either the Team Services or Competition Management area (or both), possessing extensive knowledge of event and competition/match operations and a well-founded knowledge of football. You should have demonstrable success in managing multi-disciplined teams, as well as the capacity to make key decisions for the business.SkillsThis position requires a true leader with the ability to negotiate, cooperate and make decisions by applying critical problem-solving skills. As leader of a diverse team, it is important that you take an inclusive approach and are able to motivate others toward a common purpose. You must be able to delegate tasks appropriately while being transparent and assuming accountability for any decisions taken on your watch. A high degree of innovation, passion and vision is essential, and you will be able to hire, develop, coach, appraise and attain highly qualified personnel according to the organisational. The demands of the job mean you must be highly resilient and organised, as well as able to manage conflict and communicate clearly.What we offerWorking at the FIFA Women’s World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 is more than a job; it is a calling to create a better world through the power of football.As part of the FIFA family, you will be working with highly motivated colleagues within a dynamic and diverse team. Employment is offered until Q4 2023.How to applyIf you think you would be a good fit and are keen to work for an exciting and truly international organisation, we would love to hear from you. To apply, you should submit your application in English (motivation letter, CV, diplomas and reference letters) through our online application portal. Please only submit your applications through the portal, we cannot review applications submitted by email or post.Closing Date: 18th April 2021