London, Greater London
Permanent, Full-time
Job description


As part of the Quality Assurance and Governance team, this role is instrumental in ensuring the Premier League Charitable Fund (PLCF) has effective quality assurance and governance processes internally, and effectively assesses the governance and management of Club Community Organisations (CCOs) that the PLCF funds. You will lead on CCO compliance with the Capability Code of Practice (CCOP) and deliver the PLCF quality assurance action plan. Where required, you will also support the QA and Governance Manager in developing and administering the PLCF safeguarding strategy. Bi-annually, you will help coordinate performance assessments of funded projects with support from across the PLCF team.

Who we are

Established in 2010, the PLCF is one of the biggest sports charities in the world, with an annual budget in excess of £35m. The independent charity supports CCOs in delivering high quality projects and evidences its success to key stakeholders.

Aligned with the Premier League (PL) Communities strategy, the PLCF is highly ambitious and aims to create positive and lasting sporting, social, health and education outcomes for a wide range of beneficiaries, especially children and young people. The PLCF team supports and inspires impactful work via 92+ CCOs, including those in the PL and English Football League (EFL). In turn, their work directly benefits more than 500,000 individuals at thousands of community venues and schools each year.

The role

1. Develop and apply quality assurance processes and systems across all PLCF community programmes to report on and assess the position of 92+ professional football CCOs and the hundreds of projects they deliver across England and Wales.


2. Support the Quality Assurance and Governance Manager with the assessment of CCOs governance and management arrangements, and compliance with the PLCF’s Capability Code of Practice (CCOP). Administer a stakeholder group in developing a quality standard and audit process to drive continuous improvement.

3. Support all aspects of the grant giving process associated with PL core funding, from pre-application through to generating offer letters and monitoring project performance and expenditure.

4. Coordinate appropriate training and development, sharing of best practice opportunities which will support CCOs with their own governance, risk management and organisational capacity.

5. Work collaboratively with the PLCF community and schools programme staff to develop, implement and continually improve consistent systems of quality management to monitor and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of Club Community Organisations (CCOs).

6. Work closely with the Research and Insight Executive to plan, deploy and review on-site visits of CCO activities to collect programme feedback, success stories, best practices and impact insights, including coordination of consultation with staff and beneficiaries.

7. Support the Quality Assurance and Governance Manager in providing a broad governance function, ensuring that PLCF has robust arrangements, including its approach to risk management.

8. Support the need for the PLCF Executive and Board members to ensure that all relevant statutory and regulatory requirements are met.

9. Assist in implementing PLCF safeguarding policies and procedures including support to CCOs.

10. Support systems to ensure that the PLCF complies with relevant data protection legislation, including good information governance.

11. Attend panel meetings to review CCO performance, provide recommendations on grant allocations and develop improvement recommendations. Identify and share best practice to ensure continuous improvement.

12. Work closely with the Research and Insight Executive in delivering a monitoring and evaluation strategy including efficient data collection / analysis function across all programmes. Develop a monthly, quarterly and annual reporting suite to inform quality assurance, governance and risk management.

13. Ensure the PLCF is well linked to other initiatives and organisations working in the same fields through participating in a range of relevant external groups and networks. Keep up to date with current debates within the sports and voluntary sectors, disseminating to relevant audiences, as necessary.

14. Liaise with the relevant departments of the Premier League to ensure complementarity and to influence strategy and policy, ensuring there is no duplication of effort asked of CCOs.

15. Where appropriate, carry out other duties as may reasonably be required, giving support to other members of the team at busy times.

Requirements for the role

  • Experience of working in the charity and/or sports sector
  • Good knowledge of governance and quality assurance, with a diligent eye for detail and commitment to enforcing regulations
  • Experience of positive interventions/projects delivered in communities/schools
  • Project management, planning and organisational skills, including the ability to manage a complex network of stakeholders
  • Excellent negotiation, interpersonal, influencing and relationship management skills
  • Ability to support and implement thorough safeguarding practices
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure, make sound judgement calls and solve problems
  • High level of computer proficiency, particularly with MS Office packages
  • Ability to define equal opportunities and diversity and understand how it relates to the role
  • Educated to degree standard or equivalent
  •   Willingness to travel within England and Wales
  •   The role will require a satisfactory enhanced DBS check to be completed

The Premier League Charitable Fund is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. All appointments will be made based on merit.


Refreshed on: 29 September 2019
Closed date: 07 October 2019
Tags: Policy/Research, Project Management