Exciting opening for an experienced Global Travel Manager who has extensive experience of managing travel requirements for mid to large Global organisations…
We are looking for an experienced Travel Manager to develop our client’s global travel requirements into a world class travel programme across: policy, airlines, hotels, expenses, ground transport, corporate cards, booking and expense management systems and operations.
In addition to meeting the business’ core travel needs, you need to be able to deliver expert cost management and reduction strategies, and mitigate associated risks.
This role holds the responsibility for end to end management of the travel spend across 3 regions, and for developing a strategic approach to travel, including policy, sourcing, supplier management, stakeholder management, reporting and business wide communications.
Develop and maintain a strategic approach to all aspects of travel management, with both short and longer term plans for active management of all travel costs and associated expenses
Tender and negotiation of contracts and rates with all appropriate travel suppliers
Travel policy and procedures ownership, including reviewing programme compliance and performance against policy. Regular review and benchmark of policy content against market best practices
Own all aspects of travel reporting, up to and including reporting to executive stakeholders. Reporting requirements will include cost summaries and trends, claims management, booking behaviour and policy compliance. Production of summary reports for appropriate audiences as required
Management of relationships and contracts with key partners including travel agencies and travel suppliers, encompassing: regular reviews and performance tracking, contract management activities, supplier benchmarking & financial/risk assessment reviews
Ensuring accurate and up to date contracts and supplier records are maintained, and commercially sensitive information managed in line with information security standards
Maintaining a deep knowledge of the travel market and any market developments
Skills and Experience:
Extensive experience of managing a travel programme for a mid-size, global corporate organisation with c£50m of annual travel spend
Extensive experience of leading concurrent travel initiatives, contract negotiations, and the management of supply relationships across a range of travel activities in a global services organisation
Strong team working skills, and ability to operate across teams, cultural and organisational boundaries
Influencing executive stakeholders and achieving results through working with senior business managers and specialists embedded in regional business functions around the globe
Expertise in delivering meaningful management reports to improve decision making
Experience of developing and implementing global travel category strategy in a multinational company environment
Developing strategic travel plans
Knowledge and implementation of the latest travel technology to enhance the travel programme and ensure that it is a truly global programme; specifically working knowledge of Concur Travel & Expense management systems
Strong market knowledge and evidence of utilising that knowledge to make changes to travel programmes and business decisions
Experience of resolving disputes, an understanding of commercial contract law and key contract terms
Ability to successfully deliver in an un-mandated, relationship led, matrix management environment
Travel industry experience / CIPS or equivalent qualification