FOOTBALL ANALYSIS

Join our world-leading football experts.

WORKING IN ANALYSIS

CAREER TRACK

Kick off your career in football at Football Radar. Working here will give you the best possible start for a career in the football industry. You’ll immerse yourself in our industry leading approach to football analysis, whilst developing skills and gathering experiences that will stay with you throughout your entire working life.

WHAT YOU NEED

To be the world’s leading experts in football, we harness our shared passion into a serious understanding of the game. Our lab is packed full of football knowledge and insight, but also filled with people who approach the game scientifically, with a real thirst to dissect the game. At Football Radar, you’ll be surrounded by some of the best football minds in the world. This is not a job for an armchair supporter!

AROUND THE CLOCK

Since we are in a global industry, the work at Football Radar never stops. A lot of Analyst work is during evenings and weekends, and follows the rhythms of the fixture list. Our Analysts work hard. They work pretty much every weekend and many work late nights and early mornings as well. They’re extremely committed, and you’ll need to be too. You’ll need a meticulous nature and a rigorous attention to detail to go along with your passion for analysing football.

TESTIMONIALS

DANIEL

Senior Player Analyst

“Since working as an Analyst at Football Radar, I now understand why people always tell you to do a job in something that you are passionate about. Being able to live and breathe football day to day really is as good as it sounds. The best part for me is being able to break the game down to such minimal details, giving us Analysts an insight into football beyond anything I could have imagined. Our eyes are trained to differentiate between the finest margins in split seconds, allowing us to spot the things that the average football fan takes for granted.

To be a great Analyst I think it takes a keen eye for detail, the ability to stay focused over long periods and a willingness to challenge the existing methods of Football Analysis. The role is far from just ‘watching football’ – it requires you to approach the beautiful game with a whole different mindset. If you can embrace that unique style of thinking and put in the hard work too, you’ll have all the qualities needed to succeed at Football Radar.”

BEN

Polish League Analyst

As an Analyst at Football Radar your job is challenging, diverse and never dull. It is a role in which you are given a lot of autonomy, and although support and feedback is provided when needed, a great deal of faith is placed in your knowledge and expertise. In return, you are expected to be resourceful, meticulous and diligent in delivering consistently high quality work, whilst always being open and adaptable to new ideas.

I graduated from university with a good degree in Film Studies which, on the surface, did not exactly lend itself to a career in football statistics, but it is surprising how transferable some skills end up being (such as taking apart something you are passionate about and understanding how it is made).”

Nathan

Senior League Analyst

“The best part of the job is it allows you to totally immerse yourself in your league. Over time you learn every intricacy of your teams and players and truly become an expert in your field. I think you can safely say that our Analysts know more about their leagues than anyone else in the world.

Being meticulous is vital as assessing information correctly can come down to the smallest detail. Dedication to the role is also key, this is not your regular 9am-5pm job so you have to be willing to put in the hours to get the rewards. Thinking on your feet and being willing to make marginal yet informed decisions is also an important trait to have as an Analyst.”

To be a great Analyst I think it takes a keen eye for detail, the ability to stay focused over long periods and a willingness to challenge the existing methods of Football Analysis. The role is far from just ‘watching football’ – it requires you to approach the beautiful game with a whole different mindset. If you can embrace that unique style of thinking and put in the hard work too, you’ll have all the qualities needed to succeed at Football Radar.”

Josh

Player Analyst

“I studied Sport Science at University, specialising in Performance Analysis. I completed a dissertation analysing patterns of attacking play at the 2010 World Cup. I then worked for Swindon Town FC’s Academy for a season, clipping and analysing games to provide feedback based on a coaching points being worked towards during each week. This gave me a great insight into the way clubs analyse and present data, and the technical requirements necessary for talented youth players to succeed. I also held classes with small groups to present the clips I had analysed and provide detailed feedback to enable improved performance.

In my opinion, the ability to understand the nuances of a football match is necessary to be a great Analyst. Having an appreciation for the techniques required to complete actions and the ability to differentiate between similar events is a key requirement of providing accurate analysis.

My background has helped me to understand the highly technical nature of elite football and has given me the skills to analyse matches for Football Radar to the highest level possible.”

WHAT YOU’LL GET FROM US

You’ll be well looked after. We have a fantastic benefits plan geared towards your health and wellbeing. Everyone is offered our top up health plan at no cost and you’ll be offered our fantastic lunches and dinners (free breakfast is there for you too). We also have some great clubs and socials to get involved in, including our truly epic FR style BBQ’s!

FOOTBALL KNOWLEDGE

You'll become a part of our Football Radar Academy, where you'll be exposed to football events, masterclasses, and forums, all designed with the intention of providing you with a world class football education.

PEOPLE

If you’re passionate about analysing football, you'll be surrounded by many other like-minded enthusiasts. Your fellow analysts won't only be colleagues, but most likely friends for life. To facilitate this, we're really proud of the FR Clubs and Socials that are available to all of our staff.

NETWORK

We have a strong network of those working in the football industry. Further down the line and in the future we'll help you stay connected. We're very proud that many of our experts go on to do great things in the industry.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Also packed into our Football Radar Academy are opportunities to improve career and personal skills, through a huge variety of different classes and courses: highlights of which include an accredited journalism and scouting diploma, as well as language and technology courses.

APPLICATION PROCESS

CV SCREENING

We're looking for the best so ensure that your CV is up to scratch and that we can clearly identify what your capabilities are. Also, be sure to tell us how you're passionate about analysing football and why you'd be a great football Analyst.

ASSESSMENT CENTRE

Prepare yourself for an action-packed morning. Your football knowledge and understanding will be tested to the max with our specially crafted tests. There'll also be opportunities for you to shine in a short interview and on an ability test.

FINAL INTERVIEW

If you make it through our Assessment Centre, well done! Here you will spend time with our managers who would like to get to know you more. Make sure you've done your research on the job!

TRAINING

Welcome to our lab! You'll be spending the next weeks as a trainee Analyst with us, learning with others in a group to understand our unique way of analysing football. We'll be helping you put your skills into practice!

HIRED

Congratulations! After you've completed training you're officially an Analyst at Football Radar. Time to get stuck in and begin analysing football amongst the smartest people in the industry. Before that though, time for a celebration!

OPEN POSITIONS

At Football Radar, we analyse and predict football matches. As a backend engineer you’ll have the chance to help build and maintain all the software that makes that possible – everything from modern web applications to statistical models, real time data platforms to cloud infrastructure. Our backend engineers are involved in everything the company does and deal with all kinds of different challenges.

A lot of our code is in Scala, which we are using increasingly, but we still have lots of PHP code, and a few odds and ends in other languages. You don’t need to know Scala for this role, however: we’ll help you learn it if you don’t know it, and many of our engineers had no real Scala experience before they started. We are just looking for great programmers who are passionate about their work. If you like a challenge, and want to work with really smart people, we would like to hear from you.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Above average programming ability
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Experience of working with web applications
  • Available to work in the UK
  • Senior and junior applicants welcome

BONUS SKILLS

  • Computer science degree, or equivalent knowledge
  • Distributed systems experience
  • Full stack development experience
  • Functional programming knowledge

ABOUT FOOTBALL RADAR ENGINEERING

We have a polyglot and diverse engineering team. Some have a background in start-ups, some in academia, some are refugees from the bureaucracy of finance. We have a handful of specialists, but we’re mostly full-stack generalists.

Our recent projects have included: simulating millions of minutes of football; modelling player performance; backtesting new ideas for our statistical models; web applications for our analysts to record brand new information about football matches; and turning static pages into complex live updating pages.


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