Job Vacancy: Chief Executive Supporters Direct

Chief Executive
Supporters Direct


Salary: circa £70,000 per annum

Job Reference: SDCEO12

Do you want to make football a better run game?

Supporters Direct is the UK’s leading body campaigning to ensure that sports clubs are run responsibly and are financially sustainable. Working with supporters’ trusts across England and Wales, Scotland and over 20 countries in Europe, our mission is "to promote sustainable spectator sports clubs based on supporters' involvement & community ownership".

As Chief Executive you will lead the organisation across all its territories, influence policy, and inspire a broad range of stakeholders to achieve greater opportunities for supporters to get involved in club governance and ownership.

Reporting to the Chair of the Board you will lead a small dynamic team and work in partnership with Supporters Direct’s member trusts, sports authorities, funders and commercial partners.

In summary, you will:

  • Work closely with the Board to set policy, strategy and direction
  • Lead and provide expertise and support to the dedicated SD team and the wider supporters trust network
  • Lead external communications and campaigns, promote awareness, build relationships and generate new income streams
  • Safeguard the financial, commercial, regulatory and legal obligations of the organisation

Supporters Direct has been at the forefront of football governance issues for over ten years, providing thought leadership and acting as a moral compass for the sport.  We are currently engaged in an exciting phase of evolution, moving to a social enterprise strategy to diversify our funding and increasing our partnership working.  This role is a fantastic opportunity for a dynamic leader with significant senior management experience to join an energetic and forward thinking organisation.

The successful applicant will be politically astute and an outstanding communicator. You will also be a strategic thinker yet able to adopt a hands-on approach.

In demonstrating your credibility and competence for this demanding challenge, your enthusiasm and commitment to the values of Supporters Direct will be paramount: your strengths in networking, managing stakeholder relationships and income generation will be put to the test. You will also be passionate about sport and the positive social impact it can have.

If you possess the charisma and energy to deliver in this role, then we’d like to hear from you.

For a confidential discussion about this rare opportunity, call [Brian Burgess on 07802 341 383].

A  job description is available upon request from: .

To apply, email your CV, including current salary/benefits, with a covering letter to by Monday 25th November 2013.

Job Vacancy: Head of SD England & Wales

Salary based on experience

Based London

Fixed term

This unique position has arisen in our London based team and we are looking for a Senior Manager with strong credentials and a keen interest in football to oversee the England & Wales department providing a strategic overview and reporting to the CEO. It includes responsibility for funded project delivery, grant management, case work, political communications and policy development and implementation.



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