The BEF have announced the following vacancies:
Para-Equestrian Dressage Performance Manager
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is seeking a Para-Equestrian Dressage Performance Manager (PM) to lead, manage and develop the world leading para-equestrian dressage squad within the National Lottery-funded equestrian World Class Programme (WCP).
As the National Governing Body for horse sports in the UK the BEF, working collaboratively with its 19 member bodies, represents a broad spectrum of equine interests. Athletes of both sexes and all ages compete on an equal footing, making equestrianism one of the only gender neutral and age neutral sports. It has a huge public appeal within an extensive competitive landscape. Some 4.2m people in the UK ride each year, and with longstanding BEF member organisations such as The Pony Club and RDA, there is an abundant talent pool of potential world class athletes.
At an elite level, equestrian sport in Great Britain has enjoyed unparalleled success in recent years with our athletes across all disciplines achieving outstanding success at both the London and Rio Games. The para-equestrian dressage team are recognised as world leaders and continue to maintain their unbeaten track record.
The BEF is now poised to reinvigorate its approach with a new strategy currently being developed collaboratively with the BEF’s Olympic and Paralympic discipline member bodies. The sport possesses the unique challenge of optimising both the equine and human athlete and a central element to these plans will therefore be an increased emphasis on sports science and a more tailored coaching approach.
The Para-Equestrian Dressage PM role offers the successful candidate an opportunity to play an integral part in the evolution of a highly successful GBR high performance sport programme. Working with the Performance Director, the Para-Equestrian Dressage PM will be responsible for the design, development and delivery of the WCP’s Para-Equestrian Dressage Podium Programme. He/she will work with all areas of the WCP and BEF, British Dressage and with national and international bodies. At Championships and other designated competitions, the PM will be the Team Manager and Chef d’Equipe for the senior GBR para-equestrian dressage team, responsible for structuring and managing team support.
The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to manage, motivate and empower in order to deliver success, as well as highly effective organisational and administrative competencies. He/she will have experience of high performing cultures and environments, a sound understanding of disability sport and of elite equestrian sport and will have the skills to be able to harness the support of a complex stakeholder community up to Board level. The role will be part time with an expectation of working weekends and undertaking significant travel abroad to support coaches and athletes at key points in the competition calendar.
To apply please send an expression of interest letter, including a CV and a proposal of why you think you should be engaged, to Maggie Moreton, Head of Secretariat, email@example.com or British Equestrian Federation, Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire, CV8 2RH by 15 February 2017. A role description can be found HERE The remuneration package will be commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate and the responsibilities of the role. The BEF is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all applications.
Equine & Human Sport Science Practitioners
As the National Governing Body for horse sport in the UK the BEF, working collaboratively with its 19 member bodies, represents a broad spectrum of equine interests. At an elite level, equestrian sport in Great Britain has enjoyed unparalleled success in recent years with our athletes across jumping, dressage and eventing, achieving outstanding success at both the London and Rio Olympic Games. The para-dressage team are recognised as world leaders and continue to maintain their unbeaten track record at Paralympic, World and European level.
With the start of a new Olympic and Paralympic cycles, the BEF is looking to the future and undergoing a process to reinvigorate the way in which it deploys the highest level of performance support to athletes, both human and equine, on the World Class Programme. The Programme’s multi-disciplinary performance support team encompasses leaders in their field, innovative and committed individuals with a mutually shared dedication to delivering the best outcomes for horse and rider.
The BEF now wants to strengthen this team and increase its focus on sports science in order to identify and test opportunities to deliver those marginal gains that will help to drive its quest for optimal performance and sporting excellence.
It is therefore looking for practitioners working in the following fields to provide services its World Class Programme:
Veterinary Practitioners to support the World Class Podium Potential Para-dressage and Eventing squads.
Farriers to support the World Class Programme Podium eventing squad and the Senior GBR Eventing Team.
Equine Physiotherapist Practitioners to support:
• the World Class Programme Podium Potential Para Dressage, Eventing, Jumping and Dressage Squads;
• the Senior World Class Programme Podium Jumping, Dressage and Eventing squads; and
• the Senior GBR Dressage, Eventing and Jumping teams.
Sports Medicine Practitioners to support the World Class Podium and Podium Potential athletes working in collaboration with the wider Human Sports Science and Medicine team.
You will deliver:
• World-leading performance science support services to all athletes (human and/or equine as appropriate), taking an athlete centred approach that empowers them to take responsibility for their own and the horse’s pre-habilitation, rehabilitation and return to training.
• A collaborative approach within a cutting edge inter-disciplinary team to ensure the delivery of agreed sports science outcomes.
• Robust application of sports science within an equine science environment and development of ‘Return to Play’ programmes that optimise an athlete’s, human and/or equine, rehabilitation programme.
• Exceptional relationship management skills and a desire to contribute to the development of a culture not seen before in equestrian competition
• UK wide athlete support by attending home yard visits, squad training days and competitions
• A programme to inform and educate athletes in injury rehabilitation, management programmes and injury prevention strategies.
• The maintenance of a high performance science delivery environment to exceptional standards
• Proactive contribution to knowledge sharing and development across the organisation to advance world class high performance science support.
• Accurate BEF compliant processes for record keeping on a regular basis.
• Absolute compliance with Professional Codes of Conduct, standards and guidelines.
• Have an excellent knowledge of the human and/or equine anti-doping and medication control processes for both National and International competition.
• Support in various locations and there will be an expectation of working weekends and undertaking significant travel abroad to support coaches and athletes at key points in the competition calendar
Skills and Expertise
You will be an existing practitioner in your field and able to demonstrate a proven track record of working in a mutually supportive, collaborative manner within a fully integrated team of professionals in order to combine the art and science required to help the athlete, both human and equine, to meet the demands of the sport on the world stage. Your essential characteristics will be open-minded, data-driven and inquisitive, with a strong desire and mentality to be part of a winning team.
To apply please send an expression of interest letter, including a CV and a proposal stating why we need you, to Maggie Moreton, Head of Secretariat, firstname.lastname@example.org or British Equestrian Federation, Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire, CV8 2RH by [15 February for Equine Physio and Farrier and 1 March for Vet and Doctor] . Further details of the service level requirements can be found HERE