Our recruitment process at the RFU is driven by our desire to find the right person for the job. It is designed to identify people who not only have the right mix of skills and experience but who also aspire to live and breathe our core values.
It is the people that make the RFU what it is, so we take great care in our team selection.
The RFU are proud to announce we are accredited with Silver Investors in People (IIP). This independent assessment is based entirely on confidential interviews. This accreditation is recognised as a mark of excellence and shows that we put our people first.
Interested in working at the RFU?
Please note we do not accept speculative applications or applications by post.
We regularly recruit a variety of highly skilled individuals for a wide range of roles including, but not limited to, Rugby Development (professional and grassroots), Sales, Marketing, HR, Finance, IT, Engineering, Customer Service and Legal.
As well as the wide variety of roles available at our headquarters in Twickenham, there is the potential for many exciting opportunities based throughout the country.
Please refer to the RFU Current Vacancies page for a specific advertised vacancy.
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email acknowledgement and your submission will be assessed against the essential criteria of the job. If your skills and experience closely meet the job requirements, then you can expect to receive an invitation to interview and possible assessment within two weeks of the advertised closing date.
Competition for selection is usually pretty tough, so if you do not hear from us within two weeks of the advertised closing date, then you can assume that you have not made the team this time.
We encourage you to regularly review the vacancies section of our website to apply for any suitable roles that may arise in the future. No matter which area of the business you join you'll find there are plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and develop a rewarding career.
Twickenham Stadium hosts over 20 events per year. At various points throughout the year, we recruit paid staff for our event day stewarding team and with a capacity for 82,000 spectators; working on a match day at Twickenham is an exciting, vibrant experience. Some of the roles we recruit on a regular basis include Security Stewards, SIA-licensed Door Supervisors and Customer Service Associates for the Rugby Store. We rely on our casual staff to represent Twickenham to our visitors from across the world and ensure everyone enjoys a wonderful match day experience.
If you would like to join our team you will need to have excellent communication skills, have the right to work in the UK, enjoy helping customers and working with colleagues to contribute to the whole event experience.
If you are interested in becoming part of our casual team, please keep an eye on our vacancies page for further details and instructions on how to apply.
Working at the RFU
The RFU is a fantastic place to work, and our employees think so too!
Please read some our employee testimonials and watch the videos below.
Ian Ritchie, Chief Executive
John Lawn, Head of Game Development, Rugby Development
“I am currently Head of Game Development for the RFU. I work with colleagues from the Rugby Development Department. On the face of it Game Developments remit is simple. We put in place systems, products and services that support the recruitment, training and development of Coaches, Match Officials and Medics for the community game. In reality it’s a little more complicated than that!
In my 14 years with the RFU I have seen many changes - Stadium Developments, Men’s, Women’s and U20 World Cup Winners, the growth in 7s and touch rugby – and had the good fortune to work alongside hundreds of fantastic people.
Working at the RFU is never boring. Every day is different and with so many people playing or enjoying the game as a coach, referee, volunteer or spectator you will never be short of questions or problems to solve. In the last few years as our team has grown we have been given some fantastic development opportunities had the chance to learn with and from each other and have been fully involved in the journey towards Rugby World Cup 2015.
If you love Rugby, embrace the Core Values (Teamwork, Respect, Enjoyment, Discipline, Sportsmanship), enjoy variety and challenge and don’t take yourself too seriously. This is a great place to work.”
Keith Kent, Head Groundsman
Patrick McMaster, Senior Learning and Development Partner, HR
“I am lucky working here as my profession and my passion get to overlap. I get to do what I’m good at every day, developing employees and leaders for a sport that I love and grew up playing. There are opportunities to modernise this governing body and grow rugby, helping adults and kids to be active and enjoy the game of rugby.”
Ed Rainford, Senior Financial Analyst, Finance
“I am a Senior Finance Analyst for the RFU and am the Business Partner for the Rugby Development Department, which is responsible for investment into the grassroots side of rugby. I manage a £31m budget and work with the Development Director and his direct reports in order to ensure the funding is being spent on projects to aid the growth of rugby.
"This involves providing monthly and ad hoc analysis in many different areas, from club development capital projects to coaching course delivery and managing the people costs for our field based teams. I am constantly working with multiple stakeholders in order to support and challenge their ideas and programmes. I also look after the Business Support directorate ensuring the CFO and his departments are managed efficiently.
"The RFU is a great place to be as you work with people who are really, genuinely passionate about the job they do and are determined to deliver a better rugby environment and ensure the game goes from strength to strength. This passion is great as it not only makes you feel like you belong to something, but the work is challenging, constantly trying to influences stakeholders with varying ideals to think in a different way to move forward.
"From a finance perspective there is constant process improvement and opportunities to develop my skills. These opportunities would not be available in larger organisations as you wouldn’t get the exposure to so many diverse aspects of a whole finance department.”
Stephen Watkins, Anti-Doping Manager
Alan Royer Area Manager, Rugby Development
“As Area Manager for the Rugby Football Union I ensure that the diverse team of Rugby Development Officers, Community Rugby Coaches and Area Specialists work collaboratively to strengthen our clubs and be accountable for the delivery of local plans, targets and work programmes.
"Through building strong external relationships of government agencies including Local Sport England and County Sports Partnerships along with internal Constituent Bodies deliver both national and local strategies to our member clubs.
"Inspirational leadership, clear communication of vision and operational effectiveness and efficiency are fundamental skills are continually required to accomplish the role.
"Having worked for the Rugby Football Union over 12 years I do feel I am part of a dynamic, dedicated and valued team. Culture and values thread throughout the organisation creating a real collaborative passion to grow the game. Individually you have opportunity to improve and grow towards your personal development goals alongside business needs.
"The RFU is an inclusive workplace with an extensive employee benefit package promoting a healthy lifestyle. The nature of my role means no one day is the same, providing me with a wide variety of challenges and opportunities. As an organisation working within an inclusive workplace broadens my outlook both in professional and personal life.”
Helen Pritchard, Stadium Event Manager, Stadium
“As Stadium Event Manager I’m responsible for a variety of operational aspects which contribute to the successful delivery of our wide ranging events programme – everything from a small scale sponsors’ photo shoot in the England Dressing Room up to a full scale England International match, drawing crowds of over 82,000.
On a day to day basis a large part of my time is spend working with our Stadium Hire clients, such as Premiership Rugby or the Army Navy Match Day Committee, to assist them in the successful planning and delivery of the events which they hire the stadium to host.
"Alongside this I manage a number of contractors who look after our stadium branding, our new Jumbo Screens in the seating bowl and the LED advertising ribbons which you see running on a match day around the perimeter of the pitch.
"Within my department and the wider RFU I’m also a point of contact anyone can come to for additional knowledge and information about any of the events taking place – so it’s important to ensure I know what is going on across the stadium!
"One of the things I enjoy most about working for the RFU is the positive approach we take when faced with a challenge, and working in events there are quite a few! There is a great team ethos and it’s a really supportive environment, meaning you feel able to challenge yourself as there is always someone to turn to for help or advice when it’s needed.
"I also love the variety of events which I get to work on being part of the RFU. As well as our annual program of Rugby events, Twickenham also hosts international concert tours, a huge annual religious convention and next year we have a completely different and very exciting project in the pipeline, which hasn’t been see in the UK for a number of years…..I can’t say any more at this point but watch this space…!"