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Global Category Director, Travel and Fleet

Req ID:  2577



Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? At Olympus, we help make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, every day. 
Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.

Job Description

The Global Category Lead, Travel and Fleet, will lead all aspects associated with negotiation, acquisition, and management of the travel and fleet programs for Olympus.


This key leader has the critical responsibility of developing and aligning category strategies with business partners needs across the enterprise and identifying and managing a supply base to drive growth & profitability across all Olympus’ BU's.  This position is responsible for supporting and defining the future state of T&E process and policy, and setting Olympus’ global strategies using country specific knowledge and requirements. The role moves through a process consisting of design, architecture, implementation, go-live and steady state.  A constant focus on continuous improvement, strategic alignment, cost containment and standardization of processes and reporting is vital.


The scope of the role includes oversight of the Global T&E Policy, Concur Expense and Travel Systems, Travel Management Company (TMC) optimization, Fleet Management Company (FMC) optimization, Fleet OEM, Air, Hotel and Ground Transportation contracts/relationships. This position will also set and monitor long and short-term trends, by identifying the key drivers that influence price to create a sustainable competitive advantage to the long-term success of Olympus.


Reporting to the Global Head, Central Purchasing, the Global Category Lead for Travel and Fleet will interact with Corporate and BU leadership, supporting corporate and business functions, legal, strategic business partners and procurement leadership.

Job Duties

* Leads the planning, design, implementation, communication and delivery of Olympus’ Travel and Fleet strategies and policies across all business groups and regions around the world.


* Actively partners with and influences stakeholders and suppliers at the Executive level on a regular basis.


* Leads supplier management, sourcing, and negotiations for all Travel (airlines, hotels, ground transportation) and Fleet (Fleet Management, Leasing, OEMs) suppliers.


* Manages Olympus’ outsourced Travel Agency and Fleet Management to ensure they deliver operational excellence.


* Build and maintain the strategic plan and associated deliverables for the Fleet function, vendor strategy, lease versus buy analysis, maintenance programs, negotiating with key suppliers and fuel management.


* Partners with various internal organizations (Security, HR, etc.) to ensure the safety of all travelers.


* Collaborate with individuals across a spectrum of the business to ensure Policy / Process / Procedure / System decisions take account of regional variances and business needs.


* Partner with IT to identify integration points between existing systems and processes.


* Represent the T&E business process at global/regional budget sessions to ensure all business requirements are considered, documented and incorporated into global strategy; challenge customization requests based on existing models and processes.


* Deliver on annual financial and non-financial targets for the portfolio regionally or globally, including cost savings.


* Collaborate closely with Regional teams as to identify areas of improvement, market and suppliers’ knowledge, and follow-up on key contracts.


* Ensure Global Central Procurement policies are adhered to with all sourcing activities.

Job Requirements



Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Finance or similar field, or 10+ years of experience in areas of Business, Finance, Travel, Expense Management, Fleet Management or related fields.


* Minimum of 5 years working directly in Travel and Expenses.


* Ability to travel up to 25%.




Extensive experience focusing on Travel and Expenses operational management, or T&E change projects.


* Extensive experience in SAP Concur, TMC management.


* Experience in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), ERP and sourcing systems.


* Experience developing and implementing strategies across an enterprise.


* Strong project management experience.


* Ability to work effectively with all levels of management, all functional areas.


* Experience managing and partnering with suppliers as well as internal stakeholders.


* Excellent verbal and written communication skills; excellent collaboration skill.

We realize work isn’t just a job to you.

It’s a big part of your life, but not the only part. That’s why we offer competitive salaries, a robust 401(k) program, annual bonus program and comprehensive medical benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, parental and adoption leave, on-site services and Colleague Affinity Networks — so you can be ready for where life can take you.

Olympus is passionate about the solutions it creates for the medical, life sciences, and industrial equipment industries, as well as cameras and audio products. For more than 100 years, Olympus has focused on making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling by helping detect, prevent, and treat disease, furthering scientific research, ensuring public safety, and capturing images of the world.

Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA, and employs more than 5,500 employees throughout locations in North and South America. For more information, visit

Olympus…True to You. True to Society. True to LIFE.

It is the policy of Olympus to extend equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship status, religious creed (including dress and grooming practices), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental) and/or a medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or service in the uniformed services, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Posting Notes: || United States (US) || Pennsylvania (US-PA) || Center Valley || 

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