Travel Coordinator

Team: Operations

Location: London, UK

Employment Type: Permanent

Salary: Competitive

Closing Date: 17 June 2017

Travel Coordinator

Our Mission

  • Our mission is to support the building of businesses throughout Africa and South Asia, to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people’s lives in some of the world’s poorest places.
  • We aim to invest in countries where we can have the greatest impact. In countries where the private sector is weak and jobs are scarce.
  • We invest in sectors where growth leads to jobs – both directly and indirectly. In sectors such as manufacturing, agribusiness, infrastructure, financial institutions, construction, health and education. Last year, the businesses we invest in created more than a million jobs. 
  • We are successful because we are a high quality investment organisation, using the best commercial skills and judgement to make investments in great companies and support them to grow over the long term.  We therefore want to attract people with these skills but who are motivated to use them to dramatically improve the private sector in Africa and South Asia
  • For further information, please visit our website

The Role

CDC is seeking to a hire a Travel Coordinator to join the growing Business Services Team. The successful applicant will support the Travel Executive in providing organisational guidance and oversight of the travel activities within CDC.


  • Support the Travel Executive in applying the travel policies and procedures in place to drive cost savings
  • Be an advocate of CDCs Travel Management Company to ensure a successful post implementation roll-out
  • Drive efficiencies in the booking process and support PAs and travel bookers in the oversight of best booking practices
  • Ensure CDC receive best possible service from its TMC and other travel partners
  • Apply CDCs Travel Risk Management Policy and support staff in assessing the risks of business related travel according to that policy

Key Responsibilities

Travel Management

  • Provide advice and support to the PA and booking community regarding CDCs travel policy, procedures and preferred suppliers
  • Build a solid understanding of the TMC systems used to support the booking of travel- be a ‘go to’ person to drive potential cost savings and improve efficiency of the booking process
  • Work alongside the Travel Executive in respect of maintaining and updating travel related policies and procedures, including sharing “best practice” tips, and preferred supplier usage
  • Ensure teams are following procedures, support with daily operational and administrative issues
  • Provide on hand support with the management of complex itineraries
  • Maintain preferred supplier lists, aviation travel records and initiate record keeping of travel profiles in conjunction with the requirements of CDC and its Travel Management Company
  • Support with the building, updating and maintenance of the travel site on CDCs intranet ‘Sydney’
  • Maintain traveller feedback records creating a ‘blog style’ site within Sydney that travellers can access to find information
  • Provide travel approval oversight and ensure teams are correctly following procedures, monitor for completion of risk assessments, seek support to correct non-compliant behaviour
  • Provide reports as required to support with all aspects of managing the travel programme including exception reporting and leakage


Travel Risk Management

  • Support the Travel Executive role in implementing the new travel risk management procedure, system and protocols

  • Work alongside the Travel Executive to communicate the new arrangements to travellers and to ensure a successful implementation

  • Liaise with travellers and local partners to support the completion of Travel Risk Assessments and assist CDC in discharging its duty of care to employees

  • Maintain a record of attendance for Travel Risk Management training, liaise with trainers as necessary and ensure attendance

  • Liaise with International SOS as required to support travellers in pre- trip preparation and other aspects of risk mitigation such as travel destination reports


The Candidate


  • Extensive experience in booking complex travel ideally to Africa and Asia. Ideally with TMC booking experience (GDS training can be provided to the right candidate)
  • An understanding of factors in Travel Risk Management
  • Experience of travel within the financial services is also desirable


Technical Skills

  • A good understanding of travel related technology and how to apply it to CDCs travel programme

  • Previous GDS experience in a booking environment

  • Corporate online booking tool knowledge

  • Good Excel and Word skills


Personal skills and attributes

  • A good communicator not afraid to engage stakeholders at all different levels- both internally and externally to create the best outcome for CDC

  • Organised, good at record keeping, responsive, attention to detail, cost conscious- some evidence of numeracy and analytic ability for the purpose of report preparation

  • Reliable, to provide a working environment with minimum disruption and rapid response to any operational issues arising

  • Good problem solving skills a can- do attitude with a service provider mentality


 CDC Identities

  • We look for candidates who share our culture and reflect our identity, the CDC identities are described as follows:
  • Compassion is central to everything we do
  • We owe our clients and prospective clients a fast and thoughtful process
  • We accept the tough challenges inherent in our mission
  • We are quick and non-defensive when things go wrong
  • We oppose bureaucracy
  • We never forget that we are investing and spending tax payers’ money
  • We promote a fulfilling work environment


Posting date: 18th May 2017

Closing date: 17th June 2017

Salary: competitive

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