Current Vacancies

Head of Commercial, APAC - SailGP

  • Dynamic, global sport organisation
  • Drive the commercial success of SailGP across the Asia Pacific region
  • Based in Australia (Sydney preferred) with regular travel throughout the region

Established in 2018, SailGP is the world’s most exciting racing on-water. The fan-centric, inshore racing takes place among the sport’s top athletes in some of the most iconic harbors around the world and offers the sport's top prize money, with US$4.3 million at stake over the season. Rival national teams battle it out in identical supercharged F50 catamarans, engineered for intense racing at electrifying speeds exceeding 60 mph/100 kph. SailGP is a global organisation headquartered in London with defined values that shape the culture of its diverse team: deliver quality, break boundaries, make an impact, stand together, and strike a balance.

Reporting to the Chief Commercial Officer (based in the UK), the Head of Commercial, APAC will lead the commercial strategy and business development activity across the Asia Pacific region. With support from the APAC Business Development Manager, this role will have a focus on securing and negotiating sponsorship agreements for events in the APAC region as well as for the New Zealand SailGP Team. This senior position plays a pivotal role in the success of the region by ensuring new business opportunities and profit potential are maximised whilst maintaining strong relationships with existing sponsors to leverage brand exposure.

This “hands on” role will involve significant travel within the wider APAC region, connecting with brands to build commercial partnerships. The strategic use of data and insights will be required to create enticing propositions for this dynmic sport product. Collaborating with agencies whilst managing and growing the agency network will also be a key to success.

To be considered for this role you will be a creative and strategic thinker, with strong consultative, decision-making, and problem-solving skills. You will have a proven track record of securing and managing major commercial and/or sponsorship contracts, ideally from within the major events or professional sporting sector. You must be able to navigate a crowded and competitive market on an international scale, ideally with a broad network of commercial, brand, agency and/or city connections. Whilst experience within the wider Asia Pacific market would be preferred, candidates must have a strategic growth mindset able to explore opportunities and drive the expansion across the broader APAC region.

The role would suit a dynamic and engaging leader, with the ability to inspire and manage staff whilst simultaneously managing multiple projects and initiatives in a fast-paced environment. A proven background in leading and influencing a range of people and interest groups is essential, as is the ability to engage with a diverse range of key stakeholders (internal and external).

This exciting challenge is an opportunity to be instrumental in driving the commercial success of a growing sport as it expands within the APAC region.

How to Apply

Please note Sportspeople Recruitment will commence screening and interviewing for this role immediately. If you are intending to apply, please do so now.

Applications Close: 5pm Monday 29 April, 2024 - We reserve the right to close the role early if sufficient merit applications are received.

Application Format: Candidates must complete and submit the COMPULSORY Sportspeople Recruitment Application Form (attached to this advertisement) at the time of applying. The Form contains questions against which we require your specific response prior to considering your application. Sportspeople Recruitment prefers a 1-2 page letter of introduction and a CV of no more than 6 pages, merged into the Application Form as one MS Word file.


The Head of Commercial, APAC - SailGP search and recruitment process is being managed exclusively by Sportspeople Recruitment.

In the first instance general enquiries should be directed to Scott Oakhill on 0408 258 337FREECALL AU 1800 634 388 or +61 2 9555 5000.

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