Vacancies

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Northampton Saints is now recruiting in a number of areas to help the club develop and grow, and thereby generate the income needed to support a successful playing effort.


HEAD OF COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIPS

Reporting to the club's Commercial Director, the successful candidate for this new role will create and execute a strategy to maximize the value of commercial partnerships – primarily sponsorship and advertising – for Northampton Saints and, in doing so, create a step change in revenues from this income stream.

The salary for his position is competitive, with bonus and deal-related commission

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Oversee all activities as they relate to commercial partnerships at Northampton Saints 
  • Develop a long term strategy to maximize the value of the available commercial rights and benefits at the club
  • Identify and prioritise target categories and brands to proactively build a pipeline of potential commercial partners
  • Develop best in class sales materials to support the club’s go to market activities
  • Lead negotiation efforts to secure attractive deals which create value for the club and for partners
  • Ensure high quality partner servicing for existing and new partners, to support the creation of long term relationships
  • Develop and manage commercial partnership department budgets and set key KPIs and targets as appropriate
  • Compile and analyse sales figures
  • Evaluate and analyse commercial partnerships, constantly seeking ways to grow the value of such relationships
  • Oversee and manage the activities of the Commercial Partnerships Manager, offering leadership, guidance, support and feedback on an ongoing basis
  • Work effectively with the marketing and communications and operations teams, as well as the players and playing staff, to support the commercial agenda
  • Keep up to date with market research and insight
  • Perform other duties as reasonably requested in the context of the role or as directed by the Executive team. 

PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

In short, this role would suit a proven sponsorship / commercial partnerships leader, looking to take their career to the next level.

Rugby/Sport

  • Candidates must have a love of sport and an understanding of Rugby and its environment.
  • Previous experience in a leadership role at a high performance sports club and/or rights holder would be advantageous but is not a necessity

Experience

  • Graduate, with strong academic track record
  • Experience in a sports sponsorship sales role, with a track record of directly delivering high value deals
  • Experience in working to and achieving targets
  • Experience of working with a variety of partners, agencies and suppliers
  • Evidence of sound commercial judgment and decision making capability
  • Proven success at delivering against strategic objectives and driving revenue growth
  • Experienced in effective negotiation with sponsors other commercial entities, and in developing and maintaining strong relationships with strategic business partners and key stakeholders 

Personal Attributes

  • Highly motivated with proven sales ability and mindset
  • Target driven
  • Extensive network of potential sponsors and commercial partners
  • Strong team player, but highly proactive and able to work autonomously
  • Clear strategic thinking and planning, but hands on in approach. Unafriad to ‘do’ as well as delegate
  • Flexible, adaptable, able to think creatively as plans evolve and events unfold
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; strong cultural sensitivity and first class customer engagement skills
  • Strong influencing skills; persuasive, able to win support and engagement of others
  • Excellent communicator with an ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of people, and able to present a highly professional image when representing Northampton Saints. Comfortable communicating with and presenting to senior level executives across a range of industries
  • Personal circumstances must allow the candidate to work extended hours on occasion during times of peak activity including evenings and weekends, including match days

APPLICATION PROCESS & TIMINGS 

  • Northampton Saints is an equal opportunities employer and would welcome applications from a fully diverse range of candidates, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.
  • Please email a CV, covering letter (including details of current remuneration, if relevant), and the names and contact details of two referees to SueHewitt@NorthamptonSaints.co.uk. Referees will not be contacted until final interview stage
  • Applications must be received by 5pm on October 5th, 2017. Interviews will take place at Franklin’s Gardens shortly thereafter

COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Reports to: Director of Marketing & Communications
Direct reports: Communications Executive

Nature and scope: Reporting to the Head of Marketing & Communications and working closely with a wide variety of stakeholders, the Communications Manager delivers internal and external communications for Northampton Saints ensuring the Club has a market-leading approach to its communications and media operations.

Responsible for developing and implementing strategies for broadcast, digital, social and print media that are in line with the Club’s overall strategy.

Managing proactive and reactive issues with the media and engaging with existing media stakeholders to grow wider awareness of the Club, its values and, in particular, its strong community ethos. 

Location: Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

Compensation: Competitive base salary + bonus

REMIT

Responsible for delivering the communications strategy and ensuring positive and consistent messaging across all Northampton Saints communications platforms and channels. A confident communicator, you will have the skills and ability to build and influence relationships with a strong desire to provide excellent service both internally and externally.

This role will involve working at home and away matches throughout the rugby season 

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

1. Help develop and deliver an integrated, season–long communications strategy to secure regular, consistent, positive media coverage

2. To build and maintain effective professional relationships with the media and other key stakeholders in the game to ensure that Northampton Saints messaging is given appropriate priority and the Club’s viewpoint is adequately and accurately communicated.

3. To work closely with the rugby department, community department and Executive Team to deliver the Club’s key messages and values, and advise on proactive and reactive communications tactics and strategy.

4. Manage and develop relationships across the Club with key figures, including players, coaching staff and senior management, to ensure media opportunities are facilitated, developed and maximised.

5. To plan, provide and deliver exclusive content for use in match programmes, website, digital, marketing and social media channels.

6. Be capable of generating creative, proactive PR activity.

7. Ensure the Club’s media obligations to competition organisers and club partners are met while striving to exceed expectations.

8. Manage all aspects of the club’s media obligations at home and away match days.

9. Work closely with the Content Manager, Marketing Manager and Community department to deliver the Club’s engagement plans – and celebrate all relevant success stories from the Club, both on and off the field.

10.  Work in colaboraion with the Club’s sponsors and partners to help assist in marketing & PR campaigns and generate positive media coverage.

11. Contribute to weekly departmental meetings and actively participate in other meetings (internal & external) as and when required.

12. Manage budget when required for media activity and projects in line with departmental budget planning. Assist in the annual departmental budget planning.

13. Be aware of current trends and best practice in Public Relations and continually look for ways to develop and improve the Club’s media operations

The duties and responsibilities outlined above are not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake additional duties to meet the needs of the organisation.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Rugby/Sport

· Candidates must have a love of sport and an understanding of Rugby and its environment.
· Previous experience in a PR /communications / media role at a high performance sports club, rights holder or relevant agency would be advantageous but is not a necessity

Experience

· Graduate with a strong academic track record
· Experience working within fast paced sports media and/or communications agency environments
· Experience working in or with various media outlets, including television, print, online and social media.
· Demonstrable track record of building effective relationships and manageing experienced journalists
· Significant experience in creating or producing media content, including drafting/editing editorial copy, creating social media content and working with television, radio or online production
· Proven ability to work effectively with professional athletes or similar
· Strong media contacts

Personal Attributes

· Excellent written and oral communication skills along with a flexible and highly organised approach to working in fast-paced, media environment
· Excellent interpersonal skills
· Ability to work to deadlines and to prioritise workloads.
· Good organisational and administration skills
· Diplomacy and ability to work well under pressure
· A team player, but able to work autonomously

APPLICATION PROCESS & TIMINGS

 · Northampton Saints is an equal opportunities employer and would welcome applications from a fully diverse range of candidates, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

· Please email a CV, covering letter (including details of current remuneration), and the names and contact details of two referees to SueHewitt@NorthamptonSaints.co.uk. Referees will not be contacted until final interview stage.

· Applications must be received by 5pm on 12th October 2017. Interviews will take place in shortly thereafter.


​SALES EXECUTIVE

Northampton Saints is recruiting a Sales Executive to help build business by finding both new contacts and developing existing accounts to generate income to support the club's playing effort and overall development.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Developing a good understanding of the NRFC hospitality portfolio
  • Lead generation and prospect management through intelligent and in-depth research
  • Making outbound telephone calls to existing and prospective customers
  • Presenting core inventory to existing and new customers
  • Pursuing leads to sales conversion
  • Creating and attending appointments with both new and exisiting clients
  • Handling of inbound telephone and email sales leads
  • Maintain good/strong relationships with existing customers
  • Growing and networking existing accounts
  • Meeting both annual and event specific sales targets
  • Pipeline management, with weekly reports including personal sales activity
  • Processing customer bookings
  • Desire to exceed sales and revenue targets
  • Maintaining required sales pace
  • Providing sales support across other department functions
  • Attendance at all club match days and departmental events
  • Undertake such other duties as required which are consistent with the responsibilities of the post and the needs of the club

PERSON SPECIFICATIONS 

  • Previous sales experience
  • Target focused with a determination to achieve
  • Highly driven and motivated
  • Ability to multi-task and work under pressure
  • Good administrative and organisational skills
  • Team player but equally adept working independently
  • Experience of prospecting and cold calling
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully growing sales YOY
  • Confident and resilient
  • Commercially aware
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good IT skills
  • Good numerical skills
  • Willingness to work unsocial hours
  • Passion and understanding of rugby and/or sport strongly preferred but not essential

APPLICATION PROCESS & TIMINGS

  • Northampton Saints is an equal opportunities employer and would welcome applications from a fully diverse range of candidates, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability
  • Please email a CV, covering letter (including details of current remuneration), and the names and contact details of two referees to SueHewitt@NorthamptonSaints.co.uk. Referees will not be contacted until final interview stage
  • Applications must be received by 5pm on October 5th, 2017. Interviews will take place shortly thereafter

GRAPHIC DESIGN EXECUTIVE

Reports to: Content Manager. Close working relationships with Marketing Manager, Communications Manager, Director of Marketing & Communications, Operations Manager and other commercial functions.

Direct reports: N/A

Nature and scope: To assist the Marketing and Communications department with the creation of engaging and on brand visual assets for use both digitally and in print

Location: Franklin’s Gardens, Northampton

Renumeration: Competitive 

REMIT

To create best in class design assets to support the Club’s full suite of marketing and communications activities, as well as ensuring Franklin’s Gardens has a look and feel to support a compelling match day experience.

PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES

· Creation of print assets for fixtures, events and commercial activity
· Creation of visual assets for online marketing
· Creation of stadium branding and signage
· Modification/creation of design templates
· To enhance an already strong brand, embracing modern style while maintaining elements of Northampton Saints’ tradition

PERSON SPECIFICATIONS

In short, this role would suit a recent graphic design graduate or candidate looking to make an impact at one of professional rugby’s most prestigious clubs.

Specifically, we are looking for the following attributes:

· Advanced knowledge of Adobe CC a must (Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator)
· Creative, forward thinking, pro-active
· Ability to work to deadlines and prioritise key projects
· Ability to work to a brief, with a degree of creative license
· Ability to tailor designs to best suit different platforms (eg. print, online, social)
· Appreciation of social media and graphic design trends
· Strong portfolio of previous work for both print and digital projects
· Strong academic track record
· Video editing capability a significant advantage
· Knowledge and passion for rugby/sport preferred but not essential 

APPLICATION PROCESS & TIMINGS

· Northampton Saints is an equal opportunities employer and would welcome applications from a fully diverse range of candidates, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

· Please email a CV, covering letter (including details of current remuneration), two examples of work and the names and contact details of two referees to SueHewitt@NorthamptonSaints.co.uk. Referees will not be contacted until final interview stage.

· Applications must be received by 5pm on 5th October 2017. Interviews will take place shortly thereafter.


ASSISTANT MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTANT

This is a rare opportunity for an ambitious, engaging and proactive trainee accountant to join the finance team of one of England’s top rugby clubs.  Reporting to the Financial Controller, the successful candidate will:

  • Assist with the monthly management accounts and reporting process
  • Control and reconcile specific balance sheet accounts
  • Prepare and post accounting journals, including accruals and prepayments
  • Report & present key performance indicators, event performance and sales achievements on a timely basis
  • Manage and maintain the sales ledger, including raising invoices, chasing for payments, receipt of money and monthly reporting and reconciliations
  • Improve and develop processes and policies in accounts and the wider business context
  • Assist with yearly audit and annual report preparation
  • Provide ad hoc cover to other accounts functions, including cash and banking and purchase ledger
  • Provide reporting, analysis, insight, support and advice to other functions across the business

Ideal Candidate

  • At least two years’ experience in a management accounts role
  • Degree or AAT qualified
  • Keen to study or currently working towards CIMA or ACCA accounting qualification
  • Hands-on experience of financial systems, ideally Sage 50 accounting system
  • Have a desire to challenge and develop
  • Have excellent communication skills and a strong attention to detail
  • Strong knowledge of Excel & other Microsoft packages.
  • Work well in a small team with a hands-on attitude

To apply send a cover letter and CV by the closing date to TimStobbs@northamptonsaints.co.uk

This is a full-time role.


MATCH DAY STAFF

HOSTS AND HOSTESSES

Working with the club's full-time staff and the Saints' catering partners, the match day hosts and hostesses will play an important part in delivering an outstanding day for guests in the various hospitality suites and match day restaurants.

Applicants must be:

  • Aged 21 and over
  • Have experience working in hospitality
  • Be committed to excellence and outstanding customer service

Given the nature of professional sport you will be expected to work at weekends and potentially in the evenings, too. The up-to-date fixture list can be seen by CLICKING HERE.

To apply email a CV to Ed Turnham via edwinturnham@northamptonsaints.co.uk 

Recruitment is ongoing, and interviews will be undertaken as and when they are needed.

SAFETY TEAM

Being part of the Safety Team at Franklin’s Gardens is one of the most important roles on match days. You need to make sure that the supporters in your section are safe and happy and be ready to answer their questions, or to point them in the right direction. A positive attitude towards inter-personal skills is a must, as is calmness under pressure. Members of the Safety Team are expected to follow instructions and to be proactive, too. Over-18s only.

CAR PARK ATTENDANTS

Staff are required to manage the entry into the club’s official car parks. Cash handling skills are required, as is a positive attitude and strong inter-personal skills. Over-17s only.

For more details about any of the above positions email Kristy Coates, facilities administrator, via kristycoates@northamptonsaints.co.uk

RETAIL STAFF

The club has two shops on the Franklin’s Gardens site on match days, one in the main Franklin’s building and the other in the Match Day Village. Both are extremely busy, so retail staff need to be able to work under pressure and have a positive attitude towards inter-personal skills. Cash handling experience is preferred. Over-16s only.

For more details about joining the retail staff email Alex Alsevski, head of retail, via alexanderalsevski@northamptonsaints.co.uk


Northampton Saints and Levy Restaurants UK are recruiting a number of positions across the club's match day and non-match day catering and hospitality areas.

BAR AND WAITING STAFF

As a member of front of house staff you will need to see the world through our customers' eyes. You will provide a safe, friendly environment for all of our customers whilst delivering an efficient and energetic service. You will be the face of the company and the first point of contact for our guests.

WAITING STAFF

- Previous waiting, cash handling or customer service experience is preferred, but not necessary as you'll be provided with full training

- High standard of personal presentation  

- Able to work as part of a team

CLICK HERE for more details

BAR STAFF

- You must be 18+ years old due to licensing laws

- Previous bar, cash handling or customer service experience is preferred, but not necessary as you'll be provided with full training 

- High standard of personal presentation  

- Able to work as part of a team

CLICK HERE for more details

CATERING ASSISTANTS

- You must be 18+ years old due to licensing laws

- Previous bar, cash handling or customer service experience is preferred, but not necessary as you'll be provided with full training 

- High standard of personal presentation  

- Able to work as part of a team

CLICK HERE for more details

BACK OF HOUSE STAFF

As a member of our back of house team you will be working to make sure all Kitchen and back of house areas run smoothly and efficiently throughout the day. You will also assist in reporting any maintenance issues, maintaining the kitchen cleaning schedules and be flexible and willing to assist in other departments if necessary.

KITCHEN PORTERS

- Previous experience not necessary as you'll be provided with full training 

- High standard of personal presentation  

- Able to work as part of a team

CLICK HERE for more details