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Strategic Project Manager


London, England, United Kingdom (Hybrid)



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SailGP is the world’s most exciting racing on-water. The annual, global championship – established in 2018 and now in its third season – features national teams battling in short, intense races at iconic stadium-style venues across the globe.

The high-tech, high-speed action features the sailing's best athletes racing in identical hydrofoiling F50 catamarans, flying at speeds approaching 100 km/h who compete for the sport's top prize money, with US$4.3 million at stake over the season.

SailGP also races for a better future, championing a world powered by nature. In 2020, SailGP set a new standard as the first climate positive sports and entertainment property and began delivering actions and innovations that advance the global adoption of clean energy. Underpinning the organization’s purpose-driven agenda is a diversification of the league, with the goal of immediately progressing gender and racial equity and inclusivity.

SailGP is a global organization with defined values that shape the culture of its diverse team: deliver quality, break boundaries, make an impact, stand together and strike a balance.

The Role

SailGP is looking for a project manager to support delivery of Phase 1 of one of its major strategic projects. The project will transform SailGP’s activity and operations as the organisation continues to position itself for the long term sustainable future of the League. The project kicked off in May 2023 and has been managed through early planning and feasibility phases by the existing SailGP programme team. It now requires a dedicated project manager to plan, coordinate and drive activity over the crucial design and implementation stages, which are due to complete in early 2024. If Phase 1 of the project is successful, there is scope for this role to be extended to manage Phase 2.

The project cuts across all departments at SailGP and the role will coordinate teams and individuals to input into the project as required. A third party company has been appointed to deliver the technical capability for the project and key to this role is integrated planning and activity across this company and SailGP.

This role has been created to provide dedicated management of the identified project however, there may be the opportunity and/or requirement to support on other SailGP projects as capacity supports.

This is an initial fixed term contract position through until the end of March 2024 with the possibility to extend.

Key Responsibilities:

Planning, managing and reporting on the project which includes (and is not limited to):

  • Work with the Senior Business Programme Manager to design the project team structure
  • Manage the project team to include SteerCo, workstream owners and external contributors.
  • Be SailGP’s primary contact for the project to include internal SailGP departments and the third party company appointed by SailGP to deliver technical expertise.
  • Schedule the technical meetings and workshops to deliver the project requirements
  • Identify the SailGP expertise required to input into the project and coordinate this input effectively, managing alongside competing priorities of the League.
  • Develop, manage and own the SailGP elements of the integrated project plan.
  • Regular reporting and presentations to the Project SteerCo, Leadership Team and other stakeholder groups as and when required
  • Financial management and accountability for project deliverables
  • Active collaboration with colleagues to successfully deliver the integrated project
  • Support delivery and project manage other strategic projects as and when required.

Background and Skills required

  • Minimum of 5 years relevant rights holder experience within a client-focused environment (preferably in the international sporting industry)
  • Experience managing global level partnerships
  • Knowledge, insight, and passion for maximising sponsorship rights to deliver industry-leading, fully integrated campaigns
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to build strong relationships with colleagues and partners alike
  • Excellent account and multi-project management skills
  • Excellent organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Extremely strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to operate general computer programs, including efficiently using google drive and google applications, Keynote, and other online tools
  • English language fluency required

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience initiating and managing complex projects
  • Strong project management experience including ability to plan, manage effectively within scope, timelines, budget and quality
  • Experience managing a budget
  • Strong people management and influencing skills, working with internal departments and external specialists
  • A Project Management qualification (e.g. PRINCE2) is desirable but not essential

Skills and Personal Attributes:

  • Strong project management capabilities
  • Strong communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Strategic thinker who is able to influence and drive change
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Strong excel and analytical skills
  • Ability to get up to speed quickly on new issues and to make sound judgment on them
  • Having a can-do, problem-solving attitude
  • Ability to inspire confidence and create trust
  • Ability to plan and delegate workload effectively

SailGP is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace committed to building a team culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion