Job Description

The job in a nutshell

The Commercial Procurement vision is to deliver Better Procurement to fit with the Better Travelodge strategic aims. The team ensures 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 a Buyer at Travelodge you’ll be part of our strategic category team supporting your Head of Category to implement and embed Category Management, across designated categories of spend 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.
  • Growing Procurement outcomes to achieve bigger, better procurement outcomes at pace.

You’ll be managing the end-to-end procurement process across a broad variety of procurements from the Category strategy and plan, delivering to agreed savings targets, and managing our suppliers’ performance whilst mitigating risk

What you’ll be doing:

Category Management: a member of the Category Team proactively supporting the implementation and embedding of Category Management, across designated categories of spend and managing the end-to-end procurement process across a broad variety of procurements from the Category strategy and plan.

Stakeholder management: building strong and proactive internal stakeholder relationships at all levels, promoting engagement, communication and innovation.

Procurement process: plan, manage and support / lead negotiations, contract development and award with adherence to best practice and procurement policy with stakeholders and suppliers

Performance improvement: support the research of market best practices within and outside the organisation to establish benchmark data and use continuous process improvement disciplines to achieve target savings and benefits as set out in the Category strategy.

What we’ll expect from you


To succeed in the role, you’ll bring your desire and skills to work in a ‘developing’ 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.
● a strategic and tactical mindset, innovative in your approach to improving costs.
● well organised and experienced in delivering targets and in supporting / leading cross-functional teams to deliver challenging tasks to agreed outcomes.
● your influencing and negotiation skills and ability to deal with numbers.
● your ability to work at pace on various projects to deadlines.
● analytically good with skills in data research and the ability to assimilate information from various sources, challenging and assessing validity to understand the true nature of a situation.
● developed presentation and communication skills.
● commercially astute and financially literate.


Hotel industry experience

Category Planning, Contract Management and Supplier Relationship Management tools & techniques, and experience of implementing more strategic sourcing initiatives

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.

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