General Information

Area: Procurement

Location: Poland

City: Krakow

Contract Type: Permanent

Work Schedule: Full-time

Date published: 28-Apr-2021

Ref #: 571

Description and Requirements

Category Lead 

Location: Krakow, Poland 


Why IAG... 

IAG GBS (Global Business Services) is part of International Airlines Group, one of the world’s leading airline groups. 

IAG GBS provides a plug and play platform of scalable, best in class procurement, finance and IT business services to IAG’s operating companies which include Aer Lingus, Avios, British Airways, IAG, IAG Cargo, Iberia, Iberia Express, LEVEL and Vueling. 

The company is headquartered in Krakow, and has operations in London, Madrid, Dublin and Chennai. 


Purpose of the role... 

Leading a sub-category of procurement spend across a range of products and services. 

Working across the operating companies, ensuring the delivery of effective, robust and compliant 

procurement that delivers the business plan while maximising the Group’s buying power. 

Leading strategic activities, including category planning, sourcing, risk management and act as a 

single point of contact for senior stakeholders. 



In addition, you will make an impact in this role by…  

Taking responsibilitiy for developing and implementing a 3-5 year category plan for the given sub-category as well as  local and global sourcing strategies for all external spend related activity. 

 Managing of stakeholder relationships in all operating companies, ensuring appropriately robust 

challenge while delivering the operating companies’ business plans. 

 Managing supplier risk to protect the operating companies and the Group from financial, operational and 

reputational damage. 

 Providing commercial innovation to internal stakeholders through interaction with the supply base. 

 Working with internal stakeholders and external suppliers to resolve commercial and contractual disputes; 

in particular suppliers with high complexity and/or high spend. 

 Supporting operating companies tier 1 (high strategic/high risk/high spend) projects. Work with strategic 

suppliers to grow and develop supplier markets. 

 Liaising with the Procurement Operations Centre and operating company stakeholders and ensuring 

supplier performance management is robust, effective and compliant. 

 Working alongside business areas to identify, challenge, harmonise and simplify specifications and 

processes across the operating companies to ensure that Group buying power is maximised. 

 Ensuring that all procurement activity is carried out in line with Group and operating company governance 


 Developing effective working relations with key interfaces across the Group and operating companies 

including line, finance, legal and other stakeholders. 

 Taking active role in cross-departmental strategic and leadership activities. 




To achieve in this role, you are likely to…   

  • Be able to demonstrate commercial expertise including contract negotiation and 

  • dispute resolutions. 

  • Have a good understanding of contractual clauses 

  • Have strong aptitude and knowledge across full commodity lifecycle and awareness of 

  • market trends and suppliers. 

  • Have excellent people management skills with the ability to inspire, lead, build and deliver 

  • through high-performance teams. 

  • Have strong business and financial acumen with the ability to evaluate, analyse and 

  • solve problems. 

  • Be able to influence, align diverse views and gain consensus, providing clarity and 

  • direction on what is to be achieved and break down barriers that get in the way of 

  • effective team working. 

  • Be able to prioritise, maintain clear focus and provide direction in constant 

  • ambiguity and change, using knowledge, judgement, resilience and courage to 

  • resolve conflicting priorities and manage crises. 

  • Be able to operate effectively in an environment with tight deadlines, finite resource 

  • and uncertainty. 

  • Have senior level experience of partnering with Senior Leaders and Executives in a 

  • fast moving and agile business environment. 

  • Be independent and willing to work in multi-project environment under time pressure. 

  • Have senior level experience in Procurement gathered in a complex global 

  • organisation. 

  • Have experience of working in an environment of change involving people, process, 

  • policy and technology. 

  • Have experience managing teams for success across multiple countries and cultures. 

  • IT Procurement background or Airline Distribution or Digital experience would be an asset. 



What we offer is the chance to be the change leader in a very dynamic industry. 

We have a multicultural environment with an amazing office where you can do your best work  

Of course, we take care of our employees by providing them with work life balance, health insurance, pension and performance bonuses.   


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.