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PFA CEO Recruitment


About The PFA:

The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) is the world’s longest established professional sportspersons’ union. It aims to protect, improve, and negotiate the conditions, rights, and status of all professional footballers in the UK, by collective bargaining agreements. The Union provides the best advice, representation, and assistance in all aspects of a professional player's career and beyond. The PFA is a critical stakeholder in domestic and international football, working to benefit its members, as well as use the power of football to drive positive societal change. The PFA has been successful in initiating Community Programmes across the country, as well as championing charity and antiracism campaigns. Additionally, PFA Enterprises provides opportunities for organisations to link with the players union.

The Role:

Accountable to the Operational Board, the PFA’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will be responsible for the development and successful delivery of the Union’s strategic objectives and goals. They will successfully lead the organisation, ensuring it remains on the front foot in promoting the interests of all its members, resulting in the voice of professional players being appropriately represented at all times. The CEO must have a thorough understanding of the issues that footballers face, whilst working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to ensure the PFA’s objectives are achieved.  


  • Oversee the development and implementation of the PFA’s new strategic plan.
  • Provide leadership to the organisation, translating the new organisational strategy into meaningful and measurable action.
  • Ensure the PFA embodies a genuine commitment to, understanding of, and fluency in equality, diversity & inclusion. 
  • Grow and maintain a strong and trusted working relationship with the PFA members. 
  • Effectively engage with key industry stakeholders, including professional football clubs, football governing bodies, officials, grassroots football, fans, the media, government, and other sports governing bodies.
  • To successfully lead a process of change management, whilst overseeing P&L, governance, and policy.  
  • Develop an effective executive team that evolves working practices within The PFA and sets the bar for organisational performance and cultural transformation.

The Person:


  • Exceptional leadership skills, capable of inspiring, growing and developing a team through a period of transformation.
  • A knowledge of, and empathy with, the issues that affect PFA members, coupled with a thorough understanding of football and its important role in the betterment of society.
  • First-class communication skills, with the ability to authentically connect with a diverse range of audiences, including the media.
  • Able to establish collaborative working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders and successfully bridge opposing viewpoints.
  • An astute and creative thinker who can represent, challenge, and deliver results for PFA members.


  • Highly motivated with a natural presence, strong values, and the ability to lead by example.
  • Strong emotional intelligence, with the capability and credibility to develop positive working relationships with all PFA stakeholders.
  • Culturally fluid and sensitive, with a proven commitment towards diversity and inclusion.

How to Apply

To apply, please email an up-to-date CV, Covering Letter (which expresses your motivation for the role and highlights your relevant experience) and the voluntary Equal Opportunities Form to

  • Download the Equal Opportunities Form: Click here

The closing date for applications is 12pm on Friday 19th February 2021.

The PFA is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to honouring the FA’s Football Leadership Diversity Code in this recruitment process.

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