WESTERN Bulldogs football manager Graham Lowe is set to depart the Kennel during the early rounds of the club's premiership defence. 

Lowe is leaving the Dogs in early April in search of more balance between family and work, and to pursue high-performance leadership consultancy.

He will be replaced by Bulldogs coaching manager Chris Maple.

"It has been a privilege to have worked with such a highly committed and talented group of people and to have played a part in the Western Bulldogs journey over the past four years culminating in premiership success," Lowe said.

"I want to especially thank coach Luke Beveridge for his commitment to our partnership which has been a professional highlight for me. 

"The time is now right for me and my young family, that I pursue opportunities within the culture and leadership development space."

Lowe joined the Dogs from a rugby and high-performance background in late 2012.

Over the next month, he will help Maple transition into the role of general manager of football.

Maple joined the Dogs as a development coach in 2008 and led Footscray to the VFL premiership in the side's first season in the state competition three years ago.

"Consideration was given to both internal and external candidates to fill this important role within our football department, and we are pleased to announce that Chris has accepted the position of GM Football AFL," director of football Chris Grant said.

"This is not only testament to Chris' expertise and ability, but is also a reflection of our environment which aims to support the continued growth and development of our people.

"Chris will also continue to be involved in the coaching program."