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Head of Sports Operations (1 year fixed-term)

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Role area:
CEO Europe Online
Contract type:
Full Time
Cluj - Napoca
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Please not that this is a 1 year fixed-term contract role.

The Role

Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) is expanding its Sports operations team in Cluj, Romania and we are recruiting for a Head of Sports Operations to lead the team. The role will be based in Cluj. The Sports operations team is charged with managing a significant proportion of both sportsbook and exchange operations for PPB and its partners. Operations in this context covers a wide variety of responsibilities across the lifecycle of sports events including market set up, content management, in-play market management and settlement amongst others.

We are looking for a candidate with exceptional leadership capability and who has delivered at a consistently high level in an operational role previously. The role will report directly to the Managing Director of the Department and will have a close working relationship with the Heads of Football, Racing, Sports & Exchange Operations based in Dublin. The main responsibilities of this role will include managing the performance and development of people to build a team that delivers operational excellence with a key focus on exceptional customer experience.

Key Responsibilities

  • Understand the current ‘As-Is’ operation and define, own and implement a new, efficient and sustainable ‘To Be’ operation;
  • Build and develop a culture of operational excellence ;
  • Ensure all operational activities are delivered in the most effective and efficient manner in line with the KPIs set by the Managing Director of the Department;
  • Ensure regular and timely checks are conducted with any gaps proactively addressed;
  • Continually challenge existing processes and methodologies, improving efficiency and standards of service;
  • Ensure training and upskilling of staff, including defining and hiring of expertise needed from across the business to allow effective knowledge transfer ;
  • Implement and challenge performance management processes, ensuring frequent and high quality feedback is delivered to all team members;
  • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with operational teams across the business, specifically between Dublin, Melbourne and Cluj;
  • Work effectively with the Cluj Leadership team to ensure a good fit for the team within the wider Cluj operation;

Essential skills and behaviours

  • Excellent organisational skills
  • A passion for sport and knowledge of sports betting would be a distinct advantage
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to collaborate effectively
  • A passion for training and coaching people
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to execute flawlessly at pace
  • Ability to build successful relationships and positively influence people – including direct reports, peers and stakeholders
  • Analytically minded and comfortable taking a data-driven approach to understand problems
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances and work well under pressure
  • Team player with personal characteristics that engender trust and confidence
  • Inquisitive, always asking why and not stopping until the problem has been solved
  • Flexibility to travel

Education, Qualifications & Experience

  • A high score in a degree from a quality University.
  • Proven ability to lead, manage and inspire an effective team including training and development.
  • A good level of numeracy is required.