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BEF vacancy: WCP Dressage Performance Manager

last updated on December 20, 2016 15:14

BEF vacancy: WCP Dressage Performance Manager

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is seeking a Dressage Performance Manager (PM) to lead, manage and develop Dressage within the National Lottery-funded Equestrian World Class Programme (WCP).

As the National Governing Body for horse sports in the UK the BEF, working collaboratively with its 19 member bodies, represents a broad spectrum of equine interests. Athletes of both sexes and all ages compete on an equal footing, making equestrianism one of the only gender neutral and age neutral sports. It has a huge public appeal within an extensive competitive landscape. Some 4.2m people in the UK ride each year, and with longstanding BEF member organisations such as The Pony Club and RDA, there is an abundant talent pool of potential world class athletes.

At an elite level, equestrian sport in Great Britain has enjoyed unparalleled success in recent years with our athletes across all disciplines achieving outstanding success at both the London and Rio Games.

The BEF is now poised to reinvigorate its approach with a new strategy currently being developed collaboratively with the BEF’s Olympic discipline Member Bodies. The sport possesses a unique challenge of optimising both the equine and human athlete and a central element to these plans will therefore be an increased emphasis on sports science and a more tailored coaching approach.

Location: Abbey Park, Kenilworth

The Dressage Performance Manager (PM) role offers the successful candidate an opportunity to play an integral part in the evolution of a highly successful GBR high performance sport programme. Working with the Performance Director the Dressage PM will be responsible for the design, development and delivery of the WCP’s Dressage Podium Programme. He/she will work with all areas of the WCP and BEF, British Dressage and with national and international bodies.

At Championships and other designated competitions, the PM will be the Team Manager and Chef d’Equipe for the senior GBR Dressage Team, responsible for structuring and managing team support.

The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to manage, motivate and empower in order to deliver success, as well as highly effective organisational and administrative competencies. He/she will have experience of high performing cultures and environments, a sound understanding of elite equestrian sport, and be able to harness the support of a complex stakeholder community up to Board level.

The role will be part time with an expectation of working weekends and undertaking significant travel abroad to support coaches and athletes at key points in the competition calendar.

For a full role description and how to apply, please visit the BEF website - scroll down to the second vacancy.