Head of Referee Operations

Scottish Football Association

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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We are seeking to appoint a Head of Referee Operations to lead the Referee Operations department.

Job Role Summary

Job TitleHead of Referee Operations
LocationGlasgow, United Kingdom, Europe
FunctionRefereeing & OfficiatingDisciplinary Officer
Employment TermsPermanent, Full Time
Closing DateClosing date and time for applications passed

Job Role Details

The Scottish FA is seeking to appoint a Head of Referee Operations to lead the Referee Operations department ensuring that the appropriate strategies, structures and standards are in place to meet the refereeing requirements of Scottish football and the UEFA Referee Convention.

Another key responsibility will be to provide a technical reference point on the Laws of the Game for the Scottish Football Association.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, and working closely with the leadership team, this role requires exceptional interpersonal skills and high levels of personal integrity. The ideal candidate will be an experienced and effective leader who has proven experience as a match official at Elite Level and a good knowledge of Scottish Football.

Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer
Overall Purpose of Job:
To lead the Referee Operations department ensuring that the appropriate strategies, structures and standards are in place to meet the refereeing requirements of Scottish football and the UEFA Referee Convention.

To provide a technical reference point on the Laws of the Game for the Scottish Football Association

Main Duties and Responsibilities
- To deliver an annual Referee Development Programme for all categories of referees,including the provision of courses for elite referees, assistant referees, and developing referees.

- To develop and implement a strategy to recruit and retain a sufficient number of referees to meet the requirements of Scottish football at all levels.

- To develop and enhance the role of the referee in Scottish and international football through the delivery of high quality technical instruction and resources to ensure appropriate standards are maintained for all levels of the game

- To keep up to date with technological advances being proposed/utilised in refereeing and recommend and evaluate their impact in Scotland as appropriate.

- To develop and implement a strategy to meet the Referee Administration requirements of Scottish football at all levels.

- To provide a comprehensive educational and instructional programme for referees from grassroots to elite level, ensuring that all referee appointments for both the professional and non-professional game are aligned with the development programme for Referees.

- To oversee the content development and execution of the Introductory and Advanced Referee Courses and the accompanying examinations.

- To provide an annual Referee Observers course for educational and training purposes; to monitor the quality of Observers' reports to ensure that a uniform standard is achieved.

- To provide regular reports and specialist advice to the Referee Committee on all aspects of the continuous development of Referees.

- To use personal expertise on the Laws of the Game as a technical reference point for the Scottish FA, and to be its representative on the Sub-Committee of the International FA Board.

- To promote Scottish refereeing by developing and maintaining relations with FIFA, UEFA and other National Associations.

- To promote and support the image of Scottish Referees by developing and delivering positive relationships with external bodies, affiliated associations and the media.

- To provide and deliver an annual educational programme for clubs and, in particular,those Scottish FA Licensed clubs to ensure their compliance with the requirements of the Club Licensing system.

- To provide support to local Referees' Associations.

- To prepare an annual budget ensuring that sufficient funds are available for the development of Referees.

- To carry out any other such reasonable duties that may arise from time to time as requested by the Chief Executive.

Person Specification
Knowledge & Experience
- Proven people management experience,including budget management.

- Proven experience as a match official at elite level

- A good knowledge of Scottish Football

- Proven experience managing and building relationships with external stakeholders

- An understanding and awareness of how new technology and media can assist in the delivery of the Referee Development programme, including all educational and instructional aspects.

- Proven experience of presenting a wide range of information to varied audiences.

- Project management experience

- Some experience of dealing with the media



- Fully conversant in Microsoft Office

- An ability to work autonomously

- Exceptional interpersonal skills coupled with high personal integrity.

- Excellent communication skills

- Developed analytical and problem solving capability

- Proven planning and prioritising skills

- Ability to deliver projects and information within demanding timescales

- An ability to communicate effectively on public and professional enquiries regarding technical refereeing matters.



- An experienced and effective leader who is able to encourage maximum performance and engagement

- Confident leader who can make positive decisions

- Discrete and able to maintain confidentiality at all times

- Resilient, self-motivated and independent,able to work on own initiative and to drive tasks to conclusion

- Believes in and demonstrates the organisational values

- Open minded, is able to review decisions and operations in line of new situations or information

- A proven desire for constant improvement personally and professionally

- Committed to, and an understanding of,equality and diversity in sport

Additional Related Requirements


- Flexibility towards working hours and travelling

- Basic Disclosure Check


- Driving Licence

Competitive Salary and Benefits.
If you think you have the necessary experience, skills and competencies for the role, and you wish to apply please send your completed application form and equal opportunities form to HR@scottishfa.co.uk no later than Sunday 1st December 2019.

Application FormEqual Opportunities Form

Please state the Reference No HR/138 in the subject field of your application email. If you have not been asked for interview by Monday 9th December 2019, please assume that your application will not be taken any further.

Please be aware that CVs will not be accepted.

Anti-Discrimination and Equal Opportunities

Scottish Football Association is committed to eliminating discrimination whether by reason of gender, sexual orientation, race, nationality, ethnic origin, colour, religion or ability and to encourage equal opportunities.

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