Job Vacancy: Director of Cricket

Wednesday 6th December 2017

As the Director of Cricket, you will have a fantastic opportunity to lead Kent Cricket in an exciting period of the club’s development. You will run the professional cricket operation of the club. You will be a key member of the senior management team. The role is a ‘whole year’ job, based in Canterbury.

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Key Responsibilities
You will:
• Have overall responsibility for the professional cricket operation of the club.
• Lead and develop a Kent Cricket culture.
• Agree, implement and monitor the values, disciplines and behaviours that reflect a high performing team culture, based on openness, honesty and trust.
• Select people with good character and develop responsible, self-aware and self-managed decision makers on and off the field.
• Ensure standards of behaviour, discipline and codes of conduct are adhered to at all times.
• Develop and implement an agreed playing and coaching strategy for all squads (including age groups and academy).
• Build positive relationships with all internal and external stakeholders through effective communication.
• Develop a team of cricket management individuals, with exemplary knowledge, skills and experience, values and beliefs within the professional cricket department of the club.
• Develop players to their full potential and create teams that are greater than the sum of their individuals.
• Direct and manage the activities of a team of support staff across all the necessary disciplines and implement and control the processes required to create winning Kent teams.
• Act as an ambassador for the whole game in the county and demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the professional and community game and be committed to strengthening this whenever possible.
• Work within an agreed budget, being ever mindful of prudent financial control. You will be the point of contact for agents, players and cricket bodies in developing the Kent squad. You will handle contract negotiations and liaise with members of your team to ensure appraisals and development plans are established and acted upon.
• Form a strong, effective and open working relationship with the chief executive and all directors.

Ideal Candidate
Suitable candidates will be capable of instilling a winning mentality through a thorough understanding of the modern game. They will:
• Be a results-focused leader, knowledgeable and widely respected, and with a proven track record of delivering results.
• Be an influential personality who is highly self-motivated; an instigator and driver of progress with a genuine enthusiasm and commitment to the task. Must have a high level of integrity and credibility within the game, with an ability to develop effective working relationships, both internally and externally.
• Have sound judgment, with a track record of making the right decisions.
• Be an energetic self-starter with motivation, commitment and enthusiasm. Someone who is not afraid of hard work and happy working at anti-social hours.

Key Requirements
There is a range of personal qualities that the successful candidate will possess in order to be considered for the role.

The appointed individual will be:
• Resilient and stress tolerant
• Intelligent and analytical
• Diligent, energetic and passionate
• Balanced
• Confident and competitive
• Collaborative yet decisive
• Empowering
• Credible, trusted and effective personal media presence
• Emotionally intelligent
• Understanding of diverse personalities
• Interpersonally sensitive (empathetic, respectful)
• Open and able to provide honest feedback
• Disciplined and consistent
• Approachable
• Possess strength of character (strong values) courage of ones convictions
• Honest, truthful and reliable
• Open and willing to communicate and learn

Knowledge and Experience
• Background of demonstrable high-level achievement in a sports leadership role at either national level or within a high performing, senior professional club within the sport.
• A well-informed appreciation of the structure of the game within Kent will be an advantage.
• Proven track record of leading team performance aspects of an organisation.
• Demonstrable track record of converting a vision and strategy into tangible results.
• Have an understanding of the value that can be added by nutrition, sports science and data analysis.
• Have excellent communication skills and highly tuned listening skills.
• Experience of responsibility for significant budgets.
• A full driving licence and good computer literacy.

Excellent package

Appointment Process
Kent County Cricket Club welcomes applications from a fully diverse range of candidates, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

In order to apply, please send full curriculum vitae with relevant biographical details (including current remuneration) and a covering letter with a personal statement on your qualification for the role.

Candidates should also send names and contact details for at least two referees (referees will not be contacted until final interview stage).

Applications by email:

Applications by post: Ben Green, Kent County Cricket Club, The Spitfire Ground, St Lawrence, Old Dover Road, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3NZ.

The deadline for receipt of applications is close of play (1700hrs) on Wednesday 20 December 2017. Please mark all correspondence “Private and Confidential”.

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This job description is non-contractual and is not intended to be either prescriptive or exhaustive; it is issued as a framework to outline the main areas of responsibility at the time of writing.