Education Data Manager

Contract Type
Education, Sport
Depending on experience
Expiry Date
The Premier League are looking for an Education Data Manager to work across the education programmes, with the Education team to provide data analysis that supports the culture of improvement and outstanding education provision.

Job Description

The Premier League Youth Department are responsible for the delivery of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), a long-term development plan with the aim of; 1) developing more and better Home Grown Players, capable of playing in the most competitive and compelling football competition in the world; and 2) ensuring positive development outcomes for all Academy Players, regardless of whether they become professionals or not.

We are looking for an Education Data Manager to work across the education programmes, with the Education team and associated teams, to provide data analysis that supports the culture of improvement and outstanding education provision. The right candidate will have first class communication and presentation skills, a strong background in education data management, a proven track record in using data to affect change within education, and high levels of accuracy in all their work.

Who we are

The Premier League is home to some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. The League and its clubs use the power and popularity of the competition to inspire fans, communities and partners in the UK and across the world. The Premier League brings people together from all backgrounds. It is a competition for everyone, everywhere and is available to watch in over 1 billion homes in 189 countries.

We have a wide variety of responsibilities. These include organising the competition and its Rule Book as well as managing the centralised broadcast and commercial rights. The work we do in conjunction with the Clubs also goes far beyond the 90 minutes. We support and provide a framework for youth development, we protect the organisation’s intellectual property, support the wider game and community programmes, undertake international development work and liaise with governing bodies and other leagues.

Our hybrid-working system also allows you some variety on your place of work, offering you the chance to work from home on some days each week. Where possible, you will attend the office or site visits in line with our policy. All staff liaise closely with their line manager to manage their time appropriately and according to their work and team requirements.

The role

  • Manage the data capture, analysis and internal / external reporting in relation to the Education Skills Funding Agency (the “ESFA”) Sporting Excellence Professional Apprenticeship;
  • Manage the requirement for reporting performance to the Premier League on a regular basis for the ESFA Apprenticeship contract, including ILR submissions and tracking on Maytas;
  • Raise awareness and maximise the use of, both internally and externally, data held in relation to the Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) contract;
  • Manage data integrity and validation and submit to the data service as required under the Premier League contract with the ESFA as required;
  • Inform the Youth Leadership team within the Premier League of any process issues or modifications resulting from validation errors or changes in external data requirements;
  • Ensure there are regular and frequent communication with the Finance team to ensure all HMRC and ESFA records are maintained and accurate;
  • Ensure monthly returns (to be submitted to the data service on time and in the correct format as required to trigger funding) are made in a timely and accurate manner
  • Represent the Premier League for any discussions with the ESFA and the data service regarding any aspect of the Apprenticeship contract;
  • Develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the Sporting Excellence Professional Apprenticeship, and other education programmes, in order to support on programme collection and maintenance of data; 
  • Participate in, and lead for the Education team, on a systems review to streamline the collection and analysis of education data;
  • Oversee the collection and analysis of education related data (e.g., tracking) for Academy Players aged 9-23, and make suggestions about how to develop the process, particularly in the YDP;
  • Provide support and guidance to stakeholders (Clubs) on the use of SISRA and education data analysis;
  • Support the development of the education attainment data analysis for players from 9- 16; 16-18 and post 18 and ensure the presentation of this data for use by the Clubs;
  • Work with the Alumni Manager to support the analysis of data for former Academy Players;
  • Ensure awareness of and compliance with the Premier League's data strategy;
  • Working with the Business Intelligence team to manage data integration with core business systems and the coordinated provision of reports and analysis to Clubs and stakeholders;
  • Work collaboratively with other departments and working / focus groups in the Premier League in the production of data to support the work of the education team and contributing to the wider business;
  • Communicate a range of information through writing, presentations and discussion to contribute to strategic decision making within the organisation;
  • Produce performance analysis reports for the Premier League for quality assurance purposes;
  • Work with the Senior Data Advisor to lead the bi-monthly Data Management meetings;
  • Work with the operational team to identify and develop recommendations to improve performance;
  • To undertake qualitative and quantitative statistical analysis of management information to identify trends for the self-assessment and quality improvement planning process. Regular reports should be delivered in relation to this analysis;

Requirements, Criteria, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to use data to inform change and improvement
  • Strong IT skills; proficiency with MIS and learning management systems
  • Understanding of education funding systems
  • Understanding of how to use data to affect change
  • Ability to make suggestions to improve data collection / analysis
  • Dynamic approach and solutions orientated
  • Enthusiastic, self-motivated and driven
  • Reliable, friendly and able to work with own initiative and as part of a team
  • Ability to think critically
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information and exercise discretion
  • A good communicator with clear and concise written and spoken communication skills
  • High level presentation skills
  • Ability to see both the big picture and advanced attention to detail skills
  • Ability to interpret written information in a structured and balanced way and present it appropriately to the needs of the reader
  • Strong time management and organisational skills


  • Significant experience of Data Management and Reporting in education
  • A proven track record of using data analysis for performance improvement
  • Experience of working within an education institution
  • Previous experience working with MIS / LMS systems
  • Previous experience with Education monitoring systems e.g. SISRA, ALPS connect
  • Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of project management
  • Experience of communicating with relevant agencies

Personal Attributes & Other Requirements

  • Graduate with relevant degree
  • High personal integrity and professional conduct
  • A hunger for continued learning and continuous professional development
  • DBS Clearance

Nice-to-haves for the role

  • Knowledge of Work-Based Learning and Levy funded Apprenticeship Programmes
  • Post Graduate qualification in Data Management
  • Understanding of education in professional sport
  • Understanding of the education system
  • Experience of the Premier League's preferred Business Intelligence Tool, Qlik

The Premier League is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All appointments will be made based on merit.