Nottingham Forest Statement
Nottingham Forest welcomes applications from the community.
Prospective employees will be recruited on the basis of qualifications and experience relevant to the role, regardless of age, gender, marital status, creed, colour, race, ethnic origin, nationality or disability.
We will not accept unsolicited applications, as this is in breach of the Club's Recruitment Policy.
All vacant positions will be advertised here.
Nottingham Forest are looking for a Personnel Manager to join their football department.
This role is suitable for candidates with an excellent knowledge of the game and a proven track record in identifying talented footballers.
Based at the Nigel Doughty Academy, the responsibilities of this full-time position include:
- Determining staffing needs, particularly in relation to players
- Identifying transfer targets at youth and senior level, with the club’s budget and ambitions in mind
- Analysing, monitoring, observing and reporting on potential youth and senior signings and conducting due diligence to assess their suitability
- Overseeing the preparation of the football department’s job descriptions, drafting advertisements and interviewing candidates
- Overseeing the monitoring of player performance at youth and senior level, assessing their career development needs and reporting on such matters to the chairman/board
- Examining and reporting on structures, chains of command and information flow in order to evaluate the efficiency of existing operations within the football department
- Considering methods to improve productivity and structures, with a particular focus on developing the club’s recruitment strategy at youth and senior level
- Maintaining an excellent understanding of relevant legislation, contract provisions and FA transfer rules, as well as health and safety and mental well-being regulations as part of the club’s duty of care to players and staff
This role is suited to a dynamic and proactive individual who is passionate about the game and who has the relevant drive to succeed.
Applications are welcomed by all who are able to show a genuine interest in the role.
Qualifications and experience
Each application will be considered on its merits. However, those with the appropriate experience in a football context and those with a good track-record of successfully identifying and attracting appropriate playing personnel for a football club of Nottingham Forest’s stature may be able to illustrate more merit than those without such a track record.
Likewise, an academic degree, while not essential, may be indicative of good written expression and persuasive skills (frequently-used skills within this role).
The ideal candidate will have a very good command of spoken and written English.
Given the international scope of football, the ability to fluently communicate a second language is highly desirable but not essential.
Travelling and work schedule
The ideal candidate will be prepared, on occasion, to travel across the country (all expenses paid) and to work frequent Saturdays and unsociable hours in order to carry out matchday responsibilities. For each day worked during the weekend, a lieu day will be afforded during the week.
Salary - £35,000pa (negotiable)
The deadline for applications is Monday 30 May 2016.
Work ExperienceWe are keen to encourage young people's development in all aspects of life and welcome applicants for work experience wherever possible.However as there is a large volume of applicants for work experience placements at Nottingham Forest we must operate on a first come first serve basis.Places are allocated several months in advance.We offer unpaid work experience for a maximum of one week within our Marketing, Commercial and Retail departments.To apply for a placement please write, clearly marking on the envelope which department you are interested in joining, to Department Name, The City Ground Nottingham NG2 5FJ.The letter should include:- Your preferred dates for Work Experience- Your age and contact details- The name of the school/college which you attend- School contact name and number- Your reasons for wanting to come to The City GroundTrials at Nottingham ForestWe get a lot of requests regarding trials at Nottingham Forest.Like most clubs, we have a network of scouts who work for the club on a local, national and international basis. They look at players from under 7's up to semi-professional football. They will recommend players for trial.The club do not hold open trials. We always watch players at their local club/school before inviting them in for trial.For more information please click here to go to our Academy pages.Recruitment Policy StatementWe recognise that the Club's success depends upon the calibre of its people. We want to enable all our employees to reach their potential insofar as this is possible within the objectives of Nottingham Forest Football Club, to the mutual benefit of the individual and the organisation.
Our recruitment policy therefore is to identify clearly the role and responsibilities of each job and its contribution to the business as a whole, being flexible where possible in our working practices in order to attract and retain a high calibre of employee. To ensure that we integrate our staff development programme with the needs of the business, wherever possible we will offer newly available posts to internal candidates before seeking a wider range of candidates.
Our aim is to establish an effective workforce, instilling in our employees a desire for excellence, a willingness to take on individual responsibility and to be flexible, and an acceptance of the importance of team co-operation. We take for granted personal integrity, a commitment to self-development and self-reliance. We will encourage innovation.
Skills, experience, potential and motivation will be the major discriminating factors in selecting individuals into jobs. Where it is possible for the job to be done effectively by a qualified part-time employee, or on a job-share basis, we will actively promote the job in this way.
We recognise that as far as possible the offer of employment should indicate a long-term commitment but will consider carefully alternatives in order to meet short-term resource requirements or the needs of our employees.
We will ensure that information is openly available on jobs for which there is not already an identified successor. This will normally be by open advertising within the Club.
We recognise that a vacancy should wherever possible, create a career development opportunity for an existing employee.
Managers are responsible for developing their staff to ensure proactive succession planning within their department. Where changes in human resource requirements are necessary, they will consider alternatives to meet short-term requirements. They will consider all applicants and make the recruitment decision in line with the Club's equal opportunities policy.
Provides support to managers in exercising their responsibilities specifically in the following areas:
1. Advising on appropriate recruitment methods
2. Planning the recruitment process
3. Drafting job and person specifications
4. Establishing the market rate of pay for the position
5. Assisting with the interviewing and testing of candidates
6. Obtaining employment references
7. Monitoring equal opportunities
8. Making offers of employment
* We will endeavour to provide appropriate staffing levels in all areas in line with agreed business needs.
* Our recruitment practices will be viewed as fair and professional to both internal clients and potential employees.
* We will actively promote the appointment of internal candidates whilst ensuring that this does not compromise on our recruitment standards.
* We will actively encourage managers to review their department structure in order to review the necessity for recruitment.
* Where possible we shall ensure that external appointments will be made at least one level below board level.
* We will ensure that the remuneration for a given position is sufficient to recruit and retain the appropriate calibre of staff.
* All external advertising will be professional and portray the desired Club image in line with corporate advertising.
* Since each appointment is viewed as a key business decision, the recruitment process will be geared to identifying the key skills, knowledge and attitudes required in the successful candidate.
* Employees will be recruited on the basis of their qualifications and experience to do the work to be performed, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, and disability or union membership status. In view of this, we will ensure that each manager adheres to the equal opportunities policy and provides management information in relation to this.
* We will ensure that each new recruit undergoes induction training in order to maximise the rate of individual and organisational learning.
* We will continuously review the success of our recruitment process and in doing so continue to improve upon it.
* Prior to vacancies arising we will prompt managers to consider actively succession planning within their department so that vacancies can provide development opportunities for other individuals within the department.
* We will initiate discussion with the manager to ascertain if a vacancy requires advertising, or if it can be filled by a change of job responsibilities within the department, or if temporary cover is more appropriate.
* Once a vacancy has been identified, we will work closely with the appointing manager to produce a job and person specification capable of supporting selection decisions of the highest standards.
* We will advise on appropriate objective assessment methods that will identify the key criteria as outlined in the job and person specifications.
* Recruitment process, timetable and service standards will be agreed in conjunction with the appointing manager.
* All jobs will be advertised internally. External advertising will only take place when there is reasonable justification, for example, where a position carries very tight person specification criteria that only a limited number of people are likely to fit.
* All advertising will be non-discriminatory against gender, marital status, creed, colour, race, ethnic origin, nationality or disability and will not contain matters likely to cause widespread offence.
* Advertisements will be as specific as possible and geared to attracting only those who fill the essential person specification criteria.
* Response handling will be dealt with efficiently and professionally. We will ensure that applications are acknowledged within two days of receipt and applicants will be informed about when they are likely to receive further communication.
* Active consideration of all applicants will take place regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, and disability or union membership status. This process will be monitored and management information produced.
* All job offers will be made on condition that the successful candidate can provide two business references which are satisfactory to us, undergoes a medical examination whose results are acceptable to us and, where qualifications have been stated to be essential for the successful candidate, has furnished proof of their compliance with that requirement.
Until all three conditions have been met, an unconditional offer will not be issued.
* All successful candidates will, wherever possible, receive a copy of the terms and conditions on which employment is offered with their offer letter.
* Prior to an individual commencing employment, an appropriate induction process will be designed.
* After the individual has been appointed, we will review the recruitment process with the manager to ascertain what went well and where improvements could be made. On a regular basis we will examine the longer-term effectiveness of our recruitment strategy and make amendments where necessary.