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Local Academy Scout Lead Co-ordinator (U9-12’s) - Stamford Bridge, London

Chelsea FC
Stamford Bridge, London
Closing date
14 Feb 2024

Local Academy Scout Lead Co-ordinator (U9-12’s) - Stamford Bridge, London

DEPARTMENT: Recruitment


Our Local Recruitment department is driven to continue to recruit the very best local talents and maintain our success in Academy local recruitment.  Therefore we require a specialist management role supporting the Head of Local Academy Scouting and the Head of Local Recruitment.  The role will work closely with the Head of Local Academy Scouting and the Local Strategy and Planning Manager to obtain and use information and data that assists the local scouting department decision making in the recruitment of high potential talent to Chelsea FC.




Contract: Full Time Permanent - 40 Hours Per Week across 6 out of 7 working days

About Us:

As a member of the Chelsea team you will become part of a long and proud history in the heart of iconic west London, which dates back to the club’s founding in 1905. Since that time the club has won every major domestic and international trophy, being crowned English, European and world champions in the process.

Chelsea are a club which proudly strives to be the best in everything we do, on and off the pitch, as shown by the further success of our Women’s and Academy sides, as well as the excellent work in the community undertaken by the Chelsea Foundation, while engaging with our many supporters from a wide range of backgrounds at home in the UK and around the world.

If you’re motivated and want to help us win more trophies, you’ve got a place here at Chelsea!


  • Research success/failures of other competitor Academy signings/productivity over 10 years in the U9-12 age groups and identify Insights to what other Academies recruit in these ages.
  • Develop and maintain a database of ‘talents’ from LOCAL grassroots football that move from DC’s programmes into other Academies at U9. Ensure the tracking of talents via observation and recorded reports at U9-12 age group.  Track and record players in Foundation phase that ‘play up’ regularly.
  • Manage the process of Talent ID, player tracking, player insights and recommendations of player targets aged U9-12 years old within Local Academies in London and the South East.
  • Be responsible for ensuring information of players aged U9-12’s flows throughout the local scouting team and ultimately into the Head of Youth Recruitment. Implements processes that are accountable for local Academy recruitment productivity within these age groups.
  • Direct scout resources to fixtures live and on video to monitor and report on the best local talents Review and lead on strategy for signing local elite targets/talents at U9-12 years (Foundation Phase)
  • Scout across other regions nationally or internationally as directed by senior staff.
  • Manage the collection of background information on target players
  • Organise and chair meetings as required for the job purpose, and attend all other scout meetings including Recruitment Management Meetings.
  • Maintain a thorough understanding of the football culture and infrastructure locally including private academies, 121 coaches, local non-league and college provision.
  • Develop and maintain a strong network of contacts within clubs locally including Sports Directors, Academy Managers, Coaches, Agents, and other key stakeholders.
  • Work on any other innovative or special scouting project as required by Chelsea FC,
  • To abide by Premier League and FA rules and regulations and rules and ensure CFC and Academy policies and procedures are adhered to.


  • Demonstrate personal drive and initiative to anticipate and develop solutions to on-going challenges within scouting and recruitment
  • Excellent communication skills to ensure that all stakeholders are able to be effective in their delivery of department objectives
  • Understand clearly who needs to know what and when related to a high-pressure, high-performance sporting environment
  • Persuasively communicate with others to gain support and ‘buy in’ for ideas
  • Role modelling excellent behaviour and support autonomy that motivates team members to perform beyond expectations
  • Inspire others to succeed by having a clear understanding and belief in your own and others’ capability to succeed for the benefit of Chelsea FC
  • Being solution focussed identify options and look at issues from a variety of perspectives, listening to others, before determining the best solution and making a decision


  • Head of Youth Recruitment
  • Head of Local Recruitment
  • Head of Local Academy Scouting
  • Local Strategy and Planning Manager
  • Scout Managers UK and Europe
  • Academy Scouts
  • Head of Performance
  • Lead video analysts
  • Academy Manager
  • Head of Player Care
  • Age Group Head Coaches
  • External Partners


  • Fulfil the Clubs mandatory CPD obligations
  • In addition to the Club mandatory CPD requirements you will maintain a Personal Development Plan to include wider development in leadership and personal growth
  • Lead by example and promote a culture of continual professional development and learning throughout the Recruitment and Scouting Team,
  • Regularly update your Continual Professional Development area on the Clubs Learning Management System – Blue Learn

DO THE RIGHT THING (Our Expectations):

  • To demonstrate and live by the club’s values; Here to Win, Be Brave, Do the Right Thing, Play Your Part, Many Teams, One Club and Proud to Be Chelsea
  • To adhere to the club’s policies and procedures, including Health & Safety, Financial Authorisation, Confidentiality and GDPR.
  • To act as an ambassador for diversity, equality, and inclusion, and demonstrate a positive commitment by treating others fairly in line with our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy and reporting any acts of discrimination through appropriate channels
  • To create a safe environment and act to protect all young people and vulnerable adults that are either in your care or attending club premises, and report any concerns to the Safeguarding Lead
  • To report any misconduct or suspected misconduct to the HR Department

 HERE TO WIN (Measures of Performance):

  • The local scouting strategy is executed effectively.
  • Maintain effective communication with both the scouting teams and Management Group.
  • Compliance with all regulations and club policies.
  • The scouting database is accurately populated and kept up to date.
  • 5 – 6 Weekly matches reported on (Live and/or Video).
  • 2-3 Academy players identified and recruited at U9-12 each season.
  • Insight and intimate knowledge and understanding of other competitor academies within the London and the South East
  • Showcase/present details of the work undertaken in region in line with CFC Scout Management procedures.

 PROUD TO BE CHELSEA (Person Specification):


  • Experience of an elite performance environment with particular understanding of dealing with high performing teams and individuals
  • Have previously worked across a diverse group of stakeholders – experience delivering on guidance from senior management and leading a team of staff.
  • Experience of presentation skills, both verbal and written, to communicate information and data to support critical decision making
  • Minimum 3 years’ scouting experience at a professional level, including management of a region or project.
  • Extensive knowledge of the geographic region including culture, legislation, and football market.
  • Willing to take responsibility and follow tasks to a successful completion

Skills and Behaviours:

  • Personable and approachable manner enthusiastic with a strong work ethic
  • Trustworthy with sensitive and confidential information
  • Good knowledge and relationships with agents and agencies in UK
  • Highly computer literate in office suite and ability to use in-house systems
  • Outstanding communicator both verbal and written across a diverse set of stakeholders and team members.
  • Ability to prepare reports for senior management to update on the progress of the scouting strategy.
  • Emotional intelligence and empathy to work with a team of staff.


  • Valid Passport (Right to work in UK status)
  • Valid driving licence
  • Minimum of FA Level 2 Talent ID Qualification
  • Valid DBS

The Employee must at all times carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to Academy policies and procedures in particular Health & Safety, Financial Authorisation, Confidentiality and with regard to the Data Protection Act. The Employee must act to protect all young people and vulnerable adults that are in their care or attending the Company's premises. The Employee must report any misconduct or suspected misconduct to the Safeguarding Lead. 

Chelsea Football Club is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults at risk (vulnerable groups) that are in our care or attending our premises. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service. 

The Employee must ensure a positive commitment towards equality and diversity by treating others fairly and not committing any form of direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment of any description and to promote positive working relations amongst Employees and customers. 

The above Job Description is not intended to be exhaustive, the duties and responsibilities may therefore vary over time according to the changing needs of the Club.

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