Jul 16, 2021

Academy Physical Performance Data Analyst - Birmingham City Football Club - Closing date 1 August 2021

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  • Wast Hills Training Ground, Redhill Road, King's Norton, Alvechurch, Birmingham B38 9EL, UK
Full time, permanent Analysis Performance

Job Description

Team: Academy
Hours of Work: Hours are set to meet the needs of the business but are a minimum of 37.5 hours per week
Application closing date: Due to the urgency of filling this vacancy, suitable candidates will be interviewed as and when they apply and the role will be closed as soon as a suitable candidate has been sourced.

JOB DESCRIPTION

CORE RESPONSIBILITIES
• Communicate and promote the Academy culture creating an elite environment for the development of young players.
• Have consistently high standards.
• Communicate and engage with staff/players/parents/guardians where appropriate.
• Attend all club and departmental professional development events.
• Actively engage in a fully functioning competency framework and integrated appraisal process.
• Monitor the wellbeing of Academy players at all times liaising with the Safeguarding Services Manager.
• Ensure compliance with all the Policies and Procedures contained within the Staff Handbook, paying particular regard to the Equal Opportunities Policy and Health & Safety Policy and procedures at all times.

INDIVIDUAL RESPONSIBILITIES
• Collection of player load monitoring, physiological and subjective load response data, physical capacity data and physical game outputs such as GPS, Heart rates, RPE and any new and available technologies for all academy and loan players.
• Provide data analysis of the aforementioned markers.
• Collect, analyse and disseminate all injury data across the academy to create and maintain an injury audit database.
• Lead in the development of player ‘Performance Programmes” for all academy players.
• Develop the physical data analysis processes which can be fully utilised by the sports science and medicine department.
• Help to solve complex problems through the development of data science solutions, applying your ability to shape and analyze large datasets and your knowledge of machine learning techniques to solve each individual problem.
• Be an analytical thinker with experience of developing predictive models and hold high competency levels in using data science software.
• Communicate data-driven insights through the use of data visuaisation methods.
• Lead in the development of new statistical models and tools and help to ensure our work remains current.
• Optimise out processes for extracting and reshaping data from external sources.
• To provide leadership and guidance to the multi-disciplinary team, players and parents.
• Conduct a 5-week review identifying appropriate areas of physical excellence and areas which need developing.
• Collation and dissemination of the physical data for each phase to guide physical target setting throughout the programme.

PERSON SPECIFICATION
Academic Qualifications
Essential Requirements
• Degree in Sport Science, Maths or Physics.
• FA Child Welfare qualification.
• FA Basic First Aid for Sport.
• Clear DBS check.
Desirable Requirements
• MSc Qualification in Relevant Subject.

Experience
Essential Requirements
• Previous experience working within a professional football environment.
• Experience, ingesting, cleaning and analysing large and complex datasets.
• Good understanding of core statistical modeling techniques such as regression, classification, clustering.
• Experience in implementing machine learning algorithms and understanding of the model development process.

Skills and Abilities
Essential Requirements
• To provide leadership and guidance to the multi-disciplinary team, players and parents.
• Strong use of data visualization to present data in a clear, compelling and visually appealing manner.
• Understanding of the Elite Player Performance Plan and the PMA application
• Programming proficiency in R.
• Familiarity SQL, interaction with databases and Git version control.

Personal Requirements
Essential Requirements
• Collaborative.
• Knowledgeable.
• Inspirational.
• Exciting.
• Influential.
• Innovative.
Desirable Requirements
• Uses initiative.
• Good communicator.
• Emotional control.

Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

Only applicants that demonstrate within their application that they meet the above criteria will be considered for the role.
This role is regarded as a ‘Regulated Activity’ and is therefore subject to an Enhanced DBS check, (previously a CRB check) which includes the barred list for working with children. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974

Birmingham City FC is an equal opportunities and Disability Confident employer and welcomes applications from all sectors of the Community.


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