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Football Foundation
Graduate Technical Project Manager

Graduate Technical Project Manager

Starting salary of £25,000 per annum plus generous benefits, progressing to £35,000 after 2-3 years.

This is an exciting opportunity for a recent graduate of a construction related degree course looking for a different career path – one that will make a real difference to grassroots community football.

About the Football Foundation

The Football Foundation is the country's largest sports charity. It funds the improvement of public sports facilities across the country – especially grassroots football facilities - with investment provided by the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England.

Since it was launched in 2000, the Foundation has delivered projects worth more than £1.5 billion, which has developed more than 780 third-generation (3G) artificial grass pitches (AGP) with floodlights, more than 1,000 modern changing pavilions, and helped to renovate and properly maintain thousands of natural turf football pitches up and down the country.  These high quality, sustainable facilities are helping to improve the experience of those who play football for the love of doing so, to stay fit and healthy, and to help better players be as good as they can be by developing their potential.

The role

This is a great opportunity to use the technical skills gained in your degree to make a real difference to grassroots community football while gaining real hands-on practical experience of facility development. You will get involved in all aspects of the business while working alongside experienced professionals who will mentor and guide you on your way to becoming a fully experienced Technical Project Manager.

You will take a hands-on approach, involving site visits and providing technical advice to a wide range of applicants – from schools and clubs to community groups. You will work towards having responsibility for a portfolio of projects across the south of England

The particular areas within your portfolio will depend on the location of the successful candidate.

What are we looking for?

You will need a degree in one of the following subjects:

  • Architecture
  • Building surveying
  • Planning
  • Property management
  • Construction management
  • Civil engineering

You must also have great people skills and the ability to work with people at all levels, from clients and suppliers to volunteers. You must be accurate, systematic and flexible with the ability to juggle a wide range of activities. You don’t need to be passionate about football to apply, but you must have a genuine interest in the charity sector and share our passion for getting more people across the country taking part in sports and being active.

As you will undertake site visits across the area, you will also need to hold a current, clean driving licence and have access to your own vehicle.

Key responsibilities of the role include:

From day one, you will experience a wide variety of duties, and will be expected to quickly understand and assist team members with undertaking a variety of projects.

Working with support and under supervision, you will:

  • Engage directly with applicants to assist them through the grant application process.
  • Assist with the preparation of pre-construction information.
  • Undertake site inspections and monitoring visits.
  • Attend project, design and other meetings.
  • Assess grant applications and analyse the viability of cost proposals, contractual procurement, the programme of works and associated risks.
  • Undertake research, such as assisting in the production of datasheets or technical policy.
  • Set up projects and provide support to the senior TPMs as required.

As you, your line manager and members of the Grant Management Team work together to develop your knowledge and skills, the level of supervision needed will be regularly reviewed. The aim is for the level of supervision and support to be reduced over time as you gain more knowledge, confidence and experience in the role, with the aspiration for you to develop towards a full TPM role over a 2-3 year period.

What can we offer you?

The Foundation offers a great learning environment, with the opportunity to grow your skills and knowledge and develop your career. You will have access to an active support network of line managers and experience and knowledgeable individuals to help you be your best.

You will start on a competitive graduate salary, with the potential for your salary to progress quickly. You will also receive a competitive benefits package, including 25 days annual leave (plus bank holidays), a generous pension scheme, health care provision, gym subsidy, interest-free season ticket loan, volunteering scheme, death in service benefit and access to selected match tickets.

We are also open to supporting you if you would like to work towards a further professional qualification related to your degree or role as a Technical Project Manager.

We are also committed to helping our staff maintain a healthy work-life balance, so offer flexible working hours around core hours to help you achieve that.


The role will initially be office-based in our London office, with a portfolio of projects within the South of England. The particular areas within your portfolio will depend on the location of the successful candidate.


This is an excellent opportunity to take the first step on an exciting new career in a supportive professional environment, while making a real difference. For more information on this vacancy, the full job pack is available to download at the end of this page.

If you would like an informal chat about the role, please contact us at  jobs@footballfoundation.org.uk and we can arrange this for you.

To apply, please send us your CV and a covering letter explaining what motivated you to apply and why you are suitable for the role. This should be forwarded to  jobs@footballfoundation.org.uk. To help us track the success of our recruitment campaign, please also state in your covering letter where you saw the role advertised.

We encourage all applicants to complete the automated equality and diversity monitoring form which is available at the link below:


This confidential form helps the Football Foundation build up a picture of who is applying to join the organisation.

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 28 July 2019.

Interviews have been provisionally set for 5 and 6 August 2019.

The Football Foundation is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.