Profiling a selection of Albion's and AITC's female staff
To celebrate International Women’s Day today, Brighton & Hove Albion’s media department have profiled a selection of club and Albion in the Community staff working in a variety of different jobs here in the first of two special features.
There is a special women in football feature in the Sheffield Wednesday edition of Seagull tonight, priced at £3.50 and available in and around the stadium.
Job title: Sport and Football Development Administrator
Years in the role: One year and four months
Job description: I am the central point of call for parents wanting to get their children involved in our player pathway, from after-school clubs, development centres, elite centre and soccer schools during the school holidays.
What do you enjoy most about your job: As I work behind the scenes in the office, it’s great to hear the developments children make while they’re with us.
What are your longer term ambitions: I would like to become a teacher.
Advice to girls hoping for a career in football: To never give up and follow in what you believe.
Job title: Finance assistant and matchday radio operator.
Years in the role: I have spent two years working in finance and 16 years as a radio operator.
Job description: In finance, I manage and administer supplier accounts, invoices and paying the bills!
On a matchday I am the control radio operator based in the Safety Control Room. All the radio traffic for the Stewarding Operation goes through me. I work closely with the safety officer, communicating all necessary information to and from the stewards and other departments to ensure the safe operation of the stadium.
What do you enjoy most about the job: I am enjoying developing new skills and liaising with in all departments in the football club.
What are your longer terms ambitions: I am three-quarters of my way through my accountancy exams and hope to build on my career within accountancy.
Advice to girls hoping for a career in football: Go for it! Keep your eye out for positions within the industry that you are interested in and have the skill set for. If there are no immediate positions available in the area which you are looking for, don’t be afraid to consider other avenues to start with – working as part of the matchday teams, such as stewarding, retail or ticketing, are a great way to get to know the environment and give you a foot in the door.
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Job title: Retail Operations Manager.
Years in the role: I have had this role for one year, but have been at the club for 11 years.
Job description: My job requires leading a small retail operations team managing all operational areas within the retail business. The main areas of focus include IT/EPOS, supply chain management and warehousing, customer service systems and policies.
What do you enjoy most about your job: My number one thing would be working with our retail team and having a good support network from management and other colleagues!
What are your longer term ambitions: My long-term ambition is to continue working at the club, hopefully in the Premier League!
Advice to girls hoping for a career in football: I would say there’s no reason why girls shouldn’t apply for jobs in football. If you have the necessary skills and experience then apply!
Job title: HR Advisor.
Years in the role: 11 years.
What do you enjoy most about your job: The people. We have great, knowledgeable people working for us and it is a pleasure to be part of a happy, enthusiastic team.
What are your longer term ambitions: To remain in HR. I love my profession, working with people and guiding them through all aspects of their employment. Also supporting and advising line managers is very rewarding.
Advice to girls hoping for a career in football: Be professional, just as you would in any other industry. A great way into the club is to start working on matchdays and have informal chats with different departments, so you can gain an insight into what we are about here at the club. Alternatively, if you are looking for a coaching career, then starting with our community scheme, AITC, could enable you to gain your coaching badges and quite often, coaches will work across AITC and the academy.