Director of Racing

DIRECTOR OF RACING

Rásaíocht Con Éireann / Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) has responsibility for the promotion, regulation and ongoing commercial development of the greyhound industry in Ireland. In response to the changing operating environment and as a result of organisation changes and strategic business initiatives, GRI wishes to appoint a Director of Racing to give a clear strategic and operational focus to the racing function.

Job Title:                             Director of Racing

Objectives:                         GRI’s Strategic Plan for the period 2018-2022 has a key focus on the organisation being a racing-centric organisation with integrity and welfare considerations at its core. The successful candidate will play a key role in delivering on the objectives of the Strategic Plan including innovative racing programmes and enhancement of greyhound racing as a product.

Scope of the Role:

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Racing has key responsibility for the delivery of competitive, effective, efficient and high-quality racing operations across all RCÉ stadia and an oversight role in relation to racing operations in private stadia. A team of stadium-based Racing Managers, Racing Support Officers, along with associated support, maintenance and grounds staff form part of this function. The position will be based at the RCÉ Limerick Head Office.

The successful candidate will have key responsibility for the delivery of competitive, effective, efficient and high-quality racing operations across all licenced greyhound stadia and an oversight role in relation to racing operations in private stadia. A team of nine stadium-based Racing Managers, Project Managers, along with associated support, maintenance and grounds staff form part of this function. The position will be based at the GRI Limerick Head Office.

Key responsibilities:

  • - Strategic and ongoing review of racing operations at all tracks
  • - Oversee and support all racing managers to ensure competitive racing for all grades of greyhounds at all venues.
  • - To support Race Managers and ground staff to ensure the highest quality and safest running circuit is always delivered at all stadiums.
  • - To work with Racing Managers on our yearly race program to ensure a consistent racing calendar and to maximise all sweepstakes and racing.
  • - Review and management of prize money structures for the group.
  • - To work with Racing Managers on the yearly prizemoney budget and ensure that prizemoney spend is in line with expectations and utilised to support commercial activities.
  • - To develop training programmes for racing related staff to ensure a culture of development and progress is created.
  • - To bring forward strategic initiatives for the development of the racing product
  • - Develop initiatives to include breeding, owning, sales, syndication, and training.
  • - Bring forward a plan in the area of preventative maintenance routines and plans for all critical racing plant and equipment so as reduce breakdowns.
  • - Regularly produce and publish race operations related information and statistics.
  • - Review from an engineering perspective the operation of all racing related technology employed in traps, lure, timing systems, photo finish equipment.
  • - In association with the RCÉ Procurement Officer oversee and derive best value for spending on racing related plant, materials, equipment and parts.
  • - Have financial and budget oversight for this functional area.

Hours of Work

The role is a full-time role, 37.5 hours per week, 5 days per week normally Monday to Friday but may vary depending on the needs of the business. The successful candidate will be required to have work flexibility to meet the requirements of the role.

Education and Preferred Behaviours and Competencies

  • - Have significant knowledge and experience of working in the area of racing operations.
  • - Have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in a senior management role.
  • - Have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the statutory and regulatory framework under which the greyhound industry operates.
  • - Be comfortable and proficient around the operation of management information software systems such as RMS and Microsoft Office suite
  • - Have excellent inter-personal, communications and presentation skills!
  • - Be able to work well with greyhound industry representative groups.
  • - Have the ability to draft reports, policies, procedures and papers for Executive, Board and external perusal.
  • - Be able to manage and give guidance to team of Racing Managers and associated support staff who report to the role.

Applications to include an update Curriculum Vitae should preferably be emailed to the Helen Halpin at helen.halpin@hrduo.com on or before 22nd July 2021.

Rásaíocht Con Éireann / Greyhound Racing Ireland (GRI) is an Equal Opportunities Employer