Finance Norwalk, Connecticut, USA

Category Lead, T&E

Booking Holdings (NASDAQ: BKNG) is the world leader in online travel and related services, provided to customers and partners in over 220 countries and territories through six primary consumer-facing brands –, KAYAK, priceline,,, and OpenTable. The mission of Booking Holdings is to make it easier for everyone to experience the world. 

The Category Lead for T&E is responsible for managing optimization of T&E spend end-to-end execution and management of the global travel program and policies. This program includes, but is not limited to, travel management companies, airlines, hotels, car rentals, ground transportation, trade show travel, traveler security, visa, passport and traveler security programs, T&E booking/expense software and meeting management programs. The position has global responsibilities across all Booking Holdings brands and reports to the Category Manager for Payments and T&E Sourcing in the Global Procurement department which is part of the Booking Holdings Finance organization.  

In this role you will get to:

  • Develop and implement procurement category strategies for the T&E spend

  • Cultivate close relationships with business partners globally to support their objectives and the company growth agenda

  • Actively participate in the implementation of Procurement best-in-market processes and tools

  • Design and maintain category and supplier-level reporting to senior executives and internal stakeholders

  • Implement and manage effective supplier management processes to optimize the value of third-party relationships

  • Make business recommendations on travel program and project activities in line with business goals and objectives.

  • Plan, develop and direct the operation of the company's travel policy and services.

  • Administer and monitor the travel policies, guidelines and spend to deliver efficient travel

  • Lead global travel projects including the evaluation of TMC landscape and country & brand-level launches. 

  • Optimize supplier partnerships to drive key business results. 

  • Provide continuing analysis and development of technology and systems in area of travel plus expense reimbursement 

  • Negotiate all travel related contracts (TMC, Hotel, Airline, Car rentals, Ground transportation, etc.) to optimize travel policy and program compliance, spend visibility, employee satisfaction and cost savings

  • Maintaining knowledge of global travel industry

  • Some travel may be required

What you have:

  • Bachelor's Degree in a business-related field. MBA a bonus

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience in T&E spend optimization and managing corporate travel programs

  • Experience in spend analysis, market and benchmark analysis at a broad level

  • Experience communicating complex and actionable concepts at a senior executive level

  • Intellectual curiosity and a desire to be challenged

  • Deep knowledge of strategic sourcing methodology, category management, procure-to-pay processes and tools and supplier management

  • Excellent analytical ability, attention to detail, and flexibility to work independently and in teams

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including preparing and delivering presentations

  • Demonstrated change management and project management skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to develop small teams and build credibility with business partners

Our Commitment to Diversity 

Through the Booking Holdings brands, we help our customers reach all corners of the earth. Our ability to provide great service rests on how well we understand our diverse customer base, which is why having a diverse team is so important to us. We bring together employees from all walks of life and we are proud to provide the kind of inclusive environment that stimulates innovation, creativity and collaboration.

There are a variety of job related factors that go into determining a salary range, including but not limited to external market benchmark data, geographic location, and years of experience sought/required. In addition to a competitive base salary, roles are eligible to be considered for an annual bonus.

The base salary range for Connecticut and the NYC-metro area is $100,800-$123,200.

We are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits program designed to keep you and your family healthy, plan for the future and make the most out of life. For a glimpse of our benefits offerings, please see here. In addition to competitive health and wellness benefits, we currently offer other perks to eligible employees, such as: tuition reimbursement, fitness reimbursement, discounts, and more! 

If this role resonates with you, we encourage you to click the "apply" button!

EEO Statement:

Booking Holdings is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with all applicable federal, state and local laws. We ensure equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without discrimination or harassment based on race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law.

Booking Holdings also extends this policy to every phase of the employment process including, but not limited to, recruitment, selection, placement, transfer, training and development, position elimination, restructure, promotion, compensation, benefits, layoffs, termination, and all other conditions or privileges of employment. Booking Holdings and its Affiliated Companies are Equal Employment Opportunity employers and welcome all job seekers including individuals with disabilities and veterans with disabilities. If you have a disability and believe you need reasonable accommodation in order to search for a job opening or apply for a position, please email with your request. M/F/V/D/S


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