EIS - Head of Performance Support (working for British Gymnastics) - British Gymnastics

EIS - Head of Performance Support (working for British Gymnastics)

JOB DESCRIPTION – HEAD OF PERFORMANCE SUPPORT (working with British Gymnastics) Maternity Leave Cover

Salary range: – £51,485 - £59,447 p.a.

Interview date: Thursday 6th December 2019

Grade: Level 4 (All Sciences)

Hours of Work: 37 hours per week

Duration of contract:  This is a contract to cover maternity leave for a minimum of 6 months with the potential to extend further. Secondments will be considered.

Location: Based at Lilleshall National Sports Centre. National travel will also be required to various locations around the UK.

Reporting to: EIS Director of Performance Support and British Gymnastics Performance Director


The English Institute of Sport (EIS) was established in 2002 and has evolved into the ‘team behind the team’ with a modern-day mission: to pioneer the delivery of science, medicine and technology services to drive medal success at Olympic, Paralympic and international competition.

Since its inception, through working in partnership with the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGB) the EIS has significantly influenced the development and adoption of technical support services in Olympic and Paralympic sports.  It is driving standards of technical service which others have sought to emulate.  It is acclaimed for its ability to develop emerging practitioner talent into world class performance scientists, considered applied experts in their field.  It is considered a world leading high performance institute due to the sustained positive impact it has had on British medal success over the past four Olympic and Paralympic cycles.

As the wider backdrop of elite sport continues to be ever more competitive, the EIS must embrace the opportunities presented by a new cycle, both in terms of the advances in applied science, medicine and technology as well as new, alternative ways of working.  In response to this challenge the EIS, in consultation with sports and staff has set out an ambitious future strategy which will enable Team GB and Paralympics GB to remain at the forefront of sporting success and continue to inspire the nation.

Three key EIS strategic priorities for the future are:

World Class Delivery
Prioritising Athlete Health
Performance Innovation
Key relationships will include EIS senior teams, NGB Performance Directors and Heads of Science & Medicine as well as maintaining and extensive and fluid network of external contacts.

Purpose of Post

British Gymnastic’s performance purpose is to: Consistently deliver multi-medal Olympic success through a World Class Performance Pathway, aligned to WITTW for British Gymnastics.

As part of the WCP senior leadership team, the Head of Performance Support will lead and manage a support team capable of delivering world leading performance support to World Class Programme athletes in line with British Gymnastic’s model of What It Takes To Win (WITTW).

Principle Responsibilities

In conjunction with WCP coaches and the Performance Director, oversee the design, implementation and management of Sports Science and Sports Medicine (SSSM) provision for all World Class Programme athletes.
Ensure that performance support services achieve maximum impact and are fully aligned to all activity across the World Class Programme (WCP)
Work in partnership with WCP coaches, practitioners and the Performance Managers to support the performance planning process.
Provide leadership of performance support services to the WCP including direct line management and development of all SSSM staff.
Conduct technical planning meetings with coaches and practitioners to identify, plan and review performance support plans for WCP athletes.
Ensure there is accountable and responsive performance impact of SSSM practitioner work through effective world class performance planning and reviews.
Regularly feedback to the leadership, coaching and performance teams on SSSM operational delivery and how it is helping support athlete plans and British Gymnastics strategic objectives.
Clearly articulate and lead the further development and implementation of a reliable and valid WITTW model.
Liaise with appropriate EIS Technical Leads and Operations staff in relation to the development of SSSM staff and operational management of appropriate EIS sites and services.
Liaise with EIS Business Services (Finance and Human Resources) to provide a point-of-contact between EIS and NGB.
Create and implement a long-term strategy for the development of performance knowledge, learning, best practice and support service provision for the WCP.
Oversee research and innovation projects working with EIS Performance Innovation and external partners.
Reflect the professional codes of conduct of sports science and sports medicine and ensure that this is respected and adhered to in order to keep the athlete’s health and welfare at the centre of concern in all aspects of training and competition.

Person specification

Extensive experience in providing integrated Performance Support to athletes and coaches to improve performance. This experience must include extensive work within high performance sport.
Proven experience of working within a multi-disciplinary high-performance team to develop performance impact
Able to build effective relationships with athletes, coaches, staff, practitioners, parents/carers, wider internal and external stakeholders and volunteers.
Experience of analysing, formulating and reviewing a WITTW model.
Experience and demonstrable ability to lead and facilitate the implementation of the BG WITTW model.
Experience of leading a SSSM team and delivering SSM support in an integrated way.
Proven experience of supporting and leading the development of a sustainable high performance culture.
Proven experience of working as part of a Senior Leadership Team with the ability to influence, support and lead culture and performance development
Able to demonstrate they have a clear vision for SSSM within British Gymnastics and can develop a strategy as part of the British Gymnastics leadership team.
Demonstrates a passion for the sport and an ability to motivate and energise others.
Supports and role models the British Gymnastics principles and vision to develop world leading people to deliver world leading performances
Solves problems creatively and proactively by identifying the problem, open to learning, evaluating the alternatives and finding innovative solutions that will make a winning impact.
Makes controlled responses in stressful situations, such as when faced with negative responses or excessive workload.
Has exceptional integrity and sets high standards for self and others and is an ambassador of British Gymnastics.
Able to manage their own, and where relevant other people’s work programme effectively, aligned to the resources available to achieve agreed targets.
Good understanding of coaching and/or mentoring individuals for development purposes
Demonstrable experience of planning, organising and implementing strategic plans
Ability to lead and inspire others to achieve goals and enable British Gymastics to be a world leading Gymnastics nation.
Ability to thrive in a pressured environment, if required overseas and for long periods of time.
Knowledge and understanding of the needs of elite coaches, preparing athletes for international competitions.
Experience of planning, implementing, managing and monitoring complex programmes of work and reporting (ideally to Board level).
Experience of managing people and budgets.
Excellent problem solving and decision-making skills
Can demonstrate knowledge and awareness of Athlete Support Personnel roles and responsibilities under the 2015 World Anti-Doping Code.
Have the willingness to engage with and support continuous professional development
IT skills sufficient for role e.g. technical databases, email, word for reporting etc


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