Procurement Manager - Travel
Middle East North Africa (MENA)
Country / Territory
United Arab Emirates
Flexible Location
Job Category
Pay Band
Locally appointed Grade F
Vacancy Description
Contract Duration: Indefinite Location: United Arab Emirates Pay Band 7/F (locally appointed) Salary: 18,162 AED (including housing) + medical insurance + flights Closing date: 17 November 2019


Role Purpose

Lead on the development of strategic procurement for Travel category for the British Council for MENA to maximise efficiency and ensure compliance and control risk.

To lead and promote cross country procurement activities in Travel and ensure consideration of collaboration of opportunities is undertaken on regional large-scale procurement work.

Function Overview


The British Council MENA launched a centralized procurement function in June 2016 called MarketPlace.  MarketPlace serves 17 countries across MENA and is operated out of three hubs Sharjah, Cairo and Rabat, headed up by the Regional Head of Procurement. 

The vision is to establish a globally aligned Procurement function, equipped with the necessary skills and tools alongside a clear remit to deliver better value for money. This enhanced Procurement function will provide proactive, expert procurement support, allowing the business to focus on their core skills and deliver value in their specialist area.


Procurement will be developing a greater level of engagement with the business units and establishing a strong business partnering approach.


The main objectives of the project are to deliver improved levels of compliance with corporate procurement policy, including reduced risk of fraud, deliver efficiencies by aggregating spend categories together resulting in tendering large regional contracts.   

The post holder will lead on the travel category of spend in MENA supported by a global Travel Category Manager based in the UK.   The first 6-12 month of the post will be migrating the region onto a single travel provider supported by a project implementation manager in the UK.  The role holder will be expected to provide expert regional guidance on travel policy execution and using the travel solution in region.

The post-holder will be procuring ongoing travel solutions including local transportation, hotel, air travel and conferencing whilst driving value in travel contracts. 

For more information about the role requirements, British Council Core Skills and Behaviours, please refer to the documents attached below; 

Role Profile
British Council Core Skills
British Council Behaviours

Additional Information: 

  • Applicants must already be based in the United Arab Emirates as we are not offering relocation assistance.
  • If you are interested in the role, please submit your application before 17 November 2019

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