Lead Nutritionist – Maternity Cover (12 months)
Tottenham Hotspur is a world famous football club based in North London. Off the pitch, the Club has a strong and successful business model centred around building a platform for long-term success, which now includes a new, state of the art stadium.
The Club operates out of multiple sites, including a world class Training Centre in Enfield where the position of Club Nutritionist is based. The successful candidate will work within an established multidisciplinary medical team including doctors, physiotherapists, sports scientists and sports therapists, all of whom have a proven track record of impeccable success in elite player management and rehabilitation.
The successful candidate will occupy a full-time role within the Club and lead the Nutrition department. The primary focus of the role will be to provide daily nutritional support to the First Team players, both within a high-performance training environment and around competitive fixtures. The Lead Nutritionist will also oversee the nutrition framework across the club, including the Academy and Women’s teams.
The role requires an engaging individual with an established professional background of working within elite sport. The successful candidate will need to utilise their expertise in nutrition science to aid and impact upon player availability, preparation and recovery from training and competition. To fulfil this, a presence on match days with the First Team will be a necessity, although the duties will be shared with the Junior Nutritionist.
The position requires cooperation with existing coaching, performance and catering staff along with other club Nutritionists, to determine appropriate methods of implementing the overall nutritional strategy to all full-time Club players (First Team, Academy, Women’s). As such, knowledge and experience of translating nutrition science into applied practice, with a strong ability to communicate key messages are essential.
The successful individual will have the opportunity to develop the role further and will be required to put forward innovative ideas and demonstrate the drive to implement these from the outset.
Most importantly, we are looking for an individual with a high level of integrity, who has a demonstrable passion for food and the beneficial impact it can have on the performance of elite athletes.
The role is a full-time position and the individual will have to work on bank holidays, weekends etc. to ensure that all responsibilities are met throughout the season. Annual leave is to be taken during the off season.
- Work alongside the Head of Medical Services, Sport Science and relevant performance/coaching staff to deliver the overall nutritional strategy for the First Team playing squad, encompassing all food provision at the Training Centre, and around fixtures at various venues across Europe.
- In conjunction with the on-site Head Chef, develop and deliver a leading innovative nutritional food service to the First Team players that fulfils all requirements of the nutritional strategy outlined by the senior multidisciplinary team.
- Establish professional working relationships with First Team players and determine appropriate methods of implementing different nutritional strategies to these individuals.
- Lead on the monitoring, analysis and feedback of seasonal blood tests (nutrition markers specifically) results across the squad.
- Distribute regular nutritional reports amongst the senior multidisciplinary team to ensure everyone is fully aware of any objective markers and trends amongst First Team players.
- Ensure ongoing adherence to the nutritional framework by utilising several methods, including individual consultations and player friendly educational programmes, as well as actively promoting the role of whole foods in performance enhancement and general wellbeing.
- Provide further reinforcement of key nutritional messages, by working with players and their support networks, encouraging a 24hr professional mentality surrounding whole food choices. This may involve helping to collate shopping lists, provide performance chefs and / or recipes whilst working within the rules of professional confidentiality, codes of conduct, standards and guidelines.
- Attend home and away fixtures to enhance pre- and post-match whole food provision and thus optimise preparation for, and recovery from, elite competition.
- Oversee the sourcing of whole food within the Club, with an emphasis on seasonal production and consumption of organic produce from the fruit and vegetable garden within the Training Centre.
- Oversee the sourcing of supplements within the Club, including maintenance of an up-to-date record of supplements within anti-doping regulations and subsequently ensuring the best products reach the players.
- Adhere to supplement budgets, order placement and conduct continual objective monitoring of any nutritional interventions (supplement or whole food) imposed upon the playing staff.
- Display evidence of continued professional development and utilise this to provide ideas of research-based innovative, practical strategies that are tailored to elite footballers.
- Thinks ahead, generates innovative ideas.
- Values and respects others, builds relationships, collaborates.
- Gets things done, delivers to high standards, takes responsibility.
- Exceptionally high degree of personal and professional integrity.
- A strong team ethos with demonstrable abilities in building and maintaining productive relationships with both coaching and playing staff within a high performance environment.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, with clear and adaptable communication skills that foster productive working relationships at all levels.
Skills & Experience
- Degree level or equivalent in an appropriate and relevant subject.
- Post-graduate qualification in a relevant area (e.g MSc in Sports Nutrition).
- SENr accreditation
- ISAK Level 1 minimum
- Substantial experience of elite/professional sport, providing nutritional support on training and competition days, to athletes and coaches.
- Experience in analysing sport specific demands and liaising with a Head Chef to drive, develop, implement and evaluate the nutritional programme put in place.
- Experience of managing supplement use in sport, with practical knowledge and understanding of the use of nutritional supplements and ergogenic aids.
- A dynamic ability to translate food science into practical advice for footballers and use excellent, engaging communication skills to motivate behavioural change in those individuals that require it.
- Experience of implementing effective strategies for individuals with body composition issues within an elite sports performance environment.
- An understanding of the various sports science/sports medicine disciplines, how they integrate with sports nutrition and a verifiable record of working within a high performance multi-disciplinary team to deliver an effective programme.
- A pro-active person with a great passion for food, that is a capable chef yet can also maintain a discrete, professional and confidential approach to their work.
- An interest in football, with the importance of promoting and supporting equality, safeguarding and anti-doping in sport.
Safeguarding is fundamental to the success in all that we do. Successful candidates are subject to standard background and DBS checks.