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Senior Procurement Portfolio Manager

Hello. We’re Virgin Australia. And we’re back (in a big way).

We’re the airline that’s always done things a little different. Our way. The Virgin way. For us, flying is so much more than simply taking off and landing (although we understand that is quite important). It’s about going the extra mile, in the air and on the ground, to create authentic experiences that put our guests firmly at the heart of everything we do. 

Who we’re looking for:

A driven, collaborative and consultative procurement leader who is commercially and analytically driven.  You are a strong negotiator, who is able to deliver multi-disciplinary solutions in a dynamic environment while leading a successful category team.  Our Procurement team needs leaders who foster passion, self-motivation, resilience while encouraging a one team culture. 

What you’ll be doing:

As part of the Group Procurement leadership team, you will focus on providing leadership and guidance on the development and execution of category strategies within the engineering and operations categories.  You will aim to ensure category strategies support the overall procurement strategy and business deliverables/strategies. 

Additionally you will also:

  • Manage and lead a team of category management specialists, coaching, mentoring and development
  • Be accountable for benefits tracking and reporting on your team’s portfolio of categories
  • Leading and ensuring continuous improvement programs are implemented and tracked
  • Leading team engagement and development, and promoting and educating the broader business with regard to procurement methods and policies.
  • Act as a key senior client relationship lead, establishing and maintaining relevant stakeholder relationships to ensure that they are consulted and informed as appropriate.
  • Build complex business cases and financial models ensuring principles critical analysis of procurement and business-led initiatives.
  • Provide commercial advice and direction to senior stakeholders in relation to supplier and contract management
  • Act as a business change driver at a senior level

What you need to be successful:

  • A tertiary qualification in commerce / accounting / business together with at least 10 years’ experience with strategic sourcing, supplier relationship management, category management and procurement experience
  • Hold at least 5 years’ experience leading category and / or supplier management teams
  • Demonstrated Influencing, negotiation and solid stakeholder management skills where you have previously built effective on-going business relationships and lead multiple complex high value negotiations
  • The ability to build successful teams who deliver complex projects within a time sensitive environment while coaching and mentoring your team
  • Strong project, management, change management, coaching and mentoring skills
  • Outstanding presentation skills and strong computer literacy skills
  • An expert-level of understanding of category strategy development and its alignment with overall business goals and strategies

What you will get from us

We’re committed to looking after you, with some of the best benefits and conditions in the industry – including (but not limited to):

  • Heavily discounted air travel for you and your loved ones (including $1000 worth of travel credits per year)
  • Flexible working arrangements (including work hours and work from home)
  • Discounts on travel insurance, car hire, accommodation and experiences worldwide
  • Discounted Virgin Australia Lounge membership
  • Hospitality, retail, technology, beauty services and wellness discounts
  • Wellness support, including the betterme digital wellbeing platform
  • A comprehensive Employee Assistance Program, which offers confidential coaching and support from qualified professionals for all aspects of life – physical, mental, social and financial
  • Dress for Your Day – enjoy the freedom to wear whatever is appropriate for the type of work you do and the day you have ahead of you

Equality rules:

You might end up with a group title, but you’re all individuals. We love that. And want you to be yourself. Whoever that is. That’s why we encourage applications from Indigenous Australians, those of you with disabilities, people from diverse cultural backgrounds, our friends in the LGBTQI community, and anyone else who wants to join our rich, diverse culture.


At the Virgin Australia Group, the safety and security of our people, guests and operations come first. Always. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive ‘Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy’. In a nutshell, to work with us, you’ll need to comply with our (and the airport’s) rules and regulations. And be fully vaxxed.

Next Steps

If you are ready for your next challenge and want to be a part of the Virgin Australia Procurement Team, then we encourage you to submit your application now!

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