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We are: News UK is a company full of talented, dedicated and creative people. We are an ambitious and ever-growing organisation with a passion for storytelling, capturing moments, meaning and magic to make sense of the world. Our newspapers reach more than 30 million people each week and include The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times. News UK is also home to Unruly, a global ad tech company, and Wireless, a leading UK and Irish media company boasting independent local and national radio stations.

Your role:

We are looking for an experienced Travel Category Manager will help define and deliver strategy/program changes for News UK entities across the travel category on a 12-month contract.

You will drive strategic sourcing initiatives, define and control the category end-to-end Procurement cycle and manage as well as optimizes supplier performance and contracts within the travel space whilst also ensuring high level of customer satisfaction across the multiple entities.

Day to day you will:

  • Engage with internal stakeholders across entities included in this remit
  • Execute and manage a strategy plan covering all elements of category management (define, analysis, execute and manage).
  • Develop category strategy and document associated value for money proposition.
  • Develop and undertake supplier capability assessments.
  • Create negotiation strategies and lead negotiations.
  • Work with the businesses and other functions to ensure category recommendations meet expectations and best outcomes are achieved.
  • Manage supplier performance (review progress, assess progress and close contract).
  • Management of supply base within the category and associated supplier assurance.
  • Act as champions for the procurement transformation project, with a particular focus on embedding new programs and e-tools to support the spend.
  • Acts as an Ambassador of the Procurement organisation with internal stakeholders and external suppliers.
  • Support development of material for category management to standardise processes, document lessons learned and good practice and deliver improved operational efficiency.

What we’re looking for from you:

  • Strong travel experience, including supplier sourcing and implementation of new programs and e-tools.
  • Strong experience working in all disciplines of the travel industry
  • Strong and effective decision-making capacity.
  • Effective at interpreting complex and multiple sources of information to make decisions.
  • Strong programme management skills.
  • Identify and implement sustainable cost saving programs
  • A good understanding and awareness of travel jargon both verbal and written
  • Improve processes to eliminate non-value adding activities.
  • Highly effective collaboration skills.
  • Effective at influencing others, esp. executive management.
  • Expert knowledge of travel product and services market place.

What's in it for you?

This is an excellent opportunity to for an experienced procurement specialist within the travel industry to join an exciting organisation and work at both national and international level showcasing your travel experience whilst developing your skills and career.

Equal opportunities:

The Company is an equal opportunities employer and wholeheartedly supports the principle of equal opportunities for all its employees and for all applicants for employment. It opposes all forms of discrimination in the workplace.

We are a diverse and team so want to maximise every individual’s potential to create a productive environment where everyone feels valued, and where talents are fully recognised and utilised.

This means affording equal access to any employment opportunities within the Company according to your ability, without prejudice or discrimination by reason of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital status, disability or age.


News UK is home to some of the biggest names in Media, Including, The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun, Wireless, and Unruly to name but a few.

Wireless itself is also the home to some of the biggest names in radio Virgin Radio, talkSPORT, talkRADIO and some of the leading Local radio stations in the UK and Ireland.

Our newspapers and associated brands are some of the most powerful media brands in the English speaking world, reaching 30 million people each week. They are very different products with different values and different strengths, but all are united by a commitment to independent journalism that connects with our customers.

News UK and Wireless is a company which thrives on pace. Our people stretch themselves on a daily basis, challenging the status quo to produce the best service possible to our readers and customers. We embrace creativity and initiative and we have some of the most talented people in the industry

If you want to work for one of the world's most exciting, challenging and creative media organisations then News UK is the place to build your career.

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