Performance Nutritionist – Women’s 1st team

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Performance Nutritionist – Women’s 1st team

  • Post Date:13th March 2024
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JOB TITLE: Performance Nutritionist – Women’s 1st team

DEPARTMENT: Women’s Performance Support team

REPORTING TO: Head of Performance Support Women’s team


LOCATION: Chelsea FC Training Ground, Cobham.  International and domestic travel as required.

CONTRACT: Full time, permanent Role

SALARY: Competitive

REQUIREMENTS: Right to work in the UK

This is an exciting time to join the growing Chelsea Football Club’s Performance Nutrition Community as a practitioner to develop and deliver strategic and operational delivery to the exceptionally successful Women’s 1st team. The role will form part of a community of performance nutrition practice across Chelsea FC contributing to the development of a world class nutrition provision and strategy campus wide. 

The role has the responsibility for providing high level, female-focused, evidence-based nutritional support with a view to optimise performance whilst contributing to the maintenance and development of a world-class high-performance environment. The Performance Nutritionist will work closely with players, coaches, chefs and other support staff to ensure that players receive optimal nutrition support integrated with the wider performance programme. 

PLAY YOUR PART (Key Responsibilities):


  • Support and contribute to the Strategic Vision for Performance Support at Chelsea FC
    • Deliver operational leadership of a continually evolving performance nutrition program, to underpin Chelsea Women’s 1st teams’ sustainable success.
    • Contribute to and lead aspects, when required, to a community of nutrition practice across the Women’s, Men’s and Academies at Cobham promoting a group that shares, compliment’s, collaborates and fosters teamwork.
    • Contributing author of the Chelsea FC Way to “Performance Nutrition”: covering areas such as Philosophy, Programming Approach, Food Provision, Supplement Policy, Monitoring and governance. 
  • Enable the Performance Nutrition department to operationalise a performance-based food provision, complimentary to the physical demands of training, playing and female physiology.
    • Development and coordination of food provision strategy for the Women’s 1st team and academy at the training ground and while on the road.
    • Provide support to the rehabilitation process, aiding recovery from both injury and illness.
    • Contributing to development of menus with chefs and performance staff.
    • Conduct body composition analysis including DEXA scans, interpret and create action plans based on the results.
    • Contribute to an individual diet and nutrition programme for players, providing nutritional support for injury and rehabilitation programmes, in conjunction with an integrated Performance Support team.
    • Implement strategies to support players’ training and competitive programmes, demonstrating a comprehensive knowledge of the science that supports sports nutrition e.g., nutrition to support strength development, match performance, recovery, hydration, supplementation, use of ergogenic aids, recovery from surgery etc.
    • Ensure all supplements required to support nutrition strategies are evidenced-based, batch tested and registered on informed sport. Be responsible for the supplements budget, sourcing, ordering and logging of all batch testing numbers and certificates.
    • Support the integrated programme of monitoring women’s health/menstrual cycle and integrate nutritional guidance where suitable.
    • Have an understanding and appreciation of a variety of food preferences/intolerance/allergies/medical conditions that influence player food choices.
  • Develop close working relationships and integrate with peers to ensure collaborative, complimentary, and cohesive delivery to players, with the aim of players being ‘Ready’ not just available.
    • Analysis and presentation of interventions/recommendations for individual performance development and player workload management.
    • Assisting delivery of Recovery protocols and management of the ‘Other 22 Hours’ (Sleep, Nutrition and Recovery).
    • Collection and interpretation key player performance and health metrics and create actionable insights to maximize player management, development, health, and performance for both healthy and return to play players.
    • Support the design and delivery of Chelsea FC’s Integrated Practice & Individual Player Development Plans (IDPs).
  • Educate players and support staff on how dietary strategies can enhance performance, recovery, and health, through the application of evidenced-based nutritional interventions, practically and pragmatically applied in the field.
  • Promote and embrace ED&I. Accountable for leading Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) within the MPT. Align the teams’ activities to Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) outcomes, and communicate your commitment to ED&I to your staff and across the Club.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 5 years of experience as a registered sport nutritionist, preferably within an elite sports environment catering to female athletes.
  • Experience in supporting female athletes at international training and competition levels.
  • High proficiency in IT systems, particularly Excel and dietary analysis applications such as Nutritics.
  • Registration with the BDA’s Sport & Exercise Nutrition register or equivalent.
  • A postgraduate qualification in Sports Science / Nutrition.
  • Accredited by ISAK.
  • Certification in Level 2 Food Hygiene.
  • Status as a UKAD Accredited Adviser.
  • A qualification in dietetics is highly desirable, but not essential. 

Expected Skills and Behaviours:

  • Expertise in positively changing athlete behaviour and providing coaching tailored to the needs of female athletes.
  • Ability to devise and implement bespoke nutrition strategies that focus on the health and wellbeing of female athletes.
  • A comprehensive understanding of the specific health and performance requirements of female football players in a high-performance setting.
  • An innovative approach to influencing athlete and coaching support programmes through nutrition.
  • Proficient in articulating complex nutritional information to diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Interpersonal and communication skills that allow creativity to flow.
  • Innovative and growth mindset.
  • Team player and working with an interdisciplinary mindset, and player focused approach.
  • To adhere to the club’s policies and procedures, including Health & Safety, Financial Authorisation, Confidentiality and GDPR.
  • To act as an ambassador for diversity, equality, and inclusion, and demonstrate a positive commitment by treating others fairly in line with our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy and reporting any acts of discrimination through appropriate channels.
  • To create a safe environment and act to protect all young people and vulnerable adults that are either in your care or attending club premises, and report any concerns to the Safeguarding Lead.
  • To report any misconduct or suspected misconduct to the HR Department.

What We Offer:

At Chelsea we recognise that the diversity of our people is one of our greatest strengths and we are taking positive action to ensure our existing colleagues and job applicants can fully be themselves and bring their own unique experiences and perspectives to Chelsea FC. This means giving full and fair consideration to all applicants regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity.

If you need reasonable adjustments made to the recruitment process, please reach out to your recruiter, who will be able to advise and support you.

Chelsea FC is fully committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all children, young people and adults at risk (vulnerable groups). We therefore require all successful applicants to complete a DBS Check prior to starting employment. Depending on the role, successful applicants may also be required to undergo other child protection screening where appropriate.

This Job Description is not intended to be exhaustive; the duties and responsibilities may therefore vary over time according to the changing needs of the Club.