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National Development Manager (Open Water Swimming)

Are you passionate about increasing participation in sport and physical activity? Do you have an understanding of the unique opportunity provided by open water swimming in impacting upon both the physical and mental wellbeing of people and communities?

British Triathlon and Triathlon England are looking to recruit a National Development Manager with a specific lead role for open water swimming to drive forward our strategy and operations in this exciting area of our business. Taking a largely single sport approach, leading the development and delivery of open water swimming programmes and initiatives, the role will specifically lead and manage our new open water swimming programme; Beyond Swim ( The role will also contribute to our wider British Triathlon and Triathlon England strategies and operations to grow swim, bike, run and Triathlon through advising and supporting on open water swimming matters where they pertain to our work. Furthermore, the role will explore ways in which open water swimming growth can transpose into a wider growth in Triathlon and Multi-Sport.

We are looking for someone with substantial experience of managing projects and programmes and just as crucially, partnerships and relationships. Working heavily with open water venues across England, our strategic programme partners Swim England and Royal Lifesaving Society UK (RLSS UK) as well as other partners and stakeholders both within and beyond the open water swimming community, the successful candidate will need well-developed communication, interpersonal and influencing skills. The successful candidate will also have strong understanding of leisure operators and general venue operations, with corresponding experience in this sector.

British Triathlon is one of the most dynamic and forward-thinking National Governing Bodies of sport in the UK. Despite the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic for the sport and physical activity sector and society more generally, we are committed to our strategy and vision and are investing in the long-term future and sustainability of our sport. The power of sport, physical activity and an active lifestyle have never been more important than they are now and swim, bike, run can play a huge part in this.

British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain, responsible for raising the profile and delivering medal-winning performances and helping everyone discover, enjoy and achieve in triathlon. Triathlon England is one of the three Home Nations of British Triathlon, the other two being Triathlon Scotland and Welsh Triathlon. The three Home Nation Associations are responsible for all aspects of triathlon in their respective countries and contribute to the work of British Triathlon.

The role will be based at the British Triathlon headquarters located at Loughborough University; however, there is scope for negotiation on this for an exceptional candidate. The nature of the role will require evening and weekend working and significant domestic travel. To find out more about how you can be part of a team that is taking swim, bike, run to new and exciting places, more information can be found on the links at the bottom of this page, including the Job Description and Person Specification, BTF Strategy, TE Strategy and Organisation Chart.

To apply: A covering letter should be submitted to explaining the reason for your application and summarising your key experience, knowledge and skills, together with your completed application form and equality form, which can both be found at the bottom of this page. Please quote the reference number DEV-JC-0521.

Should you require assistance with the application process, please contact HR by email as above and we will make every effort to meet your specific requirements. Previous applicants need not apply. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Helen Marney, Director of Development, initially by emailing

Closing Date: 23:59pm Sunday 1st August 2021. Provisional Interview Date: Wednesday 11th August 2021.

British Triathlon is committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from all suitably qualified persons are encouraged. Details of our Equal Opportunities Policy can be found on our website: under ‘About’ and then ‘Policy Documents’.

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