Vacancy description


Technical Lead - 2030 World Cup Bid Feasibility (WNSL0288)

  • Salary:
  • Division:
  • Location:
    Wembley Stadium
  • Closing Date:
    23 September 2021
  • Vacancy Type:
    Fixed Term Contract, Full-time
Our Organisation

The Football Association (The FA) is the governing body of football in England. We are responsible for promoting and developing the game at all levels; from grassroots through to the professional game, The Emirates FA Cup and the England international teams. We have two core assets: Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.

The Role

The Football Associations and Government partners of the UK and Ireland are undertaking feasibility work for a five-association bid for the 2030 FIFA World Cup. This work will run through until July 2022 by when it is anticipated FIFA will have formally opened the bidding process.  An exciting opportunity has arisen to be an integral part of the team coordinating this work. Based out of Wembley, you will work with all partners to assess the feasibility of bidding to stage a FIFA World Cup which could provide an incredible opportunity to deliver tangible benefits in the UK & Ireland.


The role of Technical Lead is critical to establishing the feasibility of a five-association UK & Ireland bid to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup. It is a varied role which focuses on the compliance of host city and stadia against the anticipated FIFA criteria. It is responsible for/supports:


  • Procurement and ongoing Contract Management
  • English City and Stadia Selection
  • Safety and Security
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Sustainability
  • FIFA Engagement


This is a Fixed Term contract starting in December 2021 and ending in July 2022.

Key Accountabilities

Procurement and ongoing Contract Management

  • Lead the procurement exercises and subsequent contract management for services required to evaluate the suitability of stadia for inclusion in any future bid. Services include architects, engineers, quantity surveyors and sustainability.


English City and Stadia Selection

  • Lead the process by which English stadia will be selected as potential competition venues
  • Engage with potential host city and stadia on the process, criteria and evaluation for selection
  • Manage an open, fair and transparent selection process against anticipated FIFA criteria
  • Lead the ongoing relationship management with approximately 20 cities and stadia through the initial selection process


Safety and Security

  • Support the scoping of safety and security coordinating city and stadia engagement
  • Work with partners and contractors to develop a cost appraisal which meets the anticipated safety and security requirements for a tournament in the UK & Ireland


Stakeholder Management

  • Provide a key interface with UK Government, Government of Ireland, UK Sport and partner cities and stadia



  • Lead the development of a sustainability concept in line with the ambition of key stakeholders and the anticipated FIFA criteria.


FIFA Engagement

Commence relationship building with the FIFA Technical team

What we are looking for

Performance Management

  • Attention to detail and pride in the presentation of outputs
  • Ability to write concise presentations and reports
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Confident working with numbers/building budgets


Collaboration and Partnering

  • Excellent skills in stakeholder management – both internal and external
  • Capable communicator with experience of dealing with sensitive and complex matters
  • Ability to demonstrate flexibility where required



  • Experience of working in a multi-venue environment for a major sport event
  • Experience in the development of capital projects
  • Experience in a management consulting environment beneficial but not essential


Technology skills

  • Experience in Microsoft Office 365 applications
  • Experience in Smartsheet® beneficial but not essential
What we can offer you
  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary for the right candidate.


The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.

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Wembley Stadium, Wembley, London, United Kingdom, HA9 0WS
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