Head of Facilities Recruitment for The Premier League HQ

One of the world’s most renowned and recognisable sporting institutions, The Premier League, is home to some of the most competitive and compelling football in the world. It is a competition for everyone, everywhere and is available to watch in over 1 billion homes in 189 countries.

The Premier League approached Maxwell Stephens Recruitment for an exclusive recruitment assignment. They were looking for and enthusiastic and talented Interim Head of Facilities who would relish the opportunity to manage the Premier League Headquarters – a dynamic, growing and vibrant workplace.

The Position

This 12-month maternity cover role was required to lead an excellent and dedicated Office Services team who are asked with delivering a high standard of service to staff and guests on a daily basis.

The role was office-based, but offered a flexible working week at the Premier League, allowing the opportunity for the ideal candidate to choose your start and finish time each day, with occasional work from home. This comprehensive role includes a wide range of duties and responsibilities which include but are not limited to:

• General operational management of the Premier

• League Headquarters

• Project Management

• Line Management of Reception Staff, Post Room team and the Head Chef

• Account Management

• Collaboration with various Brunel Building stakeholders

• Oversight of the general day to day management of the Office

The Candidate

Considering the amazing opportunity on offer to join one of the world’s most prestigious sporting organisations managing their iconic headquarters, we knew there would be no shortage of applicants for this position. The initial challenge for this recruitment campaign was being able to efficiently and effectively assess every single applicant against the role requirements in order to effectively ‘narrow down’ the candidate pool.

Although appropriate prior experience in people and office management was a key component of the role, it was also vital that the ideal candidate had a hardworking, self-motivated and proactive attitude, with a flexible and collaborative working approach; as well as the strong interpersonal skills required to interact well with people at all levels.

Following preliminary executive searches and headhunting activities, we conducted initial screening interviews with over 70 applicants! Of these, we carried out our extensive shortlisting process to provide 3 candidates who were absolutely perfect for the role. All 3 candidates were interviewed, with 2 going onto further interview stages, resulting in a final offer and acceptance of the role.

Peter is one of those dependable professionals who carries with him considerable depth of experience and knowledge of his sector garnered over many years. Coupled with his expertise, is an innate understanding of the needs of his recruiting clients and the qualities and abilities of his pool of candidates at any given time. The combination uniquely positions him to quickly and effectively find strong potential matches.

I have benefited (both as a candidate and recruiter) from Maxwell Stephens' assistance over the years, and I would strongly recommend Peter and his team.