Vacancies Head of Procurement

Job Introduction

With a hybrid approach requiring some days in an office, onboard or working from home. You will need to be within a reasonable commuting distance of Southern UK ports to undertake this role. 

Our people are everything to us. The way they deliver exceptional experiences every day for our customers, for their colleagues. The way they own what they do. Their 'Why's it like that?' curiosity. How they always think of others and work together to get things done. For us, for you, make do will never do. Good enough? Not even close. Come and do the best work of your life alongside lovely colleagues. Come to Saga. 

And right now we are looking for a Head of Procurement to join our Hotel Operations team to develop and deliver holiday products that meet existing and first-time buyers requirements, ensuring exceptional quality standards, to meet the requirements of the ships clientele and crew.

As Head of Procurement, you will work within budget to undertake all purchasing activity for the hotel operations on board our luxury ships. You should possess strong negotiation skills, with an ability to influence and negotiate. You will be experienced with managing budgets, including regular reviews of wastage levels and the maintenance of a stock control system. You'll utilise your creative flair, when liaising with on-board Heads of Department to develop new menus, ensuring that our passengers delight in the exceptional!

And in return, as our colleague, you can look forward to all the responsibility and involvement of an integral role, providing you with a rewarding and fast-paced career with an excellent benefits package.

If this sounds like you, we'd be keen to hear from you.

Role Responsibility

  • Undertake all purchasing activity – food, beverages & consumables – for the Hotel Operations on board our Ships
  • Establish cost and purchasing controls to ensure that the best pricing is obtained through competitive tendering that is reassessed on at least an annual basis
  • All purchased materials to obtained within agreed specifications and meet all Health & Safety or regulatory requirements.
  • Undertake end to end supplier management activities, including the development of new business in line with all regulatory and compliance requirements. This may include regular site visits or inspections with new and approved suppliers.
  • Undertake end to end supply chain management, which will include the oversight and management of all available stores, including the Saga warehouse and any third party warehouses where purchased goods are stored.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Excellent negotiation and buying skills
  • Able to act as an ambassador for the company
  • Excellent numerical and analytical skills
  • The ability to persuade, influence and negotiate with national and international suppliers
  • Excellent reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Initiative, diplomacy, tact and sound judgement
  • Previous experience of working in the cruises industry would be beneficial but not essential
  • Prior experience of working at a Purchasing Manager level is essential   


Our values are:

  • Precision Pace - Always owning and making things happen.
  • Empathy – Always aware of others.
  • Curiosity – Always asking why.
  • Collaboration – Always one team, the Saga team!

Package Description

The standard benefits when you join Saga include: 

  • Remote working available where possible

  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays with the choice to buy a further 5 days annual leave per year 

  • Free private medical insurance after 1 years' service 

  • Workplace Pension 

  • AXA Be Supported 

  • A range of reductions and offers from leading retailers, travel groups and entertainment companies

About the Company

Having spent our first 30 years focused on travel, Saga launched Saga Magazine and developed home and motor insurance and financial services in the 1980s. Private medical and pet insurance followed in the 1990s, along with the launch of our own cruise ship operation. The strength of the Saga brand provides the Group with the ability to develop in-house or partner with suppliers to offer our customers and members highly differentiated, competitively priced products which meet their evolving needs.

Saga exists to help our customers and members lead the life they want to lead. To succeed in this, we know that the most important thing to do is to listen to our customers and members. At the heart of our business model is our drive to know more about our customers’ wants and needs so we are best placed to serve them.

Applying this approach over the past 70 years has enabled us to become the UK's specialist provider of products and services to people aged over 50 in the UK. The Saga brand has become one of the most recognised and trusted brands amongst UK consumers in this demographic and is recognised for its high quality products and exceptional standards of service. These include cruises and holidays, insurance, personal finance and the Saga Magazine.

When you join Saga you will see that we are committed to treating all employees fairly and to offering equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and advancement.

We value diversity not just because it is the right thing to do, but because diverse teams perform better. Creating a culture in which everyone feels welcome and offering equal opportunities in all aspects of employment and advancement is incredibly important to us. Fair consideration is given to applications from all applicants, including those with disabilities and those over who are over 50 as we are champions of age inclusivity.

We are an official Disability Confident Committed employer and ensure that our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible and we will make reasonable adjustments as required.

We are a member of the 30% Club and partner with Women Ahead which offers us a fantastic opportunity to take part in a leading, global, cross-company, leadership mentoring scheme to champion female talent.

We are a signatory of the Armed Services Covenant and have received a Silver Award from the Employer Recognition Scheme. 



To all recruitment agencies: Saga does not accept agency CVs unless specifically engaged on the role by the HR Recruitment Team. Please do not forward CVs to our recruiters, employees or any other company location. Saga is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited CVs.




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