Academy Manager - Football

Academy Manager - Football

Term:                                      Permanent

Department:                          Academy

Location:                                Wast Hills Training Ground, Redhill Road, Birmingham, B38 9EJ

Salary:                                     Competitive

Hours of Work:                     Hours are set to meet the needs of the business but are a minimum of 37.5 hours per week​

Application Closing Date: Due to the urgency of filling this vacancy, suitable candidates will be interviewed as and when they apply and the role will be closed as soon as a suitable candidate has been sourced.

Core Responsibilities

  • Communicate and promote the Academy culture creating an elite environment for the development of young players.
  • Have consistently high standards.
  • Communicate and engage with parents/guardians where appropriate.
  • Attend all professional development events.
  • Actively engage in a fully functioning competency framework and integrated appraisal process.
  • Monitor the well-being of Academy players at all times liaising with the Club Safeguarding Manager.
  • Ensure compliance with all the Policies and Procedures contained within the Staff Handbook, paying particular regard to the Equal Opportunities Policy and Health & Safety Policy and procedures at all times.

Role Responsibilities

  • Oversee Coaching model with all age groups, U21s & U18s on a weekly basis.
  • Align the Academy’s playing and coaching philosophy with the club’s philosophy.
  • Lead on recruitment for all football staff and create a staff succession plan for the Academy.
  • Implement an football performance plan to deliver the strategic objectives based on Academy KPI outputs and EPPP requirements.
  • Manage all football staff so they know what is required of them and can achieve their goals through regular performance management, team meetings and regular 1:1 meetings. To address and manage underperformance.
  • Work with the Loans Manager, PDP Coaching staff and Technical Direct or to arrange and manage loans in the professional development phase.
  • Liaise with Head of Coaching on all aspects of the technical program.
  • Attend Technical Board meetings to discuss the Academy progress, continually analysing the performance targets, review and evaluate the Academy programme.
  • Manage player progression through the Head of Coaching and Lead coaches. To update the Technical Board on player pathways and lead on recommending players for scholarship and professional contracts.
  • To ensure the Academy philosophies and values are adhered to by coaches, players and parents across all phases of the performance pathway.
  • Develop and manage the existing scouting network.
  • Attend FA / EFL / Academy managers seminars.
  • Prepare a valuation / appraisal / monitoring system for all academy players progress from 9-16 years.
  • Meet regularly with EFL Regional Manager.
  • Ensure a satisfactory exit policy is in place for 9-18 years old players.

Key Skills & Experience


Essential Requirements

  • The Elite Academy Managers Programme (EAM).
  • UEFA A License.
  • FA Youth Award.
  • Clean Driving Licence.
  • Enhanced DBS certificate.

Skills and Abilities

Essential Requirements

  • Managing and Leading a Multi-Disciplinary Team.
  • Previous management in elite sport.
  • Management and Administration.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Finance and budgets.
  • Talent Identification.
  • Keyboard skills, including use of Word, Excel and Outlook.

Desirable Requirement

  • Management and leadership experience in a Category 2 Academy.
  • Thorough understanding of the EPPP, Audit Process and the requirements of a Category 2 Academy.

Personal Requirements

Essential Requirements

  • Good communication skills and ability to interact positively with colleagues, parents and Academy Players
  • Self-motivated.
  • Flexible.
  • Willing to work as part of a team.

Terms of Appointment 

  • 37.5 hours per week.
  • 20 days annual leave (rising by 1 day per completed year of service, up to a maximum of 25 days, plus 8 statutory bank holidays).
  • 6-month probation period.

Only applicants that meet the above criteria will be considered for the role. Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are eligible to live and work in the UK.

This role is regarded as a ‘Regulated Activity’ and is therefore subject to an Enhanced DBS check, (previously a CRB check) which includes the barred list for working with children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the Community.

Birmingham City Football Club promotes a diverse and inclusive working environment, and we welcome applications from all individuals in society. If you have any particular requirements or need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment or interview process, please mention this in your application.

We would also be grateful if you could take the time to complete our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Recruitment Survey using the following link: The survey will take approximately 1 minute to complete, is completely voluntary and you can respond with “prefer not to say” to any questions that you do not feel comfortable in answering. All responses will remain anonymous and we will use the information collected to review our recruitment processes and ensure we continue to encourage a diverse and inclusive working environment.