How to find the right sport job – part 3: What kind of jobs do companies in the sports industry offer?
Since you already know quite a lot about potential employers, today’s Sportyjob sport job blog presents possible sport jobs in the different departments of companies. Given that it is almost impossible to cover the whole bandwidth, we only will have a look at the most common sport jobs. Let’s start with the executive suite:
The most important people of the board are the chief executive officer (CEO) and the Chairman of the Board. Those two sport jobs are supported by the directors/managers of the different departments. Function of this top-level is to care about fundamental decisions like annual objectives and product launches as well as defining the corporate strategy. In the management level usually all sport jobs are circumscribed with chief…officer like chief financial officer (CFO) or chief operations officer (COO). What you have to keep in mind: the term “CEO” may have different meanings. In Great Britain, for instance, there is only one “true” CEO in a company, but in Germany the term rather describes a management-function of a sport job.
Subordinated to the executive suite are different departments. This is the really interesting part for sport job seekers, since the majority of sport jobs are available in this medium-level.
The administration is working closely with the board and cares about getting the paperwork and all necessary preliminary work for the executive suite done.
2. Legal Department
The legal department might offer some interesting sport jobs for sport job seekers that have graduated in law. Companies of the sports industry need in-house jurists that care about all operational and administrational law-questions.
3. Finance Department
This department is connected closely to the board. Main task is the management of company’s cash flows. Parts of the finance dept. are accountancy, cash management, treasury, controlling and the overall business financing.
4. Human Resources
This department usually is quite big and offers interesting sport jobs: A recruiter needs to find the perfect employees for job vacancies and as well is responsible for personnel marketing and employer branding, which means the market positioning of the company as a trustworthy employer. Also quite important is the personnel development manager, who cares about staff development. Furthermore Human Resources, which is led by the Human Resources Manager, is in charge of wages-management and all issues regarding staff.
5. Sales Department
Who is applying for a sport job in sales will have to do execution of orders, new client acquisition and key account managing. In a lot of companies client service and logistics are part of Sales, too. One main task of this department is to elaborate market entry strategies for new products.
6. Marketing Department
Main subject of sport jobs in marketing is planning and execution of advertising-activities with the aim to sell products. Part of this is market analysis as well as research and segmentation. Furthermore this department is responsible for the development of marketing-strategies and the defining of the marketing-mix of price-, product-, place-, promotion- and communication-tools. Since new opportunities of communication like social networks came up, marketing had to change a lot in the recent years and needed to create new subdivisions like online-marketing and e-commerce, which are constantly searching for new sport job-talents.
7. Public Relations
Public Relations often is subordinated to Marketing, but actually is an independent department, which especially cares about corporate image and reputation. Main instrument of PR is media relations with the aim to spread beneficial news regarding the company in the mass media. Internal communications (E.g. employee-newspaper, newsletters…) as well as crisis and finance communication (annual report etc.) are vital parts of PR and offer a lot of sport jobs.
These seven mentioned departments are only a small overview over potential sport job fields, since every company has its own structures. For example smaller businesses usually concentrate departments or outsource them on order to save costs. Huge global players in the contrary have a lot more departments, like country-specific ones (for instance Marketing EMEA-Europe, Middle East and Africa) and product-specific ones (Apparel, Footwear) where you can find loads of sport job opportunities.
After this third part of our sport job checklist you now know a lot about sport field, employers and departments and the associated sport jobs. But how to find these sport jobs? Our next sport job blog will give an answer!
Until then you can have a look at our latest sport jobs in the industry at https://www.sportyjob.com/en/search-a-job, maybe you’ll find a matching one yet!
Bye for now,
your Sportyjob Team