Sports Science & Sports Medicine Lead

British Swimming is seeking an experienced and proactive Sport Science & Sports Medicine (SSSM) leader to join the highly experienced SSSM leadership team within aquatics.

British Swimming is the national governing body for aquatic sports in Great Britain and is responsible internationally for representation of the sports at the high performance level.

Our aquatic disciplines (Diving, Para-swimming and Swimming) provide training environments in performance centres across the UK for permanent athlete groups as well as acting as ‘performance hubs’ for national programme-wide activity for World Class Programme athletes.

A recent transition has seen the formation of a World Class Leadership Team, to align best practice across the aquatic sports, as well as driving individual excellence within each discipline. An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced and proactive Sport Science & Sports Medicine (SSSM) leader to join the highly experienced SSSM leadership team within the aquatics. The role reports directly to the Associate Director, Sports Science and Sports Medicine (ADSSM) and will support the ADSSM in the development and implementation of the British Swimming cross aquatic SSSM strategy with a particular focus on an identified discipline(s). A crucial element of the role will be creating impact across the aquatic disciplines through aligned work on identified strategic projects, groups and ‘themes’.

The SSSM team is organised into four key ‘themes’ which set direction across the aquatics;

  • Innovation, biomechanics and analysis
  • Physical performance
  • Mental performance and lifestyle
  • Athlete health

The successful candidate will play an active role in supporting the heads of ‘themes’, and depending on their area of expertise, will lead a ‘theme’ area.

This is an exciting time to join British Swimming at a crucial stage of the cycle with the opportunity to impact on Paris performances, as well as helping to shape the direction for the Los Angeles cycle. As such, the successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to understand the context of the aquatics, and build relationships rapidly, in order to impact effectively at this stage of the cycle. We are looking for an enthusiastic and hardworking individual with a proven record of leading high performance teams.

Candidates must demonstrate suitability to be role models for the high-performance culture and behaviours expected in the British Swimming environments.

If you feel that you have the skills and attributes for this role, then we would like to hear from you.

View and download the full job description and person specification here

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Please contact for a full application pack or download one here

Closing date: Wednesday 31st May 2023 at 12.00pm

Interview date: Wednesday 14th June 2023 in London