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Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Lead - Stamford Bridge, London

Employer
Chelsea FC
Location
Stamford Bridge, London
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
22 May 2024

Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Lead - Stamford Bridge, London 

DEPARTMENT: HR 

REPORTING TO: Director of HR

JOB FUNCTION: A standalone role to act as a business partner and subject matter expert in respect of diversity and inclusion, collaboratively promoting and embedding EDI across the Club and Foundation. To be responsible for managing the Club’s EDI strategy and compliance with the Premier League Equality Diversity and Inclusion Standard (PLEDIS), as well as reporting requirements for other relevant bodies.  

DIRECT REPORTS: None

LOCATION: Stamford Bridge with travel to Cobham Training Ground when required

CONTRACT: 35 hours per week, Permanent  

 

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES (Play Your Part):

  • To develop and manage the short, medium, and long-term EDI strategy for the club.
  • Manage, co-ordinate and deliver the Club’s compliance and reporting requirements in respect of the Premier League Equality Diversity and Inclusion Standard (PLEDIS) and any other future football related standards or codes.
  • Support the club in developing an inclusive and diverse culture through best practice.
  • Business partner with the Executive and Senior Leadership team, working collaboratively with them to drive and implement their EDI plans
  • Lead, facilitate and coordinate the EDI working and advisory groups with a cross section of club departments to advocate and promote EDI internally and externally
  • Ensure all departments are considering EDI in their work, e.g. with partners, third-party suppliers, accessibility of our media platforms, stadium and club facilities etc. and support with conducting EDI reviews.
  • Advise and guide on complex employee relations case work related to EDI matters working in collaboration with the HR Advisors/HR Business Partners to track trends.
  • Use monitoring data to analyse key trends and provide gap analysis across all key groups linking it back to the EDI strategy and EDI Delivery Plan.
  • Use analysis to create projects and initiatives to support the club’s EDI agenda working in collaboration with other relevant departments e.g. Communications, Marketing and the Foundation.
  • Work collaboratively with the learning and development team to create both club wide knowledge around EDI and bespoke awareness training.
  • Lead on EDI reporting and progress to the Director of HR, Executive Leadership team and the Board.
  • Oversee the EDI budget
  • Liaise with the Premier League, FA, WSL and other appropriate organisations and represent the club at EDI meetings and discussion forums.
  • Ensure the club is actively achieving external standards and charters e.g. Disability Confident, Living Wage Accreditation etc. and managing the relationships with our EDI partners/suppliers.
  • Work with external experts and underrepresented groups associated with the club.
  • Act as the club’s advocate for EDI across football and wider business sectors and ensure up to date knowledge on developing EDI trends.

 

MEASURES OF PERFORMANCE (Here to Win):

  • Positive feedback from Premier League interim assessor health checks
  • Achievement of other relevant standards, codes and kite marks
  • Defined measurement of EDI objectives and KPIs
  • Communication of EDI impact across the Club
  • Demonstrable progress in embedding EDI into the values and culture of the club
  • Increased confidence levels in employees on EDI matters and reporting

PERSONAL SPECIFICATION:

Qualifications:

  • CIPD or another relevant professional body qualification desirable

Experience:

Essential

  • Proven subject matter expertise in equality, diversity and inclusion matters and a good understanding of EDI policies and best practices
  • Experience of developing and implementing an EDI strategy
  • Ability to work alongside and business partner key internal and external stakeholders and senior leadership up to C-Suite level
  • Prior experience as a HR Business Partner with a key focus on EDI work desirable
  • Prior experience in handling employee relations case work desirable
  • Ability to support colleagues at all levels around EDI and awareness and enabling multi-function collaboration.
  • Proven experience of analysing and interpreting EDI data, with the ability to detect, examine and decode trends or patterns within intricate data sets
  • Ability to lead, inspire and motivate colleagues at all levels
  • Good commercial awareness, with effective influencing skills
  • Highly capable in managing conflict and sensitive matters
  • Naturally inquisitive, with the ability to constructively challenge where appropriate.
  • Demonstrable experience in delivering and embedding EDI projects and initiatives and measuring the impact
  • Ability to deal with change projects with personal confidence
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to use all Microsoft Office packages.
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills.

The Employee must at all times carry out his/her responsibilities with due regard to Chelsea Football Club 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 and the Foundation 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. As a consequence, Chelsea FC may require any successful applicants to complete a DBS Check prior to working at our premises. Successful applicants may also be required to undergo other child protection screening appropriate to the post applied for.

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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