Australia, Victoria, Melbourne

Salary Range


Contract Type

Full Time

Closing Date

30 Apr 2023

Job Description


As an organisation, the AFL works tirelessly in all states and at all levels to enhance and grow the game – from grassroots to elite. Together, we put on the game, deliver important events, communicate with our fans, run community programs, develop coaches and umpires, collaborate with partners, delight members, support clubs and so much more. While our roles may vary, we are all united by a common goal, to progress the game so that everyone can share in its heritage and possibilities.

The AFL is committed to promoting and protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in our care. Please note, we undertake several screening processes to ensure this commitment is upheld, this includes ensuring the successful candidate to this position holds a valid employee Working with Children/ Vulnerable People check and a satisfactory criminal history record check.

We are an Equal Opportunity employer and firmly believe that diversity and inclusion is an important part of both the AFL and the communities in which we operate. Our game is for everyone, and we strive to be a workplace for everyone.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.


The Operations Manager will lead and contribute to a number of important AFL industry wide projects and initiatives. The role is responsible for building comprehensive plans and align departments across the AFL, and with key partners including Clubs, Government, Stadia, Broadcasters and Commercial partners to deliver objectives.  


Key Accountabilities:

  • Lead and contribute to industry wide priorities and projects that deliver strong growth and value for the AFL and AFL industry. These priorities include Gather Round, AFL Finals, AFLW Finals, Sir Doug Nichols round and other key initiatives 
  • Develop plans to take advantage of broad cross department growth opportunities, or challenges, across the AFL industry  
  • Lead and contribute to cross department meetings within the AFL, and with external partners, to execute plans that achieve objectives 
  • Align and integrate internal and external stakeholders to work towards common objectives 
  • Proactively seek out internal and external opportunities to add value to new or existing projects or workstreams 
  • Look for opportunities to harmonise workstreams across projects and initiatives to create synergy 
  • Coach and develop team members to maximise their contribution and personal development 


Core Competencies:

  • Ability to integrate and align across multiple internal departments and external partners 
  • Solid strategic thinking and planning 
  • Strong business acumen 
  • Significant experience in stakeholder management, collaboration and influencing a wide range of departments  
  • High-profile and insightful communication 
  • Strong organisational skills and processes 
  • Solid multi-tasking and time management skills 
  • Innovation and ability to think outside of the square to solve problems. 
  • Results and performance driven 
  • Customer / Fan centric 
  • Building organisational talent 
  • Minimum 3 years project management experience 
  • Intimate knowledge of, and network within, the AFL industry 
  • Graduate education in business or related discipline, or equivalent experience  
  • Knowledge of and experience in the management of projects, ideally in the sports sector 
  • Strong relationship building skills 
  • Proven financial management and accountability  
  • Proven leadership qualities  
  • Proven ability to increase existing and new customer growth 
  • Proven commercial business development acumen. 
  • Developed communication and interpersonal skills, especially negotiation 
  • Government knowledge and network 
  • Remote influencing skills 
  • Stadium experience 


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  • Play The Day Your Way – a flexible approach to your working life
  • My Development – lean into the AFL’s My Development program consisting of on-the-job training, coaching and mentoring, and formal learning
  • Play Well – access to our extensive Health and Wellbeing program centered around our belief in a healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy workplace
  • My Benefits – with thanks to our AFL Corporate Partners, access great benefits and discounts
  • AFL Silver Memberships – permanent team members can access AFL matches at Marvel Stadium and the MCG, enjoy and share the experience of our game with your family and friends!


We care deeply for our people at the AFL with our primary focus being to provide a safe and healthy workplace for all. We strongly encourage and support all AFL team members to be vaccinated (including by receiving booster doses as recommended by the Relevant Authority and/or ATAGI). In addition, we’re committed to utilising other preventative health and safety measures as appropriate and/or as directed by Relevant Authorities to reduce the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 in our workplaces.

Applications Close:  30 April 2023

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