Network Partner (Professional Game) - 2 year fixed term contract

England and Wales Cricket Board

Location Remote
Salary £50,000 base salary
Team Professional Game
  • Closing: 6:00pm, 7th Mar 2022 GMT

Perks and benefits

Life Insurance
Wellness programs
Employee Assistance Programme
Additional parental leave
Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
Paid volunteer days
Cycle to work scheme

Candidate happiness

8.39 (7364)

Job Description


A central element of ECB’s Inspiring Generations Strategy is the sustainability of 18 viable First-Class Counties. The working relationship between the Counties and ECB is pivotal. The County Partnership Agreement (CPA) was introduced in 2020, whereby during the current funding cycle where Counties receive distributions from ECB (2020 to January 2025) agreed Standards are monitored as part of a two-way Partnership Review Process.

Your role will be to manage that working relationship with the Counties on a day-to-day basis.  High quality liaison with experts within the Counties and developing respect and credibility with the FCC Chief Executives will be a critical success factor.  You will also be expected to develop outstanding working relationships with colleagues within ECB and other County Stakeholders.


The England and Wales Cricket Board is the national governing body for all cricket in England and Wales, supporting the game at every level – from grassroots to professional.

We believe cricket is a force for good that can have an enduring impact on everyone’s lives, and we have an ambitious strategy to inspire a generation to say, ‘cricket is a game for me’.  It provides great entertainment and teaches important skills, both physical and social.  It can help inclusion and social cohesion, bringing communities together.

The ECB welcomes applications from all backgrounds to ensure we deliver our Inspiring Generations strategy and fulfil our purpose to connect communities and improve lives through cricket.



  • Stronger As One Team – We are stronger together. We allow for individual strengths and beliefs but head in the same direction. We respect, support and really listen to each other along the way.

  • Push New Boundaries – We are bold, brave and curious. We challenge and don’t settle. We forge the future whilst remembering our roots.

  • Be The Best In The Game – On & Off The Pitch – We train hard. We strive to be our best to help the team be the best. We celebrate our victories and learn from our let downs.

  • Passion For Play – We are here to inspire & be inspired. We are serious about what we do, but don’t take ourselves seriously. We enjoy the journey and have fun.



  • You enjoy building relationships with people and are a strong communicator.

  • You thrive under busy, variable and exciting environments where no two days are alike.

  • You have a desire to make a difference to the working relationships between ECB and County Organisations.

  • You are keen to learn and improve ways of working within your role.

  • You enjoy influencing up, down and laterally to drive successful outcomes.

  • You are able to understand the sometimes competing pressures on ECB and First Class Counties.


  • Provide CPA support to County Organisations, particularly the First Clast Counties.

  • Oversee the execution of Countywide Plans and CPA Standards, including ECB feedback.

  • Work closely with Recreational Network Partners, whose primary responsibility is the County Cricket Boards and National County Clubs.

  • Working closely with senior management of the ECB (including Board representatives) to foster stronger stakeholder relationships.

  • Change Management - using exceptional coaching and business planning skills, assisting Counties to diversify and build resilience.

  • Relationship management and communication, you will play a key role in ensuring two-way communication between the ECB and County Partners.

  • Future proofing Counties against game disruption, driving diversification and sustainability.

  • Drafting papers to ECB Board on County Partnership Agreement matters.

  • Drafting regular bulletins to the First-Class County Network.

  • Deputisation for the Head of County Partnerships.



  • Ideally, experience of working within a First Class County.  An understanding and appreciation of the pressures on First Class Counties is required.

  • Experience in high quality performance management.

  • Gravitas and the ability to influence, managing upwards when required.

  • Experience in business development and change management.

  • Strong financial and business acumen, with the aptitude to gain a quick understanding of the finances of First Class Cricket.

  • Outstanding relationship management skills and exceptional levels of emotional intelligence - ability to build strong working relationships and earn respect quickly.

  • Experience of crisis management and ability to find solutions when crises occur.

  • A track record in partnership working and collaboration.

  • Strong communication and writing skills.

  • Strong IT skills, with the aptitude to learn and administrate various IT platforms.

  • Strong presentation skills.



  • Competitive salary

  • 25 days’ holiday

  • Private medical insurance

  • Non-contributory 8% pension

  • Life assurance

  • 30% discount on New Balance items

Removing bias from the hiring process

Applications closed Mon 7th Mar 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 7th Mar 2022