Head of Officiating

England and Wales Cricket Board

Location Lord's (possible flexible/remote)
Salary Competitive
Team Officiating
  • Closing: 6:00pm, 21st Jan 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 (7365)

Job Description

The overall purpose of this role is to:

Strategically lead and manage a world class officiating programme which inspires the next generation of officials whilst ensuring a diverse workforce promoted through a culture of inclusivity, fairness and transparency throughout recreational and professional cricket officials. They will do this by expertly leading and managing the officiating team with a clear direction and structure to ensure the effective delivery of the strategic plan.


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. It 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.


1.    In partnership with the MD for County Cricket develop, manage and lead the delivery of the strategic plans for recreational and first-class cricket officials

2.    Annually review and develop the Umpire and Scorers officiating performance management criteria to ensure there’s a transparent and evidence-based system in operation

3.    Strategically lead the implementation of a fair, open and transparent official appointment system throughout recreational and professional cricket

4.    Strategically lead the delivery of a diverse, open and inclusive Umpire and Scorers men and women’s pathway

5.    Communication with all internal stakeholders to promote areas of commonality whilst embedding the strategic and operational needs of the department.

6.    Ensure the communication and relationships with external stakeholders is robust and promotes collaborative working.

7.    Work with the CCB’s to ensure that officiating strategic priorities are embedded in their planning and central funding priorities.

8.    Strategically lead and manage the delivery of an official’s membership association

9.    Strategically lead an official’s education system to meet the needs from recreational to professional cricket.

10.  Work with the officiating team to ensure that all marketing and promotional materials are diverse and inclusive



  • Expert knowledge and understanding of the issues and opportunities of the sports sector

  • Degree level or similar experience in areas such as sports development, sports studies, sports science, health and exercise sciences, physical education, or sport business management.

  • Demonstrate what effective Performance Management look like



  • Extensive experience in directing and managing a complex organisation in the field of sport

  • A proven track record of effective working with partnership organisations, including in a leadership role

  • Developing and driving a culture of effective Performance Management from a leadership perspective

  • Experience of creating an environment with a focus on learning and development

  • Experience of working with a volunteer workforce

  • Experience in producing and directing the implementation of strategic and business plans, and responsibility for the management and development of staff to achieve the objectives

  • Experience of developing and managing positive, beneficial long-term strategic relationships with internal and external stakeholders

  • Actively promoting and influencing a diverse workforce



  • Effective influencing, coaching, negotiation and conflict management skills

  • Effective interpersonal, communication and presentational skills

  • Ability to plan strategically and deliver operationally

  • Able to manage change positively whilst under pressure

  • Has a commitment to personal and professional development


  • 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 Fri 21st Jan 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 Fri 21st Jan 2022