Managing Director

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Rugby League Commercial

Etihad Campus, Manchester

Role Managed by:

George Hourmouzios

Principal Research Associate, Social Impact & Environment Practice

t: +44 (0)20 7340 6246


Primary Practice Group: Arts, Culture and Sports

Salary & Benefits: Competitive

Closing Date: 25/09/2022

Formal Interview Date: 15th November

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Earlier this year, the Rugby Football League (RFL) and Super League (Europe) Limited (SLE) agreed on the creation of a new joint venture, RL Commercial. With a clear common purpose - to expand opportunities for the Sport - this collaborative step will augment the commercial and governance model of Rugby League across every level. By delegating and aggregating all broadcasting, marketing and events rights to RL Commercial, this new company will be able to articulate a united and unambiguous vision for the Sport to potential partners, thereby maximising value and revenues.

Following the successful appointment of Frank Slevin as Chair, RL Commercial is now looking to appoint the inaugural Managing Director. The role holder will be responsible for enabling the fast growth and impact of RL Commercial, with full responsibility across all functions and operations at the company. For an entrepreneurial, ambitious leader, this presents a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of a new era for the Sport.

Successful candidates will have significant strategic and commercial acumen, with a keen appreciation for the contexts and opportunities present now and in future for the Sport. Visionary and highly collaborative, the MD will be a proven leader with a demonstrable ability to work across a complex multi-stakeholder environment. Experience across the broad sporting landscape, or a strong will to learn and connect, will be required.

RL Commercial recognises the enhanced creativity, performance and legitimacy of an organisation that embraces and celebrates diversity. As such, we strongly encourage applications from suitably qualified candidates from under-represented sections of the community, whether based on sex, gender, race, disability, sexuality, lower socio-economic groups, or other characteristics. We would be pleased to discuss our culture and commitments with any interested individuals.

Reports to

RL Commercial Chair

Responsible for

All RL Commercial Functions and Operations


Etihad Campus, Manchester

How to apply

Candidates wishing to apply should submit a CV (including comprehensive details of key achievements and responsibilities) along with a covering letter which fully addresses the competencies outlined in the role description and person specification.

The closing date for applications is 09:00 (BST) on Monday 26th September 2022. 

Interviews will be held at the Etihad Campus in Manchester on Tuesday 15th November. 

RL Commercial will be supported in this appointment by executive search firm Perrett Laver. Any initial enquiries should be directed to George Hourmouzios at and +44 (0) 20 7340 6246.


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