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Preparation Manager

  • Location: London
  • Organisation: British Paralympic Association (BPA)
  • Salary: £38,000 - £42,000
  • Contract: Fixed term through to 31 October 2020
  • Closing Date: 03 July 2017 | Events & Operations

Preparation Manager

Salary: £38,000 - £42,000

Contract: Fixed Term to 31 October 2020

Location: BPA Head Office, 60 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NU with the potential also to be mobile based – exact split to be determined by mutual agreement with post-holder.

Job Purpose             

Demonstrating the British Paralympic Association’s (BPA) core values at all times, the Preparation Manager has responsibility for the design and delivery of key elements of the BPA’s Performance Strategy whose outcomes will contribute positively to the fulfilment of the BPA’s vision, mission and objectives through:

· Exemplary leadership of identified elements of the BPA’s Performance Strategy and associated programmes, people and partnerships

· Excellence in the management and delivery of all elements of the BPA’s pre-Games Preparation Strategy

· Provision of world class advice and support to all Paralympic sports which contributes positively to a best prepared team at each Paralympic Games

· Provision of other input and support as a member of the ParalympicsGB core team in the creation and delivery of optimal pre-Games and Games-time environments

Key Responsibilities in Detail

Tokyo 2020

Pre-Games Preparation Strategy

In conjunction with the HoP, responsible for the design and delivery of the BPA’s pre-Games preparation strategy for each summer and Winter Paralympic Games including:

· Pre-Games preparation project leadership, management and reporting including day to day management of the cross directorate pre-Games operational project group and budget responsibility

· Development of key partnerships specifically with Team Leaders, other National Governing Bodies (NGB) staff and wider stakeholders

· Recruitment and development of the pre-Games core support team (excluding Sports Science and Sports Medicine)

· Identification, creation and delivery of the BPA’s pre-Games Preparation environment, including responsibility for the engagement of and negotiation with in country delivery partners

· Planning and delivery of 2018-2020 ‘system testing’ and multi-sport preparation opportunities

· Support for single sport training and competition activities in-environment on an agreed basis

· Support for the ongoing development of the Paralympic Preparation Profiling Tool and responsibility for its delivery, management and reporting

· Development of accommodation and transport plans, ensuring accessibility requirements are considered at every stage of planning and delivery

· Identification of sports’ technical procurement and freight requirements

2020 Games-time Delivery

· Responsible for the leadership and management of the pre-Games preparation environment for ParalympicsGB including:

· Overseeing all aspects of the environment ensuring it meets NGB requirements

· Leadership and management of the pre-Games preparation team

· Leadership and implementation of pre-Games preparation Incident Management Planning

· Management of stakeholder engagement in-environment

· Leadership and management of all evaluation / debrief processes, reporting and budget reconciliation.

· Ensuring smooth transition from pre-Games preparation environment into Village through good relationships and communication with the core Village team leads.

Beijing 2022

· Initiate pre-Games preparation planning for Beijing 2022 including collaboration with the BOA

· Support for the ongoing development of the Paralympic Preparation Profiling Tool and responsibility for its delivery, management and reporting 

Sport Directorate

To support the development and on-going management of a cohesive and collaborative Sport Team environment which proactively embraces cross directorate / partnership working, additionally to:

· Deputise for the HoP in his absence and at key meetings / activities on an agreed basis

· Advise and provide support to the HoP in delivering identified BPA and Sport Team organisational objectives

· Deliver identified elements of the Sport Directorate Programme Plan, manage budgets and produce reports as required

· Proactively identify and develop key performance partnerships both within the UK and overseas to support delivery of organisational and system objectives 


· To liaise closely with Paralympic sports, UK Sport, Home Country Sports Institutes (HCSIs), British Olympic Association and other partners to ensure coherence in positioning, approach and impact of the Performance Strategy and Games-specific services and support

· To ensure processes of monitoring, evaluation and quality control, and the observation of key performance indicators across all responsibility areas

· To support and/or mentor colleagues, within the BPA / ParalympicsGB, as reasonably required by the Director of Sport

· To attend all meetings, workshops and seminars, whether internal or external, regional, national or overseas, which are reasonably deemed to be relevant to the fulfilment of the demands and responsibilities of the role

· To fulfil any other agreed duties as required by the Director of Sport

Knowledge and Skills


· Significant involvement at Paralympic Games and / Olympic Games / other major multi-sport event as an athlete, coach, core or support staff member

· Strong existing relationships across UK Sporting agencies including UK Sport and the HCSIs

· Demonstrable knowledge of the specific performance preparation needs of elite athletes

· Leadership, management and development of inter disciplinary support teams with a track record of performance impact / performance solutions

· Applied technical knowledge in elite sport specifically multi-sport preparation and the implementation of effective athlete support

· Excellence in complex performance project management (including budget planning and reporting)

· Ability to adapt and deliver excellence within culturally different environments

· Experience of engaging and negotiating with delivery partners, including the successful resolution of partner contractual agreements.

· Excellent written and verbal communication / presentation skills

· Clarity in decision making and recommendations as part of strategic thinking and forward planning processes

· Strong organisational skills and ability to successfully manage a number of conflicting priorities

· High emotional intelligence and ability to effectively manage people 


· Knowledge of Paralympic-specific performance considerations

· Knowledge of the national and international Paralympic movement

· Knowledge of Safeguarding and Athlete Welfare

How to apply

For details of the person specification download the Job Description and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form from the British Paralympic Association’s website -  

Please send a role specific cover letter, completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form, CV and indication of current salary to Eleanor Edson, Corporate Services Officer, at

Closing date for applications is 17:00 Monday, 3 July 2017

Interviews: Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 July 2017

Candidates who have been shortlisted for interview will be notified by Thursday, 6 July 2017.

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