Purchasing Manager

Ref: 3493| Posted: 14th May 2018

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Purchasing Manager

Salary -  £30k-£45k based on experience

Position – Permanent

Location: Wiltshire

Job Purpose –A key role to manage the worldwide procurement of travel products with focus being to develop the depth and breadth of a sustainable ground portfolio for the business. Create and maintain strong contractual relationships with our key suppliers ensuring a good mix of both competitive and exclusive rate agreements.

Responsibilities –

  • Create and manage the annual briefing and contracting timetable with the Product teams.
  • Develop and maintain key supplier relationships with jointly agreed vision and strategy agreements that are regularly reviewed. Nurture agreements to negotiate industry leading rates and unique products.
  • Develop a travel timetable to research and negotiate product briefs creating new supplier relationships and strengthening agreements. Travel to Global Destinations to review and finalise agreements.
  • Negotiated commercial agreements and marketing contributions with ground handlers, hotels, destination management companies and tourist boards.
  • Monitor destination arrival statistics and seek strategic initiatives in order to drive incremental market share for Imagine.
  • Maintain and agree processes with the Operational team to ensure contracted products are operationally viable and provide an excellent customer journey.
  • Work with the D’nata group to ensure we have access to group contracts and we have an operational booking process.
  • Develop sales room night and rate data, year on year, competitor analysis and recommend rate requirements to help aid negotiations.
  • Review customer feedback and look at ways to improve ground products and the customer journey with the product and service team. Manage any customer complaint escalations and drive compensation recovery where appropriate from suppliers.
  • Understand pricing strategy, margins and volumes associated with each contracted product
  • Review supplier performance and highlight any contractual risks to the Director team (including and financial risks from committed contracts)
  • Create a contracting plan 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:

  • To have experience in a Purchasing Manager role
  • A strategic approach with commercial awareness
  • Able to evidence great contracting and negotiating skills
  • Ability to build and maintain good relationships with new and existing suppliers
  • Great analytical skills and the ability to relay complex information in a concise way
  • A passion for tourism worldwide and the ability and desire to travel.
  • Able to evaluate bids/tenders and make recommendations as required
  • Able to conduct research to ascertain the best products and suppliers in terms of best value, delivery schedules and quality
  • Must have a strong customer service ethic



Please contact me directly for a confidential conversation, Lisa Phillips 07795613193


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