A Chief Operating Officer oversees the off-field activity of a sports club. Commanding a senior role, they ensure that all objectives set by the Board of Directors are met. A working relationship with the Chief Executive Officer is central to this. A Chief Operating Officer develops the club’s brand and engagement levels with the local community and the club’s global fanbase, identifying new opportunities for the club to develop.

Commercial revenue is often a key driver. Existing relationships need to be managed while new partners are sought. A Chief Operating Officer attends monthly meetings with the board to keep them updated on the club’s off-field progress.


A Chief Operating Officer represents their club at league and governing body meetings. They must be professional in their manner to showcase the club in the best possible light.


An undergraduate degree in a relevant field, such as Business, Sport Management or Finance, is essential. A full UK driver’s licence and advanced DBS disclosure are also necessary.


All applicants should have extensive experience of working in professional sport. They should have previously led first team operations, working to governing body rules and regulations while developing new and existing relationships with key stakeholders. A history of public speaking is desirable. Applicants should also have worked with the Board of Directors at a company and be comfortable in the presence of senior figures.


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