Partnerships Manager – Australian Rugby Union

The Commercial Department of the Australian Rugby Union is seeking a Partnerships Manager who will report directly to the Head of Partnerships & Sales.

The role will manage four to five key ARU Sponsorship Partners and also several Suppliers with a focus on providing best practice and specialist knowledge in relationship management of commercial partners; developing strong value added relationships and achieving the mutual KPI’s of both the ARU and our valued partners.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Delivering contractual benefits to appointed Partners centred around the Wallabies Test Match Season, Super Rugby and National Rugby Championship
  • Managing and approving Partner leverage and activation strategies and campaigns
  • Managing ARU Partner sponsorship contracts to ensure all entitlements are delivered in a timely manner 
  • Implementing partner activations to promote Partner association with Rugby and ARU controlled events to promote awareness and drive interest in Rugby
  • Ensuring all Partner deliverables are included in all internal partner matrixes & communicating these benefits to the relevant ARU internal stakeholders
  • Working closely with the ARU Media & Marketing Team to develop plans with the Partners to assist in promoting domestic Test matches and other ARU related events
  • Undertaking regular WIPs or wider work group meetings with the Partners & Associated stakeholders to ensure all parties are engaged and all additional promotional opportunities are explored
  • Managing the financial requirements of the Partner contracts to ensure all obligations are met & payments can be invoiced in a timely manner
  • Managing the relationship with Partners, International & domestic Rugby bodies (IE: World Rugby and local Super/NRC Clubs) and their associated agencies to ensure the delivery of all contractual benefits
  • Providing support with ARU events and projects as required by the business, such as the Bledisloe Cup Festival, John Eales Medal, Super Rugby and National Rugby Championship

The successful applicant will have:

  • Proven ability to project manage multiple partner campaigns to achieve objectives
  • Budget Management, Planning & event execution skills
  • Excellent presentation & PC skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Organisation and Time Management skills and be self-motivated and demonstrated ability to deliver to tight deadlines
  • The ability to work autonomously and cross functionally
  • Minimum of 4-5 years previous experience in a partnership / sponsorship role or Account Management role with a domestic sporting body, agency or company brand marketing division
  • Excellent communication both written and verbal
  • Remuneration will be commensurate with level of experience and fit for the role within the ARU Commercial team

To apply please send your CV and cover letter supporting your application to or

Applications close Monday 2nd February 2015

Infrastructure Systems Engineer - Australian Rugby Union

The Australian Rugby Union, the national body of rugby in Australia and home to the Qantas Wallabies, is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates as an Infrastructure Systems Engineer, in the IT Services Department.
Reporting to the Infrastructure Manager, the successful applicant will provide customer oriented, IT technical support to ARU.
This role will be split between St Leonards and Moore Park, 2-3 days per week TBD. Occasional travel to other ARU sites will also be required.

Responsibilities include:
Desktop/Laptop maintenance and support including builds and upgrades for Desktop PC’s, Laptops and mobile applications

  • User hardware builds – ensuring SOE requirements are met and routine implementation and upgrades are carried out
  • Proactive maintenance for functional and reliable hardware

Software maintenance and support

  • 1st/2nd level technical support for laptop/desktop software
  • Monitoring of and response to software issues
  • Maintain and monitor software licensing levels
  • Create and maintain system documentation as required

Network Maintenance Support

  • 1st level support of Active Directory and Exchange environment
  • 1st/2nd level support and maintenance of VOIP PBX
  • Printer support and management

IT Procurement

  • Facilitate IT Procurement for the ARU working within the budget set by the Infrastructure Manager
  • Ensure IT purchases are correctly coded to relevant budget codes

User Support

  • First point contact for all staff IT issues – helpdesk environment
  • User guide documentation for common user issues
  • New hire employee IT set up

Project activities assistance
Vendor technical liaison

The successful applicant will require:

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in similar role
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment and be willing to help other team members at any time, with the intent of ensuring that the team meets their overall goals and objectives
  • Understanding of Active Directory and AD account creation
  • Basic Exchange Administration and Outlook
  • Sound understanding of Windows 7/8.1 Desktop Platform
  • Good understanding of Microsoft Office 2013 Desktop Application
  • Strong troubleshooting skills
  • Appropriate tertiary qualifications
  • To be self-motivated and proactive, with the ability to work autonomously

Desirable Skills

  • Experience with Citrix Office 365
  • Experience with Citrix XenApp
  • Experience with VMWare ESXi
  • Experience with Microsoft Lync

The role also requires some after hours and weekend activities.

If this sounds like you, please send your CV and cover letter supporting your application to Rachel Buckling at For a confidential discussion, you can call Rachel on +61 2 80055528.

Applications close Friday 30th January 2015

Pathways Coordinator and BLK Account Manager (South Australian Rugby Union)

South Australian Rugby Union, the state body for Rugby in South Australia is seeking applications for the newly created role of Pathways Coordinator. In an exciting development and in partnership with BLK, this role will also be a BLK Account Manager

This role has an internal focus on team logistics for all State Representative programs and an external focus on developing sales opportunities for BLK sport apparel and accessories:

The role is responsible for:

SA Rugby Pathways

  • Oversee the logistics of the Annual State Representative Program and Pathways Programs
  • Manage apparel kit, purchasing and relationship with key suppliers as well as inventory and stock control
  • ffectively manage finances for Rugby programs to ensure each team and trip runs to budget
  • Responsibility for the booking and coordination of payment for all accommodation and travel for pathway programs
  • In conjunction with the SA Rugby team, organise all aspects of the pathway program home games
  • Provide assistance on the delivery of other SA Rugby events including but not limited to pre-season competitions, special events, sponsor functions, presentation evenings and Finals program
  • Provide administrative support to team managers and coaches as required
BLK Account Manager
  • Meet established sales goals agreed between SA Rugby and BLK by delivering real value to customers through differentiated sports products and services.
  • Use provided tools and promotional resources, designed to have local impact, to meet position objective.
  • Strategically manage South Australian sales while operating within an assigned target framework.
Required Skills
  • Police Clearance for working with children
  • Play by the Rules certified
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Proven success and personal ability with performance
  • Self-motivated, flexible individual with the ability to manage multiple tasks and ensure customer requirements are followed through to completion
  • Sports minded
  • Capacity to manage existing accounts as well as develop new businesses within South Australia
  • Experience or knowledge of working with state representative teams
  • Experience or knowledge of working with apparel suppliers
  • Sales experience, specifically the sporting or education industries
  • Leadership qualities
To apply please send your CV and cover letter supporting your application to For enquiries, call Lachlan Clark, Chief Executive Officer on 08 7070 6941 for a confidential discussion.

   Applications close Friday 30th January 2015.


Insights Analyst

Australian Rugby Union is the governing body of rugby union in Australia and are looking for a strong astute Insights Analyst. With renewed focus on expanding participation into new and diverse markets and grow the Rugby code.  The key focus of this role will be to drive compelling, innovative and actionable data insights from the Salesforce CRM platform, which can be translated into strategic actions across all levels of the business from Wallabies to grassroots.

The Insights Analyst, who will report directly to the Head of CRM, will:

  • Provide accurate and timely analytical support to the Marketing Team and Senior Management on an ongoing basis to provide actionable consumer, competitor and brand insights from data captured within the recently implemented CRM.
  • Analyse projects from start to finish including setting up project scope, data manipulation, interpreting results and producing the presentation of the final results. 
  • Conduct sales forecasting and weekly tracking analysis to provide recommendations on ways to increase revenue and achieve business results.
  • Conduct analysis and provide recommendations on ways of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of marketing activities including eDM and SMS performance and digital content engagement to identify ways to target new and existing customers.
  • Manage and maintain data integrity held within the CRM.

Responsibilities include:

  • Minimum 2 years analytical experience
  • Salesforce CRM experience - preferred but not essential
  • Intermediate/Advanced Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Powerpoint skills.
  • Strong time management and a demonstrated ability to deliver to tight deadlines.
  • Attention to detail, which is essential.
  • The ability to combine and analyse a variety of data from different sources to deliver clear fact based selling stories to cross functional teams, to meet core business data and analysis needs.
  • High level communication skills, both oral and written and excellent presentation skills.
  • High level numeracy.
  • The ability to develop strong internal and external relationships.
  • The ability to take initiative and work independently without being asked specifically for things. 
  • The ability to feel comfortable with challenging status quo.

To apply please send your CV and cover letter supporting your application to Rachel Buckling at Alternatively, you can call on +61 2 80055528 for a confidential discussion.

Applications close Friday 30th January 2015

Game Development and Education Manager (South Australian Rugby Union)

South Australian Rugby Union, the state body for Rugby in South Australia is seeking applications for the
newly created role of Game Development and Education Manager.

This role has a strong focus on the growth of junior school and club Rugby and the successful applicant will provide best practice and specialist knowledge to significantly increase participation. They will oversee and develop coach and official education to significantly improve the quality of Rugby deliverers in the state.

The role is responsible for:
  • Design and implementation of the coach and match official education program
  • roviding coach assessments and manage coach accreditation
  • Develop and implement programs for the improvement of referee standards and depth of match officials in South Australia
  • Implement a recruitment plan for South Australia which is consistent with the strategic initiatives of the organisation
  • Manage the activities of SA Rugby development officer(s)
  • Work with SA Rugby clubs to improve their capacity and ability to support increased participation
  • Ensure rugby clubs are meeting compliance standards with key state and federal legislation
  • Deliver a range of development and recruitment programs with partners including Active Schools, the Australian Rugby Union and other member unions
  • Work with councils, rugby clubs and local businesses to deliver vibrant and attractive rugby offerings for the social sport market
  • Provide schools with coach education and player skill development
  • Develop links to rugby clubs from schools in South Australia to ensure an ongoing path for participation for aspiring rugby players
Required Skills
  • A passion for and understanding of the game of Rugby Union including the Junior Player Pathway and how the sport operates in South Australia
  • Demonstrated experience in the planning, coordination, development and delivery of training and education programs
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills
  • A knowledge of the primary and secondary school sport system
  • Rugby Union coaching and or refereeing accreditation or equivalent
  • Experience with and clearance for working with children
  • Strong computer skills

To apply please send your CV and cover letter supporting your application to .
For enquiries, call Lachlan Clark, Chief Executive Officer on 08 7070 6941 for a confidential discussion.

Applications close Thursday 22nd January 2015.