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Venue Operations Manager, Nissan Arena - Netball Queensland

  • Day-to-day operational management of Nissan Arena
  • People leadership and stakeholder management focus
  • Event delivery across a variety of hirers and sports
  • Nathan (Brisbane) location

The Queensland State Netball Centre (trading as Nissan Arena), opened its doors in February 2019 with an ambitious vision of becoming a world-leading and iconic sports entertainment venue for participants and fans. The $45 million state-of-the-art arena is the home to anchor tenants the Queensland Firebirds and the Brisbane Bullets who compete in their respective professional leagues the Suncorp Super Netball (SSN) and National Basketball League (NBL) and is managed by Netball Queensland under a Management Agreement with Stadiums Queensland.

Boasting a versatile design able to accommodate multiple event offerings, Nissan Arena delivers opportunities for community, national and international sporting and entertainment events. The arena boasts diversification with a portfolio that exists beyond major events with not only a 5,000 seat main sunken show court but surrounding this on the upper level is 7 indoor community courts (that are utilised by a variety of sports including Netball, Basketball and Volleyball), 3 VIP/Conference Rooms and the HART Sport High Performance Centre. In nearly three years of operation Nissan Arena has hosted over 500,000 spectators, athletes and participants during 85 major events and hundreds of community events, functions and bookings, and in the process truly showcasing the venue’s versatility and position as one of Queensland’s best indoor venues.

The Venue Operations Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of Nissan Arena across all operational, commercial, financial, planning and delivery elements of the venue’s operation. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and working as a key member of the wider Netball Queensland management team, the Venue Operations Manager will manage the venue operations team and a variety of contractors to ensure the venue operates at best practice level with impeccable customer service standards.

A major part of the role will be managing effective relationships with hirers, Netball Queensland and Queensland State Netball Centre directors and staff, Stadiums Queensland and other government agencies, contractors, tenants, sponsors, members, and other stakeholders.

In partnership with the Chief Operating Officer, you will ensure that the priorities identified in the Nissan Arena business plan are achieved and that regular appropriate reporting is provided to the board of directors and Stadiums Queensland. Key priorities include achievement of budget and court utilisation targets, venue compliance with work health and safety legislation, meeting management agreement responsibilities to Stadiums Queensland, venue infrastructure projects and investigating 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games opportunities.

To be considered for this role you must be experienced in stadium, arena or venue management with a detailed understanding of all elements of event delivery including staffing requirements, traffic management, catering, ticketing, security, cleaning, broadcast, venue presentation, crowd management and spectator experience across multiple entertainment offerings.

You will be a dynamic leader, with a proven background in human resourcing and experienced in leading a team whilst driving a positive culture of success. You will have a demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities and activities at once whilst maintaining a high level of attention to detail, delivering projects and events both on time and on budget. 

This is a unique opportunity to play a leading role in the continued growth trajectory and advancement of one of the leading indoor sports and entertainment venues in Australia. A wide range of different sports are played at the venue (both professional and community) with Netball the primary sporting hirer of the venue. A background in netball is not required; however, an understanding of the differing needs of clients within an indoor sport environment particularly in relation to netball, basketball and volleyball would be advantageous.

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 - we reserve the right to close the role as soon as 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. People Recruitment prefers a 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 Venue Operations Manager, Netball Queensland search and recruitment process is being managed exclusively by Sportspeople Recruitment - a specialist division of People Recruitment Group.

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

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