Saracens - SARACENS WOMEN VACANCY: Independent Non-Executive Director

Jan 31, 2018

SARACENS WOMEN VACANCY: Independent Non-Executive Director

Saracens Women Ltd - Independent Non-Executive Director 

Salary Voluntary - reasonable expenses paid

Location Allianz Park, Barnet, London

Contract type Volunteer (Part time)

Closing date 19 February 2018

Saracens Women’s Rugby Team was formed in 1989 and, since that date has achieved unprecedented success. As one of Europe’s leading clubs, Saracens have won 31 national titles including 12 Premiership championships. Whilst Saracens Women are known for high performance rugby, the team’s success is been underpinned by a passionate commitment to player development. High quality coaching, access to world-class facilities, exceptional sport science and medicine support and a commitment to excellence make Saracens the country’s leading team.

Saracens Women have been at the forefront of women’s rugby in the UK and our success is complemented by the partnership with Saracens’ professional men’s team. This unique relationship means the Saracens philosophy, values and brand are shared across men’s and women’s squads. Saracens Women are also based at Allianz Park and work closely with the professional club’s marketing, communications and facilities departments.

Saracens were one of ten clubs to successfully secure a franchise in the new national league competition – Tyrrells Premier15s. which is part of a £2.4m investment by the RFU in the women’s game. To date, Saracens Women are unbeaten and on track to make history as champions once again. Increased investment, exceptional performances and enhanced media visibility all mean that Saracens is uniquely positioned to maximise potential commercial opportunities.

Saracens Women Ltd is seeking to appoint an Independent Non-Executive Director to the Board who will make an active contribution to the organisation’s growth as the women’s game evolves and expands under the Tyrrells Premier15s league.

To create a unique, world-leading environment which nurtures and develops everyone in the Saracens Women family.

In the relentless pursuit of excellence we will build a successful, sustainable and inclusive club.

Saracens exists to ensure Saracens Women will continue to build on its historical success on and off the field, and to maximise the opportunities available as the game experiences phenomenal growth.


Time Commitment: Approximately 1 day per month. There are 6 Board meetings per year and Board members may be asked to lead sub-committees and represent the organisation at relevant events.

Remuneration: The position is voluntary. All reasonable travel and subsistence and expenses will be reimbursed.

Term of Office: Directors will be appointed for a one year term (renewable annually)

Location: Flexible, although the majority of meetings are held at Allianz Park, Barnet, London.

Employees: Saracens Women contracts coaches and sport science personnel


Directors are responsible for:

• Setting the organisation's vision, values and strategic direction
• Overseeing, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of strategy and objectives
• Ensuring Saracens Women’s organisational structure and capability, including the resources available, are appropriate and deployed for maximum impact
• Building effective strategic partnerships in support of the organisation and its aims
• Acting as a critical friend, providing mentorship and support to Saracens Women’s staff and senior volunteers
• Creating a brand and commercial offer that will attract and retain commercial partners
• Maintaining careful oversight of any risks and the financial standing of the organisation
• Representing Saracens Women, championing the organisation and its members
• Ensuring that communication with stakeholders is transparent and effective


The successful candidate will have some knowledge and a genuine interest in sport and/or rugby. A background in the commercial, voluntary or sport sectors would be valuable.

Following a comprehensive Board skills audit and assessment of the Saracens Women’s strategy, we are seeking individuals with specific skills and experience in the areas of commercial partnerships, business development and marketing and communications.

Previous experience in a Board position is desirable but candidates who have not previously served in a Board role should still be able to demonstrate the skills and competencies necessary to contribute to Saracens Women.

Role Competencies

• Commitment to Saracens Women, its vision, values and goals

• Awareness of the role of the Board
Understands the practices, processes and behaviours required for the Board environment

• Understanding of the environment
Has some understanding of women’s sport and/or the sport sector

• Influencing skills
Strong interpersonal and negotiation skills, with the ability
to develop effective partnerships and gain commitment
• Understanding of good governance
Has experience of applying sound governance principles to decision-making, systems and structures

• Highly developed communication skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills. Able to adapt communication and messages to a variety of audiences

• Honesty and integrity
Instils trust and confidence and behaves in a fair and ethical manner toward others
• Strong analytical skills
Ability to analyse and assess information to make effective decisions

• Business skills and experience
Experience of applying business principles in developing services and products. This might be within a corporate business, membership, not-for-profit or sporting organisation.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 19 February 2018. Please submit a CV with a supporting letter which sets out how you meet the person specification and your suitability for the role. The CV and letter should be submitted to Laura Eddie at Interviews will take place in the week beginning 26 February.

Saracens Women is committed to equality of opportunity and the formation of a balanced, inclusive and skilled Board. We particularly welcome applications from individuals from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities and younger people.

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