MasterCard Business Leader, Travel Services, Americas in Purchase, New York

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Job Title

Business Leader, Travel Services, Americas


The Global Travel Services team manages MasterCard€™s employee business travel program on a global basis, encompassing over 60 countries worldwide and $100M in spend. The team is responsible for management of the global travel agency, travel policy and compliance, travel supplier relationships, customer service, and driving process and cost efficiencies and risk management. The travel program facilitates the process of doing business globally across all business units and departments.

Business Leader, Travel Services, Americas

The role will focus on operational excellence of the corporate travel management program, as well as provide strategic alignment to MasterCard€™s partners in the travel space, including airlines, hotels, rental car, booking and expense management tools. The individual plays a significant financial role, being responsible for oversight of over $45MM in travel expenditures, satisfaction of more than 5000 corporate travelers, excellent travel experience, for the region of the Americas, which includes North, Central and South America. The role is responsible for providing a valuable service to the company€™s travelers, ensuring travel is both safe and productive. The individual will be expected to bring market trend intelligence and thought leadership that will enable cost reduction in the corporate travel space.


Design, implement, and manage the employee travel strategy & operations across Americas.

Responsible to oversee travel requirements of employees (and related travelers) and to ensure timely and cost effective customer service is delivered

Ensure financial controls: manage and negotiate travel-related services to provide measurable financial benefits to the corporation, measure and analyze travel expenditures to identify opportunities for savings and cost avoidance, as well as track and recover all commissions from regional travel expenditures.

Produce management reports and create awareness of travel spend and compliance trends among senior management

Identify process improvements, incl develop green travel practices

Set and manage departmental budget for the assigned Region

Implement an annual business plan

Lead the integration of acquired companies into the travel program

Manage the travel management company (TMC) and other external supplier relationships

Partner with Sourcing to develop strategies that support both regional and enterprise level sourcing goalsSelect, appoints and put in place supplier agreements with hotels, airlines, etc

Monitor all supplier agreements to establish and manage supplier performance , puts in place annual performance reviews with suppliers

Manage the relationship with travel suppliers in order to drive process improvements and cost savings and efficiencies

Effectively manage and leverage the relationship with the travel management company

Take lead role in defining appropriate staffing, organizational design and recruiting (third party) resources

Provide leadership and direction to travel agency account management staff to ensure optimal service and issue resolution

Manage, develop and review performance of travel management company support staff

Select and implement best in class travel booking and management technologies; incl mobile applications to enhance mobility of the corporate traveler

Manage company travel policy and processes

Track and oversee travel policy compliance

Review periodically the company travel policy and processes; make recommendations for updates and improvements, and following through to the implementation of any improvements

communicate, coach and educate business areas, and employees on the company travel policy and processes

Oversee an effective customer satisfaction survey for regular business travelers; including analyzing the results, and developing any improvement plan based on the survey results

Keep proactively abreast of industry news, innovations, trends and best practices in order to transfer this knowledge and best practices to MasterCard travel processes

Work closely with business continuity group and security for emergency/disaster recovery

Strategically align MasterCard€™s travel portfolio to MasterCard partnerships and alliances, serve as key resource for knowledge of travel industry and align efforts for MasterCard commercial success, including managing obstacles & maintaining leadership alignment

All about you:

-Leadership and ability to drive change through influencing skills and gain cooperation among staff and suppliers, resourceful in finding and using alternate solutions or resources

-Build effective working relationships with senior/executive level management

-Solid interpersonal and problem resolution skills

-Effective communicator, both oral and written communications, experienced in driving change through the ability to communicate and €œsell€ the travel program€™s value proposition

-Process driven with strong analytical and problem solving skills

-Track record of vendor/third-party management and development

-Fluency in English , other languages preferred

Relevant Experience and job requirements

Substantial (>8 years) working experience in travel management or other relevant experience;

Managerial experience required

Extensive knowledge of travel industry, corporate travel management and travel technology

Knowledge of regional geographies, cultures, and customs, as well as legal and tax requirements as they pertain to travel contracts and invoicing across the various countries in North and Latin America

Bachelor€™s degree required with concentration in travel/hospitality management , business administration, procurement, finance

Travel can be required

Equal Opportunity Employer
Requisition ID: R-37632