Nature and Scope:
The CEO works closely with the Rugby Europe Board of Directors and has primary responsibility and accountability for driving the strategic direction of the organisation. The CEO will lead and manage the organisation in line with the strategic and operational priorities.
Additionally, the CEO must demonstrate dynamic and inspirational leadership skills and the ability to work in a complex stakeholder environment. The appointee will work with the 47 Members of Rugby Europe, World Rugby, other relevant rugby and sports organisations/institutions as well as current and future commercial partners.
- Provide direction and leadership to the employees by determining and communicating clear strategic and operational objectives.
- Ensure a successful management and organisational structure at all times, develop this in line with the changing needs of the organisation and ensure any required changes are effectively communicated.
- Develop and implement a human resources strategy for Rugby Europe employees.
- Deploy, motivate, manage and develop resources to ensure maximum organisational effectiveness in line with the strategic plan.
- Produce, lead and execute the annual Business Plan and Budget ensuring alignment with the Strategic Plan.
- Manage Rugby Europe in line with, and champion best practice standards of, corporate governance across the organisation.
- Draft and deliver a commercial strategy to improve revenues from established sources and ensure new revenue streams are secured.
- Champion, protect and promote Rugby Europe’s core values and instil them in the daily work of the organisation and all it delivers.
- Seek opportunities to promote the role and work of Rugby Europe across the continent.
- Report on organisational performance to President, General Secretary and Board of Directors on a monthly basis.
- Undertake such other duties as maybe required from time to time as are consistent with the responsibilities of the position and the needs of Rugby Europe.
Qualifications and Experience:
- Substantial and proven success at an executive level in a complex and consumer facing business with experience of managing a significant P&L and balance sheet accountability.
- Senior experience in an organisation related to sport and thus the ability to demonstrate a strong understanding of the business and politics of sport, understanding of uniqueness of international, regional and national governing bodies and sports administration.
- Proven ability of establishing a strategic vision for a business and to lead the organizational management and cultural changes to realise that vision.
- Experience in business development and the building of successful commercial and financial relationships with providers and sponsors.
- A strong track record in working and succeeding in a multi-stakeholder environment.
- Proven negotiating skills in both commercial and financial transactions.
Skills and personal attributes:
- Outstanding leadership skills, someone who demonstrate passion and who will inspire employees and Rugby Europe’s membership.
- Politically astute, with integrity and an open style able to build trust and effective working relationships with all of Rugby Europe’s stakeholders.
- A committed and loyal individual, prepared to work the necessary hours and at weekends. Leads in terms of commitment and work ethic by personal example.
- An analytical, numerate and disciplined thinker who has the ability to think complex issues through and develop effective solutions in a timely manner.
- Able to devise the ‘big picture’ and effectively communicate this to employees and stakeholders.
- Must be fully computer-literate in order to provide high quality documents, tables, presentations to be circulated to President, Board of Directors and Members Unions.
- Skills and experience in public speaking in front of Board of Directors and Member Unions.
- Must have a passion for sport and the values of the game of Rugby.
- Fluent in French /English. Fluency in additional languages would be advantageous.
All Role Holders must maintain an appropriate standard of confidentiality. Any disclosures of confidential information (including personal information kept on computer or other media) made unlawfully outside the proper course of duty will be treated as a serious disciplinary offence.
Personal circumstances must allow the candidate to work extended hours during times of peak activity including evenings and weekends.
Rugby Europe background:
Rugby Europe is the administrative body for rugby Unions in Europe. It was formed in 1934 under the name FIRA to promote, develop, organise and administer the game of rugby in Europe. It became the FIRA-AER in 1999 and was rebranded as RUGBY EUROPE in 2014. Rugby Europe is one of six regional associations across the globe and is represented in the World Rugby Council, the international governing body for the sport.
Rugby Europe has 47 Member Unions with close to three million players, almost half of the global playing population. Included in the membership are some of the largest Unions in the world including the Six Nations as well as some of the smallest and this presents both opportunities and challenges.
There are six full-time paid employees of Rugby Europe including a Head of Competitions, Head of Marketing and Communication, Regional Training Manager, Get into Rugby Manager, Accounting Manager and Management Assistant. As well as these employees Rugby Europe can call on a number
of contracted staff and volunteers to help run competitions and other events.
Throughout the season Rugby Europe runs 80 international senior XV-a-side games and 20 Tournaments for both Seven’s and XV. Over the last 12 months Rugby Europe also held close to 1000 training and educations sessions for coaches and referees all around Europe.
Rugby Europe’s activities are governed by French Laws and in particular, the Law of July 1st, 1901 as applied to associations. The budget for the 2017/18 season is € 3m for running competitions and administration. However, Rugby Europe is working to generate more income from commercial ventures.
Rugby Europe approved their Strategic Plan for 2017 – 2021 at the General Assembly in June 2017. The headline strategic goals set out in the plan are to:
- Provide strong and inspirational leadership for the game in Europe
- Drive player welfare best practice
- Protect and promote rugby, its values, spirit, educational strength and ethos
- Increase participation and interest in the game in Europe
- Ensure the financial sustainability of Rugby Europe and its Members by maximising commercial opportunities
- Increase Members’ participation in World Rugby competitions and the Olympic Games