DevOps Manager

Wembley, GB
Full Time
20 / 07

Full description

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

Digital Technology


Technology is key to the FA's transformation. From supporting grassroots via our day-to-day digital presence, to using data-led insights to drive the game - to developing future focused platforms for professional football - our Digital Technology team is central to our future.

Whilst investment in technology to make the experience of all participants relevant and easy, is already at the heart of how we can serve the game, we are looking to invest even further and deliver in a more iterative way, forming product lines and fully moving towards an Agile, Product Management framework.

By 2024, we will upgrade and simplify our core football administration system (moving from Whole Game System to Platform for Football) and provide enhanced capability to England teams.

Our product lines cover all those that RUN, PLAY, LEARN as well as our responsibility to REGULATE, WIN and leverage DATA whilst also ensuring sufficient focus on the CORE BUSINESS online and PLATFORMS that support each product and service across the organisation.


Key Accountabilities

Management of the DevOps technologies and processes, ensuring the adoption of cloud native architectures and operationalisation of DevOps techniques throughout the product development and support lifecycle.

Key Accountabilities;

  • Collaborate with the Head of Platform to build an effective roadmap that will develop the maturity of the FA's DevOps platforms, through budget planning and implementation of fit for purpose solutions and processes.
  • Ensure the effective utilisation of DevOps technologies throughout the FA delivery function.
    • Ensure DevOps tools and processes are in place and effective throughout the development lifecycle
    • Develop automation scripts / pipelines for infrastructure and application deployments with goal of eliminating manual installation steps
    • Build, communicate and utilise effective standards for DevOps processes
    • Ensure that managed service teams are correctly resourced to provide DevOps services across product lines.
    • Support and resolve issues related to product development environments.
    • Provide effective metrics for the measurement of the success of DevOps process within the FA.
  • Be an evangelist for the use of DevOps through communication, training and awareness sessions.
  • Collaborate with peers to ensure all platform engineering and service delivery functions work in tandem to provide effective service to all platform customers
  • Ensure regular and documented meetings are held with the DevOps delivery partner to measure delivery performance
  • Attend the Architecture Review Board when required, to ensure all wider DevOps architectural changes are understood and signed-off by the board.
  • Execute additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.

What we are looking for


  • Experience in a similar DevOps or Platform Engineering Management role
  • Experience with managing third party service providers and business stakeholders.
  • In depth knowledge of the cloud marketplace and solutions
  • Good project and change management skills
  • Good technology experience and strong info sec technical background in both traditional and cloud (Azure preference) environments.
  • Experience with quality improvement processes to drive efficiency.
  • Effective presentation skills (written and verbal)


  • Technology experience within Football or other sporting associations or a working knowledge of sports administration systems
  • Experience working in a matrix structure/multiple client groups

What we can offer you

  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.

Please be aware that unless you are on a homebased contract, your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.


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