Academy Head of Recruitment (UK)

Job Title: Academy Head of Recruitment Reporting to: Academy Manager Location: Rotherham United Football Club Academy

  • Recruit (and identify via the relevant age group recruitment co-ordinators) players of required quality to represent the Academy therefore to recruit, organise and manage a team of local scouts to support the Academy and Youth Development Programme at all levels.
  • Maintain and enhance the local, regional and any national scouting networks to fulfil the above criteria.
  • Ensure that scouts report back to the club with quality and in an efficient manner and maintain all such documentation – including uploading information onto the PMA database.
  • Ensure that the required recruitment data is produced for EPPP inspection/audit.
  • Assist scouts working with the U9-18 age groups by providing scout education and making available other training to enhance their skills and knowledge for their jobs.
  • Maintain and develop strong links with schools, districts, counties, and international associations, as well as junior leagues.
  • Ensure with the Lead Phase Coach that the correct procedure is carried out for trialists.
  • Be available to scout for players wherever and whenever the Academy Manager can reasonably expect. This may occasionally mean overnight or longer trips and will incur travel outside the UK.



  • Manage and oversee the Talent Identification strategy for Rotherham United by working closely with the Academy Manager
  • Through regular communication with Academy staff, monitor players and report their progress on a regular basis, attending the scheduled 6 weekly Academy Management Team Meeting
  • To actively manage scouting staff to produce the required information and documentation on players deemed suitable and capable of being considered for Rotherham United.
  • Oversee scouts to ensure they carry out their roles and responsibilities within the parameters of the Club/Academy Codes of Conduct and Policies and Procedures.
  • Organize and implement recruitment CPD


  • Ensure Scouts complete the relevant documentation and player profiling.
  • Through a programme of monitoring, ensure the recruitment process associated with excellence is maintained and continuously developed.
  • Be actively involved with the coaching staff in developing the requisite Rotherham United Academy Player Profile document and guide.
  • To provide up to date reporting of all talented players identified, the monitoring process and reporting to the Academy Manager through the 6 weekly Academy Management Team Meeting. Advise the meeting of potential Academy players, trials and games for trialists, providing specific details regarding travel, accommodation and educational needs.
  • Provide an input into the development of annual budgets and targets associated with Recruitment, working closely with the Academy Manager.
  • When required attend the Academy Technical Board meeting – to advise the meeting of potential Academy players, trials and games for trialists, providing specific details.
  • Provide details on potential Academy player’s information with personal details. Identify player targets and dissemination of requests for trials from correspondence, emails, telephone and other Academies release documentation.
  • Confirmation of fixtures to aid in Academy recruitment.

Person Specification


  • Up-to-date FA Talent Identification Course
  • Satisfactory DBS check
  • Up-to-date Child Protection Certificate
  • Three years of experience working in an Academy or Centre of Excellence with relevant age groups in coaching/recruitment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Availability for flexible working hours
  • IT literacy

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