ABOUT THE CRUSADERS
The Crusaders are a New Zealand Professional Rugby Union team based in Christchurch, New Zealand that competes in the Super Rugby competition. They are the world’s most successful non-international professional rugby team. In 22 years of Super Rugby the Crusaders have won 8 titles, been finalists 13 times and semi-finalists 17 times plus they are the only Super Rugby team to complete a whole season undefeated.
The Crusaders have a unique brand and brand signature that captures the hearts and minds of a significant proportion of the rugby loving public, not just in Christchurch but throughout the South Island, across wider New Zealand, and into the 45 countries that currently view their broadcast content on television.
Reporting to the Crusaders Ltd Partnership Board, you will be responsible for clearly articulating the vision, increasing revenue and profitability by leveraging the brand, global community, commercial assets and marketing infrastructure to ensure a sustainable, high performance business not only financially but also through continued success by winning titles and entertaining the local and global Crusaders community.
You will provide leadership to continue to develop the Crusaders strategy; expand the portfolio of commercial partners; maximise media and brand opportunities to enhance the reach and distribution of consumers and grow match day revenue.
You will also oversee the development of world class coaching and player programmes by ensuring there are the resources available to build on the Crusaders success.
DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
You will have proven success working in a commercial senior executive position within the professional sports sector and/or with a high-performing commercial brand within the private sector in New Zealand and/or offshore.
You will possess exceptional leadership capabilities and qualities, strong commercial acumen and demonstrate outstanding ability to build, develop and harness sustainable relationships and partners across diverse stakeholder groups locally, nationally and internationally.
You will have an engaging leadership style and presence as well as excellent ability to influence and a deep passion for the growth and development of professional sport, in particular rugby union.
This is an incredibly rare opportunity to lead one of the world’s most iconic sporting brands to ensure sustainability, profitability and high-performance excellence on and off the field.
APPLICATION CLOSING DATE – Sunday 22nd July, 2018
Global Elite Sports (www.globalelitesports.com) have been contracted by the Crusaders to manage the executive search process for this appointment.
Please contact Richard Stenhouse – Managing Director for more information @ [email protected]