Procurement Category Lead (HR & Travel)

A leading global media brand is recruiting a Procurement Category Lead (HR & Travel) to join its high-performing procurement function.

Reporting to the Head of Indirect Procurement, you’ll manage a spend of circa £200m across HR, travel, meetings, events and fleet, ensuring maximum value for money across the Group while minimising risk. 
The role will be a mix of stakeholder management, category management, sourcing, supplier relationship management and establishing guided buying channels, enabling users to order from preferred suppliers quickly and efficiently. 
A supportive, diverse and inclusive business, the organisation is delighted to be committed to the Race Charter, has been confirmed as one of the Stonewall Top 100 Employers for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the UK and is regularly recognised for its commitment to D&I.  
This role can predominantly be conducted remotely with occasional travel into the London HQ. 
As Procurement Category Lead (HR & Travel) your key responsibilities will be:

  • Establishing category plans, preferred supplier lists, executing sourcing strategies, managing risk, driving innovation and managing key suppliers
  • Developing and executing a robust stakeholder management strategy – translating business priorities into sourcing initiatives that deliver agreed outcomes
  • Utilising spend analytics to prioritise initiatives and proactively recommend strategies for maximising value
  • Delivering measurable savings against agreed targets
  • Working in collaboration with the extended team to drive function wide objectives – including enabling guided buying channels
  • In conjunction with legal, ensuring sourcing contracts protect the company’s interests and driving robust risk strategies whilst promoting sustainability and diversity
  • Approving all relevant third party spend above agreed thresholds
  • Establishing and utilising network to keep abreast of industry best practice and drive innovation

Skills and experience:

  • A proven HR Category Manager who has worked in a global role and is looking to step up into a more senior role 
  • Someone who has led and managed strategic relationships across subcategories such as benefits, global mobility, talent acquisition, executive search and contingent labour programmes 
  • Ability to influence externally at C-suite level and internally to at least Director-level
  • Articulate with strong communication, people, and leadership skills
  • Experience leading both virtual and physical global teams
  • Ability to lead by influence rather than authority when necessary
  • Strong problem solving and change management ability
  • Evidence of managing strategic relationships and negotiating complex, high-value third-party agreements

Benefits of the Procurement Category Lead (HR & Travel) role include:  

  • £70-75,000
  • 10% bonus
  • Double-matched pension
  • Private medical insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Share scheme
  • 25 days holiday