Job Description

The job in a nutshell

The Commercial Procurement vision is to deliver Better Procurement to fit with the Better Travelodge aims. The Director of Commercial Procurement will embody that vision, ensuring the delivery of goods and services at the best value for Travelodge at all times. The focus is assurance & sustainability of supply, quality and service at the lowest total cost for customers (both internal and external).

As custodian of the Commercial Procurement Strategic Objectives to:

  • Build stronger customer & business partnerships.

  • Create a more capable, sustainable procurement.

  • Develop a simpler, flexible, more agile commercial process.

  • Learn and earn more with our partners & suppliers.

  • Achieve bigger, better procurement outcomes at pace.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Create strong business partnerships across the Operating Board members and their senior leadership teams to understand the business, promote and drive commercial excellence and lead by example on how to create trust with suppliers and supply chains. 

  • Manage and improve Value for Money spend circa. £250m per annum by application of appropriate Demand-side and Supply-side Value Levers across FM & Utilities, Customer Services, Marketing, Property & Construction, IT, Food & Beverage and Corporate Services.

  • Lead and deliver the Transformation Roadmap Outcomes for Change to assure supply, reduce risk and deliver sustainable value.

  • Lead, motivate and coach a team of procurement professionals, networking externally as appropriate, to access new insights and innovation.


Internal – Operating Board, Business Planning Group, Heads of Departments, Supply Chain Management, Legal.

External: - Owners, Suppliers, Lawyers, External Agencies. 

Budget & Staff Management Accountabilities

Manage a cost centre with a spend of c.£800k+ per annum, as well as support the whole business with the delivery of its EBITDA targets.

Inspire, lead, motivate and develop and manage a team.

What we’ll expect from you


  • Strategic thinker with a delivery / hands on style to get things done at pace.

  • Excellent stakeholder management, influencing and communication skills.

  • Strategic and tactical approach to cost management, using innovative thinking to drive savings.

  • Strong numeracy with the ability to assimilate information from multiple sources, to challenge and quickly assess validity.

  • Procurement Best Practice including a track record of leading Category Planning, Category Management and Supplier Management using best in class tools and techniques.

  • Supplier and contract negotiation, and operational procurement management.

  • Ability to prioritise and reconcile conflicting demands, delivering multiple projects to deadlines with focus on delivering tangible, measurable results.

  • Leading, managing, coaching and developing cross-functional teams.


  • Member of CIPS, preferably a master’s degree in Business Administration, or other evidence of substantial business knowledge.

  • Hotel Industry experience.

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 into 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.

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