Chief Operating Officer


It is easy to recognise the impact the Irish FA has on society, given the recent performances of the men’s national team in Euro 2016, and reaching the world cup play offs which, win or lose, has been another fantastic campaign. We hosted the UEFA under 19 women’s championship in Belfast last summer and our football development strategy is growing participation at all levels in society.  All of this has generated a huge wave of support within the football and non-football communities.  The significant improvement in the performance of the teams are mirrored by the major developments the organisation has implemented in terms of its structures, governance and focus on delivery.

A new long-term, future-focused strategy has been developed that will see the organisation commit to achieving even more on the international, domestic and grassroots stages. This is a new role, reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer, that will provide critical support to ensure that the organisation delivers against its ambitious business goals and objectives.

The COO will translate the long-term strategy into operational and divisional plans for the organisation, providing a clear framework for delivery across all core business functions with clear and objectives and key output measures against which performance can be managed. A key element of the role will be to embed and nurture a culture of continuous improvement and cross functional collaboration within the organisation in pursuit of the business goals.

The COO will be a graduate with at least 5 years’ experience of senior leadership and strategy execution in a business or corporate environment where the central focus has been on operational delivery, enabling cross functional working, efficiency and enhancing operational performance in one or more industries.

Through highly developed people leadership and coaching skills you will demonstrate significant achievement of performance based outputs by senior managers and the development of a culture of cross functional working, collaboration and delivery, including influencing up to Board.  The COO must be highly analytical, commercial and have the ability and confidence to manage the high-level relationships with the IFA’s key stakeholders including partners, sponsors and funding bodies.

This is a very exciting role at a great time in the organisation’s journey.  It offers a very competitive remuneration package and the ability to play a central role in the sustainable future of one of Northern Ireland’s most important organisations


  • Closing Date:
    Monday 20th November 2017 at 5pm.
  • Salary:
    Highly competitive remuneration package
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To receive more detailed information on the role please contact Ciaran Sheehan, Managing Partner, Clarendon Executive at or Anne Daley, Consultant, Clarendon Executive,

Alternatively, if you would like to have a confidential discussion to discuss your suitability, please contact Ciaran on +44(0)28 9072 5752.   Closing date for receipt of applications Monday 20th November 2017 at 5pm.

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