Purchasing And Product Manager

Orpington, Kent, England
£28000 - £30000 per annum
08 Mar 2019
29 Mar 2019
Joe Bartholomew
Job function
Full Time
Contract Type
Do you have contracting/negotiating experience within the Travel/hospitality industry? Are you based in South East London/Kent and looking to get away from the London commute?

This leading independent Hospitality/reservations Company is looking for a Purchasing & Product Manager with strong negotiation skills to join their team in Kent/border of South East London.

Reporting to the Commercial Director, the Contracting & Product Manager will be responsible for contracting predominately restaurants and attractions to fulfil our Key trade/B2B and B2C demands. A key function of the role is to ensure existing and new supplier relationships are built and maintained to maximize all commercial opportunities.
Throughout the year it will be anticipated that you will spend approximately 30% of your time attending site visits, FAM trips and workshops across the UK and Ireland.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

*Negotiate competitive rates and conditions for all land services notably restaurants & attractions
*Secure contracts with suppliers in line with the purchasing strategy and remit advised from The Commercial Director
*Product development - source new venues and be proactive in proposing new products appropriate to the various sales channels
*To propose, plan and attend business trips and meetings in order to negotiate and renegotiate contracts
*Organise and attend FAM trips. Attend key industry events, workshops and networking opportunities where required
*Ability to travel, to key destinations when required.
*Prepare and analyse statistics via software products to benefit effective negotiations and product analysis for re contracting
*To develop and maintain commercially advantageous business relationships with our suppliers
*Negotiate added-value deals, overrides and special offers
*Provide the Operations team with product updates and respond to day to day queries
*Ensure all contracts are completed accurately and in full with all information being set up in a timely fashion
*To liaise with all internal departments to ensure all departments are fully up to speed, finance, systems, sales & Marketing.
*Constantly challenging yourself to increase product knowledge and identifying potential suppliers to support our product offering.
*Investigate and resolve service complaints
*Ensure high service quality standards are met year on year and to promptly deal with queries from colleagues and suppliers
*Entering contracts into the in house database

Key Skills

*The applicant needs to have strong commercial acumen, be adaptable, reliable and flexible, with a responsible attitude and possess the ability to respond to tight deadlines.
*At least 3 years previous experience in a UK travel industry purchasing / contracting role
*Excellent negotiation skills
*Excellent organisational and planning skills.
*The ability to build effective relationships
*The ability to deal with competing priorities effectively
*Self-motivated and good working under pressure.
*An advanced knowledge of Word and Excel and PowerPoint
*Strong written and verbal communication skills (English)
*The ability to handle multiple projects, whilst maintaining meticulous attention to detail and a "can do attitude".
*An enthusiastic and strong team player
*Additional languages desirable particularly French or German as is a knowledge of UK and Northern European cities
*Desirable - Experience of the UK inbound market
*Driving Licence (essential).


Salary is £28,000 - £30,000 depending on experience.


If you would like to be considered for this excellent career opportunity, please send your CV to Joe@traveltraderecruitment.co.uk or apply online.

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