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    The RYA employs over 170 staff in a wide range of roles, from boating specialists to professional staff to co-ordinators and administrators. Most work from our headquarters in Hamble, near Southampton, but some are based in other parts of the UK. We offer modern, accessible office facilities with free parking, up to date IT systems and a competitive range of benefits.

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    High Performance Manager


    The Royal Yachting Association Scotland is seeking an exceptional individual to lead the RYA Scotland Performance Team.

    The Role

    The High Performance Manager is responsible for delivering the performance elements of the RYA Scotland strategic plan which aims to ensure the success of Scottish athletes in national and international competition and support more Scottish athletes competing for the British Sailing Team at all levels.

    You will be responsible for the ongoing evolution of a strong and sustainable performance pathway within Scotland and work as part of the RYA British Youth Sailing team to deliver the UK wide remit of ‘developing the best young racing sailors in the world’.

    The High Performance Manager operates a significant portion of the RYA Scotland budget. Within this and working closely with the volunteer led Performance Committee, you will oversee the delivery of a programme supporting Class Academies, the Scottish Keelboat Academy partnership, National Development Teams and an Elite Athlete Programme.


    You will have a background in national or international competition either as an athlete or coach and experience of working within a national level coaching team. You will have experience within the high performance aspect of a sport that has an Olympic pathway and an understanding of talent identification, selection and long term athlete development.

    You are already a self-starter capable of working independently and also as a supportive member of a dynamic and energetic staff team in the RYA Scotland Office.

    You have excellent project management skills and a track record of managing your time effectively to meet deadlines.

    The role involves considerable travel across Scotland as well as travel to wider UK locations and occasionally overseas. Consequently a full clean UK driving licence and valid passport are essential as is the availability to work flexibly including a number of evenings and weekends throughout the year.

    Starting salary from £31,700 - £36,000 pa, 35 hours per week

    Benefits package includes sponsors car, pension and life insurance, 25 days holiday plus public holidays.

    Closing date: 1200 hrs on Friday 28 July 2017.

    Interviews will be held in Edinburgh on 17 August 2017.

    A full job description and application form can be downloaded from RYA Scotland or call 023 8060 4105 or e-mail

    The RYA Scotland Strategic Plan and Annual Reviews are available on our website

    Certification Administrator

    The RYA sets and monitors standards for national training schemes in sailing and powerboating, which are delivered by RYA qualified instructors through our network of recognised centres.

    We are seeking an Administrator to maintain our database of instructors, process certificates and payments and handle a high volume of enquiries. You will have accurate keyboard skills, a helpful telephone manner and be able to work under pressure.

    The responsibilities of the Certification Administrator will include, but are not limited to:

    To receive and respond promptly to administrative queries by phone, email and letter from instructors, examiners, training centres and the general public, seeking guidance as necessary.

    To maintain the databases of qualified instructors and certificate holders to ensure that all relevant staff have access to up to date information.

    To check and process, accurately and in a timely manner, examination reports, application and renewal forms and issue certificates in accordance with RYA policy and statutory requirement, seeking guidance where necessary.

    To represent the RYA, on an occasional basis as Boat Shows and relevant events in order to provide information to the public on the RYA's training schemes.

    Salary £17,500 - £18,500 per annum (35 hours per week)

    A range of benefits including pension scheme, free life insurance, 23 days annual leave (plus public holidays.

    Closing date for applications: 17 July 2017

    Interviews to be held: 20 July 2017

    To apply, please review the job description, and complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form.

    Please note that we do not accept CV's in lieu of a fully completed application form.

    The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity.

    Racing Operations Manager

    We are seeking an Operations Manager to join the Racing Department, including the UK Sport World Class Programmes.

    The Racing Department has over 40 employees and approximately 150 external support staff and coaches working on programmes.

    The Racing Operations Manager is based at RYA house in Hamble and will report to the Director of Racing. They will be responsible for supporting the Director of Racing in the effective running of the Racing Department by co-ordinating strategic plans, financial management of the departmental budgets, ensuring compliance with legal and contractual requirements and overseeing administrative processes.

    Additionally they will be responsible for providing management oversight of the Racing Department’s resources and the facilities in Weymouth and Portland.

    The accountabilities of the post holder will include but are not limited to:

    • Co-ordinate the production of , and periodically update the Racing Department’s strategic Plan, including the World Class programme and all other racing activities, to ensure their continued relevance and funding them at an optimum level
    • Prepare, monitor and control the Department’s budget for both World Class and RYA programmes under the direction of the Director of Racing and in conjunction with the Programme Managers and Financial Controller
    • Prepare, monitor and control the Portland House budget and spend, under the direction of the Portland Management Group. This includes management of the lead super users of the Portland House Booking System and online Booking System
    • Act as a point of contact with UK Sport for grant awards, and manage compliance with the conditions of grant and report progress to ensure that their statutory and regulatory requirements are met
    • Manage and produce grant award submissions to the Sports Councils
    • Act as the RYA’s Anti-Doping Officer in order to ensure that the RYA and relevant sailors and support staff are aware of their obligations and requirements

    Oversee departmental processes and control policy documents covering the management of staff and contractors, sponsorship, anti-doping, safety, child protection and similar matters, in conjunction with the Legal and HR departments

    Salary £42,500 - £45,000 pa, 35 hours per week

    Range of benefits including pension scheme, free life insurance, 25 days annual leave plus public holidays.

    To apply please review the job description, and complete an application form and equal opportunities monitoring form.

    Please note that CV’s will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application form.

    Should you have any queries please contact or call Becky on 01256 384720.

    The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity

    disability confident & commited

    Closing date for applications: 7th August 2017

    Interviews to be held: 15 August 2017 (Please inform the RYA if you are selected for interview, that you are able to attend on this date).

    Chief Operating Officer - Northern Ireland

    RYANI are looking for an energetic, innovative Leader to deliver the strategic and operational goals aligned to Promote and Protect Safe, Successful and Rewarding Boating in Northern Ireland.

    The role of the Chief Operating Officer (COO) is to manage the company in an effective and efficient manner; with a clear focus to deliver the company’s strategic plan. This will include developing effective partnership and communication linkages with key stakeholders.

    The successful applicant will be responsible for effective management of RYANI including: advice to the Board; business planning; staff management; and, financial management.

    • Provide leadership and representation for boating in Northern Ireland; acting as ambassador and key point of contact.
    • Fulfil commitments of the RYA/RYANI Memorandum of Understanding and Operation Plans created to support the Strategy.
    • Oversee the efficient delivery of plans to agreed standards and within acceptable timescales as directed; evaluate and measure for robust systems and procedures.
    • Preparation of responses to Government and other policy matters relevant to sailing and boating related matters in Northern Ireland.
    • Manage staff and coordinate activity, ensuring the development of a highly motivated team.
    • Lead the processes of planning and bidding for funds.
    • Oversee the administration of Elite and Transition Support Grants and seek new sources of funding to assist the objectives of RYANI.

    Salary: Manager’s scale £35,000-£41,000 pa

    The role is Full-time on a Fixed Term Contract.

    Job Description, Personal specification & Application form: Visit RYANI Jobs

    General information: about RYA NI please visit

    For any additional queries please contact the RYANI Chair, Sheela Lewis / Mobile: 07989 563223

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