May 20, 2024

Category Manager (Meetings and Travel)

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
Full-Time Information Technology

Job Description

Site Name: USA - Pennsylvania - Philadelphia
Posted Date: Apr 26 2024

This role will have responsibility for global sourcing category relating to Travel and Meetings. This role is a great opportunity to become immersed in the Global Travel, Meetings and Events program working closely with varied vendors, stakeholders and cross-functional teams across the globe. This individual will operate as a key resource focusing on travel category, working with operations team to create category strategies and supplier relationship management. The role includes bringing best solutions via comprehensive sourcing activities. This position will report directly into Head of Sourcing of Travel, Expense, M&E and Payments.

Key Responsibilities:

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include, but, not limited to:
  • Develop and implement a pipeline of TEMEPS category initiatives and opportunities (Savings / Productivity / Risk Management / Innovation) using external supply market / business intelligence, application of benchmarking methodologies and internal business partner knowledge.
  • Support creation and execution of comprehensive global sourcing activities for TEMEPS with expertise in Meetings and Meetings sub-categories (Agency Management, Congresses, Production, Audio Visual and Meeting Hotel Programs etc) with emphasis on supporting business priorities.
  • Develop financial and business analysis (e.g. Data mining of Procurement & Financial Systems, output analysis & interpretation), supporting market intelligence in the category area and acting as the focal point for category subject matter expertise to the regional business and procurement community
  • Run structured competitive bidding events with travel, expenses & meetings suppliers including spot buys, RFQs, reverse auctions and RFPs where necessary. Analyze results of competitive bidding events and make recommendations considering assurance of supply, quality, service, cost and innovation.
  • Significant external supplier knowledge to negotiate, execute and manage effective contracts that will allow GSK to manage risk and maximize opportunity globally.
  • Work with large and complex data sets to draw actionable insights to drive financial business benefits.
  • Proactively manage key external partners, internal stakeholders and business partners to support strategy development, endorse recommended strategies and execution alongside operations team.

Applicable to UK based applicants ONLY:

Location: GSK House (New HQ Tottenham Court Road) Hybrid Working.

‘We’re moving towards a more sustainable future with our new headquarters. With better public transport links and proximity to world-class science and technology institutions, we’re excited for our move to the vicinity of Earnshaw Street, London WC1A (“the New HQ”) by end H1 2024.’

Why you?

Basic Qualifications
We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:
  • Bachelor's degree.
  • 4+ years professional experience in travel and meeting program management with focus on category lead role .
  • 4+ years experience in travel & meetings solutions, vendors, and leading practices

Preferred Qualifications

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:
  • Establishes strong working relationships with vendors and stakeholders
  • Creatively and strategically problem-solves
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Procurement systems (ARIBA, SAP, etc.)


Please visit GSK US Benefits Summary t o learn more about the comprehensive benefits program GSK offers US employees.

Why GSK?

Uniting science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together.

GSK is a global biopharma company with a special purpose - to unite science, technology and talent to get ahead of disease together - so we can positively impact the health of billions of people and deliver stronger, more sustainable shareholder returns - as an organisation where people can thrive. We prevent and treat disease with vaccines, specialty and general medicines. We focus on the science of the immune system and the use of new platform and data technologies, investing in four core therapeutic areas (infectious diseases, HIV, respiratory/ immunology and oncology).

Our success absolutely depends on our people. While getting ahead of disease together is about our ambition for patients and shareholders, it’s also about making GSK a place where people can thrive. We want GSK to be a place where people feel inspired, encouraged and challenged to be the best they can be. A place where they can be themselves - feeling welcome, valued, and included. Where they can keep growing and look after their wellbeing. So, if you share our ambition, join us at this exciting moment in our journey to get Ahead Together.

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