RFU - Facility Development Manager - Midlands

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  • Code of Professional Conduct
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Nature and Scope

The role holder will manage the planning, delivery and monitoring of all RFU facility investment and development programmes in their area and maximise facility investment into rugby sites from external sources. They will provide leadership and support to CB volunteers and RFU staff in the creation and monitoring of Local Facilities Plans. They will manage a programmes of support, education and recognition to volunteers involved in the operation of rugby club facilities, including through the Rugby Groundsmen Connected initiative. The role holder will be required to create and develop strategic and operational partnerships and plans with local and regional stakeholders. They will act as an ambassador for, and promote the best interests of the RFU at all times.


Facility Planning

  • Provide leadership and support to Constituent Body (CB) volunteers and RFU staff in the creation and monitoring of Local Facilities Plans.
  • Lead the ADT in the analysis of local facility provision and ensure this is embedded in all rugby development programmes as defined by the RFU Operating framework model.
  • Ensure facility requirements and developments are an integral part of Local Rugby Plans (LRPs), including large, long term facility projects.
  • Represent Rugby Union on Sport England Regional planning groups
  • Protect and grow rugby facilities through Sport England planning consultations
  • In line with the Memorandum of Understanding and using RFU and Sport England Playing Pitch Strategy methodology, deliver the RFU Offer of support to Local Authorities in the production and maintenance of Playing Pitch Strategies.

Grants and Investment

  • Lead the selection of priority sites for investment
  • Manage the expenditure of RFU facility investment budgets
  • Maximize investment into rugby club facilities from external sources.
  • Provide advice and guidance to clubs on individual facility funding applications
  • Co-ordinate the monitoring of and report on all facility investment as required.
  • Manage the planning, delivery and monitoring of RFU facility investment.
  • Act as case officer for individual facility projects and provide case summaries as required.
  • Manage the assessment process for individual facility projects against RFU investment criteria
  • Manage the delivery of specific RFU capital investment projects (eg Rugby 365)
  • Co-ordinate the RFU response to any financial or legal issues on RFF/RFU facility investments.

Operation of Rugby Facilities

  • Manage a facility operations support programme for clubs as defined within LRPs.
  • Manage a support and education programme for energy efficiency projects defined within LRPs.
  • Manage a support and education programme for pitch maintenance projects defined within LRPs.
  • Identify key club volunteers for recognition as part of the Rugby Energy Club and Rugby Groundsmen Connected initiatives
  • Manage the RFU’s response to emergency situations that impact upon the operation of rugby club facilities


  • Carry out desktop reviews of proposed designs against with RFU technical guidance /regulations and provide initial design feedback to clubs and stakeholders.
  • Be an advocate for design good practice and compliance with RFU and Sport England technical guidance and regulations.
  • Advocate and support the implementation of World Rugby Regulation 22 at all artificial grass pitch sites.


  • Line management, mentoring and development of a Facility Development Executive
  • Be the facilities ‘go to’ person for clubs, CBs, RFU staff and all other stakeholders
  • Provide leadership and support to CB volunteers and RFU staff to maximize the impact of NWRF and similar programmes.
  • Co-ordinate specific work areas (including national responsibilities) for the Facilities Team as and when required
  • Create and develop strategic and operational partnerships and plans with local and regional stakeholders
  • Undertake such other duties as maybe required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the post and the needs of the RFU
  • Act as an ambassador for, and promote the best interests of the RFU at all times, including the promotion of the RFU Core Values

Person Specification

Qualifications & Experience

  • Current Driving License with no more than six points
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in a facility development role, preferably in a sporting environment
  • Practical understanding of the local sporting landscape in England, with demonstrable experience of leading sport development and innovative solution management over the last five years
  • Strong experience of working with national and regional agencies in sport
  • Strong practical experience of the strategic development and operational workings of the sport and of club rugby
  • Recent and relevant experience in facility investment and project management over a two year period including procurement and contract management
  • Experience of Local Authority planning legislation and its application
  • Experience of Financial accounting & management of club accounts
  • Experience of or qualification in architectural designs, floodlight and artificial grass pitch design and construction
  • Experience of leading club facility strategy at regional, national and local levels
  • Significant experience of budgetary control across multiple capital or revenue projects
  • Experience of being in a leadership role with an ability to articulate an overall function strategy to others and translate into working practices.
  • Experience of directing and supporting cross function teams/roles to ensure solutions are consistent and integrated.

Skills & Personal Attributes

  • Ability to analyse multiple complex problems and create bespoke solutions across the areas of financial management, capital technical specifications, local authority planning, governance, tenure and sports development outcomes,
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work under her / his own direction to achieve stated objectives within the fixed financial year end timescales
  • Proactive, flexible customer orientated approach
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to engage and influence at all levels.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills including report writing and delivering effective presentations
  • Ability to lead a facility programme through the management of third sector volunteers and effectively plan and delegate work to others
  • Identifies, develops and maintains relationships and partnerships internally and externally with the ability to influence upwards and with peers.
  • An effective team member with sufficient flexibility and willingness to take on roles outside his/her normal functional responsibility when required.
  • IT literate and competent in the use of Microsoft Office Applications with strong focus on Excel.

Additional Information

  • All Role Holders must maintain an appropriate standard of confidentiality. Any disclosures of confidential information (including personal information kept on computer or other media) made unlawfully outside the proper course of duty will be treated as a serious disciplinary offence
  • Personal circumstances must allow the candidate to work extended hours on occasion during times of peak activity including evenings and weekends
  • Role holders not based at the Twickenham headquarters must be available to work from there as and when required
  • The job description, person specification, job level and title may be subject to change at the discretion of the RFU and in accordance with business developments. Any changes will be communicated to the role holder as appropriate

Start the application process here.