Technical Project Manager

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Raising the standards for sports facility projects

We are the recognised trade association for the sports and play construction industry in the UK. All of our members go through a strict checking process:

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  • Code of Professional Conduct
  • Technical Mediation
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£37,000 – £47,000 per annum (dependent on relevant experience and skills) plus generous benefits

Home-based or at our office in Paddington, London, with flexible working options available. Currently home-based due to COVID-19

About the Football Foundation

The Football Foundation is the country’s largest sports charity. It funds the improvement of public sports facilities across the country – especially grassroots football facilities.

Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has delivered projects worth more than £1.5 billion, which has developed more than 780 third-generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGP) with floodlights, more than 1,000 modern changing pavilions, and helped to renovate and properly maintain thousands of natural turf football pitches up and down the country. These high quality, sustainable facilities are helping to improve the experience of those who play football for the love of doing so, to stay fit and healthy, and to help better players be as good as they can be by developing their potential.

The role

Working within the Technical function of the Grant Management Team you will lead on the technical/construction aspects of capital grant projects, ensuring their design, procurement and delivery meet relevant requirements, whilst safeguarding the Foundation’s investment. You will take a hands-on approach, involving site visits and providing technical advice to a wide range of applicants – from schools and clubs to community groups.

This is an exciting opportunity to use your professional experience in construction to help improve lives and strengthen communities through grassroots football.

What are we looking for?

You will need a construction-related degree or professional qualification (for example RICS, CIOB, RIBA or equivalent) and professional experience in a construction management or technical role. Experience in sports facility construction is desirable but not essential.

You must also have great people skills and the ability to work with people at all levels, from clients and suppliers to volunteers. We are looking for someone who can inspire and excite our applicants. You must be accurate, systematic and flexible with the ability to juggle a wide range of activities.

You don’t need to be passionate about football to apply, but you must have a genuine interest in the charity sector and share our passion for getting more people across the country taking part in sports and being active.

As you will work across the country, you must hold a current, clean driving licence, have access to your own vehicle, and be willing to undertake site visits to be able to undertake the role.

For more details about the role and full person specification, please download the recruitment pack here.

What can we offer you?

In addition to a salary of £37,000 – £47,000 per annum (dependent on relevant experience and skills), you will start on 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays (which increases after 2 years), plus additional time off to volunteer. We also offer a generous pension scheme (8% employer contribution), free health care provision, a monthly gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan, death in service benefit and access to selected match tickets.

We are committed to helping our staff maintain a healthy work-life balance, so offer flexible working hours around core hours to help you achieve that.


Depending on the location of the successful candidate, the role will either be home-based or based in our London office in Paddington, with flexible working options available.

At present, all staff are home-based due to COVID-19.

Equality and Diversity Commitment

The Football Foundation values diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures. Should you need any adjustments to the recruitment process, at either application or interview stage, please contact us at

The FF requests that all applicants complete an Equal Opportunities form as part of the application process. This anonymous and confidential form helps us to build up a picture of who is applying to join the organisation and to monitor our progress in this area.

How can I apply?

This is an excellent opportunity to join a team of talented individuals within the Grant Management Team at the Foundation, and to make a real difference to grassroots football. For more information on this vacancy, please download the full recruitment pack here.

When you click the button to apply you will be directed to our careers page where you will be asked to send us your CV and a covering letter explaining what motivated you to apply and why you are suitable for the role. You will also be required to fill out an anonymous equal opportunities form.

The closing date for applications is 11:59pm Wednesday 5 May 2021.

If your application is shortlisted you will be invited to an online interview.

Please note that you must be eligible to work in the UK to apply for this role.