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Senior Manager, Strong, Vibrant and Inclusive Recreational Game

England and Wales Cricket Board (The ECB)

The England and Wales Cricket Board is the national governing body for all cricket in England and Wales, supporting the game at every level - from grassroots to professional.

7 May 2024
Full Time
Closing date
26 May 2024


Do you want to play a leading role in driving a Strong, Vibrant and Inclusive Recreational Game across England and Wales?

As a Senior Manager you will lead a team responsible for creating and delivering a strategy that will play a key role in delivering our ambition to become the most inclusive team sport.

With over 5,000 cricket clubs and 400+ leagues, powered by 70,000 volunteers this role has the potential to drive a step change across our sport, improving and growing the 2.5 million cricketers enjoying our game annually.

Key to our success is galvanising cricket clubs, leagues, and Cricket Boards/Foundations behind this plan to ensure the long-term health and prosperity of the recreational game across England and Wales.

You will play a key role in connecting communities and inspiring generations to say: ‘Cricket is a game for me’.

Who we are

The England and Wales Cricket Board is the national governing body for all cricket in England and Wales, supporting the game at every level – from grassroots to professional.

We believe cricket is a force for good that can have an enduring impact on everyone’s lives and we have an ambitious strategy to inspire a generation to say ‘cricket is a game for me’. It provides great entertainment. It teaches important skills, both physical and social. It can help inclusion and social cohesion, bringing communities together.

The ECB welcomes applications from all backgrounds to ensure we deliver our Inspiring Generations strategy and fulfil our purpose to connect communities and improve lives through cricket.

Our values

  • Stronger As One Team – We are stronger together. We allow for individual strengths and beliefs but head in the same direction. We respect, support and really listen to each other along the way.
  • Push New Boundaries – We are bold, brave and curious. We challenge and don’t settle. We forge the future whilst remembering our roots.
  • Be The Best In The Game – On & Off The Pitch – We train hard. We strive to be our best to help the team be the best. We celebrate our victories and learn from our let downs.
  • Passion For Play – We are here to inspire & be inspired. We are serious about what we do, but don’t take ourselves seriously. We enjoy the journey and have fun.

You'll love this job if

  • You have strong leadership skills and the ability to influence, inspire and mobilise volunteers and professionals across the game.
  • You have a passion for community sport and the power it has in connecting communities and improve lives.
  • You are looking for the next big challenge in your career and the opportunity to make a difference across communities in England and Wales.

You'll be doing

  • Strategy Development and Delivery: You will lead the ongoing development and delivery of our strategy to deliver a strong, vibrant and inclusive recreational game, focussing on our clubs and leagues.
  • Club Development: You will use insight to build and deliver new and existing initiatives that add value to our clubs and volunteers e.g. Clubmark/Online Resources etc. Including the roll out of a new club development framework and self-help tools to drive inclusive clubs for women and girls.
  • League Engagement: You will build and execute a league engagement plan, including a review of the ECB Accredited Premier Leagues framework and a new league affiliation offer, outlining new offers to support leagues.
  • Operational Management: You will line manage and support a team of 3 people responsible for building and developing both new and existing initiatives and partnerships to support clubs and leagues become strong, vibrant and inclusive.
  • Workforce Development: You will look to create continuous professional development opportunities for the 100’s of staff supporting clubs, leagues and volunteers across our Cricket Board/Foundation partners.
  • Collaboration: Owning the clubs and leagues you will work closely with colleagues across the business to ensure ‘value add’ to our clubs, leagues and volunteers. Working particularly closely with our Senior Manager - Volunteering, Facilities, Digital, Commercial and Women’s Participation teams.
  • Champion: You will champion the role of clubs and leagues across the business and broader game, playing a key role in amplifying the scale and impact of the recreational game across the business and broader network.

You'll have

  • Instinctive leadership skills with a proven track record of influencing and managing people with and without reporting lines.
  • Excellent presentation skills with the confidence to be visible in front of multiple stakeholder groups within the ECB and our Cricket Boards/Foundations.
  • Outstanding communication skills, with the ability to listen, understand, analyse and act on information accordingly.
  • The ability to build transformational relationships with multiple stakeholder groups.
  • The ability to unify diverse teams of people to operate to one plan.
  • A thirst for insight, utilising to inform decision making and resource allocation.
  • An adaptable working style with high levels of emotional intelligence.
  • A deep understanding of community sport and the challenges facing amateur sports organisations.
  • Good understanding of governance, sports development and safeguarding practices.
  • A “can do” attitude and a strong team player.

You'll have

  • Competitive salary
  • Holiday - 25 days a year
  • Volunteering – 2 days a year
  • Pension - Non-contributory pension
  • Employee health cash-back plan
  • Long-term sickness insurance
  • Life assurance - four times your annual basic salary
  • Enhanced family leave and pay
  • OpenBlend - an innovative coaching and performance management tool
  • People Academy - a range of programmes and initiatives to help you develop and reach your potential
  • Employee Assistance Programme - 24/7 confidential access to expert services including counselling, wellbeing, and independent legal and financial advice
  • 30% Castore discount
  • Cycle 2 Work Scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Preferential access to tickets to England and The Hundred games
  • Opportunities to be a part of and be involved in our Employee Resource groups: Women in Cricket Employee Network, Race in Cricket Employee Network, Social Mobility in Cricket Employee Network, Disability Employee Network and LGBTQ+ Community in Cricket Employee Network

How to Apply

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Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Team Operations & Logistics
Rugby Union
Salary information
£50,000 - 55,000

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