Vacancy: Swim Ireland Head of Performance Analysis

July 16, 2021

As part of the next evolvement of its Performance strategy for the Paris 2024 Olympic cycle and beyond, Swim Ireland Performance are seeking to appoint a suitably qualified and experienced Head of Performance Analysis. This post will be based at the Sport Ireland Campus in Dublin and the postholder will work with Ireland’s National Centre’s for swimming and on National Teams in both swimming and diving from September 2021.

The successful candidate will be driven to develop, improve and advance the Performance programme through the use of analysis techniques that bring data to life and provides novel insights to the performance of athletes at all levels of our Performance programme.

Reporting to the National Performance Director and the National Head Coaches (both Swimming and Diving), it is anticipated that the Head of Performance Analysis will be a member of the Performance Senior Leadership Team and will be involved in driving and delivering the Performance Plan throughout the Paris 2024 Olympic Cycle.

Working in conjunction with the Head of Physical Preparation, the successful candidate will liaise with our partners in Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland to ensure the requisite performance support services are in place and are aligned to achieve maximum impact in our quest to deliver consistent and systemic international podium success.

Swim Ireland Performance:

Our Vision for Performance swimming and diving is:

“High performing people in a high performance system working in unison to consistently achieve Olympic and World medals.”

Central to achieving this Vision are a core set of principles:

  • A commitment to a long-term Performance programme which is focused on recurrent success not on short-term Olympic or World Championship cycles;
  • A dedication to the development of a system that is capable of enabling the full potential of our athletes repeatedly rather than one-off successes based on individual athletes;
  • A programme that aspires to consistently deliver Olympic and World Championship medals;
  • A Performance programme that is centered on the people within the system – athletes, coaches, and practitioners, and in developing their capabilities to ensure that they reach world class standards to ensure Irish swimming and diving success;
  • An aspiration to make membership of the Performance programme a positive journey for all, leaving people in a better place for having been part of it and creating an aspiration for others to be involved

Person Specification:

Essential Criteria

Degree level qualification in relevant field (e.g. Sports Science, Kinesiology, Human Movement) or equivalent

Experience working within a Performance sport environment

Experience in the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of Performance Data in the enhancement of sporting performance

Effective time management and a proven ability to work within a team and independently

Excellent communication and presentation skills

Self-starter and proactive attitude

Excellent computer literacy skills

Desirable Criteria

Higher degree (MSc or PhD) level qualification in relevant field (e.g. Performance Analysis)

Experience working within a Performance swimming environment

Experience in coaching swimming

Experience working with data visualisation packages (e.g. Power Bi, Tableau)

Experience using statistical software packages (e.g. SPSS, R, Python)

Experience of working with Kitman

Recognised First Aid and CPR certification

How to Apply:

Applications should be made by submitting the following to Swim Ireland Perfomance Manager niamhmcdonnell@swimireland.ie

  • A cover letter to include a personal statement addressing the essential criteria, and why the applicant believes that their skills, experience and values meet the requirements of the position
  • A comprehensive CV relevant to the position, including three referees, one of whom must be their current employer

The closing date for applications is 1200 GMT on Friday 13/08/21 with interviews currently scheduled for Friday 27/08/2021. This is a full-time position, with a proposed start period late September – mid October as part of an initial three-year fixed term contract through to and including August 2024.

All applications will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Head Of Performance Analysis Job Description