As a Buyer at Travelodge you’ll be part of our strategic procurement team supporting us to deliver a commercial, quality procurement service to the business. You’ll be managing the end to end procurement process across a broad variety of categories, delivering to agreed savings targets, and managing our suppliers’ performance whilst mitigating risk.
You’ll build strong relationships with our internal stakeholders at all levels to help deliver our procurement strategy and continue to build our profile within Travelodge as a valued function. What you’ll be doing:
Stakeholder management • Build strong internal stakeholder relationships at all levels, promoting communication and innovation • Help business owners develop a sourcing strategy and identify SMART needs
Procurement process • Take the lead on negotiations, contract development and adherence to best practice and procurement policy • Define and conduct requests for information and tenders in support of the budget holders to find the best sourcing solution to meet business and commercial requirements • Collect and analyse spend data, perform data analysis to identify new sourcing and cost optimisation opportunities • Work through the procurement processes to help the business reduce current spend levels and achieve target cost savings
Supplier management • Establish strong supplier relationships at all levels, taking a collaborative approach and working in partnership with key suppliers • Implement and maintain best practices for end to end management of all supplier decisions, sourcing, negotiations, financial analysis, contracting, procurement and ongoing supplier management on your projects
Strategy • Support the research of best practices within and outside the organisation to establish benchmark data, and use continuous process improvement disciplines to achieve results • Deliver the target savings including cost avoidance agreed on an annual basis
What we’ll expect from you
To succeed in the role, you’ll bring your desire and skills to work in a ‘greenfield’ procurement environment and your established experience in a buyer’s role. You’ll be able to demonstrate your ability to build strong stakeholder relationships, supporting stakeholders through the procurement process whilst also challenging and influencing them when required.
In addition, you’ll need to demonstrate: • driving process adherence throughout the procurement cycle • taking a strategic and tactical approach to cost management and be innovative in your approach to improving costs • your great negotiation skills and ability to deal with numbers • your ability to work at pace on multiple projects to deadlines • the ability to assimilate information from multiple sources, challenging and quickly assessing validity and understand the true nature of a situation
At Travelodge, we believe that behaviours are just as important as the activities you carry out. The ones we look for in every colleague are:
I care about people • I treat everyone in a way I would like to be treated • I am easy to work with • I have a can do attitude • I care about the impact my work has on others
I pay attention to detail • I do the little things that make a difference to our customers • I work to brand standards • I treat Travelodge time, equipment and stock as if it were my own
I drive for results • I hit targets in my role and work at the right pace • I take ownership of problems and try to fix them fast • I look for ways to avoid future problems • I look for ways to promote Travelodge
What you can expect from us
At Travelodge, we are warm, straightforward and optimistic. We have a big footprint in the UK, but still a small company feel and you can expect quality and value to be built in to everything we do. You’ll have the support of a close network of colleagues and managers, and every day is different here! We want you to bring your personality to work and we love our diversity.
Reward and recognition
It’s not just our customers we want to wake up with a smile on their face. As well as a competitive salary, being part of our hotel support centre means great holiday entitlements, pension contribution deals, being part of our bonus scheme, and a Thanks Card giving generous room and food discounts as well as friends and family rates.
Career and development
We want you to develop further with us at Travelodge and we’ll provide you a development plan to help you reach your goals. You can expect to have a full induction and training relevant to your role. We advertise all our vacancies internally, so you’ll have the opportunity to really develop your career with Travelodge.