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Player Recruitment Lead - Women’s

Manchester United

Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth.

25 Jan 2023
Full Time
Closing date
8 Feb 2023

At Manchester United our aim is to Win the United Way – and the quality of our behind-the scenes team sets us apart from the competition.

Our people are as committed to the success of the company as the players are to winning trophies. We offer a unique and exciting working environment, excellent training, with recognition and rewards for the part each individual plays. Sounding good so far?

The Purpose:

The role requires the creation and delivery of a Player Recruitment Strategy, informed by data to with the principle aim of identifying, and scouting players. The role will hybrid across the women’s and scouting departments, to apply club models to the nuances of the women’s game. The aim is to use insights to develop a team who can compete in the latter stages of competitions.

The Role:

The role will require you to:

  • Produce a target database that includes player contract dates and likely values
  • Provide key support to squad planning i.e., the identification and assessment of prospective targets, consideration of salary structures, optimal playing ages, likelihood of obtaining work permits etc.
  • Conduct in-depth research into leagues and players and keep abreast of industry developments/movements
  • Effective planning and organisation of a scouting calendar
  • Produce detailed player reports/dossiers using relevant digital platforms to support the identification and cross-checking of players. Executive summaries to be provided to senior management for acquisition consideration
  • Understand and comply fully with the rules and code of conduct for scouts, and approach recruitment with utmost adherence to Club values
  • Conduct MDT reviews of each transfer window
  • Design a process for players from ID to exit
  • Identity clubs to potentially enter player development partnerships with
  • Collaborate with relevant MUWFC members, to ensure alignment across all practices, reporting and methodology

You will need to have knowledge of:

  • Current and proposed WSL Home Grown Player rules and GBE criteria to assess player qualification and squad compliance
  • Build an in-depth knowledge of key marketing and players able to compete in the UWCL and make informed recommendations for players who justify in-person scouting
  • The best possible youth acquisitions to ensure effective succession planning

The Person:

  • Experience in developing recruitment strategies
  • Relevant vocational qualifications and experience that provide an understanding of the technical, tactical, physical, and psychological demands of professional football and relationship with Talent Identification
  • Experience of working in a professional football club
  • Be computer literate, familiar with Microsoft office or similar packages
  • Evidenced experience demonstrating excellent competence using a variety of relevant IT scouting software (Wyscout, iSF, Scout7 or similar packages)
  • A commitment to driving forwards continuous improvement in their working environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and an ability to work with total discretion.
  • Ability to work on own initiative, unsupervised and as an effective team member.
  • The ability to make sound decisions in a timely manner and practical approach to problem solving.
  • Flexible working hours will be required in this role, primarily extensive local and extensive national travel, but potentially international travel when required on request
  • Full driving license
  • Sound personal qualities such as communication skills, the ability to work in a team environment, self-motivation, enthusiasm, and ability to work under pressure. The candidate should exhibit pride in performance and possess high standards in the provision of service to Manchester United’s customers and internal users


  • A Masters level qualification in a subject relevant to the role
  • Experience in the women’s professional game

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please click 'Apply Now' to begin the 'Application Process'

If you would you like to join the team and be part of our mission, to win the United way, please submit your application by 8th February 2023.

Manchester United endeavour to respond to all job application, however, please consider that we receive a high volume of applications and this may not always possible.

We recognise the importance of safeguarding children and adults at risk at Manchester United, as part of this commitment this post is required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check at the appropriate level, as well as full reference history.

Manchester United is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to inclusion and diversity. We take affirmative action to ensure equal opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to background, ethnicity, race, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status or other legally protected characteristics.

Manchester United Football Club are proud to be a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, supporting the armed forces community to transition into careers outside of the armed forces.

Manchester United is committed to working with and providing reasonable adjustments for applicants and employees. If you require any reasonable adjustments to support your application and perform at your best, please do not hesitate to contact us to make a request; we are here to help.

It is unlawful to employ a person in a UK-based job who does not have permission to live and work in the UK. You should make yourself aware of how immigration laws apply to you before applying for any of our roles. Your personal data will be processed on MU’s behalf by Morson.

Additional Information

Full Time
Job Type
Recruitment & Scouting

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