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Director of University Sport

Surrey Sports Park is at the heart of sport and physical activity at the University of Surrey with a mission to deliver the best possible sport, health and wellbeing experience to the University’s students and the wider community. We provide an outstanding student experience through social and competitive sport and an excellent environment for wellness and fitness for Surrey staff and students, as well as commercial members and the local community. We also have a strong track record of hosting elite sports events and professional teams including the Harlequins Rugby Union Team, Surrey Storm Netball Team, and Surrey Scorchers Basketball Team.

We are looking for an inspirational leader to join us to deliver our mission and play a key role in the management of our partnerships and community relationships, whilst driving commercial performance and engagement with our student community at our world class facility.

The role

Reporting directly to the University Chief Operating Officer, you will be responsible for the operational and strategic leadership of the Surrey Sports Park business. In addition, you will be accountable to Surrey Sports Park board, balancing these demands with those of the University.

You will be responsible for overseeing and evolving the overall sports delivery programme, ensuring it remains an integral part of the Surrey student experience, from the elite sports to physical wellbeing activities. You will lead on initiating strategic business partnerships to further the Surrey Sports Park strategy alongside nurturing those already in place.

About you

You will possess a high level of commercial acumen and be able to represent the Park at a local, national and international level. In addition, you will have been able to demonstrate leadership skills, a passion for sports and a strategic mindset to drive the sports park’s contribution to new heights.

You will be adept at dealing with complex challenges and will possess excellent analytical, planning and communication skills. You will be expected to identify areas of continuous improvement within Surrey Sports Park to increase operational efficiency and meet changing customer demands, along with identifying and developing funding streams that support Surrey Sports Park initiatives.

What we offer

In addition to salary, you will receive a generous annual leave entitlement (with the option to purchase additional leave), a generous pension, flexible working options including hybrid working, free access to our world-class leisure facilities (with discounts for friends/family members), free on-site parking, and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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