Strategic Projects Analyst

Contract Type
Competitive plus benefits
Expiry Date
The Strategic Projects Analyst will provide effective planning, project management and strategic analysis support to our Youth Development team.

Job Description

Contract type: Permanent, full-time

Reports to: Youth Projects and Planning Manager

Location: Premier League Offices, Paddington, W2 1HQ


The Premier League is responsible for the delivery of the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP), a long-term strategic plan for the development of Academy System with the goals of; 1) developing more and better Home Grown Players capable of playing at the highest level; and 2) ensuring positive development outcomes for all Academy Players, regardless of whether they become professionals or not.

To support the continued success of the EPPP, we are looking to recruit a Strategic Projects Analyst who will be responsible for supporting the Youth Development department through providing effective planning, project management and strategic analysis support.

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.

The role

The Strategic Projects Analyst will work closely with the Youth Projects and Planning Manager and Head of Youth to ensure the Premier League meets the objectives of its strategic plan and that our Academies are effectively supported in the planning and delivery of their Academy Performance Plans. The work that you will get to undertake will be quite varied but will include the following:

  • Supporting the Youth Projects and Planning Manager and Head of Youth in managing defined projects across priority areas of Youth Development (e.g. Operations, Games Programme, Elite Performance, Coaching, Education and Player Care)
  • Preparing strategic documents and recommendations that inform and enable leadership decision making
  • Using qualitative and quantitative analysis to provide insights that frame new development opportunities and create an evidence base for decisions
  • Managing the development and implementation of performance measures for the Academy System and the Premier League Youth Development department
  • Implementing monthly, quarterly and annual reporting processes to monitor progress against the Youth Development department strategic plan and the EPPP
  • Pursuing operational process efficiency improvements across the Youth Development department
  • Engaging and communicating regularly with internal and external stakeholders to build partnerships, understand requirements and shape ideas into deliverable projects

Requirements for the role

  • Experience in a management consulting or corporate strategy role (or similar)
  • Candidates must offer a strong academic background, a good professional track record and be able to demonstrate a full range of soft skills to work effectively within an interdisciplinary environment
  • Excellent planning, organisational and presentation skills
  • Track record of working with multiple stakeholders
  • High proficiency in MS Office (esp. PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Able to synthesise and clearly present decisions with strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to act independently on both project-based and analytical tasks
  • Comfortable working in an agile way, and with change and uncertainty
  • Able to work in a high-pressure environment and deliver against challenging deadlines
  • Willingness to learn new approaches and adapt to different working styles
  • Self-motivated and goal-oriented
  • Team player with high emotional intelligence, who seeks and acts on feedback
  • Ability to work in the UK is required

Nice-to-haves for the role

  • Project management qualifications
  • Prior experience of working in an elite sports environment

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.

The closing date for applications is Friday 30 April 2021. Candidates should visit our career site at to submit their CV and a cover letter (personal summary).