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Local Category Manager - IT/Telecom - Atlanta, GA

Atlanta, GA, US, 30338

CRH Americas Materials Inc




Job ID:  150157


CRH's Americas Materials, a division of CRH, is the leading vertically integrated supplier of aggregates, cement, asphalt, readymixed concrete and paving and construction services in North America.  Our operations span North America with 24,100 employees at close to 1,300 locations in 44 US States and 6 Canadian provinces.


Position Overview


This position is a key resource in driving reductions in total costs and strategically managing supplier relationships in order to improve CRH’s profitability and competitive position.  The IT & Telecom Category Manager is responsible for managing spend categories and is accountable for implementing all category related decisions regarding products and services on a local level.  As a key member of the global IT & Telecom category team, this role will utilize the category management process to develop strategies, execute tenders, establish effective supply programs and manage the overall success of the programs.   The role ensures that local business requirements are considered in the category strategy. The IT & Telecom Category Manager will work directly with suppliers, CRH procurement personnel, specifiers, subject matter experts, management and other key internal stakeholders to ensure program objectives are achieved. 


Key Tasks and Responsibilities


  • Representative and lead category manager for own and other (local) organizations
  • Primary category contact person for the business in the local organization
  • Acts as escalation for claims not solved locally
  • Ensure the category strategy is executed locally
  • Execute the RFX and tactical process including negotiation for smaller or single-country categories
  • Coordinates all category activities within a country during bid and project execution phase
  • Is accountable for development, execution, and maintenance of country procurement strategy and Project Procurement Plans in alignment with country stakeholders as well as market and global procurement strategies
  • Accountable for procurement KPI Performance Management and process adherence in the country, within own area of responsibility
  • Ensures execution of S2P process (from screening to onboarding and lifecycle management) for local suppliers
  • Maintains strategic relationships with key country suppliers
  • Analyses supply market, anticipates changes, and drives associated procurement activities
  • Evaluates contracts and suppliers to facilitate final supplier base decisions with relevant stakeholders
  • Ensures products and services are purchased in the most cost- and time-efficient manner, implements and ensures purchasing best practices
  • Coordinates category and supplier strategy implementation in the country 


Key Characteristics


  • Well-rounded and experienced Procurement professional with sound business acumen.
  • Data and people driven person and decision maker.
  • Ability to lead and drive the execution of the local / regional category management agenda.
  • A dedicated and engaged partner who strongly engages with both the business and the regional procurement organization to enhance collaboration and obtaining the local procurement objectives.   


One CRH and Leadership competencies


  • Drive Results                                         
  • Have Courage
  • Cultivate Innovation                              
  • Have a Strategic Mindset
  • Attract and Develop Talent                    
  • Be Resilient
  • Collaborate                                            
  • Make Quality Decisions                                                              
  • Drive Vision and Purpose


Additional Knowledge/Skill Required


  • Analytical skills                                    
  • Supplier Relationship Management
  • Problem solving skills                          
  • Contract Management
  • Entrepreneurial mindset                       
  • Cost analysis and management
  • Good leadership capabilities                
  • Financial and business understanding
  • Stakeholder Management                     
  • Negotiation skills
  • Networking skills


Key Interactions


  • Business stakeholders
  • Specifiers
  • Product Expert/Technical Expert
  • Other Category managers (Country, Regional, Global)
  • Legal & Compliance
  • Finance community
  • Local suppliers
  • Other subject matter experts


Key Inputs


  • Supplier market                               
  • Market environment                        
  • Category strategy                            
  • Procurement guidelines and KPIs    
  • Business requirements                      
  • Country requirements                       


Key Outputs


  • Local legal and regulatory requirements
  • Country procurement strategy
  • Supplier performance for local vendors
  • Procurement KPIs
  • Savings performance
  • Supplier Relationship management




  • Educated with a Technical or Business Degree
  • 3+ Procurement experience  
  • Experience in managing a local category in a multi-country organization   
  • Fluent written and verbal English is a must, other languages are considered a plus
  • Willing to cooperate in international projects


What CRH Offers You


  • A culture that values opportunity for growth, development and internal promotion
  • Highly competitive base pay
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and disability benefits programs
  • Group retirement savings program
  • Health and wellness programs


About CRH Americas


CRH Americas has a long and proud heritage as one of North America’s largest corporations. We are a proud reflection of the hundreds of family businesses, local and regional companies and mid to large sized enterprises that together form the CRH Americas family. CRH Americas operates with a decentralized, diversified structure, letting you work in a small company environment while having the career opportunities of a large enterprise.


CRH Americas is a great place to grow! If you’re up for a rewarding challenge, we invite you to take the first step and apply today! Please complete your online application and profile which will be sent directly to the appropriate Hiring Manager. Thank you for your interest in the CRH Americas family!


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CRH Americas is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer.


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Nearest Major Market: Atlanta

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