The Birmingham 2022 operations division is set to expand rapidly as it aims to oversee the biggest sports programme in Commonwealth Games history ©Birmingham 2022

More than a 100 new roles are set to be filled in the operations division of Birmingham 2022 during the next few months.

The sports team, which already has nearly 60 members, including three apprentices and 19 assistant sport competition managers, who joined the team to support and learn from the sport competition managers recruited earlier in the year, is now seeking a technical operations manager for each sport and discipline on the programme.

Birmingham 2022, which is due to open on July 28 and conclude on August 8, is set to feature the biggest sports programme in Commonwealth Games history, with 19 sports and eight Para sports, which will be staged in 15 different venues located in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond.

Four of these roles - the technical operations managers for diving, athletics and Para athletics, swimming and Para swimming and boxing - are due to begin in the next few weeks, with successful candidates for the other sports all due to start in 2022.

Road events services managers are other vacancies the team is looking to fill immediately, with the successful applicant for that role due to start in 2021 too.

Candidates for this role will need to have experience in recruiting, training and managing large numbers of volunteers, plus a knowledge of sport, event management and operations would also be useful.

The sports team is led by Birmingham 2022’s director of sport, Matt Kidson, who has been working on the Games for three years and was previously involved in several other major multi-sports events across the globe, including the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Ashgabat, the 2015 European Games in Baku and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics in London.

Birmingham 2022 director of sport Matt Kidson has urged people to come forward to work with the operations team ©Twitter
Birmingham 2022 director of sport Matt Kidson has urged people to come forward to work with the operations team ©Twitter

"We are excited to be expanding the sports team over the next few months and we have some fantastic roles currently available and coming soon," Kidson said.

"We have put together a really great team where we have the perfect mix of experienced professionals and those just starting their careers in sport, with everyone working towards the common goal of delivering 286 fantastic sessions of sport at Birmingham 2022."

There are also dozens of new roles available in the wider operations team.

These include operations managers where candidates with previous experience in venue management, crowd management or front of house operations in sport, theatre, festival or conferencing are being sought and a staffing lead who has previous experience in human resources or workforce roles and also has strong planning and scheduling skills.

There are also currently vacancies for venue operations managers, who will lead the different venues through the operational planning process and delivery of the Games.

Applicants for these roles need to have a strong record of successfully managing teams on large, complex projects.

Temporary venue Smithfield will host beach volleyball and 3x3 basketball during Birmingham 2022 ©Birmingham 2022
Temporary venue Smithfield will host beach volleyball and 3x3 basketball during Birmingham 2022 ©Birmingham 2022

Director of venues, Dominic Olliff, who has worked on the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Gold Coast, respectively, is confident the team can deliver the complex task of successfully staging so many sports in the space of just 11 days.

"Our venue portfolio for Birmingham 2022 is extremely varied and it is one we are very proud of," he said.

"We have a great mix of established venues like the NEC, Edgbaston Stadium and Coventry Stadium, plus we have fantastic greenfield venues which include four beautiful parks that we’ll be using for the road cycling events, lawn bowls and Para lawn bowls, and the triathlon and Para triathlon competitions.

"We are also installing two temporary arenas for beach volleyball, basketball 3x3 and wheelchair basketball 3x3 at Smithfield in the heart of the host city, and we can’t wait to see that site come together.

"Now is a really great time to join the team as with nine months to go, the countdown has well and truly begun. We have lots of exciting positions starting to be recruited for and we are now fully focused on delivering a truly exciting edition of the Games."

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