RPA VACANCY: RPA Personal Development Manager – Bath Rugby & Bristol Bears

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 31:  Tom Homer of Bath Rugby takes on Ed Holmes of Bristol Bears (left) and Luke Morahan of Bristol Bears (right) during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match between Bristol Bears and Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate on August 31, 2018 in Bristol, United Kingdom.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)


The Rugby Players’ Association (RPA) is the representative body and collective voice of professional rugby players in England which was established in 1998 to look after the interests of all professional players, from Academy players to the superstars of the international game.


The RPA offers members Player Welfare and Representation services as well as a comprehensive national Personal Development Programme (PDP) to help prepare them for life after rugby. The RPA has also acted as the exclusive commercial representative of the England Team since February 2004.


The RPA are now looking to appoint a new Personal Development Manager (PDM) to work with the following clubs: 

– Bath Rugby

– Bristol Bears



To manage the delivery of the PDP within two Premiership Clubs, reporting to the Head of PDP, with particular focus on player welfare, personal development and preparation for career transition.


Key Responsibilities:
The responsibilities of this role include but are not limited to:

– Manage the RPA Personal Development Programme within two nominated clubs.


– Manage the delivery of the following strategies to players, achieving agreed performance benchmarks including but not limited to:

– Career and education planning

– Creation of players’ individual development plans

– Delivery of personal and professional development workshops

– Organisation of career insight, networking and work placement opportunities

– Provision of expert player welfare support and coordination of rugby specific welfare programmes


– Preparing players for their transition into life after rugby


– Develop and maintain a network of local providers and contributors to the PDP e.g. colleges, universities, work placement providers, etc.


– Facilitate the collaboration and integration of the PDP into the nominated club programmes


– Maintain a level of independence within the club and ensure all players are fully engaged in the PDP


– Observe duty of confidentiality with all player information and in accordance with GDPR requirements


– Work in conjunction with all other PDP Team members to share information, contacts and models of best practice.


– Assist the RPA Rugby Director and Head of PDP with the continuing development and implementation of the PDP


– Deliver mandated programmes as set out by the RFU/PRL/RPA Personal Development Group


– Assist the wider RPA Team in delivering key organisation objectives


Key Interfaces include but are not limited to RPA Members, RPA staff and Senior Management Team, RPA Player Representatives, RPA Partners and Sponsors, Premiership Club staff, Industry and Recruitment organisations.


Skills & Experience required:

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a successful track record in some or all of the following areas:

– Experience of professional/elite sports environment

– Experience of career planning with adults

– Business experience, networks and contacts

– Experience of learning and development programmes

– Confident presenting skills and an ability to train groups

– Experience of performance lifestyle or equivalent programmes within professional/elite sport


Excellent communication skills and the ability to build relationships with players, club officials and external businesses are essential. Being proactive and having a positive and flexible approach is required. A rugby background is preferable but not essential.


Salary: Competitive plus company benefits


Location: Primarily at each designated club location, plus working from home along with a requirement to travel to Twickenham (and potentially other areas in the UK).


How to apply:  Please send your CV and covering note, including salary expectations, to: careers@theRPA.co.uk


Closing date:  5pm – Wednesday 21st November 18 (Please assume that you have been unsuccessful on this occasion if you are not contacted within 14 days of the closing date)


Interview dates:  First interview’s to be held week commencing 3rd December 18.