Head of Talent Development at Glamorgan Cricket


Outline Role Description  

Position:  Head of Talent Development  
Department: Cricket  
Accountable to:   CEO / Director of Cricket  
1.     Job Summary

The objective of the Glamorgan development programme is to identify, select and confirm the next generation of Glamorgan stars. The programme will aspire to providing an over supply of home-grown cricket talent capable of succeeding for Glamorgan and England.

The Head of Talent Development will be responsible for establishing robust identification and selection criteria and managing the professional and personal development of each of the players selected onto the Glamorgan programme.  

2. Facts and Figures

The Head of Development will be responsible for managing a programme of up to c20 of the most talented young male cricketers in Wales from U11 through to the professional game, and also the programmes of up to c5 of the most talented female cricketers.  

3.     Nature and Scope of Role
a.     Role Context
The Glamorgan development programme has the following strategic objectives:
i) Robustly detecting and selecting players demonstrating the most potential to become Glamorgan and England players
ii) Optimise the technical and tactical development of the players
iii) Optimise the availability and performance of players through effective sports science and medicine  services
iv) Continually stretch players in challenging environments
v)  Recruit, develop and retain leaders on and off the field
vi) Enable the efficient and effective deployment of staff and other resources for the development programme

b.     Organisation Structure

a.     Key Working Relationships

 ·         Players in development programme
 ·         Coaches
 ·         Sports science and medicine practitioners
 ·         CEO / Director of Cricket
 ·         Head Coach
 ·         2nd XI Coach
 ·         Head of Community Cricket
 ·         PA to CEO & Cricket Operations
 ·         Cricket Wales
 ·         Sport Wales
 ·         Wales Minor Counties
 ·         Premier Leagues
 ·         ECB
 ·         Other sports  
2.     Key Responsibilities

  • Provide operational leadership of the Glamorgan talent development programme 
  • Establish the most effective talent selection, identification and confirmation programme in First Class County cricket 
  • Prepare and manage annual individual technical and tactical skills development programmes for each player selected on the Glamorgan programme 
  • Manage the development and implementation of sports science and medicine support programmes for each player selected on to the Glamorgan programme including the establishment of benchmark standards of fitness and regular screening 
  • Identifying the most appropriate competition programmes for each of the players on the development programme including the placement of players within local leagues and UK and overseas scholarship programmes 
  • ·         Build strong relationships with each player’s support group, including family and educational establishments, in order to meet the   personal and professional development requirements of the players, and provide them with the optimal amount of time developing their cricket skills 
  • Performance-manage and develop the coaches and support staff of the Glamorgan programme in order to create a high performing unit. 
  • Work with the CEO / Director of Cricket and other senior managers of Glamorgan CCC and Cricket Wales to align development programme with the community and professional game in one seamless pathway from playground to the SWALEC Stadium 
  • Liaise closely with the Cardiff MCC University and Wales Minor County in order to ensure alignment of these programmes to the Glamorgan talent pathway 
  • Determine the most appropriate ways in which players selected for the Glamorgan development programme from North, West and Mid Wales are able to best access the coaching, sports science and medicine support and facilities of the programme without financial penalty 
  • Prepare and submit development programme budgets and manage their performance throughout the year. 
  • Prepare and submit bi-annual development reports for the CEO / Director of Cricket and to satisfy the requirements of ECB and Sport Wales audits. 
  • Review the contractual arrangements with players on the development programme and maintain their records in line with best practice 
  • Liaise closely with the CEO / Director of Cricket, and be prepared to undertake any other duties related to the work of these functions   

3.     Skills Experience and Background

·         Minimum of ECB Level 3 coaching qualification (ECB Level 4 desirable)
·         Extensive experience of leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams in high performance sport
·         Demonstrable experience of developing and implementing strategic plans
·         Experience of budget management and financial control  
4.     Personal Attributes

The successful candidate will need to be a highly credible, determined clear thinking and articulate individual with:

·         High standards of personal and professional integrity
·         Huge levels of energy and enthusiasm
·         Openness and resilience
·         Honesty, tact and a strong will to succeed
·         An appetite to constantly seek improvement in all aspects of their work    

This job description is only a summary of the role as it currently exists and is not exhaustive or comprehensive.  The responsibilities and accountabilities might differ from those outlined and other duties, as assigned, might be part of the job. 

How to Apply

Glamorgan CCC is an equal opportunities employer and would welcome applicants from a full diverse range of candidates, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.  

To apply candidates should send the following:
·         Letter of application
·         Up to date curriculum vitae
·         Details of current remuneration
·         Names and contact details for 3 referees  

Applications should be submitted to: Susan Exton, Glamorgan CCC, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff, CF11 9XR, Telephone; 029 2041 9319.  E-mail: [email protected]  

The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm on Monday 31st March 2014 and interviews will take place on Monday 7th April.  


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