circa £70,000 per annum +++

Head of Purchasing

Ref: 3446| Posted: 24th Apr 2018

This vacancy is now closed
Head of Purchasing (Travel)
Circa £70,000 pa (dependent on experience and knowledge)
Permanent/Full Time
Royal Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire
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This strategic role to head up the Global procurement of land products (to support cruise departures) and own the strategic relationships with our key suppliers to deliver a global industry-leading proposition.
  • Lead the annual briefing and contracting timetable with the worldwide Product teams.
  • Own the strategic partnerships with key suppliers worldwide, ensuring a joint vision supporting the future growth of this award-winning travel company.
  • Ensuring the Supplier partnerships ensuring both product and market leading rates with the contractual agreements that help minimise competitor comparisons.
  • Lead the Contracting teams with strong and dynamic leadership, developing their supplier relationship, market research, and negotiating skills.
  • Quarterly Strategic Meetings with all key suppliers (face to face) and ensuring strategic plans are on track and delivered to agreed deadlines.
  • Develop the contracting teams to maintain and develop and nurture new opportunities and negotiate best rate agreements.
  • Ensure travel timetables are in place and a structure exists to research and to develop new initiatives.
  • Ensure regular alignment with General Managers / Directors in all locations ensuring the regional development plans are in place for all markets.
  • Own the contracting of ‘Global’ Customer Events.
  • Negotiated commercial agreements of Global Overrides and Kickbacks from all key suppliers (incl bed Banks).
  • Negotiate marketing contributions agreements with tourist boards (pre-agreed with the Board).
  • Ensure the business has access to destination arrival statistics, passenger, room night (incl Year on Year) and seek strategic initiatives in order to drive incremental market share for our client.
  • Support the development of the strategy to improve the Customer Journey.
  • Understand the of pricing strategy, margins, and volumes associated with contracted products.
  • Ensure Directors are fully briefed on any contractual risks (including and financial risks from committed contracts).
  • Create a Contracting plan (delivered by Contractors) to support the Up-Sell Strategy (post booking/pre-departure sales).
  • Ensuring strong and robust department processes are in place for contract filing, version controls, liability risk reviews and deadline achievement.


Skill set required:
  • A passion for tourism worldwide.
  • Experience in Leading Product or Contracting Teams
  • Proven experience in Negotiating and creating new Supplier partnerships  
  • Strong pro-active, dynamic, passionate and a team player.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills plus excellent numeric ability
  • Innovative thinker and creative problem solver
  • Manage and Prioritise conflicting priorities.
  • Microsoft Office (Excel / Word) with intermediate level experience preferred

In return our client offers a highly competitive package;

  • Attractive market-related salary
  • Bonus scheme
  • Simply Health cash plan
  • Aviva contribution pension
  • Staff travel discounts on flights and accommodation

C&D Group is acting as an employment agency in regards to this permanent position.